Travelers Continue To Pick National Parks As A Vacation Destination

Hotels.com identifies popular National Parks based on site searches

– New inventory inside parks added to travel site for summer plans

– Millions of travelers choose National Parks for vacation

DALLAS, July 9, 2015 – The summer is chock full of vacation possibilities, yet last year nearly 293 million travelers chose U.S. national parks for their getaways. With the National Park Service centennial in 2016, there will be an even larger lens on these outdoor sanctuaries. Based on search data, Hotels.com® found the most popular parks in the first half of 2015 and identified suggested gateway cities to book hotels when visiting.

“The surging popularity of national parks shows they are becoming travel destinations in and of themselves,” said Taylor L. Cole, APR, Hotels.com travel expert. “We’ve seen a high volume of searches for stays in and around national parks, so we’ve made it easier to stay right on national park grounds with added accommodation options such as lodges, cabins and even treehouses. These rooms were previously hard to find online, so now travelers can book an entire trip on one site and earn Hotels.com® Rewards nights on stays in these unique hotels.”

Below are the most popular national park areas based on searches from January 1 to June 15, 2015, along with the gateway cities and hotel pricing from the most recent Hotel Price Index™:

 

Ranking National Park City + State Average Hotel
Price Per Night
1 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Pigeon Forge, TN $97
2 Grand Canyon National Park Grand Canyon Village, AZ $103
3 Yosemite National Park Mariposa, CA $119
4 Yellowstone National Park Cody, WY $138
5 Grand Teton National Park Jackson, WY $191
6 Zion National Park Springdale, UT $157
7 Arches & Canyonlands National Parks Moab, UT $132
8 Rocky Mountain National Park Grand Lake, CO $140
9 Acadia National Park Bar Harbor, ME $180
10 Joshua Tree National Park Twentynine Palms, CA $89

Hotels.com has now made it easier to find the best hotels in 20 of America’s top park destinations. Users can visit dedicated landing pages to discover great accommodation options including lodging inside the parks, allowing travelers stay even closer to the beauty by visiting http://www.hotels.com/page/parks/. Get in on the conversation with @hotelsdotcom with #ParkInspiration.

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Press contacts:

Taylor L. Cole, APR
Head of Public Relations, Hotels.com North America
Phone: (469) 335-8442
Email: taycole@hotels.com
Twitter: @TravelwithTLC