10 Breathtaking Accommodations in National Parks
You don’t have to travel internationally to get enviously stunning destination photos: The national parks of America are one of the most incredible places to spend a vacation. You get to disconnect, explore nature, and often still get the amenities you’re used to. Whether you’re traveling solo or with your family, you’ll want to book your lodging well before your trip, as many of these lodges fill up as much as a year in advance. And keep the seasons in mind for any of these options, as many of them close for winter weather.
1. Phantom Ranch, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ: If you’re staying overnight at the bottom of the Grand Canyon, consider booking a hiker dormitory or cabin at Phantom Ranch. Even if you plan to camp or hike back out, the ranch offers a chance for a real meal for your hard work. (Photo via Grand Canyon National Park Lodges)
2. Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park, MO: The largest hotel in Glacier National Park was built in 1914 and is located in an area people have called the “Switzerland of North America.” Get majestic mountains outside and a full-service hotel inside. (Photo via Glacier National Park Lodges)
3. Old Faithful Lodge, Yellowstone National Park, WY: Enjoy an epic view of the Old Faithful geyser from the lobby while everyone else crowds around outside for a peek. While many people flock to the Old Faithful Inn, stay in the lodge’s simple cabins for a rustic feel. (Photo via Yellowstone National Park)
4. Zion Lodge, Zion National Park, UT: The only in-park option in Zion National Park, this lodge provides gorgeous views and delicious food while you explore the 14,000 cliffs and canyons outside. Plus, having a dedicated parking spot is way less of a headache than trying to find a place to put your vehicle while you use the park’s buses to get around. (Photo via Zion National Park Lodge)
5. Paradise Inn, Mount Rainier National Park, WA: With miles of hiking trails and incredible views of Mount Rainier right outside the door, Paradise Inn is one of the most incredible in-park lodges in the country. The rooms are small, rustic and without TVs, phones, or internet — which means you’ll actually get to disconnect in the way you’ve been searching for. (Photo via Mt. Rainier Guest Services)
6. Crater Lake Lodge, Crater Lake National Park, OR: The only in-park lodging at Crater Lake National Park gives you stunning views of the country’s deepest lake in a peaceful setting. At night, sit by the large fireplace in the Great Hall inside or gaze up at the pollution-free starry sky outside. (Photo via Crater Lake National Park Lodges)
7. Le Conte Lodge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, TN: The Le Conte Lodge is accessible by foot, so you’ll need to hike between 5-8 miles to get to it, which sits near the summit of Le Conte at 6,593 feet above sea level. Check in, get cozy, and dinner will be served family style in the dining room. (Photo via LeConte Lodge)
8. The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Yosemite National Park, CA: The grand Majestic Yosemite Hotel is a National Historic Landmark, and its architecture, designed to compliment its surroundings, is almost as amazing as Yosemite itself. This is luxury living near all of the park’s main attractions. (Photo via Yosemite National Park)
9. Lewis Mountain Cabins, Shenandoah National Park, VA: Although lacking phones and internet, these furnished cabins have everything you need for a comfortable stay in some of the most beautiful forests in the country. Each cabin has outdoor grill pits and picnic tables. (Photo via Shenandoah National Park)
10. Jackson Lake Lodge, Grand Teton National Park, WY: With panoramic views of Jackson Lake and the Teton mountain range, this incredible lodge is hard to beat. The eco-hotel also has a swimming pool, several dining options, and adventure outfitters on site. (Photo via Grand Teton National Park)
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