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A-frame hut. On Big Island, HI’s northwest corner, the 62-acre Hapuna Beach State Recreation Area has 6 A-frame, 4-person cabins with screens and wooden sleeping platforms. Plus there are showers to wash off the salt from swimming. $50; hawaiistateparks.org/camping
Century-old lodge. Built on the banks of Oregon's Rogue River, Paradise Lodge is accessed via boat or a 4.5-mile hike. By day, hit the trails, swim, or fly-fish. By night, sleep in a real bed in a private room. 19 cabins & rooms from $160/person, incl. meals; open May 1–Nov 5; paradise-lodge.com
Fire tower. The Green Ridge Lookout in Oregon's Deschutes National Forest has windows on all four sides, with views of 10,497-foot Mt. Jefferson, the Metolius River, and a fish hatchery that helps feed eagles. $40; open May 18–Jun 24 & Sep 21–Nov 18; BYO water; 1.usa.gov/GzLGBM
Island cottage. Experience Washington's San Juan Islands’ lushness from Lopez Farm, your base on Lopez Island. On 30 acres of pastures and woods, 5 cottages offer all the amenities of home, including a breakfast basket every morning (wait ... that doesn’t happen at home). Cottages from $145, 13 tent sites (May 25–Sep 30) from $40; lopezfarmcottages.com; ferry from $32 round-trip.
A cave B&B. The walls of Kokopelli’s Cave B&B are rock, a 1,650-square-foot space carved several hundred feet above New Mexico's La Plata River Valley, yet the stay is anything but rugged. There’s a queen-size bed, waterfall shower, and hot tub. And Mesa Verde National Park—with its Native American ruin, Cliff Palace—is just a short drive away. $260, incl. some meals; open Mar 1–Nov 30; 505/860-3812.
Tent cabins. In one of the wildest places on Earth—Selway River near Darby, Montana—you can experience the highest level of sophistication. At the end of a day of hiking and exploring, Storm Creek Outfitters spoils you with dinner, dessert by campfire, and an overnight in a luxurious “wall tent.” From $125/person; 3 tents; open Jul 1–Sep 12; glamourcamping.net