Where To Stay On Your Next National Park Vacation

We have a confession to make: many of us at HIlton are *obsessed* with our U.S. National Parks. It’s not at all uncommon to spy a scratch-off travel map of which National Parks someone has visited on any HIlton Team Members’ desk, and more than a few Hilton Team Members have competitions going to see who can fill up their National Park Passport the quickest.

So take it from us — we know all the best spots to stay in order to have a truly great National Park experience. Here are some of our favorites below!

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park
The Smoky Mountains form a portion of the Appalachian Chain

Located along the border of North Carolina and Tennessee, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park was dedicated in 1940, and explorers have been visiting the park ever since. Notably, the famed Appalachian Trail crisscrosses the park’s borders, while Rainbow Falls and Roaring Forms are some of the other popular attractions visitors often rave about.

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2. Canyonlands & Arches National Parks
The hike to Delicate Arch vista in Arches National Park.

With both parks just a short drive outside the town of Moab, Utah, you can get double the NPS goodness with a visit out West to see these beauties. Known for their stunning rock formations, some of the most famous hikes include Mesa Arch and Island in the Sky in Canyonlands, and the Windows section of Arches.

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3. Grand Canyon National Park
The Grand Canyon’s endless views

Considered one of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon has long been considered one of the ultimate must-visit destinations in the United States. While the North Rim is home to some of most challenging hikes you’ll find in any National Park, the South Rim is more beginner-friendly, with a Visitor Center and several scenic vistas that you can drive to.

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4. Rocky Mountain National Park
A mountain lake in the Rocky Mountain National Park

With five unique geographical regions all encompassed within the park’s borders, you can find something for everyone within Rocky Mountain National Park. Hiking, rock climbing, and fishing are all popular summertime activities at the park, while winter visitors are able to participate in snow sports like skiing and snowshoeing.

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5. Acadia National Park
The Hampton Inn Bar Harbor lies just 3 minutes outside the entrance to Acadia National Park

Called “the Crown Jewel of the North Atlantic Coast,” Acadia National Park in Maine combines the forest and the coast in a magnificent setting.  Touring the park by car is a popular activity, especially in the fall, when “leaf-peepers” come to see the breathtaking fall foliage. For those hoping to explore more in-depth

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