Camping and Glamping Options for Appreciating Nature This Summer

Whether you’d rather get up close and personal with nature or stay in a luxurious tent packed with modern amenities, there’s a campsite (or a glampsite) out there for you!

There’s nothing quite like sleeping outside with only a layer of nylon between you and the fresh summer air. Camping is one of the best ways to connect with nature, and glamping comes in as a close second. 

After all, location matters more than the type of lodging you’re staying in. Whether you’re ensconced in a king-sized bed in a massive glampsite, or you’re snuggled up in a sleeping bag in a pup tent, if you’ve chosen a good location, you can still go outside and enjoy the stars. 

The view is just as beautiful and the s’mores taste just as good whether you’re sleeping an inch or two above the rough ground or on a memory foam mattress. But at some point, you’ll have to choose between camping or glamping. 

Not sure which one sounds better to you? Take a look at these seven camping and glamping options and decide for yourself!

Sage Creek Primitive Campground at Badlands National Park, South Dakota

View of a bison grazing at Badlands National Park

Up for a challenge? Make your next camping trip to the Sage Creek Primitive Campground at Badlands National Park, South Dakota. 

The only amenities are vault toilets, a horse corral, and picnic benches. However, if you choose to really rough it in the Badlands, you may get the chance to hear wolves howl at night and see both prairie dogs and bison.

Farm Stay in Carbondale, Colorado

For travelers who’d rather see their horses and then return to luxurious lodgings, Farm Stay in Carbondale, Colorado is a great glamping option. 

On this 100-acre horse ranch, you’ll be able to see horses of course, but also chickens, pigs, cows, and even alpacas! There’s a French press for the coffee aficionados and farm-fresh eggs straight from the ranch itself. Plus, the nearby hiking trails are beautiful!

State Park at Assateague Island, Maryland

Man kayaking near wild horses grazing at Assateague Island, Maryland

Does the idea of the chance to see wild horses up close sound romantic and exciting to you? Assateague Island, Maryland’s state park, offers you the opportunity to do just that — as well as camp on the beach, swim, kayak, surf, and go crabbing. 

There are almost 40 miles of shoreline available for camping. According to Time Out, “Just note that Assateague Island has both a state park and a national park. If you want a warm shower, then camp at the state park campground. And don’t forget to lock up your food if you don’t want the horses to ransack your tent.” 

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Land of Paradise Suite in the Mushroom Dome Retreat in Aptos, California

At this beautiful glamping spot, you’ll be fully immersed in nature while you enjoy the amenities of this unique cabin. The geodesic dome ceiling allows you to look straight to the sky as you sleep in the loft.

The owners of the Airbnb write, “We have 10 acres next to land without fences so you will get to enjoy nature: just hang out on the deck, take a hike in the woods, watch the hummingbirds on our deck, go to the beach or gaze at the stars – as long as the moon isn’t full.” After your hike, head back to the cabin to enjoy the snacks in the stocked kitchenette!

Watchman’s Campground at Zion National Park, Utah

Tent at Watchman Campground in Zion National Park

One of the most popular campgrounds at Zion National Park, Watchman Campground gives you the chance to sleep near the beauty of the gigantic sandstone cliffs. The park’s amenities are maintained all year-round, so you’ll have access to bathrooms with running water, fresh drinking water, picnic tables, and fire rings. 

There’s plenty of space so you won’t feel crowded by other campers, and you’ll be able to enjoy nature and be awestruck by the beautiful views. 

Luxury Camping in Port Angeles, Washington

The Pacific Northwest has so much beauty to offer. Why not take it all in in style? Stay at the Best View Around Luxury Camping glampsite in Port Angeles, Washington, and “Enjoy the 360-degree views of: downtown Port Angeles, Strait of Juan de Fuca, Sequim Bay, Dungeness, Vancouver Island, & Mount Baker!”

Don’t spend too much time sitting and enjoying the view, though. On this seven-acre property, you’ll have the chance to look for huckleberries, elderberries, blackberries, and raspberries. The tent runs on a combination of solar power and propane heat, and there’s a porta-potty provided.

Grand Marais Campground in Grand Marais, Minnesota

View of path to lighthouse at Grand Marais, Minnesota

With 300 campsites offering a range of prices and settings, Grand Marais Campground on Lake Superior will have an option that fits your budget and needs. Here you can choose between lakeside and wooded tent sites, and each site offers both a campfire vessel and a picnic table. 

While the Grand Marais is open-year round, this is Minnesota after all, and it’s recommended that you make your reservation between June and September. You’ll have the chance to do plenty of fishing if you choose to, or rent a boat and enjoy the beautiful views while you’re on the water. 

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