The airstream trailer is turning 90, so here's where you can stay in one

Glamping is all the rage, but what about taking it to the next level?

We’re talking the most iconic of all the caravans: the Airstream trailer, which turns 90 this year.

An American classic, these over-sized silver bullets make fantastic homes from home (and look pretty damn good on Instagram too).

So whether you’re jetting off to the Mojave Desert or trundling around the South Downs, here are some of the best Airstreams you can stay in.

Let’s get on the road.

Lazy Desert, US

A rustic getaway set amid the beauty of the Mojave Desert, Kate’s Lazy Desert is owned by Kate Pierson of new wavers The B-52’s.

Her kitschy caravan compound comprises six Airstream love shacks that have been restored in candy colours and kooky furnishings.

It’s an ideal base for daytime adventures in Joshua Tree National Park, with its otherworldly landscapes of cactus gardens and forests of yucca palms. Nights here are perfect for stargazing and sipping beers.

From £150pn.

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Stella, Scotland

This beautifully restored 1973 Airstream named Stella is pitched in Dull, a Perthshire village unofficially twinned with Boring, Oregon, and Bland, Australia, the so-called ‘Trinity of Tedium’.

Stella offers luxurious bedding, under-floor heating, an outdoor hot tub and a glorious setting within an organic garden.

From £170pn.

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The Shady Dell, US

Located in the Mule Mountains near the artist enclave of Bisbee, Arizona, The Shady Dell began life as a trailer park for road-trippers along Route 80.

This love letter to the 1950s contains an eclectic collection of period caravans, including an Airstream, a Spartanette and a converted Airporter bus-turned-Polynesian playground.

From £61pn.

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Iconic Rental, UK

From Scotland to the South Downs, Iconic Rental owner Sarah-Jane Magee will take any one of her fleet of five Airstreams to the site of your dreams and set it up ready for your arrival – complete with sun brollies, fairy lights, 1950s drinks trolley and obligatory plastic pink flamingos.

Particularly popular with the music festival crowd, many of the Airstreams are self-contained, with the fridge, cooker and hot water running off a 12V battery, allowing for off-grid glamping anywhere in the remote wilds.

From £225pn with a two-night minimum, £1.50 per mile delivery and collection charge.

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Autocamp Russian River, US

It’s always ‘wine time’ at Autocamp Russian River, where Airstreams stand in the heart of Sonoma Wine Country.

If you can drag yourself away from the campsite’s fire pits and cosy clubhouse, nearby there are forested hiking trails, river beaches and wineries to explore.

A five-minute drive away is Guerneville, a popular spot with the gays and gals of San Francisco, where mescal margaritas and KFC (Korean Fried Crack) chicken are the order of the day.

Classic Airstream suites from £323 pn (minimum stay policy).

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Happy Days Retro Vacations, UK

Family-friendly Happy Days Retro Vacations is set on a farmland site in the Suffolk countryside, with eight, lady-named vintage vans to choose from, including Betsy and Nettie, both of which welcome canine and human visitors alike.

An on-site cinema shows films nightly, while two Nissen huts have been converted into adventure game spaces to keep any ankle-biters in the party occupied.

Nearby attractions include Snape Maltings for culture vultures, Minsmere Nature Reserve for twitchers and otter-watchers, and Aldeburgh for lovers of craft beers and fish ’n’ chips.

Two-night weekend stays from £280.

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