Camping is a rite of passage for many Americans. Like apple pie, communing with the wilderness is a point of patriotic pride. America’s National Park System ensures that many of the most breathtaking locations remain undisturbed and pristine so that visitors can feel revitalized again and again by visiting crystal clear waters, hidden forest groves and the summits of snow-capped peaks. In many of the most popular parks, modern conveniences and luxury accommodations offer an alternative to “roughing it” with tents and bonfires.
Built in 1912, opens in a new windowGlacier Park Lodge located in opens in a new windowEast Glacier Park, MT is one of the oldest national park lodges. Today, the lodge’s lobby is an expanse of northwestern-outdoors-themed style with personalized touches from the local Blackfeet tribes. There are 161 rooms offering warm accommodations, in addition to a day spa and a nine-hole golf course. The Great Northern Dining Room offers local Montana specialties with a focus on comfort food.
opens in a new windowHeadwaters Lodge is another luxury option near opens in a new windowGrand Teton National Park. The lodge is tucked into a grove of Pine trees, a short distance from Snake River. With a full convenience store and bar/restaurant combination, the Headwaters Lodge will assure you that being away from home does not mean you must sacrifice comfort. Nearby fly-fishing tours, access to Snake River for boaters and kayakers, and horseback riding trails ensure a memorable trip.
Located on the highest point along Skyline Drive, opens in a new windowSkyland Resort in opens in a new windowShenandoah National Park offers 179 guest rooms with unsurpassed views of eastern forest skylines. The resort offers nightly entertainment, free Wi-Fi in the lobby for guests, and even boasts a select number of pet-friendly rooms for those traveling with man’s best friend.
Beautiful vistas are available every night at the opens in a new windowEl Tovar Hotel located in opens in a new windowGrand Canyon National Park. Situated on the rim of the canyon, El Tovar offers its guests concierge service, fine dining, room service, and prides itself as a favorite of Albert Einstein and Teddy Roosevelt. Booking early is a necessity as El Tovar is an extremely popular getaway.
Finally, very few lodges can compete with the stunning array of amenities offered by opens in a new windowEvergreen Lodge in opens in a new windowYosemite National Park. With live music, yoga classes, a pool bar and overnight backpacking hikes, Evergreen Lodge is a once–in-a-lifetime destination and a favorite for couples and romantics.
These are just a handful of all the national park lodges that are refreshing and rejuvenating for a traveler focused on fine quality and comfort. For some, camping is considered to be burdensome, cold and uncomfortable and the National Park System takes great effort to ensure equal and available access to the beauty of the national parks for all, even those who have never lit a campfire or cast a fishing reel. For more travel tips including where to stay and things to do in a national park, go to opens in a new windowwww.nationalparks.org.
This post was contributed by the National Park Foundation.