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Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges

Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges

I just got The Complete Guide to the National Park Lodges out of our local library and I am enjoying looking at it. You can find a lot of the same information on the internet now, but the book is nice because it is all in one place. They include phone numbers, web addresses, prices, dining info and some of the history of the buildings. Amazon has the newest edition with color photos. If you are a fan of Parkitecture…

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Parkitecture in the National Parks

Parkitecture in the National Parks

Parkitecture is an architectural style that developed in the early and middle 20th century in the National Park Service. The NPS wanted to create buildings that worked in harmony with the natural environment and historic surroundings.  There are a lot of elements in common with the Arts and Crafts movement- for example architects used a lot of native wood and stone. The Parkitecture style can be found in many National Park structures like entrances, lodges, and visitor centers. Many of…

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The Ahwahnee Hotel

The Ahwahnee Hotel

One of the places we stayed at on our California road trip was the historic Ahwahnee Hotel. We only booked a night since it was so expensive, but we really wanted to have time to check it out. The Ahwahnee is in the Yosemite Valley in an amazing spot. It is in a meadow surrounded by The Royal Arches. Ahwahnee means “Place of a Gaping Mouth” which the Miwok Indians called Yosemite Valley. It opened in 1927 and became a…

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