Yurt camping, also known as glamping, is gaining increasing popularity and for good reason — it’s a great way to commune with nature in locations of extraordinary beauty without giving up the creature comforts of home. Yurts are great ways for families to camp together because it keeps the whole family under one weather-proofed roof.
These fixed-location tents come with great amenities, like comfortable beds, kitchenettes, indoor heating and, in some cases, even indoor plumbing. Check out these amazing locations for yurt camping that will let you enjoy some of the world’s most stunning landscapes while sipping hot cocoa from your front porch.
Goblin Valley, Utah
Goblin Valley State Park in central Utah is home to thousands of rock formations known as hoodoos. These unique formations have been nicknamed ‘goblins’ due to their odd mushroom shape and range from several inches to several feet in height. Yurt camping here feels like spending time on a Star Wars movie set. Make your reservations ahead of time online for $100. Yurts can hold up to five guests.
Enjoy the pristine beauty of Alaska on a private island with Orca Island Cabins in Resurrection Bay. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, lush forests and pristine waters, visitors can kayak, fish, hike and relax in the heart of Alaska’s wilderness. Yurts accommodate two–four guests, starting at $690 per night. Rates include lodging, transportation to the island and use of outdoor equipment like kayaks, paddleboards, fishing gear and wetsuits. Yurts also come with firewood so your family can sit around the fire pit enjoying the crisp Alaskan nights.
Head to Torres Del Paine National Park in Chilean Patagonia for yurt camping in some of the world’s wildest wilderness. The stunning beauty and incredible variety of outdoor activities at Patagonia Camp makes it the ideal vacation destination for an adventurous family. Adding a luxury yurt to the equation makes it a no-brainer for camping families. All yurts include in-tent bathrooms, private balconies and outdoor hot tubs, while family yurts include a second, attached room so mom and dad can have some privacy while knowing the kids are safe nearby.
Thula Thula, in the heart of Zululand in South Africa, is a private game lodge run by the family of the late Elephant Whisperer, Lawrence Anthony. The lodge is a tribute to his incredible conservation efforts and lets families glamp in luxury amid some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife. Family tents include a private wildlife viewing deck, full bathrooms and sleep up to four.
Navajo Nation is an area of land in the southwestern United States. Covering about 27,000 square miles, the region in Arizona, New Mexico and Utah currently makes up the largest area of land retained by a tribe within the United States. Home to the Navajo people, the area boasts monuments, parks, markets, trails and historic sites.
With technology advancing faster than ever, children globally are becoming attached to devices. Adults too. Our Netflix queue and ever-expanding inbox call our names even when we’re on vacation. We carry distractions with us everywhere, and it’s becoming increasingly difficult to truly connect with your loved ones.
Wearing sunscreen at the beach is a given, especially for little ones running in and out of the water — and anyone who forgets that usually regrets it with a vengeance the next day. One aspect of sunscreen I admittedly didn’t think about until just a few years ago is how detrimental its impact is on marine life and reefs. Oxybenzone is a chemical found in most mainstream sunscreens — it works to prevent sun damage, but is also carcinogenic and harmful to coral. The chemical makes coral more susceptible to bleaching and damages its DNA, interfering with reproduction and killing dependent marine life in the process.
An interesting and accidental beneficial side effect of recent travel bans is that large swaths of the world affected by over-tourism are beginning to heal themselves. Major cities from Los Angeles to London and Beijing are reporting their best air quality in years with less nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide emitted by cars and industry. The canals in Venice are so clear, schools of fish and even a dolphin were easily spotted by locals — all of this and more taking place before Earth Day’s 50th anniversary in April.
This summer, family travel at The Peninsula receives an upgrade with the debut of Camp Peninsula, a children’s experience that recreates the spirit of camping right in the heart of Beverly Hills. The journey begins with a special welcome from Peter Bear, the hotel’s lovable mascot, at check-in. After taking a picture with the life-sized teddy bear, kids will be whisked away by a Peninsula Camp Counselor to a luxurious guestroom where a charming teepee awaits. An afternoon of camp-themed games and activities, including a hotel-wide scavenger hunt, rounds off the family-friendly experience, fun for children of all ages. Whether it’s a luxe staycation or an extended holiday, Camp Peninsula is an ideal way to ensure the little ones are happy campers.
When you want to get away without getting behind the wheel, Amtrak has news for you — and budget-friendly news, at that. Enjoy the ride this summer to your next destinations from the comfort of a private Roomette room on Amtrak with a two-for-one deal on select one-way routes.