For a real sense of liberty, there’s nowhere quite like the expansive national parks of the Land of the Free. And they don’t all look like Yosemite – you’ll also find desert landscapes, beaches, and even lush tropical forests. We asked five bloggers to share their favourite national park stays, and their answers range from Arizona to Hawaii…

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The Majestic Yosemite Hotel, Yosemite National Park, California 

Chosen by: Jessica from Independent Travel Cats

The Majestic Yosemite Hotel (formerly The Ahwahnee) is my favorite National Park hotel! This historic hotel, built in what is called National Park Service rustic style (influenced by the Arts and Crafts movement), offers understated rustic luxury in a beautiful location. In addition to having rooms for overnight guests, there is also a cafe/bar, more formal dining hall with beautiful stained-glass windows, and grand common room. If it is cold out, I’d recommend sipping a hot chocolate in front of one of the hotel’s giant fireplaces!”

If you want to see more hotels in Yosemite, visit our Yosemite hotels page.


El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona 

Chosen by: Laurence from Finding the Universe

“If you want to be in the heart of the action at the Grand Canyon but aren’t really into camping, you need to stay at the El Tovar Hotel. This is a beautiful, historical hotel with a fabulous location right on the rim of the canyon itself, offering truly spectacular views. Don’t forget to enjoy a cocktail on the terrace!”

If you want to see more hotels in Grand Cayon, visit our Grand Canyon hotels page.

Image credit Don Graham on flickr.


Big Meadows Lodge, Shenandoah National Park, Virginia 

Chosen by: Bram from Travel. Experience. Live

“In the heart of Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park lies Big Meadows Lodge. Named after nearby Big Meadows, a historic farming area in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the lodge is the perfect base from which to explore this magnificent park. Skyline Drive offers easy access to spectacular overlooks and scenic hiking trails, such as the Dark Hollow Falls and Bearfence Mountain Trails.

“The lodge itself is famous for its cozy Great Room filled with rocking chairs and board games, and its nightly entertainment. There’s nothing like kicking back with a craft beer and some live music after an activity-filled day in the mountains—and that’s exactly why a stay at Big Meadows Lodge is recommended.”

If you want to see more hotels in Shenandoah National Park, visit our Shenandoah National Park hotels page.

Image credit Phaas1941 on Wikimedia.


Lake McDonald Lodge, Montana 

Chosen by: Gary from Everything Everywhere

“The Lake Macdonald Lodge is one of the classical national park lodges in the United States. Located on the shore of Lake Macdonald in Glacier National Park, Montana, it has design elements which have been copied in many other lodges, including Disney’s WIlderness Lodge in Florida.”

If you want to see more hotels in Montana, visit our Montana hotels page.


Maui Coast Hotel, Kihei, Hawaii 

Chosen by: Mina from Sending Postcards

“If hanging out on beaches, eating delicious Hawaiian food, and exploring Haleakalā National Park are your goals, the Maui Coast Hotel is an amazing spot to stay. You can start the day by watching the sunrise atop the summit of the dormant Haleakalā volcano, and then explore the hiking trails 2000ft above sea level. When the afternoon heat rolls around, returning to the hotel for a dip in the pool is a good idea. The Maui Coast Hotel also has Hawaiian dinner on-site. With so many beaches nearby, you can stroll over and watch the majestic Hawaiian sunsets on every night of your trip.”

If you want to see more hotels in Kihei, visit our Kihei hotels page.

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