Named by colonizers after famed Quaker William Penn, Pennsylvania is home to US history, rolling hills, farmland, and the much beloved WaWa (IYKYK). Philadelphia lies on the eastern border, while Pittsburgh and the sprawling Laurel Highlands sits on the west, with a whole lot of woodland in between. Although you wouldn't think of PA as an outdoor destination, almost 60% of the state is forested, interspersed between Lake Erie, the Allegheny River, the Appalachian Mountains running through the state's center, the Pocono Mountains in the northeast, and of course, Amish Country towards the south.
Fun fact, Pennsylvania is home to more navigable rivers than any other state, including portions of the Delaware, Ohio, and Susquehanna Rivers, among others. And all this water means there's 86,000 miles of streams, rivers, creeks, and waterfalls throughout the state, second only to Alaska. How's that for the coastal elite PA outdoor recreation, haters! lol
All this terrain means there's plenty of opportunity for hiking, biking, kayaking, boating, fishing, rafting, or, a favorite Pennsylvanian past-time, hanging out at the lake. While PA seems to just be catching on to the glamping movement, there's still plenty of spots for an elevated camping experience sans cell service and wi-fi and plus a lot of nature.
Below, we gathered 13 of the best glamping rentals to experience the Pennsylvania beauty.
The 13 Best Spots for Glamping in PA
Vibe: Woodland getaway
About a 2.5 hour drive from New York City and Philadelphia, The Hidden Brook Glampsite is located in the woodlands of Northeastern, PA, and outside the charming town of Honesdale. Equipped with an outdoor shower, outhouse, fire ring, Adirondack chairs, and coffee set-up, enjoy the Pennsylvania wilds from luxury.
Vibe: Farm stay
Located on 40 acres of farmland, this '16 bell tent is 10 minutes to Lake Wallenpaupack and Promised Land State Park for days for a day of outdoor activities. Besides cozy textiles and linens, they also comes with a fire pit, outdoor seating, and picturesque views of the farm.
Vibe: Chef's kitchen
On a 40-acre working farm in the Poconos, this homey secluded off-grid yurt comes with the necessities and an impressive outdoor kitchen with cookware for a glamping experience perfect for the home chef. For going out on the town, you'll be close to Newfoundland, but if you'd rather spend your days outside, explore nearby Tobyhana and Promised State Park.
Vibe: Riverside relaxation
Load up your own RZR UTV and head to the Misty River Retreat Airbnb, a private bell tent perched atop a hill with river and mountain views. Beyond a large deck, wood-burning stove, hammock, outdoor dining table, and BBQ grill, this glamping tent also features a private hot tub, for some real relaxation.
Vibe: World traveler
Decked out in a decidedly global-traveler aesthetic, this canvas tent features a wood stove, a cozy bed, a cooking area with a grill, and a private bathroom and outdoor shower. Gettysburg is nearby for the historian glamper, or venture to Michaux State Forest.
Vibe: Peace in Pennsylvania
In central Pennsylvania, Airydale Retreat hosts a number of glamping tents, yurts, and even a tent with a slide. This glamping tent comes with classic, checkered linens, a fire pit, a double bed, a fire pit, a shower, and a propane cook stove.
Vibe: Streamside style
Relax in your queen-sized bed among fresh linens in this canvas tent on the banks of a babbling brook. Equipped with a wood stove, front porch with seating, fire pit, food prep table and bar, and a private bathroom tent with a hot shower, you'll have everything you need and more.
Vibe: Horse whisperer
Located within easy access to Ricketts Glen State Park, Lake Gean, Bloomsburg, Knoebels, and, Benton, this sweet little camper rental also overlooks a horse pasture and farm. After a day of exploring, cozy up by the outdoor firepit for some star-gazing.
Vibe: Home sweet yurt
Located on 5-acres of wooded land, this cozy yurt is perfect for a romantic escape or solo glamping getaway. A screened-in back porch and bathhouse provide some extra space and amenities, while nearby downtown Reading and local hiking trails are excellent spots to for exploring.
Vibe: Home in the grove
This canvas wall tent features a queen-sized bed with quality linens, a deck, an outdoor shower and kitchenette, a picnic table, and firepit. An hour to the college town breweries, restaurants, and shops of State College, PA, home of Penn State University, and Raystown Lake for swimming, fishing, hiking, and, boating, there's also plenty to explore.
Vibe: Camping with wolves
Originally built as the guardhouse of a conservatory of Lobo wolves in the 1930s (bet you guessed that), this stone outbuilding has been converted into a charming mini-cabin with a stone fireplace, hammock, loft bed, seating area, fire pit, and a refrigerator.
Vibe: Stargazer chic
Layered with colorful textiles and bedding, this comfy yurt is in the heart of the Pennsylvania Wilds on the grounds of an organic vegetable farm. The property features a stargazing field share with other campers and is close to a swimming hole, the charming town of Coudersport, and Cherry Springs State Park.
Vibe: Wine and dine
An hour drive outside Pittsburgh, a 6-minute drive to a local brewery in Slipping Rock, and a 5-minute drive Moraine State Park, the Glamp Inn is in the perfect location for a very Pennsylvanian getaway. Bonus amenities include a charcuterie board, complimentary beverage of choice, and a custom floral arrangement.