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Not a Fan of Camping? National Parks With Affordable Nearby Hotels

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With summer travel kicking off, many Americans will be planning trips to visit national parks around the U.S. Part of the appeal of these trips — aside from the natural beauty, of course — is that they tend to be cost-efficient, with many people road-tripping to their destination of choice and camping out when they arrive. But you don’t need to pitch a tent to save money on your next trip to a national park.

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Priceline analyzed the average daily hotel rates at national park cities across the U.S. to determine which destinations have an average daily rate of less than $150 per night — so you can stay for cheap without having to rough it. (It’s worth noting that rates reflect average costs in mid to late April, so prices may be higher or lower for summer travel.)

Here are the 15 national parks with the most affordable area hotels.

Last updated: June 2, 2021

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15. Grand Teton National Park

  • Location: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
  • Average hotel cost per night: $146.42

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14. Hot Springs National Park

  • Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
  • Average hotel cost per night: $144.51

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13. Gateway Arch National Park

  • Location: St. Louis
  • Average hotel cost per night: $132.90

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12. Great Smoky Mountains

  • Location: Gatlinburg, Tennessee
  • Average hotel cost per night: $121.78

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11. Olympic National Park

  • Location: Port Angeles, Washington
  • Average hotel cost per night: $110.13

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10. Glacier National Park

  • Location: Kalispell, Montana
  • Average hotel cost per night: $110.03

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9. Yellowstone National Park

  • Location: Bozeman, Montana
  • Average hotel cost per night: $108.35

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8. Redwood National Park

  • Location: Crescent City, California
  • Average hotel cost per night: $102.27

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7. Denali National Park

  • Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
  • Average hotel cost per night: $92.59

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6. Guadalupe Mountains

  • Location: Van Horn, Texas
  • Average hotel cost per night: $89.25

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5. Petrified Forest

  • Location: Holbrook, Arizona
  • Average hotel cost per night: $81.10

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4. Congaree National Park

  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Average hotel cost per night: $74.12

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3. White Sands National Park

  • Location: Alamogordo, New Mexico
  • Average hotel cost per night: $72.31

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2. Everglades National Park

  • Location: Miami
  • Average hotel cost per night: $64.48

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1. Joshua Tree

  • Location: Desert Center, California
  • Average hotel cost per night: $56.82

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Methodology: Priceline analyzed average daily hotel rates across all stars checking in or out anytime between April 17-April 25, 2021, to determine national park cities that have an average daily rate less than $150 per night during National Parks Week.