Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Thanksgiving Dinner Cheat: Your National Parks

Not feeling up to cooking Thanksgiving Day dinner this year? No problem. Load up the family and head to one of the West's national parks for an unforgettable day outside, followed by a pretty darn good holiday meal at one of the parks' justifiably famous lodges.

Several years ago, I took a friend to the south rim of the Grand Canyon on Thanksgiving Day. We hiked in the snow near Hermits Rest, then bellied up to the no-reservations Bright Angel Restaurant for cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, stuffing, turkey -- basically, the Thanksgiving works. The canyon-view window table didn't hurt either.

After all, doesn't food always taste better after you've been playing outside all day? Especially when you don't have to cook it yourself. And just
maybe this is the right year to start a healthier family tradition of exercise, not overeating. So, take a look at these scenic national park dining rooms, most of which don't require reservations:
Do you have another favorite national park restaurant? Recommend it by posting a comment below.

Photo: Grand Canyon National Park (Michael Connolly, Jr. & Sara Benson)

1 comment:

  1. Not every scenic dining room in the West is in a national park. Don't forget the iconic Timberline Lodge at Mt. Hood, outside Portland.