Forget spending the first few hours of your summer camping trip pitching a tent and rolling out sleeping bags. Campsites and RV parks devoted to vintage travel trailers and Airstreams are all the retro rage right now. Refurbished campers are the centerpieces of too-cute-for-words trailer parks popping up across America — and they're the perfect destinations for family trips and girlfriend getaways. You’ll be transported back in time (think patio lanterns, metal gliders) but still have access to modern amenities like luxe linens and soaking tubs.
The 10 restored campers at the 50-acre JuneBug Retro Resort near Asheville, North Carolina are a blast from the past. Open from May to October, accommodations include a 1961 Shasta Airflyte; 1960 Yellowstone; and a 1953 Royal Spartanette that retain all of their period charm, including restored checkerboard floors, colorful vinyl seating and Formica countertops, lots of chrome. Enjoy old-fashioned camping activities like fishing in the nearby creek and relaxing around a bonfire.
Starting at $125 per night; junebugretroresort.com
Fans of the iconic Airstream will love the newest iteration of the classic designs at AutoCamp. Each of the 23 trailers at the Russian River location in Guerneville, California features spa-like bathrooms, Casper mattresses, and luxe bedding. Stock up on sundries at the canteen, hike among the surrounding redwoods, swim in the river, or just relax around the fire pit. AutoCamp also has a location in Santa Barbara with six Airstreams parked near the beach; use of their retro-inspired beach cruisers is included for guests.
Starting at $205 per night; autocamp.com
The motto at this Bisbee, Arizona, park: No RV needed. The Shady Dell's trailer court offers accommodations in eight vintage campers, including a 1950 Spartanette and a 1951 Mansion; both are outfitted with vintage televisions and phonographs for old-fashioned entertainment. For a different kind of retro experience, book the 1947 Airporter, which was transformed into a "tiki bus" complete with a hand-carved tiki bar out front.
Starting at $105 per night; theshadydell.com
Two retro 1961 Shasta Airflyte travel trailers dubbed the Ruby Slipper and Glamping at Tiffany’s are among the accommodations available at this Gatlinburg, Tennessee glamping resort (other options include treehouses and safari tents). With just enough space for two people, the colorful campers at Camp LeConte are nestled among the trees and outfitted with Adirondack chairs and fire pits out front. Settle in for an evening s’mores and star gazing.
Starting at $109 per night; campleconte.com
Each of the six vintage trailers at Kate's Lazy Desert is a work of art. Artists were asked to put their own spin on the various accommodations at this Airstream motel. TIKI, a 26-foot Red Stripe Airstream features bold colors, striped walls, and giant tiki painting, while bold orange splotches of paint make it look like a volcano exploded inside the 19-foot Aqua Stripe Airstream called Hot Lava. Located in the California desert near Joshua Tree National Park, the resort offers a seasonal cold plunge pool to help guests beat the heat.
Starting at $175 per night; lazymeadow.com
All eight Airstreams at the Shooting Star RV Resort in Escalante, Utah pay homage to the trailers that movie stars like Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, and John Wayne called home while filming — complete with the kind of luxe linens and bath products that celebs might expect to have on hand. After the sun goes down, rent a 1960s classic car from the resort and watch a drive-in movie (complete with buttered popcorn from the snack bar). The resort borders Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument; breathtaking hikes are accessible just steps from the Airstreams.
Starting at $129 per night; shootingstar-rvresort.com