Do you want to create unforgettable memories in the outdoors this fall with your favorite people while still savoring the warmth and comforts of home? Glamping is the experience for you.
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Why Glamp in the Fall?
Glamping can be anything from a tiny cabin tucked in the woods to a safari-style canvas tent with a plush bed and heater to keep you cozy when the temperature drops. Fall is the best time to glamp because the season is quieter than the frenzy of summer and the scenery is beautiful. Soak in this fleeting but beloved season as you enjoy the crisp air, changing fall foliage, and a crackling campfire.
It’s often easier to book campsites in the fall when many travelers have said goodbye to summer vacations and are back to their regular routines. Consider ease of booking as a bonus to your fall glamping experience.
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Here are seven comfortable destinations to glamp at this fall.
1. Durango Riverside Resort, Durango, Colorado
Get your adventure on with a stay at one of Durango Riverside’s glamping cabins and tiny homes. Located just off the Million Dollar Highway, Durango Riverside is tucked along the banks of the Animas River. Enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, or strolling in downtown Durango.
This scenic campground offers three riverfront glamping cabins, two tiny homes, six rustic cabins, a larger vacation cabin, and tent and RV sites. While in the area, don’t miss out on the opportunity to ride the Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad through the peak fall foliage. The railroad’s steam and diesel locomotives have been carrying passengers through the gorgeous San Juan Mountains since 1882.
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2. Umpqua’s Last Resort, Idleyld Park, Oregon
Explore the wild landscape of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains with a stay at Umpqua’s Last Resort. Surrounded by evergreens along the shore of the North Umpqua River, Umpqua’s Last Resort features deluxe glamping tents, cabin rentals, and campsites for tents and RVs.
Take a day trip to nearby Crater Lake, or stay closer to home and check out some of the local waterfalls and hiking trails. Spend the afternoon soaking in the Umpqua hot pools, a chain of natural hot springs perched on ledges above the river.
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3. Greeter Falls Campground, Altamont, Tennessee
Five-star reviewed Greeter Falls Campground is the perfect spot to escape this fall. Leave your worries behind as you settle into one of the campground’s five furnished yurt-style canvas tents, complete with a sleeping area, Adirondack chairs, a table, a power cable, and an LED lantern. You can even bring your furry friend—Greeter Falls welcomes dogs with an on-site fenced dog park.
Greeter Falls Campground provides easy access to the Greeter Falls Trail, a 1-mile loop hike that passes three waterfalls and features a swimming hole for warm days. Schedule your stay for late October, when foliage is at its peak in the area.
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4. Shady Grove Campground, Cumming, Georgia
If you’re looking for comfort, check out Timberline Glamping’s sites at Shady Grove Campground, located 40 miles north of Atlanta. This glamping campsite has beautiful views of Lake Lanier and is the ideal spot to launch your kayak or paddleboard and check out the fall views. Hikers and mountain bikers will find 5 miles of loop trails at nearby Charleston Park.
Once you’ve worked up an appetite, head to one of the many local restaurants around Shady Grove before building your campfire and ending the evening with s’mores under the stars.
5. Desert of Maine, Freeport, Maine
There’s a little something for everyone at Desert of Maine, where 20 acres of sand dunes hidden in Maine’s dense forest surprise and delight visitors of all ages. This tourist destination is open for day use (May to October), but you can take it one step further with an overnight stay at one of the on-site campground’s A-frame cabins or glamping tents.
Spend your nights sleeping surrounded by forest and your days checking out Desert of Maine’s hiking trails, mini golf course, historical sites, and natural playground for kids. If you feel like exploring further afield, head to Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park or the L.L. Bean flagship store, both in nearby Freeport.
6. Grand Canyon Oasis RV Resort & Glampground, Flagstaff, Arizona
This family-owned campground near the east entrance of Grand Canyon National Park has glamping right in the name. Book a stay in the Stargazer Tiny Home at Grand Canyon Oasis RV Resort & Glampground for a pet-friendly glamping experience that sleeps up to seven people. It even has a private bathroom and shower, along with a kitchen for cooking tasty meals.
Enjoy the quiet beauty of the Grand Canyon in the fall when the crowds have thinned out, and the temperatures are just right for hiking and biking along the South Rim. If you’re looking for more urban pursuits, Flagstaff is a 20-minute drive away.
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7. Twin Lakes Camp Resort, Defuniak Springs, Florida
Located on Florida’s panhandle and nestled between two lakes is Twin Lakes Camp Resort, a campground that offers glamping tents, cabin suites, tiny homes, and RV sites. This campground received a Campendium Campers Choice Award and has a five-star rating.
Twin Lakes Camp Resort is an ideal spot for relaxing while enjoying the cooler temperatures that fall affords, but if more action is what you’re after, Kings Lake and Holly Lake offer plentiful opportunities for fishing, paddling, and boating.