Away.com has excerpted National Geographic's list of the top historic lodges located within national parks. We've included a story for each to help you get started planning.
1. Volcano House, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The present lodge, built in 1941 at the rim of Kilauea Crater, replaced an 1877 building that hosted both Mark Twain and Franklin D. Roosevelt.
2. Old Faithful Inn, Yellowstone National Park
This lodge in Wyoming was originall built in 1904. Built entirely of logs, its steeply pitched roof mimics the mountain peaks that surround it.
3. El Tovar Hotel, Grand Canyon National Park
This South Rim gem was designed and built in 1905 to encourage rail passengers to stop over at the Grand Canyon. The lobby and other public areas look much as they did then, but most of the hotel was renovated in 2005.
4. Ahwahnee Hotel, Yosemite National Park
The hotel was designed to offer the fullest possible view into California's Yosemite Valley: Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point sit just outside its windows.
5. Kettle Falls Hotel, Voyageur National Park
With its red roof, striped awnings, and long veranda with rocking chairs, this Minnesota hotel makes guests feel right at home.
6. Crater Lake Lodge, Crater Lake National Park
Completed in 1915, this Oregon hotel has a checkered history, and at one point was in danger of being demolished due to structural problems. Happily, it was extensively rebuilt before its reopening in 1995.
7. Many Glacier Hotel, Glacier National Park
This five-story hotel stands among rugged glacier-shaped peaks in the northern part of Montana's Glacier National Park.
8. LeConte Lodge, Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Talk about remote! No roads lead to this Tennessee hotel, and getting there requires a hike of at least 5 miles. (The lodge brings in supplies three times a week on llamas.)
9. Chateau at the Oregon Caves, Oregon Caves National Monument
A National Historic Landmark building, this rustic lodge originally opened in 1934. It still retains the ambience of the times, with original furnishings, local wood construction, and a 1930s-style coffee shop.
10. Big Meadows Lodge, Shenandoah National Park
This Virginia lodge was built in 1939 along Skyline Drive, the 105-mile-long scenic trail that runs through Shenandoah National Park. The original lodge had 29 rooms, but a variety of other rooms and cabins have been added since.