Everyone craves adventure, therefore we travel. And for some, the accommodations we seek while traveling become a central part (it not the sole purpose) for the vacation. Some hotels are much more than a place to dump your belongings - you want something to brag to your friends back home about. From the posh to the incredibly unconventional, here is a list of ten must-see-to-believe hotels in the United States.
10. 21c Museum Hotels
Slowly becoming a unique chain, these hotels merge art with comfort in a distinctive fashion. While most hotels display art, the 21c Museum Hotels ARE art. Art galleries, that is. Even their restaurants are artfully produced, showcasing the culinary masterpieces of each city in a (you got it) tastefully artful manner.
9. The Stanley, Estes Park, Colorado
After a restless night at The Stanley, literary giant Stephen King put pen to paper and produced one of the greatest horror stories of our time, The Shining. And the resort lives up to the reputation, holding nightly ghost tours amongst the fine china and rich tapestries.
8. Northern Rail Traincar Inn, Two Harbors, Minnesota
The Northern Rail Traincar Inn allows guests the experience of staying in authentic train boxcars that have been fully renovated. Ideal for outdoor adventures, guests can experience Lake Superior, golfing, or hiking at one of the many surrounding trails before nestling in these odd accommodations.
7. The Liberty Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts
The Liberty Hotel is a stunning balance of history merged with modern luxury. Art streams the aged brick walls while steel bars cascade the windows. For 120 years it housed Boston's most notorious criminals, including a young Malcolm X, until the property was deemed unfit for confinement in 1973.
6. Library Hotel, New York, NY
For die-hard literary fans, the Library Hotel in midtown Manhattan is a must. Centered around the Dewey Decimal System, each floor is adorned to showcase one of the 10 categories. The 60 rooms house books distinctive to the topic, accumulating over 6,000 pieces of literature for patrons to peruse.
5. The Queen Mary, Long Beach, California
The Queen Mary was once the grandest ocean liner of her time until converted for duty as a passage ship during World War II. Converting back to her former glory after the war, the liner has become synonymous for her elegant accommodations and for being notoriously haunted.
4. Kokopelli's Cave Bed & Breakfast, Farmington, New Mexico
Built into the cliffs of Tertiary Ojo Alamo and overlooking the La Plata river valley, this haven is truly a man-made masterpiece. Intended as an office space, rooms are divided by a sandstone pillar, including a fully functioning kitchen, living room, master bedroom and bathroom, including a hot tub.
3. Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho
This unique bed and breakfast is a dog-lovers mecca; dog-themed fixtures line the accommodations. There's no telephone and internet, but guests can spend their leisurely time checking out some of the local historical highlights, such as the Lewis & Clark Trail, while munching on the Prairie's Best Fruited Granola.
2. Jules' Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Florida
Diving 21 feet under the water (scuba gear is included in the price), guests will find the lodge with a fully functioning bathroom, stocked kitchenette, and even a unique pizza delivery service. It's the ideal setting for aqua aficionado's to relax while watching marine life curiously peer in the windows.
1. Out 'n About Treehouses Treesort, Takilma, Oregon
The Out 'n About Treehouses Treesort is essentially a grown child's dream, affording the amenities of home as high as 35 feet in the air. Definitely not for those whom prefer to keep their feet on the ground, major activities including zip-lining, horseback riding, and river rafting.