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Redefine Camping: 11 Non-Traditional Camp-Outs Across the Country

Camping is by far one of the best ways to connect with nature and build priceless memories with friends and family.  Tent camping and RVing are two of the most popular camping styles. Although both are very different, they both hold great benefits and perks everyone can enjoy.  However, across the country, campers are branching out and experimenting with exciting and non-traditional camping styles. These unique camping experiences completely change the way we view camping.

This season, consider stepping out of your comfort zone and experimenting with one of these innovative adventures.


1. Tiny Homes at Mountain Springs Cabins: Asheville, North Carolina

Mountain Springs Cabins allows you to enjoy the fun of Asheville in a completely natural setting. In as little as 160 sq. ft. you can enjoy all of the amenities of home, including, a queen bed, dining table, kitchen (with fridge, sink, and stovetop), TV, and shower. With 3 walls of windows, you will not miss out on the beautiful scenery surrounding you. Whether you want to check out “Tiny Living” before making the lifestyle change or just want to see what the rage is all about, this is a great way to enjoy the Asheville area in a totally unique setting.

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2. Safari Tent Camp-Out: Warner Springs, California

Host your own safari experience in the beautiful back-country of Warner Springs.  This quiet desert oasis is the perfect honeymoon or couple get-away.  Although it’s still reasonably close to the bustling city, it’s close proximity to the peaceful San Diego National Forests allows plenty of privacy and opportunities to connect with nature. Guests camp in a well-furnished safari tent with a host of amenities such as a private hot tub, barbecue, and electricity.  This specially designed tent gives an open-air camping atmosphere while still offering amply privacy and shelter.

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3. Yurts

Originally used by nomads in the exotic far east, yurts offer a rich experience that mixes elements of both cabins and tent camping. The yurt’s dome opens up into a skylight that keeps guests comfortable with natural ventilation.  This skylight also offers eye-catching views of the star-filled night sky. Also, a fire pit, picnic table, and private deck are available for relaxing evenings and dinner preparation.

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4. Van Camping and Trailblazing, Coastline and State Parks

Take your glamping trip on the road by renting a specially-designed Volkswagen “camper van.” Rather than staying at one campground, these “camp vans” give guests the special opportunity to transport their camp-out to a variety of unique destinations and adventures. After a day of exploring and sight-seeing, simply pull your Volkswagen off the road or pull into a campground and set up for the night. Some of the best van camping routes are located within the scenic coastline and mountains.  Campers can explore rugged coastlines as well as the famous State Parks from the comfort of a vehicle.

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5. Forest Retreat Tree Houses: Gloster, Mississippi

Nothing is more magical than staying in a tree house.  The Forest Retreat combines a traditional cabin experience with the elegance of Mississippi’s rustic backwood forests.  Guests can enjoy plenty of amenities such as air conditioning and a fully functional kitchen while still experiencing the rural charm of a features such as a functioning pot-belly stove.  The quiet woods are perfect for campers looking for a secluded, private camping experience.

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6. Escape Cottages: Colorado Springs, Colorado

Garden of the Gods RV Resort is among Colorado’s historical mountain towns and minutes away from Pike’s Peak making for a truly memorable Colorado camping experience. Escape to these cottages for a unique experience with distinctive architecture that celebrate the outdoors, allowing you to appreciate nature from within.  Each cottage sleeps up to six, with a master bedroom equipped with a queen sized bed and a second bedroom with two sets of bunk beds.  When you want to get outside, the foothills of the Rocky Mountains are just steps from your doorstep. Or, choose to stay on property and enjoy sitting on the porch, taking a dip in their full size pool, or nestling up to the electric fire in your cottage. Whatever you choose this Escape will leave you feeling rejuvenated

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7. View Cabins: Medina, Texas

For a true escape from the hustle and bustle of city life venture in to the Texas Hill Country. Medina Highpoint Resort is perfect for family vacations and weekend getaways alike. All of their cabins will guarantee a great stay, but the View Cabins are truly unforgettable. When not relaxing on the porch taking in the view, the resort has many things to offer. Hike to the top of the Medina Lookout, take a dip in the pool, ride the Twisted Sisters, or enjoy sweet summer music at the restaurant. Medina Highpoint is the perfect place to base all Texas Hill Country adventures out of.

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8. Pontchartrain Landing Houseboats: New Orleans, Louisiana

Although many have camped out in the woods, very few campers have taken their camping trip on the water.  For campers visiting Louisiana, considering staying at the famous Pontchartrain Landing and Marina.  Many campers choose to make full use of the well-maintained RV hook-ups. However, most recommend renting one of the beautiful waterfront villas or bungalows.  This marina is most famous for its unique floating villas.  These full-furnished houseboats are the perfect camping experience for those that wish to branch out and try something completely new.  Boat and jet ski rentals are available for guests; for those that choose to bring their own, each houseboat is equipped with private moorings.

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9. Canvas Tents: Sutton, Alaska

For a fully immersive camping experience, consider the primitive forests of Alaska.  These luxury canvas tents are nestled in the forest on a small hill, overlooking the Matanuska Glacier and Valley. Experience the wilderness of Alaska during the day and nestle up on the porch at night to catch a glimpse of the amazing night skies. These secluded tents are perfect for campers looking for a unique way to enjoy the quite serenity of Alaska.

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10. Oak Park Cottages: Entriken Raystown, Pennsylvania

For a all-around vacation experience Lake Raystown Resort if a must-do in Central Pennsylvania. Not only does it have plenty of unique accommodations, but it also boasts 400-acres of waterfront property that includes a water park, several dining experiences, water activities, a beach, and more. The quaint and unique vacation homes have all the comforts of home, with an amazing backyard. Cottages at Lake Raystown Resort are perfect for any adventurer and with a resort so large, you’ll never have to leave!

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11. Hammock Cabanas: Pepeeko, Hawaii

For a tropical camp-out, enjoy a relaxing night breathing in the fresh ocean air of Hawaii. Hammock glamping near Akaka Falls State Park in Hawaii offers a truly unique and luxurious experience. Each cabana is screened in allowing the gentle breeze to lull you to sleep each night. A great place to enjoy nature and act as home base for all your Hawaiian adventures.

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Although tent camping and RV’ing are traditional and favorite camping options, those who try a non-traditional camping method experience many adventures as they build unforgettable memories. This summer, get creative with your camping skills and invest in a uniquely different kind of camping adventure.

Last Updated on August 13, 2019

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