National-Park Hotels are always a good idea. If you’re planning a vacation to one of America’s national parks, book a room at these hotels, many of which are as stunning at the parks they’re in. These design-forward accommodations can be part of a foray to the woods, desert, seaside, or mountains.
The Lodge at the Presidio
The Presidio National Park, San Francisco
The Lodge at the Presidio is a sister property to the Inn at the Presidio which opened in 2012. The Lodge is a historic boutique hotel on the Main Post of the Presidio that’s been renovated into a comfortable and contemporary ‘basecamp’ for adventures in a unique national park setting.
As San Francisco’s closest lodging to the Golden Gate Bridge, the modern bedrooms sport either views of the forest, the bay, the City, the bridge or a combination thereof. Guests escape the bustle of downtown and enjoy nature and recreation in the park while being steps away from excellent dining options, and a complimentary shuttle ride to the sidewalks of San Francisco.
The Oasis at Death Valley
Death Valley National Park, California
The Oasis at Death Valley, situated in a lush oasis surrounded by the vast and arid desert of Death Valley National Park, California is just 120 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada and 275 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California.
This property hosts two hotels – the historic, 4-diamond Inn at Death Valley (formerly The Inn at Furnace Creek) consisting of 66 hotel bedrooms and 22 Casitas and the more family-oriented 224 room Ranch at Death Valley (formerly The Ranch at Furnace Creek).
The Inn at Death Valley offers guests elegant accommodations in the heart of Death Valley. This secluded 4-diamond resort has operated for more than 90 years, and still pampers every guest. The Ranch at Death Valley is the energetic epi-center of the resort and has been welcoming guests since 1933. It offers a casual, family-like setting – the perfect complement to the classic elegance of the Inn at Death Valley.
Stroll among lush date palms, float the day away in one of our spring-fed pools, or disappear into the exhilarating landscape of one of America’s largest national parks, and still return in time for a luxury dinner – and a sunset you’ll never forget. Only here will you find a one-of-a-kind resort, within a one-of-a-kind oasis, within a one-of-a-kind national park, sure to give you once-in-a-lifetime memories.
West Street Hotel
Acadia National Park, Maine
Bar Harbor’s West Street Hotel has Maine’s only rooftop pool. From it, you can preview Acadia National Park, Frenchman’s Bay, and the outer islands, a coastal panorama of postcard perfection.
A snazzy property with contemporary nautical motifs, West Street reflects Atlantic chic with Tommy Bahama mahogany furnishings, leather upholstery, white-painted wood elements, and windows positioned to draw in the region’s ethereal light. Private balconies frame ocean and harbor views. Tarry here to partake of Bar Harbor’s array of mom-and-pop shops, modern restaurants, galleries, and marine activities such as whale watching.
In Acadia National Park, the U.S.’s second-most-visited park, just a short drive from the hotel, historic carriage roads and flowered meadows incorporate more than 120 miles of wildlife-abundant trails. Gear up for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and canoeing. Those who’d rather ride can enjoy the hotel’s trolley service, which ferries travelers to the park.
The Grand Canyon, Arizona
One of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon, a billion-year-old spectacle, brings many first-time viewers to tears. Colorful, stunning, haunting, it can be descended by foot or atop a mule, but most visitors will just stand on the rim of the 10-mile canyon, jaws dropped in awe of the vista.
Book a room at El Tovar, listed on the National Register, to sleep just 20 feet from the canyon’s plummeting South Rim. Experienced by luminaries such as Theodore Roosevelt, Albert Einstein, and Oprah Winfrey, this Swiss chalet–meets–Mission Revival villa opened in 1905 as the most elegant hotel west of the Mississippi. Its architect, Charles Whittlesey, was hired by the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad to fulfill their vision to build destination hotels in areas made newly accessible by train.
Whittlesey ensured a sense of place by incorporating Native American motifs, hand-built Arts and Crafts furniture, and local elements such as limestone and pine. Room to book: Choose the Charles Whittlesey Suite, which boasts walls with original drawings by the architect.
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