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When you think of a bucket list getaway, you probably think of a dozen different exotic locales thousands of miles from the U.S. Over the water bungalows, safaris, and wine trips surrounded by cypress trees all likely come to mind. But you could opt to build your trip around an epic hotel stay, and there are plenty of them right here on U.S. soil. We dug deep to find some unexpected but insanely deserving hotels to add to the top of your accommodations bucket list. Put the passport away the next time you need an ultra-memorable vacation and consider building your trip around one of these amazing hotels.
This new-ish hotel set right on the beach in the monied Montecito community is absolutely stunning. No matter the room, you’ll have wonderful views and a beachfront location is something hard to come by in this part of California. Spend the day exploring lovely Santa Barbara or head north to Los Olivos for some wine tasting then come home to a killer spa, amazing restaurant, and luxe accommodations.
The sprawling property surrounded by breathtaking mountains is chock full of things to do. The Broadmoor boasts 6 restaurants, 2 indoor pools, a golf course, and a world class spa not to mention it’s set right in the heart of hiking country. There are so many stunning hikes to enjoy just steps from the property. We highly recommend booking a night or two above the clouds in their sister property Cloud Camp for a truly epic experience.
An island paradise where no passport is needed? Sign us up! Little Palm Resort & Spa is the perfect destination for your next adults-only trip (sorry, no kids under 16 allowed here). Set on a private island, the resort offers a full service spa and serves amazing cuisine at their restaurant. Since the only people here are hotel guests or employees, you’ll feel worlds away from the bustling tourism of Florida and you’ll be able to recharge in the lap of luxury.
New to the Rockaway scene, this beautiful hotel has all you need for a weekend escape. Rooms offer beautiful views of the ocean and you’ll be just a few minutes stroll form the beach….that is, if you decide to leave the pool which is a scene in and of itself. Restaurant Margies serves meals all day though you will need reservations.
This is one of three UC outposts (the others are in Brooklyn and the Catskills), and you won’t find a cooler hotel in Music City. The Urban Cowboy is a VIBE. From the stunning soaking tubs to the amazing breakfast served daily, this property just kills it. The decor is funky, eclectic, and unique to say the least and you’ll leave feeling 10 times cooler than you did when you checked in. The location is great for exploring Nashville, but be sure to leave the kids behind—this hotel is adults only.
ADERO Scottsdale is a welcomed addition to the area, offering access to over 50,000 miles of hiking and biking trails. It’s the perfect destination for outdoor lovers and those obsessed with space. The property is part of the Dark Sky community which means there’ll be awesome stargazing opportunities. Views around the entire hotel are wonderful and the hotel’s bar and restaurant Cielo is the perfect place to sip a cocktail while sitting on the lawn taking everything in.
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