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There's not really a wrong way to experience America's National Parks, whether you drive through during a road trip or camp out for a week. And while rustic cabins and tents are great, many of our 62 parks offer more luxurious alternatives within their established boundaries. National park hotels feature the best of both worlds, with king-sized beds and air conditioning (usually) set among some of the country's most beautiful landscapes. Check out 13 of the most amazing options to plan your next trip around, with picks in Yellowstone, Death Valley, the Grand Canyon, and more.
Old Faithful Inn, Wyoming Located in: Yellowstone National Park
Kicking off the list of beautiful national park hotels is Yellowstone's Old Faithful Inn. Opened in 1904, the property is considered one of the first examples of “parkitecture”—so designed to help park structures (like information centers or hotels) blend harmoniously with their surroundings. In addition to being the world’s largest log hotel, it also features an enormous, 85-foot-tall stone fireplace that dominates the lobby. Its best feature is undoubtedly its proximity to the Old Faithful Geyser, which you can see from the east-facing windows. (Note: The Inn is only open from May through October; if you're looking to visit Yellowstone in the winter, the adjacent Old Faithful Snow Lodge is your best option.)
Zion Lodge, Utah Located in: Zion National Park
People have slept beneath the shadow of the towering sandstone cliffs in Zion National Park for over 8,000 years. You can easily follow in their footsteps—but in accommodations that are a far cry from roughing it in the wilderness. Zion Lodge (the only lodge actually located with the park boundaries) has standard hotel rooms, plus 40 cabins with private porches, suites with sitting rooms, and flat-screen TVs. But when you're surrounded by animal life and 3,800-foot sandstone cliffs, we're hoping you won't dare reach for that remote.