Now, more than ever, ecotourism is on the rise and people are looking for new ways to travel that allow them to get in touch with nature and the environment, without necessarily having to cope with all the inconveniences of traditional camping. That’s where glamping comes in. An increasingly popular way to travel, glamping blends together the fun and escapism of camping with the modern amenities and convenience offered by hotels. Glamping sites feature all kinds of accommodation from tents and cabins to more unique offerings like glass domes and renovated retro trailers. These little homes will often come with lots of modern luxuries like comfortable beds, power outlets, fitted kitchens, private bathrooms, and more.

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The great state of California is one of the most popular glamping destinations in the world, and glamping is a great way to visit some of the big cities in the state. A trip to San Diego often involves a stay at an inner-city hotel, but glamping provides more unique, intimate options for your stay, and it’s no surprise that more and more visitors to this beautiful city are choosing glamping over all other forms of accommodation.

Known as the birthplace of California, San Diego is home to all kinds of attractions and activities, including the famous San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, SeaWorld theme park, Gaslamp Quarter, natural harbor, and more. There are plenty of things to see and do in San Diego, but instead of booking a boring hotel or searching for a camping spot in the surrounding area, why not choose to go glamping instead? Glamping provides all the luxuries of hotels, like electricity, running water, internet access, and more, without any of the issues of camping. It’s the perfect way to travel and San Diego has a couple of great glamping spots to choose from.

Best Glamping in San Diego

As glamping becomes more and more popular, we’re guaranteed to see lots more glamping locations setting up all around the nation. For now, San Diego has two professional glamping spots to choose from, each offering a nice range of accommodation options and on-site amenities. Let’s take a closer look at the top glamping spots in San Diego.

San Diego Metro KOA - 111 North 2nd Avenue Chula Vista, CA 91910, Phone: 800-562-9877

Part of the growing chain of KOA campgronds that can be found all around the country, San Diego Metro KOA is a highly rated glamping location for the city of San Diego. The ground offers a lot of spots for traditional RV and tent camping, but if you're interested in glamping, you can also book full glamping tents and cabins. The best option is the Deluxe Cabin that comes with a fitted private bathroom, a queen-sized bed, flat screen TV, gas BBQ, power outlets, comfortable sofas, and plenty of other furnishings.

Perfectly located for major locations like the San Diego Zoo, Legoland, the USS Midway Museum, and SeaWorld, this location even provides discount ticket sales for many of the top spots in the city, helping you save money on your stay. Other on-site amenities include the Sand Castle cafe, a dog park for your furry friends, Wi-Fi access, basketball courts, climbing walls, swimming pool, hot tub, ping pock tables, a 2-acre grass field, and more. Various events are held on site at the San Diego Metro KOA like outdoor movie nights and cookie making sessions for the kids.

Alter Experiences - Julian, CA 92036, Phone: 619-642-7015

Bringing pure glamping experiences into the San Diego area, Alter Experiences is on a mission to help people see just how much fun glamping can be. And so far, they're doing an amazing job. Reviews of this glamping location have been highly positive, and one of the best things about Alter Experiences is that they don't just provide glamping accommodation, they truly do provide a full vacation experience, including guided hiking tours, fishing trips, historic visits to local areas of interest, and much more.

This glamping operator runs several different sites around San Diego including locations in Julian, the Cuyamaca Ranch State Park, and the Cleveland National Forest, providing visitors with easy access to all the beauty and wonder of San Diego's backcountry. Accommodation options include tentsile tree tents, canvas tents, and more. The tree tents are particularly popular, offering the bare glamping necessities you need to have a great time while still staying in touch with nature and enjoying that classic sense of adventure that comes along with any camping trip.