As more and more people place a greater emphasis on wellness and outdoor recreation, they are seeking destinations that offer easy access to nature and opportunities to explore, rejuvenate, and get active in the great outdoors.
According to Backroads’ 2023 Top Adventure Travel Trends report, U.S. National Parks continue to be popular destinations as Americans look to explore some of the country’s most breathtaking landscapes with friends and family. As National Park Week (April 22 to 30, 2023) approaches, it’s a great time to start thinking about potential destinations for your next adventure. Luckily, there are plenty of properties near both state and national parks that offer the perfect mix of luxury and proximity to outdoor recreation.
If you’re looking for a state park experience, the Henderson Beach Resort and Spa in Destin-Fort Walton Beach, Florida, is an excellent choice. Tucked between the aquamarine waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the lush greenery of the Henderson Beach State Park, this 200-acre gem is a beach lover’s paradise. With beautifully-appointed guest rooms and suites, two refreshing pools, a relaxing day spa, fine and casual dining options, a fitness center, children’s activity zone, and private access to miles of sugar-white sand and emerald green Gulf waters, the resort has something for everyone. Plus, with the Henderson Beach State Park just a short walk away, guests can explore the park’s hiking trails and white-sand beaches, or take a boat, kayak, or paddleboard out on the water.
For those interested in state parks further north, the Delta Hotels by Marriott Virginia Beach Bayfront Suites is an ideal option. Located just 1.5 miles from the entrance of First Landing State Park, Virginia’s most-visited state park and a registered Natural Landmark, this hotel offers stunning bay views and easy access to the park’s nearly 20 miles of hiking trails through salt marshes, freshwater ponds, forests, beaches, and more. After a day of exploring, guests can relax on the hotel’s private beach, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or enjoy fresh seafood and coastal cuisine at the hotel’s restaurant, Tin Cup Kitchen & Oyster Bar.
The Giacomo is a unique hotel near the top attractions of Niagara Falls. It features 44 rooms, each with luxurious European interiors, fireplaces, and jacuzis, making it an ideal choice for those seeking relaxation after enjoying the thrilling activities that Niagara Falls has to offer. Guests can also enjoy a European Style Continental Breakfast during their stay. The Niagara Falls State Park in New York is open every day of the year and offers a family-friendly atmosphere with various activities such as hiking trails, delicious dining options, Hurricane Deck for a close-up view of the falls, and the Maid of the Mist boat tour. Visitors can also head over to Old Falls Street, where seasonal food vending, festivals, concerts, and fireworks shows take place.
If you’re interested in national parks, the Montage Big Sky in Montana is a luxurious mountain haven just an hour away from Yellowstone National Park. With ski-in/ski-out access to Big Sky Resort’s 5,850 skiable acres and a host of winter activities, this property is the perfect base for exploring America’s most famous national park. Guests can embark on a guided private snow coach safari through Yellowstone’s stunning landscapes, including the iconic Old Faithful geyser, the colorful Grand Prismatic Spring, and more. After a day of adventure, they can return to Montage Big Sky to relax in the hot tub or by the fire pit, or enjoy a meal at one of the resort’s restaurants.
Another excellent option for national park enthusiasts is The Moab Resort, Worldmark by Wyndham in Utah. Located just a few miles from Arches National Park and Canyonlands National Park, this stylish resort offers a range of accommodations, from studios to four-bedroom suites, each featuring a fireplace and balcony or patio. After a day of hiking or biking in the national parks, guests can unwind in the hot tub or pool, make s’mores by the fire pit, or simply enjoy the breathtaking views of the iconic red rock formations.
Montage Kapalua Bay is situated by the tranquil waters of Namalu Bay, extending a warm welcome to guests with authentic island hospitality and culture. Spread over 24 acres of lush tropical surroundings, the resort embodies the essence of Hawaii, fostering a sense of balance and harmony known as pono. This idyllic retreat serves as an ideal starting point for exploring one of the most stunning islands on the planet. Haleakala National Park, located just a 90-minute drive from the resort, boasts panoramic views visible from almost every vantage point on the island. Its diverse terrain encompasses surreal desert landscapes above the clouds and verdant areas teeming with waterfalls and streams. As the island’s premier spot for sunrise viewing, visitors and locals flock to witness the breathtaking spectacle.
So, whether you’re interested in state or national parks, there are plenty of luxury properties that offer easy access to outdoor recreation and breathtaking natural landscapes. As National Park Week approaches, start planning your next adventure today!