The Most Incredible National Park Lodges in North America
If you thought that staying overnight in one of the national parks meant roughing it, you might want to take a closer look at your options.[slideshow:1426]
Although sleeping under the stars in Zion National Park and pitching a tent in Yosemite certainly sounds appealing to some, that kind of getaway isn’t for everyone. Those looking for a roof over their heads and a warm meal can find that and more in these incredible national park lodges.
From the bustling Grand Canyon National Park to the uncrowded North Cascades National Park, there are lodging options that range from four-star resorts to cabins on a lake and everything in between. The best part is that you never even have to leave the park (or the unbelievable views).
For a national park getaway you’ll never forget, check out these incredible national park lodges and book early—they fill up fast.
El Tovar—Grand Canyon National Park, Ariz.
This historic lodge sits on the south rim of the Grand Canyon and blends with the surrounding landscape in a combination of earth tones and elegance. The hotel was designed by architect Charles Whittlesey, built for $250,000 and opened in 1905. Since then, El Tovar has reportedly hosted famous folks like Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein and Sir Paul McCartney, it has undergone upgrades and it’s still considered one of the finest lodges in the U.S. national park system.
Ahwahnee—Yosemite National Park, Calif.
Tasked with designing a beautiful hotel that blends with the landscape, architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood came up with the six-story Ahwahnee. The lodge that opened in 1927 was all about luxury, meant to draw wealthy and influential visitors to boost support for the national park system and it succeeded in drawing many celebrities and politicians. Surrounded by Yosemite Falls, Half Dome and Glacier Point, the setting alone is breathtaking, but the lodge adds an air of extravagance.