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Creekside Camp, on the shores of the Elk (Credit: Resort at PAWS UP Photo/)

Creekside Camp, on the shores of the Elk River in Montana, is luxury camping in tents, run by the Resort at PAWS UP. Here, a tent interior with en-suite master bathroom on the left. (2010)

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.

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, on the Bedwell River outside
(Credit: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort/)

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)

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, on the Bedwell River outside
(Credit: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort/)

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)

Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, on the Bedwell River outside
(Credit: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort/)

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)

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Clayoquot Wilderness Resort, on the Bedwell River outside
(Credit: Clayoquot Wilderness Resort/)

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)

Creekside Camp, on the shores of the Elk
(Credit: Resort at PAWS UP Photo/)

Creekside Camp, on the shores of the Elk River in Montana, is luxury camping in tents, run by the Resort at PAWS UP. Here, a tent interior with en-suite master bathroom on the left. (2010)

Creekside Camp, on the shores of the Elk
(Credit: Pieter de Liagre Bohl Photo/)

Creekside Camp, on the shores of the Elk River in Montana, is luxury camping in tents, run by the Resort at PAWS UP. Here, the exterior of a two-bedroom tent. (2010)

A toast to the newly-weds, Tom and Brenda
(Credit: Steve Haggerty/Dallas Morning News/MCT/)

A toast to the newly-weds, Tom and Brenda Sabin at The Encampment at Bull Creek, Resort at Paws Up, Greenough, Montana. (June 19, 2008)

Creekside Camp, on the shores of the Elk
(Credit: Resort at PAWS UP Photo/)

Creekside Camp, on the shores of the Elk River in Montana, is luxury camping in tents, run by the Resort at PAWS UP. Here, the exterior of a two-bedroom tent. (2010)

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This undated photo courtesy of Kampgrounds of America
(Credit: AP Photo/)

This undated photo courtesy of Kampgrounds of America Inc. shows a KOA Lodge in Petaluma, CA. These days, camping isn't just pitching a tent in the wilderness on a long hike, or stopping overnight at a campground far from home while on a road trip. Instead, for many leisure travelers, a camping trip nowadays may involve spending the night in a cabin with a real roof and a comfy bed, or taking the kids to a place that offers activities and entertainment.

Spring snow covers the Middle Fork of Monture
(Credit: Steve Haggerty/Dallas Morning News/MCT/)

Spring snow covers the Middle Fork of Monture Creek, below Deadhorse Lake, The Encampment at Bull Creek, Resort at Paws Up. (June 19, 2008)

Creekside Camp, on the shores of the Elk
(Credit: Resort at PAWS UP Photo/)

Creekside Camp, on the shores of the Elk River in Montana, is luxury camping in tents, run by the Resort at PAWS UP. Here, the Dining Pavillion and fire pit. (2010)

This undated photo courtesy of Kampgrounds of America
(Credit: AP Photo/)

This undated photo courtesy of Kampgrounds of America Inc. shows a KOA Lodge in Petaluma, CA. These days, camping isn't just pitching a tent in the wilderness on a long hike, or stopping overnight at a campground far from home while on a road trip. Instead, for many leisure travelers, a camping trip nowadays may involve spending the night in a cabin with a real roof and a comfy bed, or taking the kids to a place that offers activities and entertainment.

One of the luxurious cabins at the El
(Credit: El Capitan Canyon/)

One of the luxurious cabins at the El Capitan Canyon resort in the Southern part of California. The campground/resort, located 20 miles from Santa Barbara, offers magnificent views of the Gaviota Coast, Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains.

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Falling Waters Adventure Resort is a luxury campsite
(Credit: Falling Waters Resort.com/)

Falling Waters Adventure Resort is a luxury campsite located in Bryson City, North Carolina where patrons sleep in fully equipped yurts. (undated)

Canvas tent offers guests for a luxurious camping
(Credit: Steven Lam/)

Canvas tent offers guests for a luxurious camping experience at the El Capitan Canyon in the Southern part of California. The campground/resort, located 20 miles from Santa Barbara, offers magnificent views of the Gaviota Coast, Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains.

Falling Waters Adventure Resort is a luxury campsite
(Credit: Mark File/Falling Waters Resort/)

Falling Waters Adventure Resort is a luxury campsite located in Bryson City, North Carolina where patrons sleep in fully equipped yurts. (undated)

One of the cabins with amenities at the
(Credit: El Capitan Canyon/)

One of the cabins with amenities at the El Capitan Canyon resort in the Southern part of California. The campground/resort, located 20 miles from Santa Barbara, offers magnificent views of the Gaviota Coast, Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains.

Canvas tents are illuminated at night at the
(Credit: Steven Lam/)

Canvas tents are illuminated at night at the El Capitan Canyon in the Southern part of California. The campground/resort, located 20 miles from Santa Barbara, offers magnificent views of the Gaviota Coast, Pacific Ocean and Santa Ynez Mountains.

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Falling Waters Adventure Resort is a luxury campsite
(Credit: Falling Waters Resort.com/)

Falling Waters Adventure Resort is a luxury campsite located in Bryson City, North Carolina where patrons sleep in fully equipped yurts. Activities include rafting, hiking and ziplining as shown in this photo. (undated)

Falling Waters Adventure Resort is a luxury campsite
(Credit: Falling Waters Resort.com/)

Falling Waters Adventure Resort is a luxury campsite located in Bryson City, North Carolina where patrons sleep in fully equipped yurts. Activities include hiking and rafting as in this photo. (undated)

Falling Waters Adventure Resort is a luxury campsite
(Credit: Falling Waters Resort.com/)

Falling Waters Adventure Resort is a luxury campsite located in Bryson City, North Carolina where patrons sleep in fully equipped yurts. (undated)

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