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Top 5 Luxurious Resorts At America’s National Parks

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A journey to America’s national parks used to involve camping in a tent or settling for a roadside motel. This was part of the charm during the mid-century era of road trips. However, as the profile of park visitors has evolved and become more diverse over the years, so have the options for accommodations in the vicinity.

Nowadays, travelers have the luxury of choosing from desert bungalows with private pools, five-star hotels with room service, or chic cabins with outdoor showers, all situated in close proximity to natural beauty and wide open spaces.

For those travelers who seek to explore the great outdoors without compromising on luxury, these elite resorts offer exclusive access:

Four Seasons Resort & Residences Jackson Hole – Grand Tetons National Park

The Four Seasons Resort & Residences Jackson Hole is nestled on the outskirts of Grand Teton National Park, just a 90-minute drive from Yellowstone National Park. Winter enthusiasts will appreciate its ski-in, ski-out location at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

Throughout the year, guests can enjoy wildlife safaris in the Grand Tetons, guided tours to Yellowstone, fly-fishing on the Snake River, and stargazing with an astronomer. Those who prefer self-guided adventures can avail themselves of the resort’s luxury SUV test-drive program.

With three on-site restaurants, a full-service spa, 24-hour room service, and lavish room amenities such as private fireplaces and marble bathrooms, visitors are reminded that exploring the outdoors can be done in comfort and style.

The Swag – Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Being one of the most visited national parks in the US with over 12 million annual guests, luxurious lodging options in the vicinity are limited. The Swag, a collection of upscale cabins located just 25 feet from the eastern border of the park, stands out as a distinct exception.

An hour away from Asheville, North Carolina, this mountaintop retreat exudes the rustic charm of the Smoky Mountains while offering unassuming sophistication with vast lawns, a social hour with hors d’oeuvres, and a library stocked with curated books for guests to enjoy on the premises.

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Each uniquely-designed room features cozy elements like stone fireplaces and artisanal rocking chairs, alongside modern comforts including steam showers, private saunas, and high-thread-count linens. Through interactive classes and events, the resort’s Experts in Residence share local music, art, and stories with guests.

Amangiri – The Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon

Situated on 600 acres of the Colorado Plateau, Amangiri provides access to three renowned national parks – The Grand Canyon, Zion National Park, and Bryce Canyon. Guests at this five-star property can partake in experiences with local Aman guides, ranging from private helicopter rides to tours of the area’s famous slot canyons led by Navajo guides.

Accommodations range from modern stone suites with gas fireplaces and spacious terraces to the Mesa House, a four-bedroom residence with a private infinity pool. For those seeking more seclusion, Camp Sarika offers tented pavilions just five minutes away in the desert, each equipped with a private fire pit and outdoor plunge pool.

Amangiri adheres to the guidelines of the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), ensuring environmentally-conscious practices that guests can appreciate.

The West Street Hotel – Acadia National Park, Maine

Acadia National Park on the Maine coast is a haven for travelers seeking diverse experiences, offering both oceanic and mountain adventures without requiring a choice between the two. Visitors can embark on a morning whale-watching cruise followed by an afternoon hike up Mount Cadillac, the highest peak on the Atlantic Coast.

Located in Bar Harbor overlooking Frenchman’s Bay, The West Street Hotel places guests in the midst of the park’s activities. From sailing at the full-service marina to kayaking in the harbor or utilizing the complimentary shuttle service to access the hiking and biking trails of Acadia, guests have a plethora of options. Those looking for a more leisurely exploration of the surrounding mountains can hop on Oli’s Trolley, a locally-operated, air-conditioned stagecoach available across the street.

With on-site dining, a luxurious spa, elegant Tommy Bahama furnishings, and Maine’s sole rooftop pool, The West Street Hotel boasts an ambiance of opulence.

L’Horizon Resort & Spa – Joshua Tree National Park

L’Horizon Resort & Spa, consisting of 25 secluded bungalows spread over three acres of manicured desert landscape near the San Jacinto mountains foothills, offers ideal access to hiking, wildlife viewing, and horseback riding both locally and in Joshua Tree National Park, an hour’s drive away.

This renowned resort, formerly frequented by Hollywood icons like Betty Grable and Marilyn Monroe, is a mere 10-minute ride from the eateries, galleries, and shops of downtown Palm Springs. Designed by William F. Cody in 1952 and recently revamped by Steve Hermann, the resort features pine ceilings, marble baths, and vintage furnishings. All rooms include Frette linens, private patios, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

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For guests seeking relaxation after exploring the parks and trails, L’Horizon offers a refreshing pool, an on-site bar and restaurant, a comprehensive spa, and private yoga sessions.

Regardless of how you choose to explore America’s national parks, it is advisable to research permits or reservations ahead of your trip. For a more peaceful experience that also reduces your environmental impact, consider visiting during off-peak seasons.

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