Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo Earns #1 Glamping Spot in USA Today 10Best Awards

May 12, 2023

RIVER RANCH, Fla. – May 12, 2023 – Today, Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, a luxe dude ranch located one hour south of Orlando, has earned the distinction of the number one glamping destination in the country by the USA Today 10Best 2023 Readers’ Choice Awards. Nominations for the 10Best Awards were selected by a panel of travel industry experts, with voting taking place online by readers who ranked glamping destinations in a variety of product and service-based categories. Westgate River Ranch was the only Florida destination to place in the top 10 list.

“Earning the top glamping spot in the country on the USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards is an incredible honor, especially since it is earned by the votes of USA Today’s readers,” said Mark Waltrip, chief operating officer of Westgate Resorts. “I am so proud of our talented and dedicated Team Members who work hard each day to create memorable, luxury ranch vacations.”

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo Earns #1 Glamping Spot in USA Today 10Best

Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo is the largest dude ranch east of the Mississippi River, specializing in providing a luxe glamping experience in accommodations such as luxe teepees, or the newest glamping addition, luxe Conestoga wagons that can comfortably sleep up to six people.

Days at River Ranch are spent disconnecting from the stresses of everyday life and diving into nature while riding horses, swamp buggies and airboats. Visitors can also take advantage of a wide range of outdoor activities including archery, fishing and horseback riding. The newest on-site dining option offered at Westgate River Ranch is the River Ranch Cattle Company Chophouse & Bar, providing a fine-dining steakhouse experience with fresh cuts of beef, along with southern-style entrees and an expansive wine and cocktail menu. Every Saturday visitors can watch professional bull riders at the 1,200 seat Westgate Rodeo. You can learn more about Westgate River Ranch at https://wgriverranch.com/.

“Our Team Members at River Ranch work diligently to provide once-in-a-lifetime experiences for our guests,” said Ray Duncan, general manager of Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo. “To see their efforts being rewarded by USA Today and its readers is phenomenal, and we are thrilled to be representing Central Florida with such a high distinction.”


Westgate Resorts is the largest privately held timeshare company in the world and one of the largest resort developers in the United States. Founded in 1982 by David Siegel, the company is headquartered in Orlando with seven Orlando hotel resorts and 22 themed destination resorts nationwide, featuring more than 14,000 luxury villas and hotel rooms in popular vacation destinations throughout the United States such as Orlando, and Cocoa Beach, Florida; New York City, New York; Park City, Utah; Las Vegas, Nevada; Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee; Myrtle Beach, South Carolina; Williamsburg, Virginia; Branson, Missouri; and Mesa, Arizona.

In 2022, the company launched the cutting-edge World of Westgate (WOW) Loyalty Program, an exclusive program that rewards Westgate Owners and Hotel Guests with prestigious perks and privileges at no added cost. The company has garnered many distinct accolades, including the 2022 ACE Project of Excellence Award from the American Resort Development Association (ARDA) for Westgate River Ranch Resort & Rodeo, recognition from Forbes Travel Advisor ranking Westgate Park City Resort & Spa as a recommended resort in its 2022 Star Awards and 73 Best of State Awards for Westgate Park City Resort & Spa after winning 10 years in a row.

Westgate Resorts locations are known to feature a variety of unique restaurant, retail, and spa concepts, including Los Amigos Mexican Grill & Tequila Bar, Villa Italiano Chophouse, Drafts Burger Bar, Edge Steakhouse, Westgate Marketplace & Deli and Serenity Spa by Westgate. For more information about Westgate Resorts, visit WestgateResorts.com. Find Westgate Resorts on LinkedIn, Instagram and Facebook.


Media Contact:

Mattea Horn

The Zimmerman Agency




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