It’s no secret that we love to stay inside the National Parks when we visit. It’s great to be close to all the attractions and not have to drive in and out every day. The National Park Service’s vendors operate many great, historic properties that can be easily booked online as long as you plan well enough ahead. On our previous travels we’ve enjoyed the Hotel Cottages at Mammoth Cave, Mazama Village Cabins at Crater Lake, Crescent Lake Lodge at Olympic, and the Maswik and Yavapai lodges at Grand Canyon. Nothing beats waking up and having coffee on the stoop of your private cabin or stargazing in total silence and darkness in the park. In July we’ll add more to our list when we stay at Rising Sun and Swiftcurrent motor lodges in Glacier, Colter Bay Cabins at Grand Teton and Canyon Lodge Frontier Cabins at Yellowstone.
USA Today just posted an article about five lesser-known lodges of the National Park System. These are in a higher price range than we usually go for, but they look amazing. We’re wishing we’d known about the Drakesbad Guest Ranch when we visited Lassen Volcanic National Park!