National Parks Accommodations

When you visit national parks, there are a few different accommodation options that you have. You can stay in lodges and inns in many of the parks, camp inside or outside the park, or stay in a gateway town. Not all options are available at all of the parks. However, many national parks have a small town just outside the park, and this can be a convenient cheaper or more available place to stay.

When choosing accommodations, there are several things to think about. In addition to the types of properties available and the location, other things to consider include:


The price is determined by factors such as its size, location and type. Compromising on space or style can be a way to lower costs. Conversely, spending more on a place to stay may well make for a truly luxurious and unforgettable experience. 

Your needs 

It’s your vacation, so be sure to do things your way. Consider your wish list and your budget. Are you a solo traveler, group of friends, couple or family? Would camping or staying in a compact cabin be big enough, or would you all like to spread out in a large holiday home with lots of outdoor space? Do you prefer a peaceful setting, or being in the heart of the action? 

Acadia National Park

Arches National Park | Canyonlands National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Joshua Tree National Park

Mesa Verde National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

Sequoia National Park

Yellowstone National Park

Yosemite National Park

Zion National Park

About the Author 

James Ian Yosemite

James Ian is a national park, camping and hiking expert.

He has dedicated his life to travel, visiting more than 80 countries, all 7 continents and most of the national parks in the United States. With over 35 years experience in the travel industry, James has worked on cruise ships, at resorts and hotels, and as a travel planner who’s helped hundreds of people plan successful trips to US national parks. 

Based on his experience visiting our national parks multiple times, in-depth research and expertise as a travel planner, James has published detailed itineraries for most of the major national parks in the US. These itineraries, as well as in-depth park guides, comprehensive camping and hiking gear reviews and buying guides, and helpful packing lists and gift guides will help you have your own incredible trip to US national parks without stress and hassle.

As a national park expert, James has contributed to many publications, including USA Today, Time Business News, Savoteur, Best Trip, and Wired.

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