In 2020, well over 48 million households camped at least once, with more than 10 million households making their first trip into the woods. Much of this tendency can be attributable to COVID-19’s cancellation of most overseas travel plans for 2020, but one epidemic silver lining is that people appear to be continuing their new camping habit.
According to Kampgrounds of America, over 60% of first-time campers want to camp the same or more in the future year. All they have to do now is discover the ideal camping spot for them — and you.
This fall, there are five spots worth visiting that are suitable for both hardcore campers and glampers.
1. El Capitan Canyon: California
El Capitan Canyon, which is now part of Sun Outdoors, is a camping destination unparalleled. The resort, which is located on the Santa Barbara coast, has a panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean and the Santa Ynez Mountains. It’s a great place to visit in the fall because the weather in Santa Barbara is mild but cool enough to bring out the best in the foliage.
Visitors can stay in cedar cabins, yurts, or safari tents, all of which are nestled within the 350-acre property, which is dotted with oak and sycamore trees. On the estate, visitors may indulge in treks on private trails, take out the complimentary beach cruiser bicycles, and visit adjacent wineries for a little tasting event before staying the evening beneath the stars.
Because Sun Outdoors aims to develop America’s outdoor places for everybody, you may feel good about your stay with them. The corporation announced a $250,000 commitment to the National Park Foundation in April 2021, to connect everyone to the social, emotional, and physical health advantages of national parks and outdoor exploration.
2. Camp LeConte: Tennessee
Return to your childhood with a camping trip to Camp LeConte in Gatlinburg, Tennessee. There are nearly too many lodging options at the luxurious family resort, including RV sites, vintage campers, safari tents, camping places, and even a treehouse.
The resort is also conveniently located near a variety of entertainment alternatives. The Ole Smoky Distillery, Dollywood, and the Arts and Crafts Community Centre are all close together. Of course, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is just around the corner, so if you choose to stay with Camp LeConte, you can expect countless hiking trails, spectacular views, and wildlife sightings.
3. Yonder Escalante: Utah
When it comes to glamping locations, Yonder Escalante is one of the latest destinations. The super-duper resort, which is located close to Bryce Canyon National Park and within Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, offers a variety of lodging options, including RV sites where you can bring your rig, as well as cabins and airstreams that are ready to go when you are. It also offers a hot tub to relax in after a day of hiking, as well as a pool to cool off in on hotter days. Yonder also screens serious classics because the entire resort is situated on the grounds of an ancient drive-in movie theatre. Hire a vintage automobile or bring your chair or blanket.
4. Eastwind Hotel: New York
This fall, Eastwind could be the ideal destination for city people to get away from it all. The year-round boutique hotel is situated in Windham, New York, and is bordered by the Catskill Mountains, making it a great place to go leaf-peeping and get some tranquillity this fall.
Guests at Eastwind have the option of staying in standard hotel rooms, which are quite lovely, or in some rather well-appointed Scandinavian-inspired cabins. A queen bed, Frette linens, and wool blankets are included in each exposed wood cabin. Pendelton robes are also available for guests to keep warm. All hotel residents have access to the hotel’s saunas for added hygge.
5. Kitfox: New Mexico
Want to be even further removed from society? KitFox is a glamping location surrounded by craggy rock formations that will make you feel like you’re on Mars rather than in New Mexico. Staying at Kitfox means sleeping in a beautiful bell canvas tent. A comfortable bed, a table, and lots of seats await guests inside. Visitors also have access to shared facilities, a general store, and a plethora of Instagrammable nooks.
Hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and many other outdoor activities are available in the region. And, because of its proximity to Santa Fe, it’s easy to swing in for a brief city visit.