El Tovar

The Southwest's first railway-commissioned lodge, El Tovar has been sitting on the Grand Canyon's South Rim since 1905, 14 years before the geological wonder officially became a national park. Built with Oregon pine and local limestone, the lodge was a key attraction on the Santa Fe Railway back when travelers cruised the rails in comfort. Today, the hotel that helped turn the Grand Canyon into a destination is a National Historic Landmark and the most interesting place to stay on the busy rim. [From $180 per night; grandcanyonlodges.com]