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Best Places To Go Glamping In California

If you’re looking to get out and experience camping but roughing it in a two-man tent isn’t really your style, don’t worry, you have options. Or maybe you want to have a romantic getaway in the woods, a unique girls trip, or a family adventure without having to worry about lugging everything with you. Here are some of the best places to go glamping in California, so you can enjoy the great outdoors with a few extra amenities.

Best Places To Go Glamping In California

28 Palms Ranch: Twentynine Palms

68282 Mesa Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

Enjoy traditional handcrafted yurts, indoor and outdoor community spaces, and evenings under the stars at this village in the foothills of the Copper Mountains. Yurts are furnished with beds, a sink, dresser, and side tables. Outside your yurt, you’ll have private flushing marine toilets and hot showers, private picnic area, and private fire pit. Guests are also provided with an outdoor sink and barbecue, ice chest, linens, hot water, electricity, AC and heating.

Alter Experiences: Cleveland National Forest

Campgrounds throughout Cleveland National Forest

Alter Experiences offers glamping experiences at several campgrounds in Cleveland National Forest outside of San Diego. Amenities vary by site. Campsties are located near flush toilets and showers. Features include bell tents, mattresses/beds, hammocks, sofas/sofabeds, a multilevel tree tent, and seating areas. Additional amenities will vary based on campground location but will generally include drinking water, propane stoves, fire rings and grill combos, outdoor kitchen, and some pantry supplies.

AutoCamp: Multiple Locations

Joshua Tree, Russian River, Sequoia, Yosemite

AutoCamp is a unique glamping destination experience with spacious tents and luxury Airstream trailers. Guests at Autocamp will have access to furnished accommodations, campfires, clubhouses with lounge and work spaces, on-site dining and general store, Spa-style bathrooms, free wifi and coffee, and complimentary bikes. Plus it’s pet friendly!

Boon Glamping: Guerneville

Boon Hotel + Spa: 14711 Armstrong Woods Road, Guerneville, CA 95446

It’s a hotel and spa, but you can also book one of their luxury tent cabins, or the vintage lovebug camper. The glamping tents are seasonal and available May through October. Guests get luxury linens, a platform bed, bath products, lanterns, and boon breakfasts. Outdoor shared bathrooms are available and tent guests enjoy all the same luxuries as those staying in the hotel. This is a 21+ only resort.

The Camp at Carmel Valley

33200 E Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley, CA 93924

There are basic and deluxe glamping packages here that include group cabins and bunkhouses. Guests can enjoy hosted events and activities like archery, yoga, and crafts, plus campfires and barbecues. Self guided activities include swimming, hiking, tennis, lawn games, and more. Breakfast is included, too! Some cabins do not have plumbing, but there are restrooms in the nearby bathhouse.

Camp Cruz: Santa Cruz Mountains

Book a stay at Camp Cruz and you’ll get a 4-acre glampground all to yourself. That’s right! They only book it to one group at a time, so you can enjoy the great outdoors with all the glamping amenities. There are two rooms – an aircrete dome called The Raven’s Nest and a yurt called the Owl’s Nest. Both rooms are furnished with bedding provided. Other amenities here include a fully equipped outdoor kitchen, toilets and showers, campfire pit, garden, deck, a nearby creek, hammocks, meditation pagoda, and plenty of private space in the forest among the trees.

The Castle House Estate: Joshua Tree

64278 E Broadway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252

The Castle House Estate is a unique destination in Joshua Tree offering a selection of overnight accommodations. Options range from minimalistic campsites to electric yurts, shipping container home, and guard towers. This location has been featured on HGTV. Specific amenities will depend on the option you choose, but guests can enjoy the pool, room service, and plenty of outdoor space. Yurts are fully furnished with outdoor showers and separate restroom facilities that have running water and flush toilets.

Catalina Island Glamping

Hermit Gulch & Two Harbors Campgrounds

These are not fancy and are basically bare bones tent cabins with cots, but you can rent the gear you need on site if you don’t want to bring your own all the way to Catalina Island. Despite the fact that these are not luxury accommodations with all the bells and whistles, you really can’t beat the location, and you don’t have to worry about setting up your own tent or sleep on the ground.

Costanoa Lodge: Pescadero

2001 Rossi Road, at HWY 1, Pescadero, CA 94060

Costanoa is a rustic coastal resort and lodge. While rooms are available here, if you want a glamping experience, you can book a cabin or tent bungalow. All cabins include restrooms. Canvas tent bungalows have electricity and are fully furnished, with access to designated restrooms. Cabin and tent campers also have access to comfort stations, indoor hot showers, a dry sauna, and outdoor fireplaces.

Cuyama Oaks Ranch

New Cuyama, CA 93254

This private 82-acre ranch offers a variety of amenities including swimming, hiking, wine tours, lawn games, a petting zoo, and more. They have unique campsites, and glamping sites with furnished yurts. Come explore the great outdoors at this LGBTQIA-focused camp (open to all) and don’t forget to take a walk with the resident pigs and goats.

El Capitan Canyon: Santa Barbara County

11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117

One of the best glamping destinations in Santa Barbara County, you can choose from cedar cabins or adventure yurts, both fully furnished. Cabins have bathrooms and kitchenettes, and yurts have nearby private restrooms. Guests have access to the onsite market and kitchen, and can participate in a variety of hosted activities like docent led hikes, wine tastings, and concerts. There is a heated pool, playground, and complimentary beach cruisers.

Flying Flags RV Resort and Campground

180 Ave of the Flags, Buellton, CA 93427

Here you can enjoy a variety of glamping experiences by choosing from a cabin, classic camper, furnished tent cabins, or pull your own RV into one of their camp sites. Amenities vary by accommodations, but all guests have access to the playground and splash zone, bocce ball courts, swimming pools, lounge areas, fire pits, a general store, and more.

Getaway Big Bear: Running Springs

2001 Wilderness Rd., Running Springs, CA 92382

Getaway Big Bear is a glamping destination that features 40 tiny cabins on 59 private acres in the San Bernardino Mountains. Cabins are furnished and fully equipped (including restrooms with hot showers). Outside, you have a private firepit with grill grate and seating area to enjoy the great outdoors. Head out for a hike, venture over to Big Bear Lake, or just enjoy the peace and quiet.

Glen Oaks Big Sur

47080 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

One of the ultimate luxury glamping destinations, you’ll find a variety of cabins, cottages, lodges, and room suites tucked in the redwood forests of Big Sur. All accommodations are fully furnished and many feature their own kitchenettes and private patios. Guests will enjoy the comforts of the indoors, but the outdoors is where the magic is, surrounded by groves of redwoods, a nearby river, and all that Big Sur has to offer.

Huttopia Paradise Springs: Valyermo

18101 Paradise Drive, Valyermo, CA 93563

Here at Huttopia Paradise Springs in the Angeles National Forest, guests are surrounded by lush greenery, an artesian spring, and a year-round creek. The grounds was known as Paradise Mountain Resort & Trout Club in the 1920s and was a popular getaway destination for Hollywood stars. Today, guests can swim, hike, and play and participate in organized events and activities. The grounds include 68 ready to camp wood frame and canvas tents on 150 acres. There’s even a camp store, bistro, coffee cart and breakfast.

Inn Town Campground: Nevada City

9 Kidder Ct., Nevada City, CA 95959

This 15-acre historic site offers tent sites, glamping, and RV sites for family friendly adventures in the heart of a pine forest. Community amenities include a camp store, bbq area, kitchen and dining area, laundry facilities, showers, and swimming pool. For glamping, you can book a deluxe canvas tent that comes furnished with electricity, beds (with linens), private porches, and outdoor seating.

KOA Ventura Ranch: Heritage Valley

7400 Pine Grove Road, Santa Paula, CA 93060

This 76-acre KOA campground has super fun glamping options including teepees, Conestoga Wagons, safari tents, and cabins, in addition to the usual tent and RV sites. You’ll have to bring most of your own bedding and other camp necessities for the wagons and teepees, but the cabins are furnished. KOA campgrounds are great for families and have many fun activities. Here you can try out the ropes course, zip line, Labyrinth, jumping pillow, rock climbing tower, gem mining, swimming pool, and cornhole.

Mendocino Grove: Mendocino

9601 California 1, Mendocino, CA 95460

Glamping at it’s best in Mendocino with furnished platform tents. Each tent has a deck with seating, picnic tables, and a fire pit with grate for cooking. There are two centrally located bathhouses for community use with indoor and outdoor hot showers stocked with organic bath products and towels. Enjoy the common areas with games, hammocks, bocce ball, daily yoga, and trails for exploring with an easy walk to Big River.

Newport Dunes: Newport Beach

1131 Back Bay Drive, Newport Beach, CA 92660

Newport Dunes is a luxury glamping destination in the heart of Orange County on the shores of the Newport Back Bay. Get all the excitement of beach camping with the comforts of home with one of 27 cottages. They are furnished, but you’ll need to bring your own bedding, pillows, towels, and coffeemaker. In addition to the cottages, there are over 300 RV sites and a marina, a waveless beach and swimming lagoon, and an inflatable water park.

Redwoods River Resort

75000 Highway 101 N Leggett, CA 95585

Redwoods River Resort offers a variety of lodging options from basic campsites to lodge rooms. For the glamping experience, book a cabin. You’ll get a fully furnished resting place with all the comforts of home, but still get to step outside and enjoy the majestic redwood forest. There is a full service store on site, fire pits and barbecues, hiking trails with access to the Eel River, fishing, swimming, playgrounds, and planned activities.

Safari West: Santa Rosa

3115 Porter Creek Road, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

Stay overnight at Safari West in one of 30 furnished safari tents that come with private viewing decks and bathrooms. Continental breakfast is included in your stay! This is a great glamping getaway to get you up close and personal to majestic wildlife.

San Diego Zoo Safari Park Roar & Snore: Escondido

15500 San Pasqual Valley Road, Escondido, CA 92027

Book an overnight stay at the Safari Park and make memories of a lifetime. Stay in one of the safari tents – classic tents come with sleeping pads, Vista Tents come with cots and electricity, and Premium Tents come with a queen bed and two cots with bedding, and electricity. All sleepovers include special camp activities, after-hours wildlife experiences, guided walks, a campfire with s’mores, dinner, a snack, and morning breakfast.

Sequoia High Sierra Camp: Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

65745 Big Meadow Rd, (FS 13S11), Giant Sequoia National Monument, CA 93633

Experience Sequoia and Kings Canyon in the most unique way with a stay at the High Sierra Camp. You’ll have to hike in to get here (just about a mile), but it’s well worth the effort. There are 30 furnished tent cabins, an al fresco dining pavilion with fireplace, a central bathhouse with hot showers and flush toilets, and three meals a day are served to you (included in the cost). All your linens, towels, and toiletries are included too. This is a perfect destination to enjoy the beauty of Sequoia.

Sonoma Treehouse Adventures: Occidental

6250 Bohemian Highway, Occidental, CA 95465

This is an overnight glamping adventure that you’ll never forget. Sleep in the treehouse in the forest and get an itinerary of activities to go with it. You can stay with or without the zipline adventure, it’s your choice. But all overnights include guided nature hikes, and dinner and a hot breakfast delivered to your treehouse. If you’re in for the zip-line, there are 14 here, plus two spiral staircases into the trees and eight skybridges.

Desolation Hotel: Hope Valley

14255 CA-88, Hope Valley, CA 96120

Experience the great outdoors just south of Lake Tahoe. Accommodations here include rustic refurbished historic cabins, yurts, a glamping trailer, and traditional campsites. A stay here immerses you in 165 acres of lush meadow in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Your stay is elevated with a restaurant, general store and café, plenty of hiking trails, wood-fired sauna, fishing, hammocks, and more. Guests here also get access to a private beach at Lake Tahoe.

The Trailer Pond at Alta Colina: Paso Robles

2825 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446

Enjoy the ultimate wine country glamping experience at the Trailer Pond. You’ll find 5 vintage trailers, fully refurbished and set net to a charming pond in Alta Colina’s vineyard. Take a hike and explore the 130-acre property or watch the sunset from the dock while you enjoy a glass of your favorite wine.

Treebones Resort: Big Sur

71895 Highway 1, South Big Sur, CA 93920

Treebones Resort is a unique off-grid glamping destination on the coast of Big Sur. Nestled on the hillside, you’ll find a yurt village, autonomous tents with private ocean views, traditional campsites, a human nest and a twig hut. Yurts are fully furnished. Other amenities here include pool and hot tub, massage, yoga, hikes and beachcombing, and seasonal whale watching. Plus, treat yourself to on site dining at the Lodge Restaurant or the Wild Coast Sushi Bar.

Alila Ventana Big Sur

48123 Highway 1, Big Sur, CA 93920

A Big Sur camping experience with a touch of luxury in cozy, furnished safari-style canvas tents. Enjoy s’mores by the fire pit, take in the canyon views, and relax in the fresh air. Check in with the resort to find upcoming activities like Falconry Experiences, or just take a hike.

Wellspring Ranch: Cayucos

9150 Santa Rita Road, Cayucos, CA 93430

Wellspring Ranch is a private, couples only retreat with unique accommodations. They do have a main house with rooms, but for a glamping experience, choose the yurts or the airstream. On the ranch you can enjoy trails for hiking and biking, gardens, spring fed ponds and mineral-rich cedar hot tubs, bonfires, and yoga on the deck. The yurts and airstream are furnished and include all the comforts of home.

Wildhaven: Sonoma County

2411 Alexander Valley Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448

Wildhaven is one of the Bay Areas top rated glamping destinations on 10 acres of riverfront property with comfortable camp tents that keep you close to nature. Guests here will enjoy comfortable beds with heated mattress pads, electricity, patio furniture, personal fire pit and picnic table. There are clean restrooms and hot showers for the community with flush toilets and towels provided. And there is a covered area with gas BBQs, tables, and a dish cleaning station. Guests also have private access to the Russian River, plenty of open space to explore, and an on-site store with local goods.

Yosemite High Sierra Camps: Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park

Accessible only by foot or mule, these Yosemite High Sierra Camps are spaced about 6 to 10 miles apart on a wilderness loop trail where you’ll be surrounded by nothing but wilderness and peace. Each of the five High Camps has a number of group cabins and kitchens that serve you breakfast, lunch, and dinner. High Camps allow you to spend your days exploring the beauty of the Yosemite National Park backcountry without carrying all the extra gear. Due to the high demand, these are available by lottery only.

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Heidi Deal
Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights. When she's not writing you can find her solo hiking and going on new adventures with her kids and pup.