Perhaps it’s the idea of sipping your coffee while watching the steam rise from the geysers in Yellowstone or maybe it’s the thought of watching the stars light up the sky in Joshua Tree. Whatever it may be, there are many incredible reasons and experiences to be had in each of the 62 US National Parks scattered throughout the United States. Here are nine of the best National Park Hotels, each one allowing you to have the best of both worlds — a whole lot of breathtaking natural scenery combined with impeccable accommodations.
Where: Bryce and Zion National Park
Situated in Southern Utah, Amangiri is surrounded by some of the most stunning scenery in the United States. Huge windows and minimal decor throughout the property allow the focus to remain on the beautiful terrain. The architectural design allows the property to blend in with the surrounding area, some go as far as to say it creates a sort of desert mirage. Conveniently located between the crimson rock formations of Bryce Canyon and the staggering cliffs of Zion, don’t miss out on the memory of a lifetime with an incredible sunrise hot air balloon ride. You’re sure to find the ideal balance of adventure and luxury at Amangiri.
Triple Creek Ranch
Where: Glacier National Park, Montana
Between the lush forests and the soothing sounds of a babbling brook surrounding your cabin, Triple Creek Ranch has found seemingly infinite ways to relax your mind and body. They offer numerous massage options as well as more unique experiences like Mindful Forest Walking, fly-fishing, cattle drives horseback riding, and even white water rafting. Each private cabin at the adult-only resort comes with an enormous king-sized bed and private hot tub. Whatever your desire, be sure to make time to experience the rugged landscape that is Montana.
The Oasis at Death Valley
Where: Death Valley National Park
The hottest, driest place on earth also happens to be home to one of Southern California’s most lavish hotels, The Oasis at Death Valley. Comprising two hotels, the Inn at Death Valley and the Ranch at Death Valley surrounded by spring-fed pools, this destination also features the lowest altitude golf course in the world. Make sure to end your days by taking in the truly epic Death Valley sunsets. The sky lights up with brilliant colors against the backdrop of the picturesque rock formations.
Old Faithful Inn
Where: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Arguably the originator of stunning National Park Hotels, don’t expect WiFi or television during your stay at Old Faithful Inn. This historic 1904 lodge is the world’s largest log hotel featuring an enormous 85ft stone fireplace in the lobby. What makes this place so incredible is, of course, the close proximity to its most famous neighbor — Old Faithful. The never-ending list of activities encourages each guest to spend ample time outdoors. Some of the feature tours include visiting the famed Firehole, one of the greatest geyser regions in the world. *Tribe tip: if you’re visiting in the winter, you can’t miss the truly unique Steam and Stars Tour.
Where: Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee
Down a backroad lined with a white picket fence in Walland, Tennessee you’ll find Blackberry Mountain. The entire farm is like something straight out of your favorite romance novel set just steps from the national park. The dynamic menus change seasonally giving you a true farm-to-table dining experience in the most innovative ways. All of the rooms have gorgeous views of the Great Smoky Mountains so even when your adventures are over for the day you really never lose sight of those gorgeous mountain views.
El Tovar Hotel
Where: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Once the most elegant hotels west of the Mississippi, El Tovar Hotel has been welcoming guests since 1905. The Swiss chalet-like structure has many local touches including hand-carved furniture, pine, and limestone throughout. Located mere steps from the famed South Rim, there are few more remarkable locations to lay your head. It’s a wonderful place to take in the majestic Grand Canyon while still enjoying a delectable chef-prepared meal.
Volcano House Hotel
Where: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
With rooms overlooking the Halemaʻumaʻu Crater, you’ll be hard-pressed to find accommodations more unique than those at Volcano Hotel Hawaii. This hotel is not only one of the oldest hotels in Hawaii, but it has also made a huge commitment to sustainability with initiatives that include a recycling program, sourcing locally grown food, and an Environmental Management System certification. At this exotic location, you can expect to taste dishes bursting with local ingredients like pan-seared fresh Hawaiian island fish wrapped in thinly sliced pineapple. Be sure to take a stroll on the famed black sand beaches of Punaluu Beach just a short 20 minutes away.
La Quinta Resort & Club, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Where: Joshua Tree National Park, California
With over 40 pools and 5 world-class golf courses, there’s always something new to discover during your stay at La Quinta Resort & Club. This desert oasis offers a getaway for every type of traveler and features stunning historical architecture throughout. Make sure you book the Camp’d Out Joshua Tree Experience where you’ll spend a night within the national park camped under the stars. Think glamping as opposed to “roughing it” as your tent comes with Waldorf Astoria bedding and butler service. S’mores under the stars have never been more luxurious.
Crater Lake Lodge
Where: Crater Lake National Park, Oregon
Crater Lake Lodge is the only hotel located within the confines of Crater Lake National Park. Similar to many other parks, it is only open from May to October hoping to offer guests the best opportunity for great weather. Here, you’ll spend a majority of your time outside marveling at the stunning blue water from both boat and coastline. As for the lodge itself, think the ultimate definition of cozy paired with the warmth and hospitality of a bygone era.