They say that travel is all about the journey, but sometimes the destination is the true star. Where you lay your head at night can be just as memorable as your daytime adventures, or perhaps even more so. Check out these incredible hotels around the country that will turn a simple night’s stay into an unforgettable experience.
1. Alaska: Tikchik Narrows Lodge
This stunning resort is situated in the Bristol Bay area of Southwest Alaska. The hotel is only reachable by float plane, which makes it the perfect place to get some true peace and quiet. Guests can spend their time relaxing in cabins that offer great views of the Kilbuck Mountains, or fishing in the surrounding lake.
2. Utah: Amangiri
This stunning hotel is an oasis of luxury in the desert. The guest looking to take it easy can relax in Amangiri's spa, while those seeking a bit of adventure can take advantage of opportunities to rock climb and sail across the desert in a hot air balloon. The resort also features easy access to Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon, Zion National Park, and Monument Valley.
3. Arizona: Enchantment Resort
This luxury resort offers 70 acres of magnificent red rock views at the head of Boynton Canyon. WIth over 100 weekly complimentary activities, tennis courts, a pool, and an 18-hole golf course, this place is perfect for those looking to stay in the heart of some of Arizona's most beautiful land.
4. California: The Queen Mary
Vacationing on land doesn't appeal to you, but you don't want to take a full-on cruise? The Queen Mary is the perfect solution. Located in Long Beach, this historic ship is one of the most famous luxury liners to have ever sailed, and is now continuing to woo guests as a floating resort hotel. With over 340 staterooms and nine luxury suites, plenty of Art Deco style and portholes that really open, your stay on the Queen Mary will make you feel like royalty.
5. Oregon: Heceta Head Lighthouse
Tucked into Cape Cove, this incredible hotel allows guests to spend the night in an actively functioning lighthouse. Built in 1894, Heceta Head Lighthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places and offers plenty of options for outdoor activities. There are six bedrooms available, and rates start at $234 per night.
6. Pennsylvania: Red Caboose Motel & Restaurant
Located in Lancaster County, right in the middle of Amish country, the Red Caboose Motel is a truly unique place to stay. Guests can bunk down in cabooses that offer luxuries like whirlpool baths, cable TV, and private decks with stunning rural views. Overnight stays start at $95 per night.
7. Arkansas: Beckham Creek Cave Lodge
This hotel actually offers only a single suite, but it's a stunner. Located in Parthenon, the lodge is built into a nature Ozarks cave. Stalactites and stalagmites cluster on the floors and ceilings of the suite, which is lavishly and modernly decorated. Well, as modern as you can get in a cave.
8. Georgia: The Cloister at Sea Island
Located just off the coast of Brunsick, Sea Island is home to The Cloister, a luxurious hotel that looks more like the summer palace of Mediterranean royalty than a place you can book a night's stay. With a private beach, three golf courses, and plenty of sunshine, The Cloister is a secluded and dazzling hotel.
9. Hawaii: Bali House and Cottage
Located on black sand Kehena Beach on the big island of Hawaii, this hotel offers a complete luxury experience in paradise. Guests can look forward to 1,000 square feet of private accommodations, garden spas, and incredible ocean views.
10. Colorado: Dunton Hot Springs
Dunton features mineral-rich hot springs, rustic cabins filled with luxurious furnishings, and some of the most spectacular views in the region. You'll need a pair of hiking boots to check in, though – the only way to reach this place is via an 8-mile hike from Telluride.
11. Missouri: Garth Woodside Mansion
This place may look like the set of a horror movie, but the vibe is actually more gothic romance. The mansion functions as a B&B, with eight main rooms and three cottages. The furnishings are antique and everything is impeccably cared for.
12. North Carolina: The Omni Grove Park Inn
Located in the mountains of Asheville, this luxury getaway offers a spa, golf course, and an array of dining options at their four restaurants. With a rich history and a touch of Southern hospitality, you won't regret treating yourself at this unique inn.
13. Washington: TreeHouse Point
This place will take your childhood fantasy of living in a treehouse and make it a luxurious reality. It offers all treehouses, all the time. With six luxury sky-high cabins to choose from, rope bridges and hammocks, you'll feel like you're vacationing in a fairy tale.
14. Mississippi: The Shack Up Inn
This place is as bluesy as it gets. Turning old shacks that once housed plantation workers into incredible, unique accommodations is no mean feat, but the Shack Up Inn definitely succeeds. Stay a night or two and be treated to guitar lessons and great live music at the hotel's venue.
15. Massachusetts: The Liberty Hotel
This hotel's claim to fame is its former use as an actual prison. First opened in the 1850s, the hotel now boasts nearly 300 rooms and a bar that is located in the prison's former "drunk tank."
Have you stayed at any of these breathtaking hotels around the U.S.? Have any suggestions for other incredible hotels? Let us know!