Taking a trip to any one of the U.S. National Parks is always a memorable experience. The grandeur of the landscape, variety of trees, mountains, and lakes, and the expanse of the night sky will leave visitors in awe. One of the best ways to vacation in a National Park is to stay in a lodge.
For views of Half Dome, Glacier Point, and Yosemite Falls at Yosemite National Park, Ahwahnee Lodge is the place to be. Designed by Gilbert Stanley Underwood, this multi-story lodge has been visited by many famous leaders over the years. Yosemite is a beautiful park with numerous waterfalls and hiking trails as well as a large backcountry area. At the lodge visitors can enjoy dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, a heated swimming pool, lounge and bar, WiFi, and views of the waterfalls along with comfortable rooms.
Ross Lake Resort
Ross Lake Resort in North Cascades National Park is a bit unique as there is no direct road access to the resort. Twelve cabins on the water offer peace and quiet away from the busyness of life. Visitors hike 3.5 miles to get to the cabins, or they hike 1 mile and then ride the ferry when it is operating. Solitude can be found here as campers view the beauty of the Northwest.
The Cabin at Coney Island
Those who want an island and a cabin to themselves can book a place at New River Gorge National Park. It only takes two minutes to paddle a canoe or kayak over to the seven-acre island. Located near Glen Jean, West Virginia, it is the newest National Park.
One of the larger National Parks is Death Valley, and staying at the Oasis at Death Valley will certainly be a pleasure. This National Park has a desert beauty all its own with views at Zabriskie Point, the vast salt flats at Badwater Basin, and Dante’s View. This National Park is hot in summer, so the best time to visit is Winter and early Spring, especially during a wildflower superbloom.
Many Glacier Hotel
Finally, Glacier National Park boasts the Many Glacier Hotel. The grand lobby is four stories tall with 200 rooms for guests. Visitors enjoy views of Swiftcurrent Lake and what is called “the American Alps” during their remote stay in the Rockies.