From marvelous landscapes and seascapes to the nation’s most precious arts and culture exhibitions, each national park offers breathtaking views and unique outdoor experiences that can help relax and recharge travelers. Hotels.com, together with The Active Times, has listed the perfect lodge or hotel, plus activities to explore to help make your trip a complete success.
Yosemite National Park
Where to Stay: The Ahwahnee (4.2 guest rating): This four-star luxury property is located at the foot of Yosemite Village and has some of the park’s most iconic locations, such as Glacier Point, Half Dome, and Upper Yosemite Falls.
What to do: Take a short, 2.2-mile roundtrip hike into the heart of the Mariposa Grove, where walking among the hundreds of 200-foot-tall sequoias—the biggest living things on earth—reminds us of how small we are in the grand scheme of nature.
Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve
Where to Stay: Gustavus Inn at Glacier Bay (5.0 guest rating): Located minutes from Glacier Bay National Park & Preserve and the ocean, this quaint bed and breakfast offers complimentary daily breakfast and locally-sourced, fresh cuisine served daily.
What to do: Take a day-long boat tour cruising through the park’s rich waters, spotting sea lions, puffins and whales, making brief island stops and, at last, getting you close enough to hear the dramatic thundering of building-sized chunks of ice calving from the glaciers and dropping into the ocean.
Where to Stay: Primrose Inn (4.9 guest rating): Walking distance from Bar Harbor, the Primrose Inn is in close proximity to Abbe Museum, Bar Harbor Whale Watching, Acadia National Park and Cadillac Mountain.
What to do: For one of the best views, head up the steep but rewarding Precipice Trail, a hike that incorporates stone steps and iron-rung ladders up a cliff-face to the 1,058-foot summit of Champlain Mountain.
Glacier National Park
Where to Stay: The Lodge at Whitefish Lake (4.7 guest rating): Located close to Whitefish Mountain Ski Resort and Glacier National Park, this property offers a full-service spa, onsite recreation in the winter like snowshoeing and ice skating, and in the summer hiking and biking trails and kayaking.
What to do: Take a day-hike into the rugged-yet-spectacular Granite Park Chalet will introduce you to the local bighorns and take you past gushing waterfalls.
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