The Cream of the Crop: Our California Favorites for 2016

By Julia Dennis

For the duration of 2016, these California glamping sites have consistently impressed glampers with their amazing locations, amenities, and hosts. Whether it’s grabbing a delicious taco in San Diego or venturing out for some wine tasting in Northern California, you’ll never have a shortage of fun activities to find when you stay on the West Coast.

In these glamping sites, experience California’s towering redwoods, meandering Pacific Coast Highway, and laid-back lifestyle like you never imagined. You'll quickly understand why these particular accommodations are the cream of the crop and our California favorites for 2016.

Sophisticated A-Frame Cabins Above Bass Lake, California
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To get away from it all and enjoy nature in a cool retro fashion, these A-Frame cabins will get the job done. Located in a secluded area of the Sierra National Forest, you will have an abundance of hiking trails, serene fields, and hidden swimming spots to find and treasure. For a memorable activity that will provide some awesome photo opportunities, take a horseback riding tour through the Yosemite Valley on the Mist or Snow Creek trails. When you retreat back to your glamping site, these cabins’ massive windows will allow plentiful rays of California sun to shine through and warm your day, then later on make it possible for you to stargaze from the comfort of your bed.

Lovely Safari Cabin Tent Near Warner Springs, California

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This safari tent is truly the epitome of glamping complete with a hot tub, heated queen-sized bed, clawfoot bath tub, and fully equipped kitchen with a pizza oven. Guests can take a fun day trip to San Diego for a getaway filled with fun sights and awesome Mexican food. You’ll be in awe of Balboa Park’s stunning beauty and have a blast checking out the animals at the famous San Diego Zoo. For a brunch that will make you smile, grab the biggest cup of hot chocolate you’ve ever had at Hash House a Go Go accompanied by a healthy serving of pancakes or waffles. When the food coma hits, retreat to your comfy tent for a snooze with views!

Authentic Native American Tipi in Southern California
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For an authentic and scenic glamping experience, these Native American tipis take the cake. Tucked away in the Malibu countryside, guests can enjoy extensive hiking trails and hit up the vineyards for some laid-back wine tasting. Check out the Malibu Country Mart for the chance to explore quaint boutiques, inspiring art galleries, and tastebud-friendly dining. When you retreat back to these tents, spend some time strolling throughout the flower gardens and chill by the fireplaces on the outdoor patio for some quality relaxation.

Unusual California Cottage for Rent in San Rafael with Views of San Francisco Bay
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This incredibly stunning cottage in San Rafael will blow you away with its combination of breathtaking views and pristine interior furnishings. Hours upon hours can be spent kicking back and relaxing on the deck and taking in the views, but if you’re looking for a little action, head over to downtown San Francisco for a goofy but fun Segway tour of the city or some leisurely strolling through the exquisite Japanese Tea Garden. You’ll fall in love with this circular cottage’s bamboo and slate floors, wraparound deck, and hot tub. Be there or be square!

For more of our favorite California glamping sites in 2016, check out Glamping Hub's Greatest 2016: California Getaways.