If you can't stand the three B's of roughing it (bugs, bears, and icky bathrooms), we've got a cushy new plan for your next adventure at the best luxury camping spots in the U.S. By Lora Shinn, REDBOOK.
A restored retro rig, with a cheery kitchen and wood-paneled bunk beds, is where Betty Draper would've slept (don't forget your cocktail ingredients). Two standout locales: El Cosmico in Marfa, TX (elcosmico.com; from $110/night), and The Shady Dell in Bisbee, AZ (theshadydell.com; from $87/night).
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The rentable tepees (or tipis) of the 21st century come with perks including plush bedding and access to spa-style bathrooms, like at the Marcola, OR, Tipi Village Retreat (tipivillageretreat.com; from $125/night). An hour from Atlanta, escape the modern world (without sacrificing electricity, heat, AC, or WiFi) at North Georgia Canopy Tours, where the daytime adventure is a zip-line swing through the treetops (northgeorgiacanopytours.com; from $99/night).
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Unlike pioneer-day lodging, some cabins are downright deluxe. Nab an electricity-equipped cabin at one of 300 KOA Camp grounds in the United States (koa.com; from $85/night), or find a federal- or state-park steal through reserveamerica.com. The two-bedroom cabins at the Lewis and Clark Lake SRA (State Recreation Area) in Nebraska have hot water, microwaves, and showers (from $140/night). But think way ahead: Federal- and state-park cabins are often reserved up to a year in advance.
Many state and federal campsites offer a few yurts-lodgings with a platform-based floor, curved walls, and, typically, a skylight. You can also get fancy at El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara, CA, in a furnished, electricity-rigged Adventure Yurt (elcapitancanyon.com; from $205/night); or, at Merridale Ciderworks on British Columbia's Vancouver Island, find two yurts with bathrooms, outlets, and plush robes (merridalecider.com/yurts; from $95/night).
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These are like a tent (it has cloth walls), but not (you get to sleep in a well-appointed bed). At River Dance Lodge in Kooskia, ID, your tent comes with a king-size bed and an antique claw-foot hot-water tub (riverdancelodge.com; from $124/night). In New York, the all-inclusive Camp Orenda includes canoeing, arts and crafts, and meals with tent stays on 40 acres of Adirondack wilderness (camporenda.com; from $170 per person/night).
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