9 Locations to Go Tenting or Glamping within the US for the Holidays

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For ocean hikes and harbor activities, I would book a luxury yurt in the enchanting San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state.

Head to San Juan Island off the Washington state coast for whale watching and oceanfront strolls.


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Friday Harbor is a charming seaside village in the San Juan Islands off the coast of Washington state, and I think it’s a beautiful Pacific Northwest getaway with an abundance of outdoor winter activities.

Especially the hiking here is exceptional in my opinion. One of my favorite hikes is Jakle’s Lagoon & Mt. Finlayson just outside of town – it’s an easy 300-foot loop through the forest that leads to the summit of Mt. Finlayson, the highest point on the south end of San Juan, with beautiful views from Cattle Point Lighthouse and nearby Lopez Island.

After hiking I also think this is a special place to spend some time on the water. Here you can go whale watching to spot wild orcas that live year-round on the San Juan Islands, or rent kayaks for a self-driven adventure or guided tour.

Friday Harbor also has plenty to offer for a leisurely day on the town, with local shops, a sculpture park, and several museums.

For visitors who want to be more immersed in nature, I recommend spending the night at Lakedale, a camping and glamping retreat just outside of town. Choose from main lodge rooms, log cabins, canvas lakeside cabins or glamorous outdoor yurts with a full bathroom and private hot tub.

Lakedale also has RV sites with electric and water hookups and the property offers special offers on minimum three night stays November through January.