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Top Iconic US National Park Lodges to Visit

Updated: May 22

If still looking to have otherworldly travel experiences this summer and beyond, consider stepping back in time and off the beaten path by staying in these iconic lodge spots.

They are all rich in history, boasting beautiful views, and provide unrivaled access to our national treasures, otherwise known as our US National Parks.

The Ahwahnee Lodge - Yosemite National Park

Built in 1927 and previously named the Majestic Yosemite Hotel, this luxurious resort has been Yosemite National Park's top lodge option for 90 years. The Ahwahnee's allure extends beyond the park as it's long been known as the premier lodge within the National Park Service system in the US.

Architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood set the iconic tone with Ahwahnee's 34-foot-high high beamed ceilings, which soar above the floor-to-ceiling windows that beautifully showcase the beauty of the park and the surroundings. He designed a property that would afford guests that bird's eye views of Yosemite Falls, Half Dome, and Glacier Point, the iconic spots surrounding the lodge in Yosemite Valley.

Design influences include Art Deco to Native American, Middle Eastern, and the Arts & Crafts Movement. This is seen in the striking granite facade, the magnificent log-beamed ceilings, the massive stone hearths, and richly colored Native American artwork.

El Tovar Hotel - The Grand Canyon National Park

Living on the edge is a real thing when staying at the