Of all the national park units we have visited, none provide a more pleasant experience than driving the 469 miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Vistas through North Carolina and Virginia aren’t as spectacular as those along Rocky Mountain’s Trail Ridge Road, Glacier’s Going-to-the-Sun Road, or Yosemite’s Tioga Road. However, for a pleasant drive that lasts several days rather than several hours, the Blue Ridge Parkway is without peer.
Lodging in the Parks
The recently issued NPS concession prospectus for Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim proposes some major construction in the Maswik lodging area.
Even grand dames need an occasional sprucing up, and that's why the iconic El Tovar Hotel on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park will be closed for three months beginning January 2, 2014.
One of the most elegant hotels in the National Park System, the Lake Yellowstone Hotel, has received a $10 million+ facelift, one that has addressed structural needs, room renovations, and added some suites.
While many national park lodges are on the National Register of Historic Places, not all lodges reflect the preservation and well-maintained appearance you might expect for such properties. In this, the second of our two-part series, the Traveler looks at why some properties are not as well-maintained as you might expect.
While many national park lodges are on the National Register of Historic Places, not all lodges reflect the preservation and well-maintained appearance you might expect for such properties. In a two-part series, the Traveler looks at the highs and lows of upkeep in the National Park System.SHEN-Maintenance Needs.pdf
Eight national park lodges have joined Historic Hotels of America, a program affiliated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Lodging once again will be available in Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park at the Volcano House under a 15-year contract the National Park Service has signed with the Hawai`i Volcanoes Lodge Company.
Frontier Cabins, just 8 miles from the north entrance to Badlands National Park, is a great place to base your park visit from.