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Great Lodges Of The National Parks: Death Valley, The Northwest, And Hawaii

Airs Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV

Above: This episode takes viewers to the the lush Pacific Northwest, where Lake Quinault Lodge nestles in the heart of the Olympic National Forest, delighting guests with such old-fashioned pleasures as a hike in the woods or a game of chess by the fire.

This two-part program is a fascinating tour of America's national parks and their charming historic lodges. The episodes take viewers to the edge of a volcano in Hawaii, to the Alaskan wilderness, to the rugged mountain peaks and pristine lakes of the Rockies, to Grand Teton, to the Olympic peninsula and to an oasis of hospitality in California's Death Valley. From familiar rustic "parkitecture" to the modern International Style, from a grand Spanish Revival resort to lumbered lake lodges and cabins in the mountains, "Great Lodges" tells the stories behind these national treasures and showcases the many ways to enjoy the awe-inspiring beauty of America's national parks.

This episode takes viewers to the surreal desert landscape of Death Valley and the Furnace Creek Inn, a historic four-diamond hotel that rises from the red rock like a shimmering oasis. In the lush Pacific Northwest, Lake Quinault Lodge nestles in the heart of the Olympic National Forest, delighting guests with such old-fashioned pleasures as a hike in the woods or a game of chess by the fire. It's a step back in time at Wallowa Lake Lodge, where every item has been lovingly restored to its original 1920s condition. Finally, visitors can pay their respects to Pele the goddess of fire at the historic Volcano House in Hawaii's thrilling Volcanoes National Park.

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Video Excerpt: Furnace Creek Inn

Above: "Great Lodges Of The National Parks: Death Valley, The Northwest, And Hawaii" takes viewers inside the treasured historic lodges that grace America’s national parks. In this segment, visit Furnace Creek Inn, a lush oasis of hospitality in the middle of California’s Death Valley.

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