Where to stay in the USA
There are endless options for family accommodation in the USA. Our favourites range from iconic classics, 5-star international chains and boutique hotels to simple guesthouses, glamping sites and cowboy ranches. Why not mix things up and stay in a gorgeous country lodge set amongst the vineyards followed by a convenient city motel?
Remember that the best-located sites in the heart of the national parks get booked up many months in advance so do try to book early.
What are the typical family accommodation options like?
One of our favourite styles of accommodation are the glamping sites near some of the most popular national parks including Grand Canyon and Yellowstone. Enjoy the luxury of wood-burning stoves, organic products and en suite facilities beneath canvas amidst tranquil, rural locations. With on-site dining, you can immerse yourself in the natural environment and star-gaze around the fire pit to your heart’s content. Plus enjoy unlimited ‘S’mores’!
For a really special stay, splurge at the Ahwahnee Lodge Hotel, in the heart of California’s Yosemite National Park. A national historic landmark, this iconic hotel has been welcoming visitors since the 1920s and you too can follow in the footsteps of presidents and royalty.
Relax in the salubrious surroundings of the Grand Lounge, drink in the views through the floor to ceiling windows of the dining room and make a splash in the heated swimming pool. Its superb location is a key reason to stay here, where a meander around the grounds brings you into sight of Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Various trailheads are within striking distance and the hotel offers a shuttle service to all the key spots in the park. Make both the activities and your stay a real highlight of your holiday.
On a slightly more laid-back level, there are any number of friendly, family-run guesthouses, cottages and lodges throughout the USA. We particularly like the ambiance and spectacular setting of the Castle Valley Inn just outside Moab in Utah. This child-friendly B&B offers American-west inspired spacious rooms, acres of orchards and fields to wander, a hot tub and hammocks in the garden to watch the hummingbirds and night sky, with a mesmerising backdrop of red rock mountain spires.
From here, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks are easily accessible, you can raft the Colorado River, ride horseback through John Wayne country or discover the Moab Giants Dinosaur Park and Utah’s best-kept secret, Manti-La Sal National Forest.
Topping the family favourite accommodation options are the ‘Dude’ ranches of Montana, Colorado, Arizona and Wyoming. More of a lifestyle choice than just simply accommodation, these ranches are where the true cowboy in you can run wild – for both kids and parents alike. All activities are included and these can range from rock climbing and river rafting to trap shooting, archery and even tomahawk throwing! You may spend one day on a hike, another day horse-back riding through the mountains, and another day fishing and playing in the river.
Kids rule here with camp singalongs, treasure hunts and even kids-only horse-rides – under the watchful eye of a well-trained wrangler. Youngsters can camp out in the teepee whilst parents enjoy a candle-lit dinner in the main ranch house. And what active family doesn’t love a place where time is measured by the sun – and the dinner bell… Pure outdoors heaven and a brilliant way to enjoy the Wild West with kids.
We will always select hotels that will suit your family and fit your budget. Do ring us, or email to find out more about where to stay in USA and we can put together an itinerary for you that is tailored to your family’s needs.
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