View of the Columbia River from Skamania Lodge
11. Skamania Lodge
Scenery and nature are on tap at Skamania Lodge, set on 175 forested acres that overlook the flood-scoured Columbia River Gorge in southern Washington. With 250 rooms (including some amazing tree houses), this lodge should be high on your list for last-minute travel: You’ll often find vacancies, even in the high season (though less likely for the tree houses). Built in the tradition of classic park lodges, Skamania boasts a grand communal lobby that centers on a massive stone fireplace, great for relaxing with books or playing board games.
Kids will love splashing in the pool and trying the zip line tours that depart from the top of a Douglas fir. The lodge also features a golf course. Paved paths through the woods are perfect for strollers. For a more strenuous hike, head up nearby Dog Mountain. Select Skamania rooms allow pets for a fee.
Details: 1131 Skamania Lodge Rd., Stevenson; 509-427-7700
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