Affordable family vacations for summer break

By Eric Wright

With summer well on its way and temperatures heating up, it's time to plan that well-deserved summer getaway with the family. Whether you're looking for your next camping trip in New York or heading to the West Coast for some Californian sunshine, these unique getaways are sure to inspire you to stay somewhere out of the ordinary this year. At less than $160 dollars a night, these rentals are sure to keep the kids—and your wallet!—happy.

1. Coastal Cabin on Herron Island, Washington

From $148.17 a night, this stunning retreat offers up to six guests a vacation full of peace and quiet on a secluded island—and the opportunity for some quality family time spent out on the calm waters with a canoe or kayak. With a beautifully-decorated interior, elegant bedrooms, and a sprawling deck with gorgeous views that overlook Puget Sound, a vacation here will leave the whole gang feeling relaxed, rested, and rejuvenated.

2. Cabin Rental in the Mojave Desert, California

From $154.48 a night, this charming cabin rests on two private acres in Joshua Tree National Park and is ideal for four glampers to enjoy a summer getaway full of awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets. The location also offers some of the best conditions to stargaze, warm cup of cocoa in hand. After days spent getting to know the local wildlife in nearby Eureka Peak and Quail Mountain, what could be better than slipping into your very own clawfoot bathtub?

3. Charming Cabin near Woodstock, New York

From $134.82 a night, this classic cabin rental near Woodstock, New York, is the epitome of a tranquil vacation surrounded by nature. With space for just two glampers, the pet-friendly retreat is the perfect place for a bonding opportunity while exploring the lake on the provided canoe, toasting s'mores around the fire pit, and grilling up some tasty snacks on the barbecue.

4. Luxury Cottage in Texas

From $138.42 a night, this adorable cottage sleeps up to six guests, making it the perfect choice for a Texan-style vacation with a twist. Located just outside of Bandera, glampers can spend the day exploring the cowboy capital of the world before retiring to their home-away-from-home for a few colds drinks out on the lovely deck and a soothing dip in the private hot tub.

5. Rustic Cabin near Mount Hood, Oregon

From $97.11 a night, this fairytale cabin, built all the way back in 1927, is an ideal choice for four glampers looking to discover the Oregon wilderness. Guests will love waking up to the sunlight streaming in, the peaceful sounds of the forest all around, and the charming decor found throughout the cabin. Discover all that Mt. Hood National Forest has to offer during the day before heading back to the cabin for some well-earned chill-out time in the private hot tub. With pets allowed, your trusty pooch will be thanking you for this vacation, too!

6. Camping Tent near Pigeon Forge, Tennessee

From $122.35 a night, this cozy tent rental in the woodlands of Tennessee makes for a great mother-daughter retreat. In the morning, the sounds of the forest make the deck a peaceful place to sit back and reflect with a coffee before another great day of hiking, cycling, or whitewater rafting. This rental really is the perfect choice for those looking for an off-the-grid vacation in a beautiful setting.

7. Log Cabin near Zion National Park, Utah

From $75.05 a night, this is the classic log cabin getaway. Soaring ceilings, expansive windows, plush seating, and a roaring fireplace make the living area a fabulous spot to kick back after a day out in one of the several national parks that dot the landscape. With enough space to sleep six guests, the whole family will be talking about this Utah summer vacation for years to come.

8. Vacation Rental near East Vail, Colorado

From $132.14 a night, this vacation rental can sleep up to eight guests—ideal for larger families to enjoy a holiday surrounded by the majestic mountains of Colorado. The kids will love the loft area, where they can have their own space while parents enjoy an evening around the fireplace, cold drink in hand. The balcony just off the living room is also a peaceful spot to relax in the evening while listening to the sounds of Mother Nature.

9. Dome Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Georgia

From $154.77 a night, this luxury dome offers a one-of-a-kind retreat in Georgia. Sleeping up to five guests, the interior of this unique structure boasts some fantastic touches, such as charming wooden furniture, rustic decor, and luxurious bedding. After spending some quality time as a family up in the Appalachian Mountains, you can return to your stunning accommodation and rustle up some burgers on the barbecue before having a relaxing soak in the outdoor tub.

10. Tipi and Vintage Camper near Lake Michigan

From $129.20 a night, this rental consists of both a tipi and a vintage camper, accommodating three guests comfortably. The luxury tipi comes with a queen-size bed and gorgeous Indian rugs, while the vintage camper, located just a few steps away is ideal for the kids. An outdoor shower, comfy seating, a fire pit, and a barbecue complete the exterior set up—ensuring nights are spent together around the fire, chatting late into the evening about each day's adventures on and around Lake Michigan.


For more ideas for a budget-friendly getaway for the whole family, check out our collections and continue browsing on Glamping Hub!

Camping with kids: What to pack, where to go, and what to do

By Eleanor Stanesby

If you've decided it's time to take a camping trip this year and completely disconnect in the beautiful outdoors, you've come to the right place. It's time to pry all electronic devices away from the clutching grips of the kids and achieve the quality family time that you've been hoping for!

With no phones or Internet to distract you from the serene views or wildlife, this is the best way to truly take in the natural wonders that the world has to offer. We're here to give you some tips on how to get the most out of your camping (or glamping!) trip—giving you and the kids some memorable adventures in nature you'll never forget.

What to pack

Packing for a camping trip with kids takes a lot of planning ahead, which usually involves a lengthy checklist to help keep you on track. There are the obvious things that all camping trips need, including appropriate clothing, snacks, and more, but we don't want you to forget other items that will ensure the kids are entertained and safe, ultimately making the trip easier and more enjoyable for everyone.

Check out this essentials list to ensure the trip goes of without a hitch:

  1. S'mores ingredients: Make the ultimate camping trip treat with a few simple ingredients that are easily packed: graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars. The kids will love hunting for sticks to roast the marshmallows on!

  2. Outdoor games: A bat and ball or water games will provide some healthy family competition.

  3. Card games: Before bedding down for the night, play some family card games for a relaxing finish to an adventurous day.

Those essentials give you the entertainment factor of the trip, but keeping safe is also important. A trip to the emergency room should never be on the agenda, so be sure to pack the following, too.

  1. First aid kit

  2. Sun screen

  3. Wet wipes

During outdoor adventures kids are bound to fall over and graze their knee, possibly get sunburned, and are definitely are going to get muddy. These three crucial items will keep you prepared for all possibilities.

Where to go

When choosing where to go, there's one crucial thing to keep in mind: there should be places for the kids to explore or take part in activities. Kids love to have something to do or focus on, and watching them discover a new piece of nature or wildlife or achieve something in the outdoors is sure to be one of their favorite memories—and definitely yours.

National parks

For an ambitious camping trip head to a national park, where waking up surrounded by diverse natural wonders is a unique experience in and of itself. Most national parks boast millions of acres of land to curiously explore, and with something different to discover every day, the kids will never get bored.

Have you considered Yellowstone National Park in particular? Spanning Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, you can choose the perfect backdrop for your family trip. Whether it be mountains, lakes or waterfalls, you'll be spoiled for choice with all of this National Park's incredibly distinct landscapes.

Alternatively, spend a night under the towering redwood trees in Redwood National Park. Located on the coast of Northern California, there are a number of accommodations and campgrounds tucked in and around the trees, giving you a truly nature-based experience in the private and peaceful woodlands.

Lakefront stays

If your looking for a more rustic camping trip and national parks or forests don't appeal to you, a summer trip is sure to be the most successful at a local lake. You can cool off with a delightful afternoon swim or search for some adrenaline-filled water sports the kids will love trying their hand at.

Upstate New York may be your ideal camping destination if you go this route—thanks to the fact that it's home to over 7,600 freshwater lakes, ponds, and reservoirs. It even has part of two of the five Great Lakes, too! One of our family-friendly favorites is Lake George, which is located at the southeast of the famous Adirondack Mountains.

Your ideal accommodation in Lake George: this family-friendly yurt!

What to do

Another benefit to planning your camping trip ahead of time is the ability to avoid hearing the ever-dreaded, "I'm bored," during your time away. Here are some of our top tips of how to ensure you hear nothing more than "Thank you for this amazing trip!" and some gentle breathing from fast-asleep kiddos at the end of the day.

1. Involve the kids

Kids love to be involved in all aspects of a camping trip, including meal planning. Make a plan that allows them to be a part of the fun, no matter if that's helping you gril out over a fire or on the barbecue or going to pick some fresh seasonal fruit for dessert.

2. Fun and games

Brainstorm some ideas that truly immerse the kids in the surrounding nature, such as a scavenger hunt. With so many printable, ready-to-go lists available online, it's easy for you to prepare in advance, and the kids will be able to spend hours of excitement in search of every last item on their list.

3. Go on a hike

There is bound to be a hiking trail near your accommodation or camping site, from which you can spend the afternoon exploring at your family's pace. Observing the children's faces as they take in the natural wonders will be a better sight than the actual view.

4. It's the little things

It's usually the little things that get ingrained into a child's memory about their family's outdoor trips and helps them be able to recount these stories as they get older. The innate curiosity within them allows kids to get immense joy from simple things, like skimming pebbles on a lake for hours, jumping in muddy puddles, or spotting wildlife they've never seen.

While camping with kids may come with a lot of preparation, once the trip is in full swing, it will be well worth the planning, for all the smiles, memories and laughter that is sure to be had.


Continue exploring other kid-approved getaway options, starting with one of our most popular accommodation collections—family-friendly tree houses on the West Coast!