Luxury camping isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind when planning a trip to Yosemite National Park. Many travelers (myself included!) crave those essential creature comforts – a mattress, a shower, electricity – after a long day of hiking, exploring, and sightseeing.
A small number of glamping sites around Yosemite National Park have popped up, inviting visitors to completely immerse themselves in the wonders of the wilderness — no need to sacrifice the comforts of home. And with some options that allow travelers to stay in truly unique accommodations, glamping near this incredible park becomes a bucket list experience in its own right.
Here are eight gorgeous glamping spots near Yosemite National Park.
1. Vintage Santa Fe Caboose
This glamping spot near Yosemite National Park puts a new spin on the “sleeper train” concept. Whereas you typically book a berth on a train to catch a few z’s en route to a destination, this luxury camping site in Oakhurst, California (just 20 minutes from the park entrance!) is the permanent station for this vintage caboose.
The two-story rental comfortably sleeps up to four people, and includes modern amenities like a coffee maker, satellite TV with a DVD player, air conditioning, fresh towels and linens, plus a fridge, microwave, and even a hairdryer. In true glamping fashion, the caboose also features a 300-square-foot deck (perfect for barbecuing!) and a jacuzzi — just the way to wind down and soothe sore feet after hiking through Yosemite. Bliss!
2. AutoCamp Yosemite
Glamping start-up AutoCamp is taking luxury camping around Yosemite to the next level with its brand new property in Mariposa County. Nestled in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this glamping park tempts travelers with a variety of accommodations, each with its own charms. AutoCamp Yosemite’s 80 Airstream trailers feature sleek, minimalist designs with spa-inspired bathrooms, plush linens atop queen-size beds, convertible sofas, private decks, and fire pits.
Looking for something a little closer to traditional camping? Book one of AutoCamp’s luxury tents, which are every bit as gorgeous as the Airstream trailers, just a bit more outdoorsy. And if you like more structure, try the classic cabin suites (vintage A-frame cabins decked out with modern interiors and furnishings) or the X Suite — a fully accessible cabin studio with a trellised deck, galley kitchen, and patio.
No matter where you stay, you’ll have access to the mid-century modern clubhouse (with complimentary coffee and tea) and heated pool.