The National Parks Service has spent over 100 years protecting and preserving our natural and mighty National Parks. Whether you are a nature lover, outdoor adventurer, or a city-dweller searching for space and greenery, visiting our National Parks can offer the perfect vacation getaway. So, how do you decide where to stay if you are planning a National Parks getaway? Luckily, HGV and Hilton properties are located near many of the top parks across the country. Here are our recommendations of where to stay when visiting national parks.
Dry Tortugas National Park
The seven islands and protected coral reefs of Dry Tortugas National Park is in the Gulf of Mexico, west of Key West, Florida. Be on the lookout for sea turtles, shipwrecks, wildlife living in the reefs, and a plethora of seabirds.
Where to Stay: Casa Marina Key West – A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Everglades National Park
Everglades is a 1.5 million-acre wetlands preserve on the southern tip of Florida. Made of grassy, slow-moving rivers, mangroves and marshes visitors can witness the Everglades’ abundant wildlife, including the West Indian manatee, Florida panther and even the endangered leatherback turtle.
Where to Stay: Use your points to stay at Eagle’s Nest Beach Resort on Marco Island.
Glacier Bay National Park
Spot humpback whales and puffins in southeast Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park. Located in Alaska’s Inside Passage, a coastal route plied by cruise ships and other vessels, includes the high peak of Mount Fairweather, and glaciers, like the huge Grand Pacific Glacier. Adventure to Bartlett Cove for forest and riverside hiking trails.
Where to Stay: Convert your points through Partner Perks to stay aboard one of our cruise ship partners.
Shenandoah National Park
Shenandoah National Park extends along the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia. Mostly forested, the park features wetlands, waterfalls, rocky peaks, and one of the best places to admire fall foliage. Shenandoah is home to the long-distance Appalachian Trail, where you can spot many bird species, deer, and the elusive black bear.
Where to Stay: Let the District by Hilton Club be your home base to explore Shenandoah.
Mesa Verde National Park
Located in southwest Colorado, Mesa Verde is known for its well-preserved Ancestral Puebloan cliff dwellings, notably the huge Cliff Palace. Enjoy archaeological sites and overlooks, including Sun Point Overlook with panoramic canyon views, and the rock carvings of Petroglyph Point Trail.
Where to Stay: Hampton Inn Mesa Verde/Cortez
Mount Rainier National Park
Southeast of Seattle, Mount Rainier National Park surrounds the glacier-capped 14,410-ft. Mount Rainier. Enjoy hiking, views of other nearby volcanoes, and millions of wildflowers in the meadows.
Where to Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Tacoma/Puyallup
Great Basin National Park
Located in eastern Nevada, near the Utah border, is Great Basin. Explore the South Snake mountains, Wheeler Peak, the ancient bristlecone pine groves, and the marble Lehman Caves with distinctive stalactites and other formations.
Where to Stay: Located four hours from Las Vegas and four hours from Park City, Utah, make this park visit a road trip between our HGVs in Vegas and Park City! Or choose to exchange your points through Partner Perks to rent an RV to explore!
Badlands National Park
This South Dakota park offers dramatic landscapes spanning layered rock formations, steep canyons and towering spires. Be on the lookout for bison, bighorn sheep, and prairie dogs inhibiting the sprawling grassland.
Where to Stay: Hotel Alex Johnson Rapid City, Curio Collection by Hilton
Grand Canyon National Park
One of the most famous National Parks is the Grand Canyon, featuring layered bands of red rock revealing millions of years of geological history. You can spend days exploring the many different viewpoints, or even adventure to the bottom on the back of a trusty mule.
Where to Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Flagstaff
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Carlsbad Caverns, located in the Chihuahuan Desert of southern New Mexico, has more than 100 caves. The namesake, Carlsbad Cavern, features stalactites clinging to the roof of the Big Room, and a huge underground chamber in the cavern.
Where to Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Carlsbad
Haleakala National Park
Home to the dormant Haleakala Volcano, and endangered Hawaiian geese, visitors can wake up extra early to hike to the top to admire one of the best sunrises in the world, and coast down on the back of a bicycle to get back down to sea level. Also explore the rugged hiking trails in the Summit District and the freshwater pools and waterfalls set amid a bamboo forest.
Where to Stay: Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort
Glacier National Park
Montana’s Rocky Mountains is home to Glacier National Park, with glacier-carved peaks and valleys running to the Canadian border. With more than 700 miles of hiking trails, visitors to Glacier, enjoy backpacking, cycling, camping, and grizzly bear spotting.
Where to Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Kalispell
Yosemite National Park
First protected in 1864, Yosemite is known for its majestic waterfalls, but within its nearly 1,200 square miles you can find deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, a vast wilderness, and so much more.
Where to Stay: Homewood Suites by Hilton Fresno
Yellowstone National Park
The behemoth that is Yellowstone is nearly 3,500 square miles of wilderness and recreation atop a volcanic hot spot. Yellowstone features dramatic canyons, rivers, lush forests, hot springs, and gushing geysers, including the famous, Old Faithful.
Grand Teton National Park
This popular national park is linked to nearby Yellowstone, and is famous for mountaineering, hiking, backcountry camping, and fishing.
Where to Stay: To visit both parks, stay at Hampton Inn Jackson Hole.
Zion National Park
Zion National Park is a southwest Utah nature preserve, distinguished by Zion Canyon’s steep red cliffs. Its main section has a river flowing into the Emerald Pools, which have waterfalls and a hanging garden. Zion attracts hikers to enjoy it’s unique and stunning beauty.
Arches National Park
Bordered by the Colorado River, it’s known as the site of more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches, such as the massive red-hued Delicate Arch in the east. Long and thin Landscape Arch stands in Devils Garden to the north.
Canyonlands National Park
Canyonlands National Park, in southeastern Utah, is known for its dramatic desert landscape carved by the Colorado River. Island in the Sky is a huge, flat-topped mesa with panoramic overlooks, and the Needles is an area with towering rock pinnacles.
Bryce Canyon National Park
Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah, is known for crimson-colored hoodoos, which are spire-shaped rock formations. The park includes the famous Rim Trail hiking path, and incredible overlooks for sunrise and sunset.
Where to Stay: Hampton Inn Cedar City or choose to make Park City, Utah your home base at Sunrise Lodge, a Hilton Grand Vacations Club or Las Vegas at one of our many HGV properties. Finally, an RV rental through Partner Perks would be a great idea to visit all four of these amazing National Parks in Utah!
Are you already thinking about travel plans for next year? A visit to one, or a road trip to several of our National Parks, can offer you a trip of a lifetime! We hope our list helps you decide where to stay when visiting National Parks.