The Best National Parks in the USA to Celebrate 100 Years

The Best National Parks in the USA to Celebrate 100 Years

Bed and Breakfast, Maine, National Parks, North Carolina, Tennessee, Wyoming Select Registry – July 11, 2016

Did you know this year marks the 100th anniversary of the national parks? Celebrate this amazing milestone with a trip of a lifetime, exploring some of the best national parks in the USA. Recently, National Geographic put out a list of the most visited parks in the USA. These parks are easily some of the most beautiful areas of our country. After hours spent hiking the trails, capturing stunning vistas, observing wildlife, and appreciating nature, you'll need a comfortable place to retire to rest up for another day of exploration.

Luckily, there are over 25 Select Registry bed and breakfasts, inns, and boutique hotels near the best national parks in the USA. All of our properties have passed a rigorous quality assurance test so you know you're guaranteed an exceptional stay.  

Visit One Of The Best National Parks In The USA To Celebrate 100 Years

1. Great Smoky Mountains National Park

With over 10 million visitors each year, it's no wonder the Great Smoky Mountains tops National Geographic's list of the most visited national parks. Covering the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, this ancient mountain range is widely known for its abundant collection of plant and animal life. All year long you can see a variety of blooming flowers. During the warmer months, you may also catch a glimpse of the park's wild black bears roaming around! Be careful; these animals are unpredictable and dangerous.  

Where To Stay When You Visit The Great Smoky Mountains

There are over 10 Select Registry properties near the Great Smoky Mountains. If you plan to visit the western side of the national park, book a stay at one of our Tennessee bed and breakfasts or inns.

  • Overlooking the scenic Rich Mountain, the Richmont Inn of the Great Smokies B&B in Townsend, Tennessee epitomizes rustic charm and romance. This Smoky Mountain inn has 14 luxurious rooms and endless mountain views.
  • Situated right at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, the award-winning Eight Gables Inn in Gatlinburg, Tennessee is the perfect place to relax after a long day of exploration. Its 22 rooms are filled with endless amenities like luxurious beds and plush robes. Plus, there's also plenty of hammocks and a lovely flower garden outside to enjoy during your downtime.
  • Sitting atop a scenic ridge, the Berry Springs Lodge in Sevierville, Tennessee offers you 11 guest rooms, each with a mountain view, and 33 acres of peace and quiet. Although it's only minutes from the area's popular attractions like Dollywood, you'll feel like you're worlds away when you stay at this secluded Gatlinburg bed and breakfast.
  • Seeking a romantic getaway in the Smoky Mountains? Book a stay at Christopher Place, An Intimate Resort in Newport, Tennessee. Located on 200 acres, this AAA-4 Diamond property has 9 spacious rooms. This Smoky Mountain bed and breakfast also offers fine dining - ask about setting up a private, romantic dinner out on its expansive lawn during your stay!

The eastern side of the Great Smoky Mountains is just as spectacular as the west. North Carolina is home to Clingmans Dome Observation Tower, the highest peak at a mere elevation of 6,644 feet.

  • The Snowbird Mountain Lodge is regarded as a magical place by travelers who've stayed at this Robbinsville historic lodge. It's positioned on a quiet mountaintop, overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Santeetlah. With 23 rooms, the Snowbird Mountain Lodge has amazed guests for over 70 years!
  • Another gem in the mountains is the Swag in Waynesville, North Carolina. At an elevation of 5,000 feet, this is the highest mountaintop inn in the eastern United States! It features 14 lovely guest rooms on 250 sprawling, private acres with luxurious outdoor tubs and endless mountain views.
  • Surrounded by the beauty of the Smoky Mountains in Waynesville, the Andon-Reid Inn Bed and Breakfast is a large, restored family home with 7 guest rooms from the early 1900s. Each morning of your stay, you'll arise to mouthwatering smells of a freshly prepared and varied country breakfast. This will prepare you for the day's explorations of the Smoky Mountains, which are just minutes away.
  • If you're looking for a romantic getaway, head to the 1889 WhiteGate Inn and Cottage in Asheville, North Carolina. This lovely award-winning bed and breakfast is full of elegance and tranquility. With 11 rooms, you can choose from its luxury suites or its bungalow suites. Some of its suites have incredible two-person jacuzzi tubs and full kitchens, which are great for a longer getaway.
  • Another charming lodging option in Asheville is the Black Walnut Bed and Breakfast. This historic bed and breakfast has been featured in Travel and Leisure and in 1,000 Places To See Before You Die. It offers travelers 8 rooms and close proximity (half a mile) to the best art galleries, restaurants, and shops in the city.
  • And don't forget about the Albemarle Inn Bed and Breakfast in Asheville, North Carolina. This impressive Southern mansion is featured on the National Historic Register and has received the AAA Four Diamond award for over 12 years in a row! It has 11 rooms, a wide veranda, and lush grounds filled with the most beautiful gardens.
  • If you're looking for true Southern style and hospitality, book a stay at the Bed and Breakfast on Tiffany Hill in Mills River, North Carolina. This elegant bed and breakfast was inspired by the pages of Southern Living Magazine. With 7 rooms and 6 acres, it offers you plenty of space for an intimate and relaxing getaway.


2. Grand Canyon

At 277 miles long, the expansive Grand Canyon is one of nature's most spectacular masterpieces. Did you know this sprawling national park is a mile deep and almost 20 miles wide at some spots? It's not surprising the Grand Canyon is one of the largest canyons on our planet. If you get a chance to visit, make sure to go to the South Rim! It's full of stunning vantage points and interesting attractions like a Geology museum, art studio, and scenic tours.  

Where To Stay When You Visit The Grand Canyon

There are two Select Registry properties located near the Grand Canyon in Sedona, Arizona.

  • Well known for its incredible views of the Red Rocks, the Canyon Villa Bed and Breakfast Inn of Sedona features 11 elegant guest rooms. Relax from your private deck or appreciate the spectacular views from the bed and breakfast's pool.
  • And don't forget about the lovely Casa Sedona Inn, a romantic spot situated at the base of Thunder Mountain. This 15 room Sedona inn was built by a protégé of the impressive Frank Lloyd Wright.


3. Rocky Mountain National Park

From its endless vistas to its varied landscapes, the Rocky Mountain National Park in Colorado is one you cannot miss. Drive the impressive Trail Ridge Road to see the park's evergreen forests at an elevation of a mere 12,000 feet. When you drive through the Rocky Mountain National Park, you'll literally feel like you're on top of the world! It has the highest paved roads in all of our National Parks.  

Where To Stay When You Visit The Rocky Mountain National Park

Luckily for you, there are 3 Select Registry properties not far from the Rocky Mountain National Park. The first two are perfect if you want to stay close to the park and the last one is a great option if you only plan to spend one day at the park.

  • Located on 26 private acres, the Romantic RiverSong Bed and Breakfast Inn in Estes Park, Colorado is the perfect place to stay if you want to be in the midst of mountains and streams. Offering travelers 10 rooms, this Colorado inn will prepare a delicious, full country breakfast for you to enjoy every morning before your explorations.
  • With a focus on rest and renewal, the Golden Leaf Inn epitomizes relaxation in Estes Park, Colorado. With 5 lovely rooms, this arts and craft style inn is just a 10-minute drive from the Rocky Mountain National Park or a 10-minute walk from Main Street.
  • If you'd like to be treated like royalty, book a stay at the Historic Castle Marne Bed and Breakfast in Denver, Colorado. It's about 2 hours from the park, but its luxurious atmosphere and unparalleled hospitality make it well worth the drive. Castle Marne also has 9 rooms for you to choose from.


4. Yosemite National Park

Often called the best National Park in the United States, Yosemite is well known for its cascading waterfalls and impressive, ancient sequoias. You can find this majestic place in California's Sierra Nevada mountains. Each year, Yosemite attracts over four million visitors. One of the most popular areas of the park is Yosemite Valley, a large 7-mile long canyon that was shaped by glaciers.  

Where To Stay When You Visit Yosemite

Currently, we have two lovely properties near Yosemite National Park. Both offer personal hospitality just minutes from one of the best National Parks in the USA.

  • Often called a luxury tree house, the McCaffrey House Bed and Breakfast Inn in Twain Harte, California is just 60 minutes from Yosemite. Featuring 8 rooms with views of the surrounding forest, this Four-Diamond AAA property is meticulous with every detail from its fresh brewed coffee in the morning to its luxurious bedding.
  • If you live for historical charm, book a stay at the Dunbar House, 1880 Bed and Breakfast in Murphys, California. From its vibrant past to its century-old rose garden, this elegant bed and breakfast will make you feel like you're stepping back in time. It offers 5 lovely guestrooms.


5. Yellowstone National Park

If you plan to visit any National Parks, you must visit Yellowstone. This is one of the best national parks in the USA for several reasons. First, it was the world's first national park! It also includes over 2.2 million acres spanning across Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. Yellowstone is the perfect place to see sharp peaks, explosive geysers, pristine alpine lakes, deep enchanting forests, and more. In fact, over 4 million people visited the park to see its majestic scenery and its abundant wild animals like bison, bears, sheep, moose, and wolves.  

Where To Stay When You Visit Yellowstone

Currently, there is one Select Registry bed and breakfast near the Yellowstone National Park in Jackson Hole. Situated on 3.5 acres, the Bentwood Inn Bed and Breakfast is a luxury Wyoming bed and breakfast with strong historical ties to the Yellowstone National Park. Featuring 5 rooms, this inn was built with massive 200-year-old logs that were saved from the park after the great fire in 1988.  


6. Zion National Park

The next park on National Geographic's list is the Zion National Park. Located in Utah's high plateau country, this was the state's first national park. It was formed by the powerful Virgin River, which carved its way through the Zion Canyon to the desert. Today, over 3 million visitors come to see the park's incredible rock towers, sandstone canyons, and sharp cliffs every single year.   Currently, there are no Select Registry bed and breakfasts, inns, or boutique hotels near the Zion National Park.  


7. Olympic National Park

If you'd like to see diverse wilderness that's been left untouched, consider planning a trip to the Olympic National Park in Washington State. This National Park has no roads and three very distinct ecosystems: a temperate rain forest, a subalpine forest and beautiful wildflower meadow, and the rugged Pacific shore. Each year, over 3 million people make a trip to see the scenic beauty of the Olympic National Park.  

Where To Stay When You Visit The Olympic National Park

There are two Select Registry properties near the Olympic National Park. Both are approximately 40 minutes from the park.

  • Book a stay at the lovely Colette’s Bed and Breakfast in Port Angeles, Washington. This 10-acre oceanfront estate features award-winning gardens and  5 lovely guest rooms. Every morning starts with a gourmet breakfast that will leave you ready to embark on the day's exciting explorations.
  • Another option in Port Angeles is the stunning George Washington Inn. Situated on an impressive bluff overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca, you'll never tire of the inn's spectacular views of the Olympic Mountains. The George Washington Inn has 5 luxurious rooms.


8. Grand Teton National Park

The Grand Teton includes the impressive peaks of the Teton Mountain Range, which stand 7,000 feet above the Wyoming valley. The range is part of the Rockies and is well known for its jewel-colored lakes, snowy glaciers, and spectacular granite pinnacles. Each year, the natural beauty of this mountain range attracts over 3 million visitors.  

Where To Stay When You Visit The Grand Teton

Currently, there is one Select Registry bed and breakfast near the Grand Teton National Park in Jackson Hole. The Bentwood Inn Bed and Breakfast, which we also listed under the Yellowstone National Park, also happens to be near the Grand Teton.  


9. Acadia National Park

The Acadia National Park is the perfect marriage of the mountains and the sea. Located in Maine, you can find most of this park on Mount Desert Island. It's nestled near charming seaside villages and a variety of scenic lighthouses. The Acadia National Park was also the first eastern National Park in the USA. RELATED: 9 Scenic Lighthouses in Maine  

Where To Stay When You Visit The Acadia National Park

There are five Select Registry properties located near the Acadia National Park. The first four are within a few minutes from the park. The last option is about an hour from the park. We included it in case you don't mind a short drive.

  • Situated in the heart of Bar Harbor is the secluded Ullikana Inn. This waterfront inn overlooks the Frenchman Bay and is near the center of town and the Shore Path. Book one of its 10 rooms to enjoy its close proximity to the Acadia National Park and its relaxing views of the bay at breakfast each morning.
  • Another Bar Harbor lodging option just minutes from Acadia is the historic Manor House Inn. Its mansion and its two cottages all date back to the late 1800s. Today, this Maine bed and breakfast offers travelers 18 luxurious rooms with king and queen beds, fireplaces, whirlpool tubs, and private porches.
  • If you're looking for a quiet getaway in Bar Harbor, consider the Yellow House Bed and Breakfast. This historic bed and breakfast prides itself on its Maine cottage chic style, which is evident throughout its 6 guest rooms. From its elegant decor to its exceptional service, this Maine bed and breakfast is the epitome of the graciousness of Bar Harbor's Golden Era.
  • And don't forget about the impressive Inn at Bay LedgeThis Bar Harbor inn is the perfect place to enjoy Maine's spectacular coastal scenery. Located on a bay front fluff, many of the inn's 12 rooms have incredible views and private decks for you to relax on during your stay.
  • If you don't want to stay in Bar Harbor, consider staying at the Pilgrim’s Inn in Deer Isle. This island is noted for its diverse and beautiful scenery from its lush forests to its relaxing shoreline. With 15 rooms, the Pilgrim's Inn is the perfect place to stay if you don't mind a short drive to Acadia.


10. Glacier National Park

Last, but certainly not least on National Geographic's list of the most visited parks is Glacier National Park. This gorgeous park covers over a million acres in Montana. It's home to the world renowned Going-to-the-Sun Road, which is one reason why the park attracted over 2.3 million people in 2015.  

Where To Stay When You Visit Glacier National Park

There is currently one Select Registry bed and breakfast close to the Glacier National Park. Located just 2.5-3 hours from the park is the stunning Gibson Mansion Bed and Breakfasta historic Victorian mansion in the heart of Missoula, Montana. Dating back to the early 1900s, Gibson Mansion offers travelers 4 elegant guest rooms, the perfect alternative to staying in a Missoula hotel. Photo credit: Zack Frank / Adobe Image