The 8 Best National Park Lodges of the West

April 19, 2012 12:00 am(34 comments) Post a comment

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Old Faithful Inn: Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

Photo Credit: Courtesy Xanterra Parks & Resorts

Shock and awe may best describe the reaction of people entering the lobby of Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone Park. Its 76-foot high lobby has four levels of balconies with supports created with gnarled branches from a tangle of trees reaching the ceiling. Construction costs of $140,000 were financed by the Northern Pacific Railroad and the Yellowstone Park Association. Wings were added to the hotel in 1915 and 1927&mdash;it would be difficult to duplicate the inn&rsquo;s construction today, since cutting down trees, gathering wood, and quarrying rock inside the park are now illegal. The park&rsquo;s most famous geyser, Old Faithful is less than 100 yards from the inn. Approximate times for its eruptions are posted in the lobby. Note: Inn is undergoing renovation work summer 2012 which could impact some guest areas. See site for details. <a href="http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/wyoming/yellowstone-national-park/review-43870.html">See Fodor's full review.</a>

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  • spirobulldog on Sep 10, 2012 at 06:49 PM

    My favorite, off the beaten path, is one not many people have heard of.  Oregon Caves Chateau.  Ranks right up there with the best of them.  I think a lot of people would rank Phantom ahead of El Tovar(for those who have stayed at both places).

  • smith12 on Feb 22, 2012 at 06:53 AM

    I love the national park safari. The Yellowstone National Park is most beautiful place for wildlife lover. I really like it. I am planning to visit this national park during summer vacation.
    http://www.australiavoyage.net/11032010/currumbin-wildlife-sanctuary-australia-578.html