Let's be real: Autumn weather won't really roll into Texas for a few more months, but we can dream of smoky campfires and crisp breezes, right? Plus, it never hurts to plan the perfect camping trip in advance. With two national parks, multiple state parks, and dozens of recreational sites, there's really no excuse not to schedule some much-needed outdoors time this fall.
Not a fan pitching tents and doing things the normal way? Here are five camping spots you might not have heard of, and they'll definitely provide a camping trip unlike any other.
Explore New Heights With Cypress Valley Canopy Tours
Ever wanted to sleep up among the tree tops? This unique setting will allow you to do just that and so much more. Reserve a night in one of their tree house rooms, then spend your time zip lining, swimming in the camp's pool, dashing across swinging bridges, or taking in the view from the deck. The owners are extremely responsive, and travelers highly recommend shelling out the money to enjoy this once-in-a-lifetime experience. Located in Spicewood, the attraction is only about 4 hours away from the Houston area.
Sleep in a Solar-Powered Eco Dome
In Terlingua, right outside of Big Bend National Park, guests can spend a night in an unusual accommodation. This dome runs completely on solar power and comes equipped with everything you could need, from WiFi to running water. Even so, you'll definitely feel like you've taken a step away from society. Out in the middle of nowhere, you can stargaze to your heart's content and truly disconnect. Hike the nearby trails then relax in your secluded hideaway.
Camp Alongside the Wildlife at Fossil Rim
If you haven't visited Fossil Rim, then at a minimum you'll want to do a drive-through during the day. You'll witness incredible interactions with exotic wildlife from the comfort of your car, and the park itself is impressive to behold. You can take the experience a step further and book a night at one of Fossil Rim's safari camps. Customers describe the tents as comfortable, and you'll be quite close to an active watering hole. Be sure to bring your camera along on this adventure because the photo opportunities will just keep coming!
Experience a Special Night in a TiPi
Honestly, who doesn't want to say that they've slept in an actual tipi? Not only will you have a unique camping experience, but you'll also find secluded locations that really allow you to unwind in peace. There are several different tipi rentals you can look into, and many are pretty reasonably priced. This one is right on the lake and full of luxurious accommodations!
Stay in a Family-Friendly Airstream Rental
Want to get out into nature without fully giving up the luxuries of home? Look into booking at a night in a classic Airstream like this one! It's the perfect getaway for small families or couples, and you'll be able to cook with all the necessary amenities (fridge, oven, dishes, cookware, etc.). Sure, it might not be as authentic as cooking over an open fire, but it will allow you to relax instead of constantly thinking of what to pack and prepare.
Don't these just make you itch for autumn and late nights under the stars? Look into crafting your own unique camping experience and book accommodations soon!