5 Family Friendly Lodges to Elevate Your National Park Experience
Summer family vacations are as American as apple pie. When school lets out thousands of parents load up the kids, unfold the maps and head out for adventure. What better way to experience the beauty of the US than visiting one of its 58 pristine National Parks.
Finding the right destination with the perfect accommodations that offers activities and amenities for the whole family to enjoy can be a challenge. Luckily, the western United States offers a plethora of lodging options, right at the doorstep of some of the world’s most stunning National Parks, which will make your family’s visit an unforgettable one.
Explorer Cabins at Yellowstone National Park, Montana
Located in the heart of rural West Yellowstone, the Explorer Cabins’ cluster-like design allows for a uniquely communal stay in nature without the labors of camping. Its 50 private cabins boast amenities guaranteed to please everyone from the adventurous grandparents to the laid-back family pet, and even the bored teenagers.
Most cabins come equipped with quaint porches, cozy fireplaces, comfortable beds, WiFi, flat screen televisions, and convenient kitchenettes, perfect for preparing a casual family meal. Just minutes away from Yellowstone’s west entrance, the Explorer Cabins offer year-round multi-generational cabineering that serves as a splendid basecamp to explore the wonders of Yellowstone National Park.
Pine Lodge at Glacier National Park, Montana
Nestled in the heart of the stunning northern Rocky Mountains, Pine Lodge combines superior hospitality and affordable rates with easy access to Glacier National Park, one of the country’s most glorious treasures. Situated on the Whitefish River, this cozy lodge of 76 rooms is known for its family-friendly approach and spacious suites.
Families can enjoy a plethora of amenities such as free WiFi, electric in-room fireplaces, balconies and jetted tubs in addition to an indoor/outdoor swimming pool, hot tub and exercise room. Pine Lodge also offers pet-friendly accommodations for families adventuring with their furry friends.
Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite National Park, California
Surrounded by majestic high sierras and a stone’s throw from the grand entrance to Yosemite National Park, Tenaya Lodge is the epitome of rustic elegance. This expansive Four Diamond resort is your family’s year-round outdoor adventure hub as well as a serene getaway guaranteed to rejuvenate and relax your entire clan.
Tenaya offers families numerous lodging options from ultra-contemporary, multi-room suites to private cottages with secluded balconies over-looking a peaceful forest, and everything in between. Their strong focus on providing kid-friendly activities and amenities go above and beyond the normal kid-sitting fare to include exciting year-round action for families of all experience levels.
Wuksachi Lodge at Sequoia National Park, California
A traditional stone and cedar mountain getaway enveloped by a dramatic landscape of majestic redwoods, Wuksachi Lodge is one of Sequoia National Park’s crowning jewels. This lodge’s 102 spacious guest rooms are sprinkled amongst the high sierra forest transforming your morning walk down to breakfast into a nature hike past boulders, towering trees, and if you’re lucky, a few grazing mule deer.
A quick 10-minute drive from the General Sherman trailhead (the largest tree in the world), Wuksachi’s remote location makes it easy for families to unplug and explore the more than 125 years of celebrated history this awe-inspiring National Park has to offer. Also take advantage of a pre-sunset meal at The Peaks restaurant to savor fine cuisine and soak up Sequoia’s sweeping vistas through grand floor-to-ceiling windows.
Kalaloch Lodge at Olympic National Park, Washington State
If you’ve ever dreamed of relaxing on a bluff over-looking the wild and rugged Pacific Northwest coastline, Kalaloch Lodge is your family’s perfect retreat to discover Washington State’s Olympic National Park. Where soaring evergreen forest meets the sand, Kalaloch’s neighboring natural wonders offer a veritable playground full of exciting scenery and epic expeditions.
From group campground sites over-looking the Pacific Ocean, to quaint private cabins and over-sized lodge suites, this sprawling Olympic peninsula property offers a wide variety of unique accommodations to suit your family’s needs. And after a long day exploring, dine at Kalaloch’s Creekside Restaurant to indulge in their Green Restaurant certified culinary delights as you watch the sun melt into the panoramic pacific ocean view.