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The ultimate guide to glamping in California
September 29, 2022

The ultimate guide to glamping in California

Luxury glamping in California is a fulfilling blend of spending time in nature without being too uncomfortable to enjoy your time away. There is a wide range of places to glamp across the state, whether you want a waterside retreat or a hub from which to explore national parks. Check out the best glamping spots in California, plus tips on how to make the most of your experience. 

sunrise in a campsite

Where to go for the best glamping in California

Big Sur: Treebones Resort

Interested in glamping on the California coast? Treebones Resort provides an off-grid luxury glamping experience with breathtaking views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Lucia Mountains. The resort offers upscale yurts that put you in touch with nature while still providing running water and comfy king-size beds. 

Yosemite: AutoCamp

Take your pick of lodging experiences at AutoCamp Yosemite, which offers Airstream suites, cabins and luxury tent glamping in Northern California. The sites all center around a mid-century modern clubhouse where you’ll enjoy a restaurant, general store, lounge and fireplace. Explore Yosemite National Park on your own, or book an experience through AutoCamp to supplement your Northern California glamping trip. 

Santa Barbara: Cachuma Yurts

One of the best spots for glamping in Southern California is Lake Cachuma. Each of the property’s yurts is equipped with bunk beds, electrical outlets, indoor lighting and heaters so you can enjoy the experience all year round. The yurts are located on the banks of the lake, giving you the perfect spot to sip coffee each morning before enjoying the rest of your day outdoors. 

10 tips for glamping in California

Get the best glamping experience by following these top tips. 

1. Research amenities in advance

Glamping in California can include a variety of different experiences. Understand what to expect ahead of time by researching what your glamping site includes, such as electricity, heating, kitchen amenities and bathroom facilities.

2. Secure your belongings

Luxury tents and fabric yurts don’t typically offer a high level of security. Do your best to leave valuables at home. If you must bring expensive camera gear, for example, come prepared with a way to lock it up when you aren’t around, like in the trunk of your car.

3. Check age limits

Some glamping locations have an age minimum for overnight guests. Check for restrictions before you book your reservation if you’ll be traveling with young children. 

4. Observe quiet hours

Just because you’re glamping doesn’t mean you’re isolated. Most properties have a cluster of accommodations within earshot of one another. Ensure a pleasant experience for all by following quiet hours in the evening and early morning. 

5. Keep food outside

Avoid inviting furry creatures to your tent or yurt by storing food outside. You can hang it high on a pole so it’s out of reach, keep it sealed in a bear-proof cooler or lock everything in your car until your next meal. 

6. Pack headlamps

No matter how glamorous your location is, it’s always helpful to bring a headlamp for each person. This way you can easily find your way to the bathroom or rummage in your car for a late-night snack in the dark.

7. Bring sunscreen and bug spray

These two items are a must-have in most California glamping locations. You’ll keep your skin protected and ensure your comfort no matter what the weather and insect conditions may be.

8. Plan day trips

Most glamping spots serve as the perfect jumping off point to explore different parts of California. Find out what attractions or experiences are nearby to make the most of your trip.  

9. Avoid overpacking

Your glamping site may not be all-inclusive, but there’s a high chance you’re provided with much of what you need. And if you do forget something, there’s usually a store nearby where you can stock up on any missing supplies. 

10. Share a car rental

If you’re traveling with a group, consider saving on gas and lowering your environmental impact by booking a car together.