It began with the Arts and Crafts Movement in the early 20th Century and took root in the American West. Its artistic and political roots emphasized simplistic form and individual craftsmanship. Some of the best original examples of architectural Arts and Crafts buildings are located in America’s National Parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone. The Ahwahnee Hotel at Yosemite National Park opened in 1927 and is constructed of stone, wood, concrete, and glass. Its sweeping rustic architecture has been incorporated into the country’s very identity and it was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1987. Also a National Historic Landmark, the Old Faithful Inn at Yellowstone National Park is actually the oldest lodge in the U.S. Construction began in 1903 with a log pole interior framework for seven stories and a roof walk that once held searchlights to illuminate the geyser at night. These buildings were instrumental in the Great Architecture of the West, and at the start of the 21st Century, Disney opened the Grand Californian in Anaheim, California. The Grand Californian Hotel by Disney was created to accommodate increased traffic in the area due to the Disney Parks but still captures the key elements of the Craftsman style: wide roofs, projecting beams, and exaggerated colors that blend with nature. TimeshareAnnie (that’s me!) is embarking on a two-month long road trip exploring several National Parks in the western U.S. with a stop in to visit Disneyland in California. I’ll actually get a chance to stay in the Ahwahnee Hotel on the 4th of July! Look ahead for follow-up articles with photos and commentary on some of the hotels and resorts I experience along the way. The Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland in Anaheim, California offers vacation ownership. Disney timeshare resales hold their value well and offer amazing amenities and service. Disney timeshare resales are in high demand, so if you want to sell a Disney timeshare, contact our to licensed agents here. Browse California timeshare resales here.