20 Places To Go Glamping in California

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A state with stunning landscapes of coasts, forests, mountains and lakes offers you the chance to ditch the four walls of a conventional hotel and connect with nature by going glamping in California.

With stunning natural assets, the state is one of the best places to marry the creature comforts of a five-star hotel with the great outdoors. Here’s our pick of 20 California glamping spots that will allow you to enjoy California’s outdoors in luxury.

Glamping in California

Glamping In Southern California

1- 28 Palms Ranch

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Looking for a top spot to go yurt glamping in California? Try 28 Palms Ranch. Photo: 28 Palms Ranch.

Enjoy the wild desert-mountain landscape near Joshua Tree National Park while staying in a traditional Mongolian yurt.

Yurts are a sustainable accommodation option made from organic material.

A traditional Mongolian nomad family handcrafted these yurts and they are so authentic you could easily imagine you’re on the Mongolian plains.

Decked out with sinks and a skylight for stargazing while lying in bed, each yurt also comes with a private solar shower and a compostable toilet.

Other facilities include tea and coffee, kitchen implements and BBQs for fun-filled evenings under the stars.

28 Palms Ranch is 34 miles (55km) from Palm Springs airport and 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Indian Cove entrance of Joshua Tree National Park at 68282 Mesa Drive, Twentynine Palms, CA 92277. Find out more here.

2- Alila Ventana Big Sur Glamping

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Some of the best glamping in Southern California is among the Redwood trees at Alila Ventana Big Sur. Photo: Alila Ventana Big Sur.

Escape to nature by glamping among Redwood trees in the Big Sur.

Luxury safari canvas tents come equipped with comfortable mattresses and quality linen.

Glamping guests can buy firewoods, beverages and ice at the property and dine at the restaurant.

Each glamping tent has a deck, a wood-burning fire pit, and padded chairs to sit back and admire the 20-acre (8 hectares) canyon views.

The campground is 30 miles (48 km) south of Carmel and 65 miles (104 km) north of San Simeon.

Alila Ventana Big Sur is at 48123 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920. Find out more about this property.

3- Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground (Buellton)

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Glamping in California comes in many shapes, so try the Airstreams at Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground (Buellton) for something different. Photo: Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground.

Flying Flags Buellton offers a range of cottages, cabins, tents and vintage trailers.

The modern RV park has safari tents and vintage airstream trailers to enjoy a more luxurious camping experience with extras like air-conditioning, free WiFi, complimentary toiletries and barbecue facilities.

The park has children’s play areas, pet parks and a heated pool.

The good thing about staying here is there are lots of activities like boating, fishing, golfing, wine tasting, hiking and swimming.

Other things to do are visiting the Danish town of Solvang and wine tasting at the Santa Ynez Valley wineries.

Flying Flags RV Resort & Campground (Buellton) is at 180 Ave Of The Flags, Buellton, CA 93427. Find out more about this property.

4- Dome in the Desert

Squeeze out the last drop of adventure from your next desert stay at Joshua Tree.

Dome in the Desert is an artistic geodesic dome from the 80s laced with hip bohemian flair.

The stylish interior has two tastefully decorated bedrooms and a full kitchen.

A natural wood-burning stove keeps it warm and toasty on chilly nights, while air-conditioning will cool you down during those hot desert days.

Dome in the Desert is a few miles from Joshua Tree town centre.

5- JTHAVN Joshua Tree Remote Dessert Bubble Dome

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For a truly unique experience of desert glamping in California, you may want to tick Joshua Tree Remote Dessert Bubble Dome off your list. Photo: Joshua Tree Remote Dessert Bubble Dome.

If sleeping in a bubble under the stars in the desert sounds exciting, try the Joshua Tree Remote Dessert Bubble Dome.

The one-bedroom dome sleeps up to three guests and is beautifully furnished with a four-poster bed, comfy couch, drapes and throw rugs.

Other facilities include WiFi, air conditioning and heating, a hot tub and a barbecue.

JTHAVN Joshua Tree Remote Dessert Bubble Dome is 6 km from the Joshua Tree Visitor Center. Find out more about this property.

6- La Boheme Living

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One of the unusual glamping locations in California is in a backyard. Check out La Boheme Living. Photo: supplied.

La Boheme Living is an urban glamping spot in the heart of LA, a 10-minute drive from Dodgers Stadium.

The safari tent sits on the grounds of a private residence and comes with a host of benefits, including the ability to order food, call for Uber, walk to the nearest restaurant or even do a quick grocery run.

Unlike remote glamping, you can enjoy all the perks of super connectivity coupled with the feeling of being in the wild.

The luxury tent includes air conditioning, heating, patio, terrace, dining table, and kitchen utensils.

You can hike, bike, or play a game of tennis and can book a private massage session that the host will be happy to arrange for you.

La Boheme Living is at 4665 N Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90065. Find out more about this property.

7- Roy Roger’s Ranch Bubble Tent

Roy Rogers Ranch is an ode to the singer, actor, television host and one of the most famous Western stars of the silver screen, Roy Rogers.

Experience his larger-than-life persona reflected everywhere on the property, from the unique bubble tents to old movie sets and props.

The transparent bubble domes pop out in the desert landscape and are done up tastefully with pretty colours and plush linen.

They are air-conditioned and packed with other modern amenities.

Experience sleeping under the milky way or a canopy of stars as the desert night sky explodes with the dotted wonders.

Roy Roger’s Ranch Bubble Tents are at 14433 Roy Rogers Ranch Rd, Oro Grande, CA 92368.

8- High Sierra Camp

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If you’re looking for somewhere to go glamping in California, try High Sierra Camp. Photo: High Sierra Camp.

This secluded retreat in Sequoia National Forest offers bespoke canvas cabins in a wild location.

Tents have modern-day comforts like artisanal furniture and down feather pillows.

You will love starting the day with a yoga session in the open-air yoga pavilion.

Apart from the knockout location and high-end services, there are plenty of activities like hiking the nearby scenic meadows and trails, fly fishing, bird watching and stargazing.

High Sierra Camp Llc is at 65745 Big Meadows Dr, Sequoia National Park, CA 93262.

9- Santa Paula Yurt

Glamp in privacy while sleeping in this modern yurt on a private ranch in Santa Paula.

The yurt offers a comfy stay inside a traditional Mongolian nomadic dwelling with windows and stylish interiors.

Yurts can accommodate up to eight people and are perfect for family and friends gatherings.

There’s a kitchenette, fridge, microwave and stovetop and a marble and natural stone bathroom next to the yurt.

Santa Paula Yurt is at Santa Paula, CA 93060.

10- Treebones Resort

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Check into a yurt at Treebones Resort and enjoy some of the best glamping in Southern California. Photo: Treebones Resort.

For a glamping experience with breathtaking Big Sur Coast views, head to Treebones Resort.

The site offers top-of-the-line luxury yurts that come packaged with nice touches like complimentary breakfast, yoga sessions and hiking.

The accommodation is unique and includes Human Nest, a designer space resembling a giant bird’s nest, and Twig Hut.

The property has a heated pool, hot tub and spa. There’s a full-service restaurant, or you can nibble on fresh seafood at their sushi bar.

Treebones Resort is at 71895 CA-1, Big Sur, CA 93920.

11- Alter Experiences

Experience the backcountry of San Diego with the unique glamping accommodation offered by Alter Experiences.

If you choose to sleep in their tree tent perched amidst giant pine and conifer trees, you can hug the trees here.

Their campsite varies according to the season, but all are highly private with state-of-the-art amenities and equipment.

Choose from bell tents to tree tents or double bubble tree tents.

There are hammocks tied between trees where you can share an intimate tete-a-tete with the forest without any disturbance.

Just show up with your cooler and clothes, and they will take care of the rest.

Alter Experiences has glamping in Mount Laguna, Julian, Lake Cuyamaca is at Laguna Campground, Julian, CA 92036.

12- El Capitan Canyon

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El Capitan offers yurt glamping in California at its best. Photo: El Capitan.

Stay in a yurt or a cabin in the woods not far from downtown Santa Barbara.

In a grove of oaks and sycamores, the adventure yurts can easily fit a family of four.

The property has hot tubs, a heated pool and a fire pit to cook food bought from the store on the property.

Activities range from hiking and spending time on the beach to feeding llamas and goats.

The town of Solvang nearby has a rich Danish history to explore.

El Capitan Canyon is at 11560 Calle Real, Santa Barbara, CA 93117.

13- Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday

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For a unique experience glamping in California, try Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday’s Conestoga wagons. Photo: Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday/Dan Armstrong.

Enjoy a break surrounded by nature at the foothills of Ventura county’s highest mountain, Topa Topa.

Ventura Ranch has Safari Tents with queen beds, linen, a microwave, a mini-fridge, a heater and a fan.

Other options are the Conestoga wagons, where you can live like the pioneers by staying in a large covered wagon that sleeps up to six.

They also have teepees in different sizes to accommodate four to eight people.

The campground is a dream-come-true for families, with plenty of recreation options like zip-lining, a labyrinth, a rock-climbing tower, a jumping pillow and gem mining.

Ventura Ranch KOA Holiday is at 7400 Pine Grove Rd, Santa Paula, CA 93060.

14- The Trailer Pond

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The Trailer Pond offers a unique California glamping experience. Photo: The Trailer Pond.

Reminisce about the past by staying in one of five beautifully refurbished vintage trailers set up beside a tranquil pond.

Located in the Alta Colina Vineyard in Paso Robles’ Adelaida District, it’s the perfect spot for a wine-tasting vacation.

With lovely views of the vineyard, you can soak up the ambience of the 50s and 60s in trailers created between 1957 and 1962.

Camp like the old days with a 1950s icebox, original stoves, floor, and countertop fixtures, while contemporary creature comforts like fresh linen and coffeemakers add nice touches to your stay.

An outdoor shower, sink and vanity are available in the communal bathroom. Trailers sleep up to two people.

The Trailer Pond is at 2825 Adelaida Rd, Paso Robles, CA 93446.

15- Wellspring Ranch

If you want to sneak in some couple’s time to reconnect, head out to this 160-acre (65 hectares) ranch in Cayucos on California’s Central Coast.

This couples-only property has seven plush and upscale living quarters ranging from elegant lofts to stylish cabana yurts.

The star-stay for ultimate privacy is their luxurious 28 foot (8.5 meters) International Airstream travel trailer perched on a hillside.

All accommodation options come with modern amenities like a memory foam mattress, Turkish cotton robes and gas fireplaces.

Guests also enjoy complimentary offerings like daily yoga classes, cedar hot tub soak and hiking trails to explore the ranch.

Wellspring Ranch is at 9150 Santa Rita Rd, Cayucos, CA 93430. 

Glamping In Northern California

16- Mendocino Grove

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For a stylish glamping experience in California, you can’t go wrong at Mendocino Grove. Photo: Mendocino Grove.

Tucked away in the coastal woods of Mendocino is a glamping retreat that melds the comfort of home and the adventure of camping.

Wake up to the sound of Mendocino surf, explore nature on a hiking trail, spend the evening by a campfire and snuggle between the sheets as a chilly night engulfs you.

Tents are roomy and safari-style, with luxurious amenities like heated beds, warm down comforters, woollen blankets and cotton linens.

Savour the grand fir forest and revel in the ocean air as you relax on your deck.

All tents are well-spaced to provide privacy and freedom to be yourself as you glamp like a champ.

Mendocino Grove is at 9500, 9601 CA-1, Mendocino, CA 95460. Find out more about this property.

17- Wildhaven Sonoma Glamping

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Some of the best glamping in California can be found at Wildhaven Sonoma Glamping. Photo: Wildhaven Sonoma Glamping.

A consistent top spot when it comes to glamping in the wine country of Sonoma, Wildhaven Sonoma, will win your heart.

Wildhaven’s tents are extra-large and packed with comforts of all kinds, so you can enjoy the awe-inspiring natural beauty the region is famous for in style.

Each tent comes with tasteful furnishings, electrical power points, heating and cooling, own fire pits and private parking just behind the tent.

You can choose one of their standard tents, and if you’re bringing the family, their tents with two bunk beds can fit two adults and four kids.

For a tent with a view, opt for their riverside tent cabins.

Wildhaven Sonoma Glamping is at 2411 Alexander Valley Rd, Healdsburg, CA 95448. Find out more about this property.

18- AutoCamp Russian River

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For an experience glamping in Northern California, you may want to try AutoCamp Russian River. Photo: AutoCamp Russian River.

Conveniently located between the Russian River and the nearby town of Guerneville, this AutoCamp property offers a glamping experience in California’s wine country.

Set within a grove of Redwood trees, the surroundings are serene and an escape from the city.

The chic camp has excellent communal facilities like a canteen stocked with local wine and snacks, a game table and an open-air clubhouse with a firepit.

Pick a classic Airstream suite or one of the luxury tents. Airstream accommodation has everything you would expect in a city pad, such as a private shower, sofa bed, flat-screen TV, refrigerator, microwave and an electric kettle.

There’s a dining area, a patio and a private fire pit with a grill and outdoor furniture.

For a retro camping experience, they offer their happier campers.

AutoCamp Russian River is at 14120 Old Cazadero Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446. Find out more about this property.

19- AutoCamp Yosemite

Camp like royalty in a swanky trailer parked in the natural wonderland of Yosemite.

Located near the park’s entrance, the surrounding local forest gives you a true taste of living in the wild.

Accommodation is not only limited to their collection of the latest premium airstream trailers. You can also stay in a glamorous tent or a classic cabin suite.

Property amenities include a clubhouse, seasonal pool, BBQ kits, spa-inspired bathroom supplies, complimentary tea coffee, and WiFi.

Explore the outdoors with unlimited adventures like hiking, climbing, and whitewater rafting with their expert guides.

AutoCamp Yosemite is at 6323 CA-140, Midpines, CA 95345. Find out more about this property.

20- Inn Town Campground

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The Inn Town Campground offers a wide choice of accommodation for your next California glamping trip. Photo: Inn Town Campground.

Add some elegance to your next camping trip by choosing to camp comfortably in one of Inn Town Campground’s deluxe canvas tents.

Tents are decorated in themes and range from accessible to dog-friendly to family tents.

All glamping tents come equipped with fresh linen, comfy mattresses, electricity, heated mattress pads, fans, furniture and balconies to sit back and relax in the forest,

They come with amenities like camp stores, bathrooms, showers, a full kitchen, reading nooks and BBQ areas.

Inn Town Campground is a stone’s throw away from downtown Nevada City at 9 Kidder Ct, Nevada City, CA 95959.

21- Camp Cruz

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Go bubble glamping in California in Camp Cruz’ Eagle’s Nest domes. Photo: Camp Cruz. 

Reserve a rare rendezvous with nature next time you are in the Bay Area at Camp Cruz in a remote redwood forest in the Santa Cruz mountains.

Accommodation choices are split between a trendy modern yurt, the Owl’s Nest, the Raven’s Nest aircrete dome and the Eagle’s Nest geodome.

The yurt sports a skylight through which you can see the forest canopy, while the aircrete comes equipped with electricity, unlike the yurt.

This glamping ground comes with a host of amenities like a fully packed outdoor kitchen.

Hiking trails are found around the property, so adventure is always around the corner, and there are plenty of other natural attractions nearby, including Santa Cruz’s beaches and mountain biking at Forest of Nisense Marks State Park.

Camp Cruz is at Eureka Canyon Rd, Watsonville, CA 95076. 

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Christina Pfeiffer is a writer, photographer and video blogger based in Queensland, Australia. She has lived in three continents and her career as a travel journalist has taken her to all seven continents. Since 2003, she has contributed travel stories and photographs to mainstream media in Australia and around the world such as the Sydney Morning Herald, CNN Traveller, The Australian and the South China Morning Post. She has won many travel writing awards and is a full member of the Australian Society of Travel Writers.