Best National Park Lodges + Vacation Giveaway

Are you traveling to one of the U.S. National Parks but don’t know where to stay? We’ve listed some of the best national park lodges to help you with your trip. While you’re here, join the giveaway to win a 3-day/2-Nt stay at one of these lodges (your choice) for your family of 4 which includes a daily breakfast and a $100 Visa gift card.

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Yavapai Lodge (photo by ExploreBetter)

Yavapai Lodge at the Grand Canyon

Yavapai Lodge is a family-friendly resort located at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The lodge occupies a prime location at the South Rim and is a short walk or bus ride from it and steps away from the market, bank, and post office. They are also bike-friendly and pet-friendly.

When staying at Yavapai Lodge, rooms are housed in buildings designated Yavapai West and Yavapai East. Rooms in Yavapai East are located in 6, two-story buildings with their newest guestrooms and feature modern amenities and a number of rooms are accessible while pet-friendly rooms are available at Yavapai West located in 10, single-story Mid-Century Modern buildings from the heyday of Route 66.

Tenaya Lodge (photo by Explore Better)

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite National Park

Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite is a full-service resort location just 2 miles from Yosemite National Park’s south gate. It offers several different types of lodging options including hotel rooms, cottage rooms, and cabins.

Tenaya Lodge is the epitome of a family-friendly resort at a national park. They offer tons of activities like archery, kids adventure course, rock climbing, plus ice skating, snowshoeing, & sledding during the winter months. And besides the outdoor pool, you can enjoy the indoor pool year-round.

Check out our previous stay at Tenaya Lodge near Yosemite National Park to learn more.

Wuksachi Lodge (photo by Explore Better)

Wuksachi Lodge at Sequoia National Park

The Wuksachi Lodge is Sequoia’s signature hotel, built in a spectacular alpine setting at an elevation of 7,200 feet. It is a striking stone-and-cedar mountain lodge featuring 102 spacious guest rooms situated in the heart of the park and surrounded by a mighty sequoia forest and soaring Sierra peaks. Enjoy the full-service restaurant with massive picture windows, cocktail lounge, and retail shop. Wuksachi Lodge is also dog-friendly.

Check out our 20 Sequoia National Park Tips.

John Muir Lodge (photo by Explore Better)

John Muir Lodge at Kings Canyon National Park

Built in 1998, the John Muir Lodge at Kings Canyon National Park offers 36 rooms and is a great Kings Canyon lodging choice for visitors who want quiet, comfortable, national park lodging. It features rough-hewn, open beam ceilings, a stone fireplace, and a redwood mantel salvaged from a historic cabin in Sequoia National Park. Lodge guests can enjoy games, puzzles, and books in the lobby great room while relaxing by the stone fireplace. Public balconies at the west end of the lodge provide the perfect place to savor the Sierra sunset with friends and family. John Muir Lodge is also dog-friendly.

Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone National Park

The Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone combines the charm of cabin lodging (they call it CABINEERING™) with the joys of generational travel and dog-friendly travel and are perfect for family and friends traveling together, as well as romantic getaways. There are 50 cabins clustered in five distinct camp settings set in the heart of West Yellowstone.

Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone is located just minutes from Yellowstone’s west entrance and a short drive from Old Faithful. Each cabin includes a kitchenette and when you arrive, you’ll get a complimentary s’mores kit to enjoy by the community fire pit.

The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park at Rocky Mountain National Park

Located at the base of Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado, The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park offers guests convenient access to the adventures of the Rocky Mountains and is located just a few minutes away from downtown Estes Park. Besides the cozy lodging options they offer, you can also enjoy a full-size indoor heated swimming pool & hot tub with a giant 180-inch projector screen showing daily family-friendly movies, plus a gaming area. There is a restaurant and bar on-site and pets are welcome.

Kalaloch Lodge at Olympic National Park

Nestled between driftwood-lined beaches and soaring evergreen forests is Kalaloch Lodge at Olympic National Park. Lodging options (all pet-friendly) include the main lodge, cabins, and Seacrest House which features a private patio or balcony with views of the Pacific Ocean.

Kalaloch Lodge offers easy access to pristine Pacific beaches, a marine sanctuary, miles of hiking trails, and the lush, temperate rainforest that makes the Olympic Peninsula special. 

Big Meadows Lodge at Shenandoah National Park

For your visit to Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, Big Meadows Lodge is located one mile from the large, grassy meadow at mile 51 on Skyline Drive – a meadow that is ideal for gorgeous night skies viewing.

Lodging accommodations range from main lodge rooms to detached small cabins, preferred and traditional rooms, suites, and pet-friendly rooms – all located within walking distance of the main lodge building.

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Join the Giveaway: Win a National Parks Vacation

Win a 3-day/2-night stay for two adults and two children (four people total) in their choice of National Parks (listed below) with daily breakfast credit for up to four guests plus a $100 Visa gift card. Potential park accommodations and destinations include:

  • Yavapai Lodge at the Grand Canyon
  • Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite
  • Wuksachi Lodge at Sequoia
  • John Muir Lodge at Kings Canyon
  • Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone
  • The Ridgeline Hotel Estes Park near Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Kalaloch Lodge, Olympic National Park
  • Big Meadows Lodge, Shenandoah National Park

Join the National Parks Vacation Giveaway HERE!

Contest Rules: The sweepstakes is sponsored and administered by Delaware North Companies Parks and Resorts, Inc. The Sweepstakes begins at 12:01 AM EST on July 23, 2021, and runs until 11:59 PM EST on August 15, 2021 and is open only to legal residents of the United States who are 18 years of age and older. The winner will be contacted via phone or email and must respond within 72 hours. Entry into the Sweepstakes is limited to one entry per person. Complete rules here.