The iconic Airstream is a mini hotel on wheels. Most have gas burners, showers you can actually stand up in, and an ingenious amount of storage space. It's smooth to tow, with a retro interior that conjures up a first-class train cabin circa 1955.
A good starter model is the 16-foot Bambi Sport, which can be pulled by a midsize SUV (from $30,000 used).
With this much room, you can "think about decorating the same way you'd decorate an apartment," says Sunset style editor, Miranda Jones.
A kitchenette with microwave, stovetop, refrigerator, and freezer lets you enjoy home cooking on the road, too.
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Kick back outside your Airstream with chairs and table from DWR and an umbrella by Brelli.
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Instant outdoor dining room
Create a summertime fiesta with a table and chairs from Ikea and deck chairs by Gallant & Jones.
The Brelli umbrella creates easy shade for any table. Just pop the handle in a vase filled with sand.
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Mix and match
Colorful melamine plates from Ikea make it fun to set the table. Plastic glasses are sturdy enough for the dishwasher and reuse all summer. Plastic folding chairs pack away when not needed.
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Tent camping redefined
We borrowed this luxury tent from The Resort at Paws Up in Greenough, MT, where “roughing it” means canvas platform tents with oil paintings hanging above feather beds, terry-cloth robes as fluffy as Big Sky Country clouds, and elk-antler bedside lamps.
At the resort, the tent also comes with a camping butler who welcomes you back from a hike with frosty iced tea, fresh-baked cookies, and fresh fruit. From $725.
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Tent camping redefined: Feather beds
Forget the air mattress. There’ll be no sore necks after a night on “The last best bed” in the luxury tent from The Resort at Paws Up.
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Tent camping redefined: Outdoor porch
A place to savor morning coffee or something to sip at sunset.