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10 Luxury Camping Trips to Take This Summer

Summer is quickly counting down, and we don't know about you, but we've barely made good on our sunny season bucket list. Put those remaining weekends to good use and plan a good old-fashioned camping trip (with some modern updates, of course). Here, our favorites, from authentic outdoorsy retreats to rooftop glamping suites.

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Under Canvas, Grand Canyon

Under Canvas has a lot to brag about, and when it comes to their Grand Canyon location – 56 running acres of forest, right on the Mother Road, historic Route 66 – we barely even know where to start. You’ll find their GC camp right at the bottom of Bill Williams Mountain, with three type of luxury tents serving as homebase. Your pick is between the Suite-, Deluxe-, or Stargazer tent, all of which come with private bathrooms (can I get an amen for flush toilets), roomy king-size beds (with high-end linens), and a woodstove for keeping toasty. There’s really no bad use of time here, but outside of camp, you can take advantage of custom jeep safari tours, scenic flights and horseback riding expeditions through the Kaibab National Forest. Planning to hit up an array of national parks sometime soon? Be sure to checkout their Moab, Yellowstone and Glaciers locations as well.

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El Cosmico, Marfa, Texas

Our interest was piqued when we first found out about Liz Lambert’s nomadic campground, poised on the dramatic, high desert plains of Marfa, Texas, and after looking into it more, we were beyond infatuated. El Cosmico exudes a distinctly bohemian feel, one derived straight from the source: Marfa – a place where art and a bustling ranching community have long intertwined. Vagabond, Kozy Coach, and Imperial Mansion trailers (with dry goods minibars and local bath products), yurts (with queen beds, sofas and AC), teepees (with brick floors and heated mattress pads), and canvas safari tents (with queen beds and hardwood floors), dot the grounds. If you’re more into creature comforts, like solid walls, there’s also the art deco Brite Building with apartment-style accommodations. Anyway you go, leave time to relax in the hammock grove or rent out a wood-fired Dutch tub. This September 22-25 you can also catch the 11th-annual Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love, combining camping, live music, sandlot baseball and a whole bunch of local art.

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Inn Town Campground, Nevada City, California

This July marked the grand opening of the Inn Town Campground, a passion project from Dan and Erin Thiem (also the owners of the charming Outside Inn). Just 2 miles from downtown Nevada City, and at the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, their new campground has 15 themed glamping tents for rent – all with private front porches, electricity and real linens – as well as spots for those bringing their own pop-up or RV. At The Commons, Inn Town’s activity center, campers will find a BBQ area, laundry, WiFi, foosball, ping pong table, and hostel-style community kitchen. Outside the campground, there’s also plenty to do. Venture into town to shop the eclectic boutiques, check out the city’s lively music and art scene, or take a dip in a local swimming hole.

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AutoCamp Russian River, California

New to the Sonoma Valley this August 15th is AutoCamp Russian River. While this locale may be new, this far from AutoCamp's first rodeo, having run a wildly successful Santa Barbara camp since 2013. Custom silver Airstream suites, canvas tents and handcrafted Shelton Huts (some which are pet friendly) come tricked out with Casper mattresses (of NYC subway ad fame), Malin+Goetz bath products, Schoolhouse Electric lighting, and Hi-Fi audio systems. There’s WiFi throughout the camp, but more excitingly, you’re situated right in the Redwood Forest, within walking distance of Russian River, and not far from the bars, restaurants and shops of Guerneville’s burgeoning downtown.

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Homestead Modern No. 1, Pioneertown

For a retreat that semi-embraces the grit of the great outdoors (if you could even go that far), take to Homestead Modern No. 1, where gussied-up vintage trailers and fully-furnished casitas mingle on the sands of the Mojave Desert's Hollywood-built Pioneertown. Once the site of many a made-for-TV cowboy Westerns (think: Annie Oakley), today, visitors are spoiled with California king beds, indoor and outdoor showers, Jacuzzi tubs and patio fire pits. Thanks to a satellite WiFi connection, you’ll also have ample opportunity to Instagram, Snapchat or FB live the Pioneertown Post Office (most photographed in the U.S.) and breathtaking panoramic shots of the desert and mountains.

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The Holidays, San Clemente, California

If a beachy vibe is what you're after, The Holidays camp community on San Clemente's state beach is where you'll find it. Sit back in a sleek 60's-style camper – decked out with nostalgia-inducing mod touches (try paisley curtains in a lovely shade of mustard) – and unwind as gentle sea breezes collide with surrounding coastal cliffs. Stepping under a black and white-striped awning and inside your cozy lemon-drop or mint green trailer, you’ll find all your basics – bedding, towels, toiletries – as well as locally roasted coffee, a Bluetooth sound system, and everything you need to roast a mean campfire dog. But amenities aside, The Holidays really kicks it up a notch when it comes to camp games. Since the campers are set up in a circle, guests have the chance to socialize with others over rounds of cornhole, bocce, washer toss, and horse shoes; plus, you can show off your uncanny ability to churn out s’mores toasted to golden perfection over a communal campfire.

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The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, Montana

If your inclinations lean more towards ultra-luxe, ultra-romantic glamping, then the Resort at Paws Up, in Greenough, Montana, is your go-to. The camp has five luxury camping collections each with four to six tents – all torn straight from the pages of a Country Living magazine or pulled from your fave HGTV design show – spread out over 37,000-acres, overlooking the Blackfoot River and Elk Creek. Their 'American Safari' experience includes basic* accommodations like chandeliers, copper soaking tubs, his-and-her vanities, and on-call chefs and butlers. Dining the Paws Up way means dabbling in a little haute camping cuisine. Mosey into your camp’s dining pavilion for family-style meals of chili-dusted Black Angus steaks, whole roasted rainbow trout, and summer succotash.

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Falling Waters Nantahala, Bryson City, North Carolina

If you were already a fan of the traditional yurt, just you wait until we tell you all about the Mongolian-style digs at Falling Waters Nantahala. Camped out on Fontana Lake, right in the North Carolina Smoky mountains, this yurt village rocks an array of 16-foot tents with tongue and groove pine floors, queen beds, futons, coffee makers, front porches, and domed skylights for stargazing from the comfort of your own bed. Being in Bryson City, less than an hour from Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Blue Ridge Parkway also has its perks. Go on a canopy tour with 13 exhilarating ziplines and 8 sky bridges, raft the Nantahala River with a guide, chug around Nantahala Gorge on a scenic steam train, or take a jeep tour of the Appalachian Trail.

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Posh Primitive, Adirondacks

Antique rustic furnishings? Check. A dining lodge with farm-to-table gourmet meals? Check. Easy access to backcountry activities like whitewater rafting? Check. Posh Primitive – a luxury camping resort in the Adirondacks – marries the modest family tenting trips of your childhood with the plush amenities you simply won't part with as an admittedly pampered adult. Sleep soundly in a custom canvas tent, sprawled out on a queen-size hand-crafted timber bed that's swathed in heirloom-quality Pendleton wool blankets. And while you're there, make use of onsite Johnny Old School Guide Service to plan a rafting, hiking, biking, or ziplining adventure.

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The W New York Outdoor Glamping Suite, NYC

Hold on a sec...camping in the city, you say? Why yes, at the W’s brand new Laurel & Wolf-designed urban Glamping Suite, camping in Manhattan is a real life thing you can do! Guests bed down in a 12-foot yurt set up on the terrace of the hotel’s penthouse Extreme Wow Suite. The posh stay is perfect for urbanites who've unwittingly become outdoor-phobic – decked out in vibrant linens, festive string lights (à la your pimped out college dorm), rattan hanging chairs, a fire pit, and the clincher...a complimentary bottle of Veuve Clicquot. In this case, camping comes with sensational Big Apple views.

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