Glamping. The concept is simple… surround yourself with nature while still enjoying the comforts and luxury of modern-day life. For some that might be not enough “nature”, but for others, it’s the perfect way to enjoy the great outdoors. Here’s three of our favorite glamping locations in the High Sierra.
You’ve seen the sleek retro stylings of Airstreams coasting down the road. These classic Twinkie shaped bullets aren’t cheap but did you know you could rent one for a night or two? The newest, largest, and most remote AutoCamp near the historic town of Mariposa gives you that chance. Imagine lounging outside in a custom private seating area, making dinner via a gadget filled kitchen, or snuggling up in a cozy quilt. Heck, even access to a fancy schmancy toilet! Top that off with amenities like a heated pool, mid-century modern clubhouse, or a short shuttle ride to Yosemite National Park and you got yourself the perfect vacation.
Sequoia High Sierra Camp
Within the peaceful & serene Kings Canyon National Park is the remote Sequoia High Sierra Camp. A true off-the-grid experience, guests must hike in a mile through the tall forested canopy to the tent cabins. Once to the compound of tent cabins at an elevation of over 8,200′, you’ll be surrounded but in luxurious accommodations. From five course dinners prepared by a gourmet chef in the open air to tents outfitted with luxurious rugs, feather duvets, and cozy beds, you’ll be living the “high life” literally. And just outside your tent flaps, stunning views of the Sierra Nevada at every glance.
Keough’s Hot Springs
Sitting at the base of the Sierra Nevada, Keough’s Hot Springs, outside Bishop, is the perfect “base camp” for climbing and hiking in the region. Besides the campground, they also have a few rustic tent cabins featuring antique décor, a small fridge, down comforters, a comfy bed, and your own private outdoor fire pit to roast s’mores. Top that off with a short walk to the hot springs & you got yourself one relaxing spot.
Yosemite Pines RV Resort
While guests can also park their RV, pitch a tent, choose a luxury cabin or even stay in a yurt at Yosemite Pines RV Resort located just outside of Yosemite National Park, our pick would be the Conestoga wagons. They’ve outfitted them with king beds and two sets of twin bunks. And even though the wagons are based on 19th century designs, you won’t exactly be roughing it like a pioneer, considering they’re air conditioned & bathrooms just a few steps away.
These places allow you to experience the starry skies, listen to campfire stories, and all the best parts of camping but without waking up to a sore back. If the idea of hauling all that gear was the reason you didn’t want to try it yourself, these three glamour camping destinations should be on your bucket list this summer.
Author: Alex Silgalis
Alex Silgalis is an outdoors travel writer who enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking, or having a cold one from a local mountain brewery. See more of Alex’s work at https://localfreshies.com
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