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NATIONAL PARKS
YOSEMITE VIEW LODGE, CALIFORNIA
The luxury Yosemite View Lodge is located in El Portal, about 10 miles from Yosemite Village, just moments from the outdoor adventures, activities and natural beauty of Yosemite Park. The 336 well-appointed guest rooms all provide a kitchenette and many are set alongside the Merced River, affording wonderful views from your private balcony or hot tub. The full-service ‘River Restaurant & Lounge’ serves classic American breakfasts and dinners, and if you fancy a quick bite on the run, ‘Parkside Pizza’ is the place to go. Four onsite pools ensure you’ll never want on swimming opportunities and away from the hotel, hiking, biking, the Yosemite Zip Line and Sugar Pine Railroad are all within easy reach.
KAYENTA MONUMENT VALLEY INN, UTAH
Located on the largest Indian Reservation in the United States,
the Native American feel is apparent immediately as you enter the Kayenta’s lobby, and the décor of the 163 well-equipped guest rooms reflects the majesty of Monument Valley. Enjoy authentic Native Indian cuisine or traditional American fare at ‘The Wagon Wheel’ restaurant, and boxed lunches are also available for you to take out during the day. You can keep active in the hotel’s seasonal outdoor pool and then when it’s time to explore, within an hour’s drive you will find the spectacular sights of Canyon de Chelly, the Navajo National Monument and what is surely the highlight of this area,
the red-sand desert region of Monument Valley.
GRAND CANYON PLAZA HOTEL, ARIZONA
The 232-room Grand Canyon Plaza puts you just one mile from the south entrance to the National Park and seven miles to the famous South Rim. Guests have a choice of deluxe king and double rooms, where 2nd and 3rd floor rooms all feature private balcony, or for additional space, the 1-bedroom suites come with microwave, refrigerator and comfortable sitting area. ’JJK’s’ is a family restaurant offering a choice of buffet or full-service, and for your favourite drink, stop by ‘Wagon Wheel Saloon’, where the ‘Nidbits and Tidbits’ menu will fill any gaps you may have. The seasonal outdoor pool is perfect for relaxing and an indoor spa beckons after a day of sightseeing or hiking.
OLD FAITHFUL INN, YELLOWSTONE, WYOMING
Completed in 1904, Old Faithful Inn is the largest log structure in the world, where you will be greeted by the towering lobby and its centrepiece huge stone fireplace. The 372 rooms provide accommodation in a variety of styles, with small traditional rooms – some with shared bathroom – in the original Old House Wing and newer, quieter rooms in the east and west wings, some affording views of the thermal basin. ‘Old Faithful Inn Dining Room’ serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and after a day of touring, the laid-back ‘Bear Pit’ lounge will welcome you with a refreshing beverage.
Open from early May to mid-October, the low-key amenities will encourage you to get out and enjoy the 3,500 acres of natural playground on your doorstep.
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