39 Bryson City, North Carolina: Falling Waters Resort
This hillside camp occupies another tranquil spot from which you can raft, bird-watch, hike, and explore Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Each of the eight yurts—Mongolian-style cabins—brings B&B character to the wilderness, with four-poster or sleigh beds, hardwood floors, and a mini-fridge.
TWO-PERSON YURTS $72; 800/451-9972; www.fallingwatersresort.com
40 Glen Rose, Texas: Buck's on the Brazos
At this site some 65 miles southwest of Dallas, the two-room canvas tents come with queen-sized beds and a prepared campfire; camp cooks can be hired to cater meals. Swim in the Brazos River, ride horseback at the adjacent Broken O Ranch, or rent a set of clubs at the Squaw Valley Golf Course—one of the best public courses in Texas.
DOUBLES $100; 254/898-2825; www.buckbrazos.com
41 Winchester Bay, Oregon: Umpqua Lighthouse State Park
The six recently erected yurts at this seaside park sleep up to seven people each and have kitchens, bathrooms with hot showers, and covered decks with private grills. Out the door: Lake Marie and 500-foot-high sand dunes.
SEVEN-PERSON YURTS $65; 800/452-5687; www.oregonstateparks.org/yurts_deluxe.php
42 Yosemite, Yellowstone, the Grand Canyon, and more: TCS Expeditions
Why spend the summer behind the wheel when you can visit nine of the West's national parks in two weeks, all by private jet?On board TCS Expeditions' customized 757,geology lectures are presented instead of in-flight movies.
14-DAY EXCURSION $22,950 A PERSON; 800/727-7477; www.tcs-expeditions.com
43 Baldwinville, Massachusetts: Otter River State Forest
Each of the four spacious yurts in this wooded campground along the banks of Beaman Pond in north central Massachusetts sleep four to six and has electricity. Otherwise, this is a typical campground, with tent sites, and visitors need to pack in (and pack out) their own supplies.
SIX-PERSON YURT $30 A NIGHT; 877/422-6762; www.reserveamerica.com
44 Green River, Utah: Dvorak's Kayak & Rafting Expeditions
On Bill Dvorak's Classical Music Journey, an eight-day float down the Green River in eastern Utah, the emphasis isn't on the accommodations or the cuisine, it's on the music: nightly concerts performed by a variety of string quartets in sandstone grottoes and amphitheaters with near-perfect acoustics.
JULY 26-AUGUST 2, $1,874 PER PERSON; 800/824-3795; www.dvorakexpeditions.com
—Gayle Forman and Ted Katauskas
45 GOOD-NATURED Diptyque's hair and body wash, $26; Super Nova tent for three, $369, by Sierra Designs; Garmin's iQue 3600 GPS-PDA combo, $589; iodine-filled cotton swabs, $5, by Swabplus; a multifunction lantern with TV and radio from RedEnvelope, $99; Louis Vuitton's goose-feather sleeping bag, $1,400.