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20 Best Glamping Spots in California for a Retreat from Civilization

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Get out into nature with one of these stellar glamping sites in California, and you’re sure to be a happy glamper.

As America’s most populous state, glamping is an excellent way to escape the California crowds and explore the Golden State’s diverse natural attractions. The state features not only epic mountains and sandy ocean shores but also breathtaking deserts, forests, national parks, and more just waiting to be explored. With a luxurious glamping retreat, you can get up close and personal to Mother Nature without sacrificing the comfort of home.

This list is designed to lead you to the perfect place for reconnecting with nature while kicking back and relaxing in style, whether you’re exploring the forests and vineyards of Northern California, or the breathtaking deserts of Southern California.

Best Glamping in Northern California

1. Saddle Mountain Ranch Tent

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Why you should stay: A luxury tent that has a covered front patio furnished with chairs, a fire pit, and a grill.

  • Location: Carmel-by-the-Sea
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $149/night

Saddle Mountain Ranch’s luxury tent offers folks a lovely getaway in the woods without the hassle of full-on camping. The tent is furnished with its own private fire pit and porch, comfy bed, and grill. Luxury bathrooms, a community pool and game area, and hiking trails also fill the property.

“My fiancé and I came here for a little getaway and oh my gosh it was much better then we ever expected. Beautiful views, clean luxury tent, heated blankets, and they even offered a space heater!”

Sarahi, San Diego, CA
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2. Yosemite Micro Cabin

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Why you should stay: An Instagram-friendly cylindrical tiny home on a glamping resort just 20 minutes from Yosemite National Park.

  • Location: Ahwahnee
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $69/night

Sierra Meadows’ Yosemite micro cabin is a cool rounded tiny home that takes camping to the next level. Although small, each private room has been outfitted with a queen memory foam bed, coffee and tea supplies, bathroom essentials, and phone chargers for your comfort. Guest Heather shares that “the bike loaners were a nice touch, as were the electric kettles & shower caddies.”

“If you are traveling to the Yosemite, this is the place to be. Perfect, tiny cabin that is homey and everything you want/need.”

Dominique, Berkley, MI
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3. Ponderosa Yurt

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Why you should stay: A simple yet homey yurt with access to a community infinity pool, outdoor soaking tub, and an outhouse with running water.

  • Location: Garden Valley
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $159/night

Stationed in the Sierra Foothills amongst the rolling hills of wine country, you’ll find the homey Ponderosa Yurt with hotel-style amenities. Besides the infinity salt-water pool, guests enjoy a 150-square-foot yurt with basic kitchen cooking facilities, a soft queen bed, and a set of table and chairs. There are also hammocks, a fire pit, and pretty pond views for guests.

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4. 1952 Airstream Dreams

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Why you should stay: A historic silver RV camper situated on a peninsula next to Arcata Bay within walking distance to dunes and beaches.

  • Location: Arcata
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $85/night

Wake up with ocean views at the well-appointed 1952 Airstream Dreams situated right on the shores of a small peninsula town. The camper has a wooden patio with chairs and a sun umbrella, as well as an outdoor clawfoot tub and shower. From the front door, a sandy path leads you right to the beach.

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5. Waldhaus at La Honda

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Why you should stay: A private glampground with four canvas tents set around a beautiful modern community barn in the Portola Redwoods.

  • Location: La Honda
  • Sleeps: 10
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $529/night

If you’re planning a family reunion or friend retreat, the Waldhaus at La Honda listing includes an entire private campsite dedicated to large parties. The property has four electrified canvas tents with different bed configurations, an attractive open-air kitchen and bathroom barn, and a picturesque dining pavilion with a stone fireplace.

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6. Redwoods Treehouse and Home

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Why you should stay: Sleep in a cabin surrounded by redwoods featuring a backyard treehouse, spacious balcony, and a hot tub.

  • Location: Woodacre
  • Sleeps: 8
  • Minimum stay: 3 nights
  • Rates start from: $486/night

This redwoods home and treehouse is a beautiful upscale glamping property 45 minutes outside of San Francisco. Perfect for large groups, this Airbnb listing includes both the three-bedroom main house and the backyard adult-friendly treehouse. The best things to do in the area include hiking the Mount Tamalpais trails, sampling local wines, and exploring downtown Fairfax.

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7. Mountain Top Yurt

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Why you should stay: A sunny yurt perched atop the Santa Cruz Mountains with a homey interior, eco-friendly bathhouse, and a wooden deck.

  • Location: Watsonville
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $94/night

Find peace and quiet at this mountain top yurt hidden away between California redwoods. Powered by solar panels, there’s free WiFi, electricity, and gas heating to keep you comfortable during your visit. This 24-foot yurt is an excellent property for those seeking total seclusion as the nearest small town is 15-30 minutes away.

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8. Gasquet Glamping Tent

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Why you should stay: A cozy conical tent hidden amongst the trees a short drive from the redwoods of Jed Smith Redwoods State Park.

  • Location: Gasquet
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $110/night

Fully immersed in a thicket of trees, the hosts of this Gasquet glamping tent provide all you need for a convenient outing in nature. This bell-tent sits atop a redwood deck and features a queen bed and outdoor seating strung with lights. This listing also features a newly built dining deck, a hot outdoor shower, and an eco-friendly composting toilet in the heart of the Smith River National Recreation Area.

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9. The Juniper Rose

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Why you should stay: A rustic tiny home in natural seclusion with views of Mount Shasta on the horizon.

  • Location: Montague
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $90/night

The Juniper Rose is a charming little cabin brimming with character. From the moment you step inside, unique diamond-shaped windows, eclectic furniture, and worldly decor welcome you. The cottage has electrical outlets and a wood stove as well as an outdoor shower and an outhouse. This cabin offers a more rugged stay and is located down the secluded dirt roads of Northern California, less than an hour from the Oregon border.

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10. Treebones Resort

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Why you should stay: A glamping resort with various rentals including yurts, nest huts, and tents catered to couples and traveling duos.

  • Location: South Big Sur
  • Sleeps: 2-6
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $105/night

The Treebones Resort is a quiet glamping destination with sparkling clean bathroom facilities and a community pool and hot tub. All rentals are restricted to a maximum of two people, except for the two family-style yurts available that accommodate up to six. During your stay, take advantage of the resort’s offerings that include a breakfast buffet, yoga classes, seasonal whale watching, massage packages, and more.

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11. Ventana Big Sur

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Why you should stay: Connect with nature in style at a luxurious resort featuring glamorous tent cabins, a restaurant, and other impressive amenities near Monterey.

  • Location: Big Sur
  • Sleeps: 2+
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $240/night

The Ventana Big Sur is a luxury resort under the Hyatt umbrella that features both traditional hotel stays and high-end tent cabins. Glamping guests have access to a pristine bathhouse, mobile snack bar, and a restaurant that serves all day. Dogs are more than welcome with an additional fee that includes a dog bed, treats, and a water bowl for no more than two dogs.

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Best Glamping in Southern California

12. 1974 Airstream

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Why you should stay: Relax in an updated airstream tucked away on a rural 5-acre organic farm 30 minutes from the Santa Barbara Airport.

  • Location: Carpinteria
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $198/night

Sleep in style at this 1974 airstream, a California glamping Airbnb stamped with Airbnb’s prestigious Plus status. The interior measures an impressive 33 feet long and has a full kitchen, leather chairs for two, a queen bed, and an air conditioner. A luxurious bathhouse is mere steps away from the front door and is equipped with a rain shower and laundry facilities. This camper also has a lovely covered patio with a fire pit, outdoor seating, and mountain and garden views.

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13. Joshua Tree Tent

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Why you should stay: A comfy glamping tent complete with access to a community pool, hot showers, and a barbecue area.

  • Location: Joshua Tree
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $89/night

This Joshua Tree glamping tent is simple yet well-appointed with a queen bed and a kitchenette stocked with a coffee maker, mini-fridge, and microwave. It’s part of a five-acre glampground featuring four other tents and high-end amenities that can be rented as one unit for large gatherings. The artistic town of Joshua Tree and the entrance to the national park is only a short drive away.

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14. Be Well Yurt

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Why you should stay: An eco-conscious and bohemian-styled yurt nestled along Strawberry Creek in the San Jacinto Mountains.

  • Location: Idyllwild-Pine Cove
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $153/night

Escape to nature in the Be Well Yurt, a stylish little tent with its own elevated deck and kitchenette. Guests have access to a separate bathhouse that’s sparkling clean and equally well-decorated. The yurt also features a clear dome skylight, a large screened-in entrance, eco-friendly furniture, and complimentary organic toiletries.

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15. Lunette Hut

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Why you should stay: A photogenic hut reminiscent of old-timey wagons between the Sierra Madre Mountains and the Los Padres National Forest.

  • Location: New Cuyama
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $109/night

The Lunette Hut is a unique glamping Airbnb for couples. The hut is elevated off the ground, set on wheels, and features a water-proof canvas top with floor to ceiling windows at the entrance. The interior is simple and has only a double bed and an electric outlet. You’ll find five other unique huts, a shared fire pit, a full kitchen, and clean bathrooms on the property.

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16. The Desert Igloo

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Why you should stay: Experience life in an earth house out in the wild featuring an outdoor shower, composting toilet, and kitchen access.

  • Location: Joshua Tree
  • Sleeps: 3
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $127/night

The Desert Igloo is a cool little hut managed by The Joshua Tree Hangout that features a minimalistic interior and a rustic outdoor space. During your stay, make use of the outdoor kitchen, fire pit, and desert views just outside of Joshua Tree.

“It felt like we were really *out* in the desert, but the lodging itself was cozy, warm, and gorgeous.”

Jenson, Philadelphia, PA
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17. Marbella Lane

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Why you should stay: Take in impressive star-filled night skies in this clear, private bubble tent on a 30-acre property.

  • Location: Joshua Tree
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $518/night

Marbella Lane is a transparent dome tent that’ll make you feel like you’re sleeping in a bubble. It’s furnished with a cozy memory foam topped mattress laid with a heating pad and a space heater in the cooler months. Just outside of the tent is an extravagant outdoor area equipped with a kitchen, dome bathroom, fire pit, picnic table, and stock tank mini-pool. Joshua Tree National Park is just fifteen minutes away.

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18. Magical Airstream

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Why you should stay: Find magic in the desert at this secluded 25-foot airstream with a private deck.

  • Location: Joshua Tree
  • Sleeps: 4
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $299/night

Under glittering string lights in the quiet of California’s desert is a magical airstream furnished with all the comforts of home. Enjoy peaceful views of impressive sunrises and sunsets from the cozy deck with plush seating, tables, a fire pit, and a barbeque grill. The property also features a stock tank mini pool and easy access to local walking trails and Joshua Tree National Park.

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19. Country Yurt

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Why you should stay: A pet-friendly yurt in the countryside of San Luis Obispo County about 90 minutes from Santa Barbara.

  • Location: Arroyo Grande
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 2 nights
  • Rates start from: $190/night

This country yurt is furnished with a full kitchen, a separate private bathroom, a plush queen bed, and a sofa for a supremely comfortable camp trip. Surrounding the yurt is a deck with a propane grill, a pair of chairs, and a cafe table. Spend your days visiting the region’s local wineries, exploring the nearby beach, or soaking in the outdoor tub on the deck.

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20. The Glamping Tent

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Why you should stay: A rustic tent experience surrounded by the beauty of the Mojave Desert.

  • Location: Yucca Valley
  • Sleeps: 2
  • Minimum stay: 1 night
  • Rates start from: $164/night

The Glamping Tent is decked out in attractive southwest style and features a luxurious Tuft and Needle mattress, a heater, a Yeti cooler, and a private patio with a fire pit and hammock. The tent is situated on the Lazy Sky Boutique Retreat’s ten-acre property that hosts other rentable glampsites. Guests have access to a community restroom and kitchen complete with running hot water, flush toilets, cooking essentials, and a propane grill.

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