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California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains extend some 600 miles from Kern River’s South Fork to Lake Tahoe, encompassing both Yosemite and Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks as well as Mount Whitney. Bristling with pine, fir, and spruce trees, the mountains explode in wildflowers during springtime and acquire a sleek, snowy coat during wintertime that attracts skiers from around the world. With diverse and geographically scattered accommodations choices, travelers can select the right lodging choice by region.
Grand Teton National Park, located in northwestern Wyoming, draws outdoor recreation and wildlife enthusiasts from around the world. Accommodations are open seasonally in the park and year round in the towns that surround the park. Park accommodations range from canvas tent cabins to luxuriously appointed cabin suites and lodge rooms. Outside the park, travelers to Grand Teton will find lodging for nearly every budget, ranging from simple hotel rooms to luxury resorts.
Travelers heading to Bar Harbor, the gateway city to Acadia National Park, will find an impressive array of lodging options, from wallet-pleasing, budget motels to large-scale, luxury resorts. If you want a room with water views, consider a hotel overlooking Frenchman's Bay. If you prefer unique and historic accommodations, you'll find them in Bar Harbor, too, as some of the city's Gilded Age mansions have been turned into hotels.
Most visitors to Yosemite National Park flock to Yosemite Valley, where, in addition to breathtaking views of Yosemite's waterfalls, granite cliffs and rock formations, you will also find the majority of the park's infrastructure. Within the valley's seven square miles there are multiple trailheads, restaurants, grocery stores, gift shops, a visitor center, nature center, museum and several lodging options. Yosemite Valley is open year-round and can be accessed via all of the park's entrances.
Oxford, home of the oldest university in the English-speaking world, is a sophisticated blend of town and gown. Visitors to this small city on the edge of the Cotswolds run the gamut: tourists,students and their parents, world-renowned professors, artists and writers. A variety of businesses, fueled by the city's scholarly resources, also draws business people to Oxford on a regular basis. Within this historic city's ring road, Oxford hotels address the variety of visitor tastes.
Enjoying the rustic splendor of Yosemite National Park does not necessarily mean roughing it in a tent or spending nights in a roadside motel or a bland, mid-range chain hotel. Luxurious accommodations can be found both inside and outside the park, including some of the best-rated lodgings in California.
One of the earliest accommodations in Yosemite National Park was a simple log cabin built in 1855. Twenty-four years later, the Wawona Hotel opened across the valley from the cabin. Motels, hotels and lodges in the Yosemite area serve park visitors and sightseers touring surrounding attractions like ski resorts, ghost towns and historic villages.
The New Jersey shore, a resort destination since the 19th century, stretches almost 130 miles from Cape May in the south to Sandy Hook in the north. Shore towns have distinct personalities, and lodging along the coast reflects that. While the region offers hundreds of places to stay, some accommodations stand out for their representation of the Jersey shore’s character.
Yosemite Village, a small community nestled in Yosemite Valley near park landmarks such as Yosemite Falls, Glacier Point and Half Dome, draws guests because of its central location and amenities. It houses medical facilities, a post office, dining and shopping options and the main visitor’s center. Near the village you will find three lodging options: a four-diamond hotel, a standard hotel and a large lodging village with canvas-covered tent cabins, traditional cabins and a motel.
Orlando, Florida is the No. 1 visited city in America. The city serves as an epicenter for business and family entertainment. Numerous theme parks call Orlando home, as do a bustling business district, an international airport and a lively downtown area. Hotels surround each of the most popular Orlando attractions, catering to guests of all interests.