North Carolina Is Home To The Best Glamping Spot In The US
I keep a running list of things I will not be participating in. This includes things like “wear Crocs”, “get in a helicopter”, and another one is “sleep outside”. It’s not for me. I tried once when I was three, heard an owl and immediately headed inside. That was the end of true camping for me. But a fairly new trend may be the way I could (key word) be convinced to give it another try. It’s called “glamping”. And North Carolina is home to the best overall glamping in the US if you want to give it a try.
The Oxford Dictionary defines glamping as “a form of camping involving accommodation and facilities more luxurious than those associated with traditional camping.”. Luxury can be tempting. Think of glamping as a way of connecting with nature, but not to the degree of squatting behind a tree for you know what. Besides the ever-important bathroom, glamping accommodations typically have AC or heat, kitchens (coffee and wine are a must), and sometimes even private hot tubs. Now we are talking.
The experts at Upgraded Points decided to deep dive into this trend. And they wanted to find out the best glamping places in the US. To do so they analyzed 100 U.S. destination cities across the country. From there they collected data on 13 different factors within 3 categories––accommodation, recreation, and weather/climate. Then factor was assigned a weight based on its impact on providing the ideal glamping experience. And the list was born. And topping it is Asheville, NC. This mountain city has upwards of 600 glamping listings on Airbnb, so there is no shortage of options!
To be honest, if it’s my choice I’m still opting for a hotel. No unexpected animal encounters, I can call the front desk if I need anything, and perhaps even a gift shop and a bar. Sorry camping/glamping fans I’m just not cut out for the outdoor life. You can see the full study from Upgraded Points here.