Grand Canyon’s Phantom Ranch is One of the Most Unique Lodging Experiences in the National Park Service
Considering this lodging is 5,000 feet and a 10-mile trek below the south rim, it’s no easy journey, but once you arrive at this rustic oasis at the bottom of the largest canyon in the world, any aches and pains accumulated along the journey will seem well worth it.
If Glacier National Park is the “Crown of the Continent,” its three grand hotels are its most precious jewels. However, a smaller, lesser-known lodge, the Belton Chalet, was the first to welcome guests when the park opened in 1910. We think it’s a hidden gem.
I’m not going to bore you with a witty line about chicken or pasta; I’m not a food blogger. However, I do enjoy a delicious meal while camping in the woods, and I would like to briefly tell you how I created this recipe for chicken alfredo!
It should be no surprise that we LOVE driving, and we’ve done a lot of it! A lot of the time, our favorite memories are driving to and around national parks—although we love a good hike, too. These are our favorite drives… so far
Yosemite’s Ahwahnee Hotel has to be one of the swankiest hotels in all the national parks. And while queens, presidents, and celebrities have stayed there over the past century, park visitors in hiking boots are also fortunate to be able to experience this crown jewel for themselves.
For an unknown reason, Badlands National Park intimidated me from afar. I wasn’t sure that it was a park I wanted to visit (alone). Being budget-conscious, I didn’t want to spend money on hotels, so I booked the campsite despite my fears. Coincidentally, this park ended up being my favorite!
Boondocking, aka “dry camping,” is a kind of vehicle or RV camping without connection to services such as water, sewer, or electric. In a lot of cases, you trade these services, neighbors, and noise for solidarity, space, and beautiful sights and stars! Oh, and it’s usually free!
As the nation begins to try to unravel it’s way out of the COVID-19 pandemic, RV travel is experiencing a renaissance. Americans are ditching the airplanes, hotels, and cruise ships for the comfort of traveling with their own bed, kitchen, and bathroom. Whether you plan to rent an RV, buy one to camp in now and then, or hit the road for months at a time, we’ve got some tips and tricks for you.
One thing we can say for sure: where you stay will affect your entire park experience. If you don’t plan on setting up a cot next to your car and sleeping under the stars at highway rest stops while 18-wheelers rumble past you, and would prefer to have a roof over your head, the following categories of lodging can be found throughout the parks, and close by.
Let me start out by explaining that there are two forms of camping—with a tent or just your vehicle. Both techniques are technically considered car camping because you have your vehicle, and both are excellent ways to immerse yourself in nature and explore national parks.