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Get Outdoors with California's Top Glamping Offerings

June 19, 2018

California is known to encompass contrasting, distinct features – from the Pacific Coast to the peaks of the Sierras, the Golden State has something for everyone. The nature of California’s diverse offerings is showcased through glamping, the trending form of lodging that traditional camping has taken on. Experience rustic luxury in these California “glampsites” to get better acquainted with outdoor destinations.

Shasta Cascade

For travelers looking to stay in the Shasta Cascade, Straw House Resorts offers a fun and tranquil glamping experience in a 30 foot yurt. This yurt is nestled in the forest next to the Trinity River in Big Flat, and offers a clawfoot tub, a loft compete with a skylight, and large deck area. Visitor of Straw House Resort can enjoy rafting on the Trinity River or explore the Shasta - Trinity National Forest which is close by.

North Coast

Mendocino Grove, a stunning glamping destination on Northern California’s picturesque Mendocino Coast, is “camping made comfy”, combining nature with luxurious comforts. With everything needed for the ultimate getaway, Mendocino Grove offers classic and family canvas tents fully outfitted with comfortable beds, warm down comforters, wool blankets, crisp cotton linens, lanterns and leather butterfly chairs; a luxurious Bath House with hot showers, complimentary EO body care products, fresh cotton towels, electrical outlets, and well-appointed restrooms; and private and communal campfires ideal for intimate fireside storytelling, cooking, and warmth during the cool mornings and evenings.

Gold Country

For those who like the idea of the wilderness and the outdoors but aren’t fans of sleeping in the dirt, glamping is the answer and Tuolumne County is the place! From the outskirts of Yosemite to the rivers of the High Sierra there is a wide selection of cabins, bed and breakfasts, Airbnbs, and even yurts. Rush Creek Lodge and Evergreen Lodge have a selection of upscale villas and rustic family cabins. These resorts have their own recreation department and spa services for the whole family to enjoy. Just two miles from the entrance to Yosemite National Park, families can get the ultimate Yosemite experience an end the day making s’mores on an open campfire. Adventurers can ride the day away on horseback and then cozy up in a rustic newly renovated cabin at Lazy Z Resort. For those thrill-seeking families who are wanting the ultimate outdoor adventure, outfitters like OARS and Echo Adventures will arrange all-inclusive, multi-day hiking and whitewater rafting trips.

High Sierra

California’s High Sierra region offers visitors abundant wilderness to traverse, and at Sequoia High Sierra Camp in Kings Canyon National Park, visitors can retreat to ecologically designed tents after long days of hiking and exploration. Each tented cabin is complete with Persian rugs and blankets on cozy beds, propane lanterns, and, of course, stunning views of the surrounding Sierra Nevada at over 8,000 feet in elevation. At Mary Smith Campground in Lewiston, lakefront glamping units are outfitted with queen beds with feather down comforters and pillows (linen service provided), as well as a private front deck equipped with two armchairs and coffee table, fire pit and picnic table. The site is tucked into a mixed forest of conifer and deciduous trees, surrounded by abundant wildflowers and views of Lewiston Lake and the surrounding Trinity Alps. Mary Smith Campground was picked as one of California's prettiest lake campgrounds in Sunset Magazine and highly-reviewed by SF Gate.

San Francisco Bay Area

Experience outdoor luxury in Guerneville and check into AutoCamp, where guests can have an unforgettable glamping experience among the redwoods. Twenty-four custom Airstream travel trailers, 10 fully equipped luxury tents, and a modern Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired architectural pavilion makes up the Guerneville property, with wooded walking paths, indoor and outdoor lounges, and campfires at each guest suite. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Safari West is Sonoma’s renowned wildlife preserve, offering safaris and overnight glamping. Expansive, custom-built tents imported from Botswana overlook a panoramic view of grazing antelope and giraffes and feature a private viewing deck, en-suite bathroom, polished hardwood floors and the wildlife sounds of the “Sonoma Serengeti.” For those seeking similarly adventurous luxury, try glamping at the Oakland Zoo! Starting summer 2018, the Oakland Zoo is offering luxury glamping tents with the California Trail expansion.

Central Coast

Buellton offers families the ultimate luxury glamping experience at Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground – a favorite travel destination for kids and their parents. The entire family can stay together in a vintage airstream, surf or wine cottage, or safari tent. With each option offering modern amenities, a backyard, and BBQ or fire pit, camping has never been so fun. One of the most unique Central Coast destinations is at Treebones Resort in Big Sur, where guests can stay in tastefully-furnished yurts or a “Human Nest” outdoor wood loft. The seaside lodging hosts expansive views in all directions, drawing upscale and budget-friendly travelers alike.


Le Haut Desert Aerie provides visitors of California’s Desert region with glamping options including comfortable safari tents and vintage airstreams, in addition to standard guest rooms. Le Haut Desert Aerie is located in Pioneertown, just a short distance away from the west entrance of Joshua Tree National Park. This unique glamping location has been featured on HGTV’s Extreme Homes segment. Be sure to head outside in the evenings for some unforgettable stargazing.

Los Angeles

The Two Harbors Campground hamlet on Santa Catalina Island sits on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, offering guests an up-close look at the rugged beauty of Southern California. The boat-in or hike-in sites guarantee privacy and serenity in either regular camping tents or tent cabins equipped with canvas cots, camp stove, lantern, picnic table, BBQ, fire ring and sunshade.

San Diego

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park offers several VIP experiences, including a tailored 5- to 8-hour Ultimate Safari that includes access to the most exclusive areas of the park, up-close animal encounters and a personal tour guide. The park also offers Roar & Snore Safari, a thrilling glamping adventure where guests overnight in a luxury tent surrounded by the sights and sounds of wildlife. The sleepover includes camp activities, after-hours wildlife viewing, guided walks, a campfire program, dinner and breakfast the following morning. Shutterbugs love the Caravan Safari Deluxe, a 3.5-hour tour of several field enclosures from the back of an open-air safari truck, with up-close views of Asian and African birds and mammals and an opportunity to feed giraffes.