The Best National Parks for Luxury Travelers

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Regardless of the season, a getaway from day-to-day life to enjoy the beauty of nature is always a good thing. With so many remarkable options in the United States, from the Appalachian to the Rockies, you don’t even need a passport to unwind in luxury. Read on to discover some of the best luxury National Park hotels and spas, from Yosemite and Zion to the Rocky Mountains and beyond.

10 of the Best National Parks to Find Luxury Hotels & Spas

1. Great Smoky Mountain National Park

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Indian Creek Falls (Photo via National Park Service)

Next, we venture to the border between North Carolina and Tenessee to Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Known for its year-round wildflowers and Southern Appalachian mountain culture, this national park is a must-see. After you’ve explored stunning views of natural wonder, you can wander through charming historic structures. Be sure to visit the signature Mingus Mill and Palmer Chapel and immerse yourself in the charm of 19th-century American Architecture.

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Palmer Chapel (Photo by Shannon McGee)

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2. Zion National Park

If you’re searching for desert charm straight out of a postcard, visit Zion National Park in southwestern Utah. From pink hills to red rock cliffs, there’s no better place to relax and rejuvenate. Head out to the park’s most visited site, Zion Canyon, to satisfy your adventurous side! Then return to one of the best luxury hotels in Zion.

best national park hotels The Subway in Zion National Park (Photo by Daniel Peckham)
The Subway in Zion National Park (Photo by Daniel Peckham)

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3. Yellowstone National Park

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Bison in the River in Yellowstone (Photo by Michael Matti)

Yellowstone was the world’s first national park. Today, its geothermal wonders continue to wow visitors with sites like active geysers and the Grand Canyon. Head to Idaho, Montana, or Wyoming and finally enjoy one of the most famous feats of preserved nature in luxury hotel style!

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Yellowstone Lake (Photo by Aspenbreeze)

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4. Grand Canyon National Park

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Grand Canyon National Park Cloud Inversion: November 29, 2013 (Photo by Grand Canyon NPS)

The Grand Canyon is on just about everyone’s site-seeing bucket list. Head over to northern Arizona to visit the 24-hour north and south rims of the Grand Canyon. If rugged hiking isn’t on your itinerary of relaxation, then try booking a private pink jeep tour.

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5. Rocky Mountain National Forest

The Rocky Mountain National Forest is a treasure trove of natural wonders, from its protected mountains to alpine tundras. After a long day hiking to the top of the park’s highest view, Longs Peak, you can return to some of the most lavish Colorado resorts and indulge in western style.

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Lily Lake (Photo by eleephotography)

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6. Acadia National Park

located on Maine’s Mount Desert Island is the Atlantic coast’s pride and joy, Acadia. Besides scenic mountain views, the park also offers access to rocky beaches and stunning granite peaks. Also, staying near the park puts visitors minutes away from the charming town of Bar Harbor, a popular east coast getaway.

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Mount Desert Island, Maine (Photo by Dana Moos)

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7. Grand Teton National Park

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Grand Teton National Park (Photo by Jeff Gunn)

In northwestern Wyoming is a mountainous park called Grand Teton. The Teton Range was fought to be protected, and today offers gorgeous views for visitors hiking its trails or floating down the Snake River. Whether you’re floating, boating, or hiking, the Teton Range is sure to satisfy your yearning for mountains of your imagination.

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8. Yosemite National Park

Located deep in California’s Sierra Mountains is Yosemite National Park. From its granite cliffs, ancient trees, and quintessential waterfalls, there’s no shortage of sites to see. This park, particularly, is perfect for photo lovers ready to capture their next showcase piece! After a day in the wild, wander down to Yosemite Village to eat and shop in rustic luxury. Yosemite is our favorite for luxury hotels!

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Yosemite Valley (Photo by dhilung)

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9. Indiana Dunes National Park

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Lake Michigan (Photo by Fisherga)

Down the lake shore of northern Indiana is Indiana Dunes National Park. Visitors enjoy the relaxing tasks of hiking sandy beaches and spotting rare birds. While taking a stroll through the park leads you from famous dunes to midwestern wetlands and sun-soaked prairies.

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10. Glacier National Park

Nestled in Montana’s Rocky Mountains is Glacier Park. Balanced between California and Canada, this park has more than 700 miles of hiking trails and the sought-after Hidden Lake. Late summer is considered the best time to visit and drive the well-known Going-to-the-Sun Road.

best national park hotels St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park
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St. Mary Lake, Glacier National Park (Photo by U.S. Geological Survey)

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Words by Emma Kelly
Feature Image: Chateau du Sureau, Yosemite National Park

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