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Airbnb for Camping: 4 Services That Let You Rent Private Campsites

People with land, meet people with tents.

Whether it’s your child’s last hurrah before a return to school or just an alternative adventure for the delta-variant concerned, private camping opens up a new outdoor experience. It’s for this reason that of Airbnb-style camping apps like Hipcamp and Tentrr have found their stride over the last year and a half. These platforms provide the opportunity to commune among nature but far parking lots of RVs and drunk bros blasting Bluetooth-powered music in the small hours of the morning. These private camping services and camping apps (including the Airbnb-branded camping app itself) offer silence where once there was only camp chatter and starlight for headlights. And now, even in the face of increased consumer demand, they’re running at full strength, ready to help you find the perfect remote campsite with a few clicks of a mouse or swipes of a finger.

Offering an extensive range of listings, from primitive campsites to yurts, lean-tos, cabins, trailers, treehouses, glamping-like experiences, and more, these outdoor-centric services use the same model Airbnb popularized: Find your campsite online, read through the details, scan the reviews, flip through the photos, contact the owner to book your stay, pay through the website, and you’re after a right turn here and a left turn there, you’ve arrived at serenity. While not every city or state is fully covered, these four websites in both the U.S. and Europe do a great job of offering campers a lot of cool places to bed down under the stars. You end up get a quiet, idyllic campsite far from the shoulder-to-shoulder bustle of a KOA, while a dude with a few wild acres makes a little extra scratch. Everybody wins.


Hipcamp -- rent a campsite - airbnb camping alternative

From national and state parks to “ranches and farms, to vineyards and nature preserves,” there are more than 400,000 campsites bookable through Hipcamp across the country, making it the biggest such operation in the United States. While sites can be heavy on California and the West Coast, other choice locations include a cranberry marsh in Maine, a farm in Texas, and even Colter Bay in Grand Teton National Park. Much like Airbnb, all you do is find a spot to your liking (on a beach? on a lake? in somebody else’s back pasture?), fill in your dates, and request a booking. Everything, including the price per night, is coordinated with the owner. And not only does your group get the run of the designated land ⏤ so, no dealing with crowded campsite bathrooms or too much late-night noise ⏤ but some of the spots offer cabins, yurts, tipis, and even tree houses. Or, you could just set up your Qube interconnected tents and get that party started.
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Tentrr -- rent a campsite

While similar to Hipcamp and Gamping in that you’re camping on somebody’s private property, Tentrr operates a little differently. Each site is equipped, much like a hotel room, with a standard package of amenities that includes: a large canvas wall tent on a wooden platform, inflatable queen-sized cot, outdoor sun shower, picnic table, two lounge chairs, a camp toilet, stone fire pit … the list goes on. Technically, you are still camping, you just don’t have bring anything. If you’ve got a big group, they also set up extra dome tents. Campsites are selected based on “privacy, location and the wow factor!” — originally limited to sites in New York state and the Catskills, Tentrr has since expanded to include more than three-dozen states and Puerto Rico.
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camp space airbnb camping style

Through Dutch startup Campspace you can book one of hundreds of private camping sites around the globe. While most listings are in Europe, they have offerings on six continents, and in locations as varied as Paris, the Australian Outback, and Kazakhstan. Whether you want to park your RV across the street from Yellowstone, stargaze deep in the Namib Desert in Namibia, or pitch a tent in an English garden, Campspace has you covered. In 2017, Campspace acquired Camp in My Garden — founded before in Airbnb, in the U.K. in 2010, it was the first website to let people list their gardens and yards as campsites.
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Gamping -- rent a campsite

Not to be confused with glamping, a.k.a. glamorous camping, a.k.a. camping for people who want to sleep in the J.Crew-catalog version of the woods, Gamping stands for “garden camping.” This French-based site started in 2013 and advertises over 10,000 private campsites around the world. Most are in France and Europe, but there’s a decent lineup of U.S. spots including one in scenic Duluth, Minnesota. In addition to searching by geographic location, campers can also choose by category, such as “Oceanfront” or “Vineyards.” From there they can break it down by type of site (tent, motor home, etc.) amenities (electricity, WiFi, tumble drier), and activities. Booking is done directly with the property owner and you can bring up to 20 people per site.
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Listen, even Henry David Thoreau didn’t subject himself to longterm tent living. Getaway offers one- and two-bed tiny homes in sites across the U.S. that lack TVs and WiFi, along with most other hometown creature comforts, to focus your attentions on peace and quiet. They even offer the option to lock up your smartphone for the weekend, turning your attention to yourself, your partner, and your child or children. A kitchen, firewood and firepit, and indoor bathrooms and showers, which include hot water, are all standard. (Make a reservation)