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Outdoor experiences with private accommodation in the US

US operators have added new product that explores America’s wide-open spaces while offering private accommodation in cabins, tents and villas. Abra Dunsby finds out more

While travel to the US is yet to get the green light, there is some cause for some optimism this year, with many tour operators who sell the destination reporting an increase in enquiries since the election result and news of a US vaccine roll-out.

Many tour operators are reporting requests for US trips that explore wide-open spaces – such as its national parks – as clients look to avoid the crowds and stay safe. By the same token, some clients are also seeking private accommodation options that offer them seclusion and the chance to catch up with loved ones in their bubble.


Here, we speak to tour operators that have created new product satisfying clients’ desire to enjoy America’s famed Great Outdoors while opting for unique stays that embrace privacy.

Glamping in the South West

On America As You Like It’s new Quirky Stays & The Great Outdoors itinerary, which explores Arizona and Utah, clients will stay in a range of bubble-friendly accommodation, from wagons and private cabins to glamping sites.

The Under Canvas Lake Powell glamping tents in Utah are new for 2021, set on 220 acres and featuring in-tent wood-burning stoves and a lobby tent with board games.


Jenni Bridgman, trade director for Visit Utah UK, says: “The US South West features some of the most inspiring, atmospheric scenery in the world, including Utah’s “Mighty 5” national parks, Lake Powell and some remarkable lesser-known state parks – perfect for post-Covid travellers who will be keen to enjoy wide-open spaces and natural surroundings.


“The Under Canvas glamping properties provide an incredible connection with this amazing landscape and take clients’ stays to a whole new level. We can’t wait until British travellers can experience them for themselves once more.”

Book it: America As You Like It’s 13-night Quirky Stays & The Great Outdoors itinerary starts from £2,410pp including flights, accommodation and car hire.

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