This Grand Hotel In Northern California Inspired One Of America’s Most Famous Horror Stories

Whether or not you’re a fan of Stephen King, it’s likely you’ve either read or seen one of his most famous horror stories: The Shining. After all, both the book and the film are considered classics of the horror genre to this very day. Upon mention of The Shining, a few images might automatically be conjured up in your mind. The twin girls standing in the hotel’s long hallway. Little Danny riding around on his tricycle. The red doors of the old hotel’s elevators. These images have become representative of the story as a whole, thanks to the wonderful film adaptation by director Stanley Kubrick. Although the movie wasn’t actually filmed at this Northern California destination, this grand hotel became the main inspiration for one of horror’s most terrifying movie sets.

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Did you know this interesting tidbit about this grand hotel? It looks like a lovely place to stay, but I’m not sure I would want to! If you enjoyed this article, you’ll definitely be interested in our list of 10 Places In Northern California That Showed Up In Movies.