Conestoga Ranch in Garden City, Utah
Courtesy Conestogaranch.com Picture laying down on a blanket in a stunningly rural park and staring at the stars with your loved one—and then heading inside to sleep in a premium luxury “tent” with Western-style furnishings, as well as shower, electricity, and all those other vacation necessities. (Though, don’t leave home without these first aid essentials.) That’s what you can expect to find at Conestoga Ranch, located just two and a half hours outside Salt Lake City. It overlooks the peaceful Bear Lake and has a full-service restaurant that churns out three meals a day (no cooking over a smoky fire pit required!).
El Capitan Canyon in Santa Barbara, California
Courtesy elcapitancanyon.com This beautiful coastal town is known for it’s beaches and jumping off point for the Channel Islands National Park. But you can also do a quick and accessible staycation of sorts or a destination vacation, head to El Capitan Canyon resort, which is just 20 miles north of Santa Barbara center. It offers 300 plus acres on the coast of the Pacific and an environment that lets guests truly relax, unwind and be one with nature. The campground offers also showcases scenic views of the Gaviota Coast and Santa Ynez Mountains, which you can take full advantage of on bike or by foot. (Check out these other stunning hiking trails around the country.) Other outdoor activities include a ropes course, yoga, horseback riding, kayaking, and surf lessons. For the those looking for a less of a physical thrill, enjoy wine tastings, whale watching, jeep tours, and of course stargazing. Choose to stay in one of their rustic cabins or heavy canvas tents.