I thought national park accommodations were camp sites and bunk houses; I was wrong. I didn't get to stay at this uber-luxe lodge on my recent trip to the Yosemite area, but it's on my wish list for next time (if I can save up the cash). The Ahwahnee Hotel was built in the 1920s to draw rich travelers into the park, a task I'm sure it continues to successfully fulfill to this day. Its site was chosen for the surrounding vistas; it overlooks Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Glacier Point. Modern-day visitors can look out over those Yosemite landmarks from 123 cottages, suites and deluxe hotel rooms and dine at the famous Ahwahnee Dining Room ("resort casual" dress code required at night). Right now, weekend rooms start at around $439 per night and are slightly lower in the fall and winter seasons.
The Ahwahnee is owned by the Delaware North Company, who also runs Tenaya Lodge, last week's splurge feature. Visitors can rest assured their indulgent stay isn't harming the surrounding environment, thanks to DNC's GreenPath program.
Photo from www.yosemitepark.com