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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, on the Bedwell River outside
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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, on the Bedwell River outside of Torfino, British Columbia, is a luxury camping resort inspired by the great camps of the 19th century. The resort is open annually from mid May to the end of September only and offers all inclusive adventures of 3, 4 or 7 nights. (undated)(Credit: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort/)

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Glamour camping, or 'glamping,' in a yurt

The economy has made camping more appealing to cash-strapped Americans, and the new thing is "glamping" (short for glamour camping), or camping lite. To attract travelers who don't want to sleep on the ground or put up their own shelters, state parks and resorts now offer alternative accommodations: yurts, first used by nomadic Central Asian peoples; tepees; luxury tents; and spruced-up cabins or lodges.