My parents met while working in Glacier National Park, and their love for national parks didn’t stop once they had kids. I grew up taking road trips from Wisconsin to the Grand Canyon, to Acadia National Park, to see wildlife at Yellowstone, and to marvel at the rugged, snow-capped mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park. Yes, we would camp, but by the last day, we were all ready for hot showers and comfortable beds.
Millions of people flock to national parks every summer for wildlife, hiking, and a connection to the great outdoors. Many families choose to camp, but that’s not always possible–especially if you’re flying and can’t bring all the necessary gear. Plus, outdoor sleeping isn’t for everyone.
Not to worry. There are plenty of hotels near national parks, from cozy mountain lodges to hotels with ocean views. After almost three decades of visiting national parks with my own family, I’ve rounded up the best hotels for families just outside the 10 most visited national parks (or in some cases, inside the parks). Now you can connect with nature by day and connect with a comfortable mattress and hot shower by night.