Why settle for an ordinary vacation experience when you can do something truly extraordinary? The US is flush with an abundance of unique destinations that are begging to be explored. Before you set off on your next epic adventure, be sure to consider these five distinctive places to stay while traveling the US.
Beckham Creek Cave Lodge – Ozark Mountains, Arkansas
Nestled deep into the Ozark Mountains near Parthenon, Arkansas, this lodge is the ultimate in pampering. The private lodge features four bedrooms and four bathrooms spread out over 5,800 square feet of space. This massive property has space for up to 10 guests, making it a good choice for when you are traveling with a large group.
The home is set on 256 secluded acres, allowing you to roam and fully immerse yourself in the beauty of Northwest Arkansas. The resort is carved into a cave and even includes a natural waterfall in the middle of the main gathering spot. Cavernous ceilings, a gourmet kitchen, and state-of-the-art technological features deliver a completely new travel experience. Outside you will find a catch-and-release pond on the property and a barbeque grill with a firepit.
Jules’ Undersea Lodge – Key Largo, Florida
For a true adventure, consider a visit to Jules’ Undersea Lodge in Key Largo. Located at the Key Largo Undersea Park, this hotel is the only one in the world of its kind. Visitors can access their rooms through scuba diving. In addition to the unique hotel accommodations, guests can take scuba training classes and earn an open water certification at this popular destination.
After your scuba dive, you can eat lunch in the lodge and even sleep overnight in one of the underwater guest rooms. Guests describe the rooms as a secret underwater clubhouse. To enjoy the lodge, you must be a certified scuba diver or you have to take the Discover SCUBA course onsite.
Boston Harbor Islands – Massachusetts
Not everyone is cut out for a rustic camping experience. However, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts offers a host of camping opportunities that connect you to the wonder of Mother Nature without having to give up essential comforts and conveniences. The Massachusetts park system boasts over 450,000 acres of protected land and historical sites that are waiting to be discovered.
You can even consider glamping in Massachusetts if you want to experience the outdoors with some nicer amenities. Campsites enable you to set up camp in a variety of sites throughout the state without having to completely disconnect from the world. Choose from sites such as the heavily forested Berkshire Magic Woods, the waterfront sites at Maple Corner Farm, and more.
The Queen Mary Hotel – Long Beach, California
This historic ship is also home to one of the most innovative lodging experiences in the country. What was once a luxury cruiseliner is now a fun and interesting place to call home base when exploring the best of Southern California. Visitors can choose between 347 original first-class suites for their stay. Onboard, you will find a relaxing spa, a full-service fitness center, a variety of casual and fine dining experience, a luxurious Sunday brunch, and a bevy of classic bars that harken back to the 1930s. Be sure to leave time to take a tour of the many exhibits and educational offerings that are onboard this legendary ship.
Baldpate Inn – Estes Park, Colorado
The majestic Rocky Mountains are a sight to behold. You can explore this stunning natural beauty with a trip to the iconic Baldpate Inn, located in the charming mountain town of Estes Park. As the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, Estes Park has something for everyone. The Baldpate Inn is modeled after the 1913 mystery novel “Seven Keys to Baldpate.” Now over 100 years old, this classic inn delivers rustic guest rooms, a beautiful dining room with mouth-watering food, and magnificent views of the Rocky Mountains.
By thinking outside of the box beyond a usual hotel experience, you will elevate your next trip to something special. Any of these five places will satisfy your thirst for wanderlust while also delivering a unique vacation experience.