Overview: Just five miles from Rocky Mountain National Park, this grand hotel is dwarfed only by the rugged, 13,000-foot peaks that surround it. Built in 1909, the main building—complete with ornate hallways, imperial staircases, and bygone grandeur—served as the inspiration for Stephen King’s “The Shining.” Today, paranormally-inclined guests can reserve a handful of haunted rooms and book ghost tours with on-site experts. The rest of us can choose from deluxe rooms with Jacuzzi tubs, newly renovated, pet-friendly suites in the adjacent Lodge, or separate condos with up to three bedrooms.
Notable: The National Park’s Trail Ridge Road is the highest continuous paved thoroughfare in the country. In early summer, join the legions of skiers hitchhiking up to take advantage of the corn. Later in the summer the road becomes a draw for cyclists.
One Tip: Back at the hotel, order a Prohibition Era-style cocktail and sip it on the expansive front porch while taking in the view.
Stay Here If: You love a timeless ephemeral vibe.
Information: Rooms start at $259, condos at $359. Haunted rooms come at a premium. stanleyhotel.com —Cecelia Gilboy
From our High Summer 2016 issue.