There are several lodging options to choose from inside Yellowstone National Park. In-park lodges include the Old Faithful Inn, Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, Canyon Lodge and Cabins, Old Faithful Snow Lodge and Cabins, Old Faithful Lodge Cabins, Lake Hotel and Cabins, Lake Lodge Cabins, Grant Village, and Roosevelt Lodge Cabins. The summer season is quickly approaching, and some of the park lodges open in May. Lodging reservations are accepted up to a full year in advance, so it is a good idea to plan your next Yellowstone vacation as soon as possible in order to enjoy the best selection of lodging options.
Canyon Lodge and Cabins is the lodging facility most centrally located inside Yellowstone National Park. The lodge and its cabins are located near the famous waterfalls of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. Abundant opportunities exist near the lodge for Yellowstone horseback riding and hiking. The lodge includes a cafeteria, ice cream shop, a gift shop, and a visitor center. Hayden Valley is only a short drive away, and it offers park visitors opportunities to view wildlife including bears, bison, moose, coyotes, and other species.
The Lake Yellowstone Hotel and Cabins, or Lake Hotel as it is often called, is another popular lodging choice. The original hotel was built in the 1891 and restored to its 1920’s grandeur in 1990. This luxurious park hotel rests on the shores of Yellowstone Lake, America’s largest alpine lake. The dining room offers excellent meals in a setting that includes large windows overlooking the scenic lake with snow-covered mountain peaks in the background. Wild bison often graze in the lawns around the hotel, and the facility is located a short drive from Pelican Valley, an outstanding location to view wildlife including moose and grizzly bears.
For guests who plan to visit both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks (they are adjacent to one another), Grant Village is a good lodging choice. Grant Village rests on the shores of Lake Yellowstone, and is only a short drive from the South Entrance of Yellowstone National Park and the North Entrance of Grand Teton National Park.
Perhaps the most popular lodge in Yellowstone National Park, the world-famous Old Faithful Inn is the world’s largest log cabin. The lobby boasts a huge rock fireplace, an impressive amount of log construction, and numerous balconies overlooking the main floor. Just a short walk from the Old Faithful Geyser, the Old Faithful Inn is among the most popular places to stay in Yellowstone. There is also a dining room, gift shop, and countless boardwalks and trails that weave through the geyser basin.
In addition, there are several other Yellowstone National Park lodging options; however, reservations are accepted a full year in advance. Subsequently, many lodges can sell out in advance, especially for busy summer dates. It is always a good idea to plan your Yellowstone vacation as early as possible in order to enjoy the best selection of available lodging options.
Yosemite National Park, located in east-central California, is one of the most beautiful natural areas in the continental U.S., and is also a very popular visitor destination. Its scenic wonders include Half Dome, El Capitan, and the magnificent Yosemite Falls. Planning a Yosemite vacation means getting to know the park and learning about the exciting activities available, as well as choosing from among the many fine Yosemite hotels.
Many of the programs offered by the staff at Yosemite National Park are overseen by professionals whose job is to entertain and inform while insuring visitor safety. Activities include rock climbing, mule and horseback rides, rafting and water sports, hiking and camping, and guided bus tours.
DNC Parks and Resorts operates as the concessionaire for most of the lodging and dining options at Yosemite. There is a wide variety of hotels and rustic lodging accommodations in and around the park. Some of the favorite hotels as chosen by park visitors include the Ahwahnee Hotel, built in 1927 and featuring 123 guest rooms and a spectacular combination of interior styles that reflect Art Deco, Native American, and Middle Eastern Cultures. The Tenaya Lodge is located just outside the park boundary, and has condo rentals for those wishing to spend several days or weeks in the vicinity. Other Yosemite hotels include the Yosemite View Lodge, a two-story motor inn near the west entrance to the park, and Curry Village, which features not only a large hotel but also individual cabins and tent grounds.
A Yosemite vacation would not be complete without taking advantage of the gift shopping opportunities in which all forms of memorabilia can be obtained. Gift certificates can be used both at the many shops in the park as well as online at websites maintained by the hotels and other shopkeepers. The park itself is full of specialized gift stores and supply shops that cater to every visitor’s needs.
Yosemite National Park is enjoyed year-round, and advance reservations are absolutely necessary for most of the major hotels and motor inns. It is advised to plan a trip well in advance, as many of the Yosemite hotels are completely booked as far as 6 months prior to arrival.
There is so much to see and do at Yosemite National Park that cannot be listed here; visit one of the many official park websites for complete details. A trip to this fabulous park will fill the visitor with memories that last a lifetime.