When it comes to experiencing the world’s most amazing natural wonders, most travelers come and go, spending only a short amount of time taking them in. But that’s not because they don’t want to spend more time, it’s because by the end of the day, they have to get back to a distant hotel or camp.
But what if you could stay nearby, perhaps even in eye shot of some of the world’s most amazing natural wonders? What if you could cut out the travel time and actually spent some quality time in the presence of nature’s most beautiful sights? It’s possible at these five glamping destinations.
1. Ayers Rock – Australia
Where to Glamp: Longitude 131
Australia is full of luxurious places to glamp, but few boast as privileged a location as Longitude 131. Nestled in the country’s wild outback, Longitude 131 sits in shadow of Uluru (also known as Ayers Rock), a scared site for the region’s indigenous people.
The camp, with its 15 luxury tented rooms, brings an unparalleled level of comfort to the unforgiving setting and serves as a perfect jumping off point to explore the area’s many wonders.
2. Grand Canyon – United States
Where to Glamp: Grand Canyon Under Canvas
Just 40 minutes away from the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Under Canvas’ new Grand Canyon location offers the region’s most luxurious wilderness accommodations.
In addition to day trips to the Grand Canyon, activities like whitewater rafting, horseback riding and zip-lining can all be arranged and found nearby. Back at camp, the canvas tents located within a 56-acre Ponderosa Pine forest and feature king beds and wood-burning stoves.
3. Mt. Fitz Roy (Patagonia) – Argentina
Where to Glamp: Patagonia Eco Domes
Every nature lover and seeker of natural wonders has a trip to Patagonia high on their bucket list.
To sleep in eyesight of the region’s most famous mountain, Mt. Fitz Roy, booked an eco dom at Patagonia Eco Doms. This intimate, wild retreat features just 11 doms, each of which has its own bathroom and unique mountain view.
Nearby, famous treks and even more stunning vistas await.
4. Victoria Falls – Zambia
Where to Glamp: Tongabezi Lodge
The awe-inspiring and impressive Victoria Falls is one of Africa’s most famous natural wonders.
To stay as close as possible without skimping on comfort, rest your head at Tongabezi Lodge. Hidden away on the banks of the Zambezi River, just upstream from the mighty falls, Tongabezi is comprised of six private houses and six river cottages that transport guests to a wild yet refined world.
In addition to trips to Victoria Falls, once-on-a-lifetime dining experiences, whitewater rafting, sunset boat rides and safari day trips can all be arranged.
5. Northern Lights – Norway
Where to Glamp: Holmen Husky Lodge
The northern lights can only be viewed in a select few places around the world. Northern Norway is one of those places.
For a winter trip to remember, and a chance to see the majestic northern lights, head to Holman Husky Lodge. During the day, you’ll get to know and dogsled with the lodge’s team of Alaskan Huskies across beautiful arctic terrain. At night, you’ll retire to a custom, insulated teepee, each which feature a small wood-burning stove and unique floor to ceiling windows.
Main Image Photo Credit: Tongabezi Lodge – Victoria Falls
Trevor Morrow is a Los Angeles-based travel writer, blogger, and photographer who specializes in luxury and adventure travel. His work has brought him around the world and his work has been published across the web by outlets like Men’s Health, Outside, Business Insider and more.