GoCampingAmerica.com | Posted February 2nd, 2017

More Ways to Stay

Happy Camper Blog

While many people naturally assume that you need to own a tent, an RV or a lot of equipment to go camping, the opposite is actually true. Many campgrounds offer an assortment of alternative accommodations that are ideal for those who like to travel light, those who prefer to sleep with a roof over their heads or even for couples or families that want to try something new. Here are five fun options to consider:

Park Models | Park models, also known as recreational park trailers, are actually RVs that are placed on a camp site and rented out for seasonal use. They come in different styles. Some look like tiny Cape Cod cottages while others have a more rustic, log cabin look. Many park models also have built-in porches or decks and some even have lofts and gabled windows. 

Cabins | In this category, the options are pretty broad, ranging from small rustic cabins to western-style bunkhouses to luxury models. Sometimes a number of cabins are grouped together, which makes them ideal for hosting a large group like a family reunion.


Teepees (or Tipis) | Staying in an authentically-designed teepee is a great adventure for kids, and, we’ll admit, a lot of fun for adults, too. Many teepees also have fire pits and picnic tables nearby, and, yes, some even have Wi-Fi access.

Rental Trailers | Some parks have RVs that they rent out to guests, which is an ideal option for those who want to enjoy an RV outing without making an investment to buy one or who wouldn’t feel comfortable driving a big rig. And if you’re someone that loves all things retro, there are even parks that rent classic Airstream trailers.

Yurts | Yurts, which are circular tents supported by a latticework structure, date back thousands of years when they were used by nomads as they crossed the steppes of Central Asia. Today, they come in a number of different sizes and are decidedly more comfortable and much better appointed than those drafty ones of long ago. Staying in a yurt is definitely a unique way to camp and one you won’t likely soon forget.


How to find campgrounds that rent park models, cabins, teepees, trailers or yurts:

Go to our Find a Park search page, click on “Site Options” and choose the type of accommodations you’re interested in. You can also refine your search by your desired geographic area.

Helpful tip: When booking any of these alternative camping accommodations, be sure to ask what items are included, such as linens, small appliances and cooking utensils, so you’ll know what to bring with you.