Best Urban Camping Retreats to Book Now

So you live in a metropolitan area, but you crave wide open spaces. It may be hard to believe, but you don’t have to go far to go camping. A new wave of campgrounds has sprung up, and we’re ready to lay out our proverbial (or real) sleeping bags and reserve them. From Louisville to Edinburgh, read on to discover our favorite urban campgrounds close to home.

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1. Progress Park Airstream Resort & Event Venue in Louisville, KY

Located about 25 minutes from downtown Louisville, Progress Park is a staple of original camping in the Bluegrass State. Here you’ll find plenty of Airstream caravans and lakeside accommodation on 12 sprawling acres outside the city limits of Derbyville. Currently, guests can choose from one-night rentals in one of seven vintage Airstreams, a dorm, and two houses that sleep two to 10 people. On site, enjoy swimming in a two-acre pond, access to kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards, a maintained nature trail, corn hole, horseshoe pits, a tethered ball and a playground.

[from $142 per night; airbnb.com]

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The Four Boatel Sisters in Edinburgh, Scotland
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2. The Four Sisters Boatel in Edinburgh, Scotland

Remind us why we haven’t hit the high seas – or Lochrin Basin – for a night in a ‘boatel’ before? In this unique wide-beam barge retreat, safely moored in the heart of Edinburgh, you can hit the hay in ships with two comfortable bedrooms sleeping up to eight people (including bunk beds and twin beds). double beds). There is also a full kitchen and a bathroom. You’ll be a stone’s throw from Edinburgh Castle and the Royal Mile area, and your home away from home also has Wi-Fi and a lovely patio to enjoy the views.

[from $269 per night; pitchup.com]

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Hotel Luna Mystica in El Prado, New Mexico
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3. Hotel Luna Mystica in El Prado, New Mexico

This vintage trailer hotel and campground under the starry New Mexico sky (check) is within easy reach of Taos Mesa Brewing (check more). It’s just eight miles from downtown Taos, and there are 20 vintage trailers and 60 campsites to choose from. There are also primitive RV spaces without hookups. There’s free Wi-Fi, a pet-friendly policy, and soul-restoring mountain views abound.

[from $110 per night; hotellunamystica.com]

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KitFox in Lamy, New Mexico
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4. KitFox in Lamy, New Mexico

If you want to book your New Mexico trip with a Sante Fe getaway, it’s a two-hour drive from Luna Mystica to KitFox glamping center, a 25-minute drive from downtown Santa Fe. in the silence of the desert, and if you can time your visit, visit when they have special events such as Orionid meteor showers or super full moons, running/writing retreats, “dinner in nature” feasts “, and more .

[from $199 pr night; staykitfox.com]

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The Smoke Jumper in Idaho City, Idaho
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5. The Smoke Jumper in Idaho City, Idaho

In Idaho, we go. Less than an hour from Boise, Idaho, head to this small, upscale village before the stunning peaks of the Sawtooth Mountains when you need a break. The accommodations are fully furnished and offer Smart Glass technology (the glass changes transparency depending on the outside temperature or by remote control). There are also full bathrooms, a kitchen, hotplates for outdoor dining, fire pits and Wi-Fi. When you feel like getting off site, The Smoke Jumper is within walking distance. from The Springs spa retreat, ready for that rejuvenating soak you didn’t know you needed.

[from $140/night; smokejumperidaho.com]

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Dave & Matt Vans Rentals based in Gypsum, CO
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6. Dave & Matt Vans Rentals based in Gypsum, CO

Granted, it might be two hours from a major city (in this case Denver), but that’s too cool not to mention for aspiring van-lifers. Once you have the keys, you can travel to any urban or rural location the spirit directs you to. These nifty vehicles make getting around town easy with mini kitchens, comfy beds, and water systems as you cruise to RV parks and free Bureau of Land Management sites. Bonus for winter travelers: Some ski resorts allow overnight camping.

[from $175 per night; dmvans.com]

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LCRA Lake Bastrop North Shore Park in Bastrop, Texas
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7. LCRA Parks Lake Bastrop North Shore Park in Bastrop, TX

Just a 45-minute drive from Austin is the LCRA Parks Lake Bastrop North Shore Park glamping center. Choose from a selection of lakeside tents, cabins and Airstreams, all with dock access and watercraft rentals as add-ons. Between mountain biking, fishing, and hiking adventures, relax at the fire pit, on the outdoor patio, or cook up a storm on a boys weekend. For your information: The tents have a shared bathroom within walking distance and the cabins. The Airstreams have a private bathroom with shower. Our vote if you bring the lady: the Montana tent for a romantic lakeside retreat.

[from $200 per night; lcra.org]

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Governors' Island Group Retreats in New York, New York
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8. Governors’ Island Group Retreats in New York, New York

Hop on an eight-minute ferry from midtown Manhattan and you’ll feel far from the hustle and bustle of city life around fire pits, lazing around in Adirondack chairs, and walking or biking around the park , all with the Statue of Liberty and Manhattan Skyline illuminating the background. A cozy tent will be your home-away-from-home, and fare from the alfresco Argentinian Grill for dinner and Collective Brews, their craft beer program, are right after our heartstrings.

[from $305 per night; collectiveretreats.com]

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New York Glamping in Greenpoint, Brooklyn
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9. NYC Glamping in Greenpoint, Brooklyn

So you want to sleep in a shipping container? NYC Glamping is ready to fulfill your upcycled sleeping fantasies in these converted shipping containers. They are equipped with air conditioning, Wi-Fi, shower and bathroom, all overlooking the Manhattan skyline from the Brooklyn waterfront. For something fancier, NYC Glamping also offers an overnight boat rental. There are also glamping tents if you prefer to be more in tune with the elements.

[from $300 per night; nycglamping.com]

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Camp Aramoni in Tonica, IL
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10. Camp Aramoni in Tonica, IL

About 90 minutes from Chicago, located near Starved Rock State Park, you’ll arrive at Camp Aramoni, established in a former 19th-century brickyard, restored by husband-wife team Jennifer and Tim Bias with their daughter Stephanie and son Jacob . Now the 96-acre lot is an idyllic escape of forest terrain, peaceful ponds, and fields of native wildflowers along the Vermilion River. Guests stay in one of 11 elevated safari-style tents, equipped with air conditioning and heating. There are hardwood floors, king-size beds, private washrooms, a personal campfire with evening gourmet s’mores, and other amenities.

When hunger strikes, head to The Barn, the campsite’s main lodge. Here, there’s breakfast and dinner service, and a general store with travel essentials, snacks, and on-the-go meals. Sure, you can find us steps from our tents at The Burlington, a refurbished 1971 Airstream Overlander RV converted into a cafe, espresso, and cocktail bar. There’s walk-in access, turning strangers into friends and hangovers into caffeine-fueled morning newspaper reading marathons.

[from $450 per night; camparamoni.com]

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