Along with epic scenery and plenty of family activities, Custer State Park in South Dakota offers a resort setup with four places to stay. Nights in any of the lodges—Legion Lake Lodge, Blue Bell Lodge, State Game Lodge and Sylvan Lake Lodge—prepare you for days riding horses, picnicking by lakes, hiking, or exploring the region's historical and natural attractions.
Built of brick and stone, Turkey Run Inn anchors one of Indiana's oldest state parks. Patchwork quilts cover comfy beds in 57 modest guest rooms, and common areas are cozy with carved wood furniture and crackling fireplaces. Quiet types flock here—bird-watchers, hikers and history buffs eager to explore Parke County (about 70 miles west of Indianapolis) and its covered bridges.
Set amid 8,000 hilly, tree-dappled acres, the renovated Civilian Conservation Corps-built lodge provides thoughtful hospitality in Grafton, an hour north of St. Louis. Outside, the clip-clop of hooves from the riding stables floats up the foothills, while a cruise along Scenic Drive leads to incredible Illinois River views.
Opened in 2008, Honey Creek Resort has 105 plus guest rooms in an Arts-and-Crafts-style lodge and 28 cottages along an 18-hole golf course. The resort's remote location on Rathbun Lake near bitty-town Moravia (85 miles southeast of Des Moines) means visitors spend pretty much all their time on-property. Fill days with water sports on Rathbun Lake, indoor play at Buccaneer Bay water park, golf on the Audobon-certified course, bike riding and naturalist-led activities.