Grand Hotels

Since it took several days for stagecoaches to complete the circuit of park attractions, hotels were located one-day's drive apart along Yellowstone's Grand Loop Road. Most early visitors were wealthy vacationers accustomed to elegant accommodations and park concessionaires catered to their refined tastes.

The Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel was the first stop for many park visitors. Old Faithful Inn--a tour-de-force of rustic architecture--was completed in 1904 and is still considered the largest log building in the world. The colonial revival Lake Hotel offered the elegance and sophistication many wealthy travelers associated with summer resorts. The 1911 Canyon Hotel was famed for its spacious, brightly lit lounge.

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