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You've Never Camped Like This, But You Could

Country Living/Douglas Merriam

In the summertime, everyone deserves a stress-free, relaxing vacation.

If you decide to spend your days off with your family or friends, it could be challenging to find an activity you all agree on.

But this year, going on a "glamping" trip may just be your answer. This relatively new activity combines the beauty of nature with luxurious pampering.

According to Glamping.com, these vacation spots have risen by 39% from 2016 to 2017, and the number only continues to rise.

You won't have to travel far to these destinations either, since there are plenty scattered throughout the country. But if you want to have a sneak peak at some of the most glamorous glamping spots, take a look at these beautiful locations.

1. Bali House and Bali Cottage

Located in Kehena Beach, Hawaii, this stunning campground is perfect for anybody who wants to take a clean breath of fresh air while still maintaining their comfy lifestyle.

The Bali House and Bali Cottage offers several 1,000 square foot cottages, which feature indoor and outdoor living spaces, fully equipped kitchens, bathrooms, garden spas, and high thread count linens.

This location also offers several activities for their guest to participate in, such as snorkeling, hiking, visits to the marine sanctuaries, boating, and lava boat tours. And of course, every encampment has a stunning view of the bright blue ocean.

2. Alpenglow Luxury Camping

If you've been yearning to travel to Sutton, Alaska, you must spend a few days at Alpenglow Luxury Camping.

This location is perfect to see the northern lights while basking in everything Mother Nature has to offer.

You'll be staying in a 12x14 canvas tent, which include a queen size bed with down comforters for those chilly Alaskan nights. While at the camp, guests also have the opportunity to enjoy rafting, ziplining, and glacier climbing.

While these tents don't any outlets for electricity, there is a charging station at the camp's base, meaning you'll still be able to have all the technology at your fingertips.

3. Glacier Under Canvas

As one of the most popular glamping companies in America, Under Canvas has several locations where patrons can rest and relax, which include Zion, Moab, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and of course, Glacier County, Montana.

These tents are jam-packed with everything you need to pamper yourself, even through you're right smack in the great outdoors. Each spot even has the space to house four people!

During your stay you spend your time hiking, biking, golfing, whitewater rafting, horseback riding or fishing on location.

While there are various styles of rents guests can rent, with some even including an ensuite bathroom fitted with a shower, sink, and flushing toilet.

If you feel like splurging, there are deluxe tents that contain a wood stove, a private deck, and a separate bedroom wing (which features a a leather queen sofa bed) and a lounge area.

4. Posh Primitive

Located in the Adirondack Mountains, this campground is perfect for the ultimate summer getaway.

While it might not be as eye-catching as the other locations on this list, Posh Primitive has guests stay in log-embellished canvas tents that come with fine linens, comforters, and classic Pendleton wool blankets.

Each tent comes with a wood stove, and is decorated with artwork and antiques made by the local craftspeople. Your furry friend can come along too, since each tent is completely dog-friendly.

You can grab your meals at the lodge's dinning room, which are mainly made out of ingredients from the campground's garden. When you aren't eating, you have the opportunity to explore all of the surrounding lakes, rivers and streams (and spoiler alert: there are a lot).

5. Sandy Pines Campground

If you're ever in the New England neighborhood, staying at the Sandy Pines Campground is an experience you'll never forget.

There are a variety of rental options guests can chose from, which were all decorated by a team of 12 interior designers.

When you stay at this glamorous glamping location, you're treated to lobster dinners, and can spend your days in the heated saltwater pool, or paddle boarding and kayaking in the nearby lake. It also has a  "Kids’ Kraft Tent," and weekly social events such as bingo, a movie night, and live music.

6. Ventana Big Sur

There are numerous reasons to head to Big Sur, California, but this glamping campground deserves to be at the top of the list.

Not only is every bed in the safari-styled tents dressed in luxurious white linen, there's a daily housekeeping service, heated blankets, and hot running water.

If you're not a fan of sitting around the wood-burning fire pit, you have the opportunity to spend time at the Social House, pools, and the fitness center.

The most exciting part of the Ventana Big Sur is that guests can book the location as their wedding venue, which is perfect for any nature-loving couple.

7. The Resort at Paws Up

For any first time camper, spending time in the great outdoors can definitely seem daunting at first.

But if you stay at The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, Montana, you'll be treated to accommodations you might not even have in your own home!

Each tent comes equiped with air conditioning, hard wood floors, and an en suite bathroom with heated floors and a clawfoot bathtub. Talk about lush!

The extravagant camp also has personal chefs and camping butlers, and if you chose to step outside, you can even spend your time relaxing in a Japanese soaking tub and in front of the fire pit.

8. El Cosmico

Last but not least is El Cosmico, a hip campground located in Marfa, Texas.

While the canvas safari tents come with wood floors, durable walls, lighting, a queen bed, and a chair, if it isn't your style you can also stay in one of their many vintage trailers, Sioux-style tipis, or Mongolian yurts.

The bath houses also come with all the necessary amenities, such as showers, bathtubs, toilets and sinks.

If you want to relax, there are hammocks to lounge around in and wood-fired hot tubs that you can rent every evening. Of course, there are several festivals that take place on the campground for every visitor to enjoy.

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[H/T: Country living, Curbed, Sky Scanner, USA Today]

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