The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges is utterly comprehensive, describing lodgings from the Ahwahnee in California's Yosemite National Park to Zion Lodge in Utah. Fine hand-sketched illustrations show travelers exactly what their dollar will buy them. The Scotts provide essential information on rooms, rates, locations, seasons, food, facilities, and activities for each entry in long, detailed passages, as well as in bullets for quick reference. Consider it the Lonely Planet of park guides: "North Rim or South Rim? The two sides of the Grand Canyon are so different that they share little other than the same canyon and river. The more popular South Rim has easier canyon access, more facilities, and many more visitors.... Vistas from the North Rim seem more intimate, and fewer people will be standing next to you straining for the same view." Going far beyond the dry, encyclopedic style one might expect, this guide offers descriptions of furnishings and amenities--so you'll know if your room will have a TV and a sofa bed, or if you'll need to bring your own wood for the fireplace. Whether you're planning to view geysers at the Old Faithful Lodge Cabins in Yellowstone or take a gander at Kilauea from Volcano House, the oldest continually operated hotel in Hawaii, The Complete Guide will tell you everything you need to know, and more.
An added bonus: The Globe Pequot Press will donate one dollar from the sale of each copy of this book directly to the National Parks Foundation to help repair trails, clean up waterways, protect animal populations, conduct research, and preserve historical and cultural sites. --Jhana Bach [via]