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Slide 1 of 51: With around five million guestrooms in more than 54,000 hotels, you can't complain about a lack of places to stay in the US and some of them are truly unbelievable. From former prisons and banks to hotels in museums, all of these places to stay have a story to tell so join us as we take a look at the most unique hotel in every state. As ever, make sure to check state-specific travel advice before planning your trip.
Slide 2 of 51: Alabama's first boutique hotel, the GunRunner is located in the heart of Florence and is one of the best small town boutique hotels in the South. With a unique concept of luxurious anonymity, there's no check-in desk, no interruptions by housekeeping and rooms can only be booked online. Named after the pawn shop that occupied the building years ago, the hotel has 10 distinct suites that are all individually appointed and named after a person or a place significant to the area. 
Slide 3 of 51: Hidden far away in Alaska's Denali National Park, this luxurious mountain chalet is just 10 miles (16km) from the summit of Denali. Located 6,000 feet (1,828m) above sea level, the chalet is truly a once-in-a-lifetime-experience that's totally unique. A minimum stay of three nights is required and it includes a helicopter ride to the chalet as well as food, drink and activities. You'll have to email the Sheldon Family, who run the chalet, directly to enquire about a stay here.
Slide 4 of 51: As the name suggests, this place is all about the view. The first-ever hotel to be built on Navajo Tribal Park land, it’s owned by Navajo people and was designed to blend in with its sacred setting. There’ll be no squabbling over rooms at The View: every bedroom has a private balcony with jaw-dropping views of Monument Valley’s vivid colored sandstone rock formations known as the Mittens. The hotel is temporarily closed and is expected to reopen on 5 March 2021. These are America's most stunning natural wonders

Slide 5 of 51: With a few properties scattered across the country, this unique part-museum-part-hotel in Bentonville is unlike any other hotel you'll have stayed at before. With artwork displayed throughout, the hotel has a modern yet cozy feel of an intimate art gallery and the on-site restaurant The Hive offers modern takes on beloved classics, like deviled eggs.
Slide 6 of 51: Forget tranquil, subtle, peaceful vacations: for a full-on, over-the-top escape, head to California’s Madonna Inn, which is almost entirely Barbie-pink. With several differently themed rooms (including Madonna Suite, Love Nest and Everything Nice among others), pink tennis courts, a colorful gift shop and plenty of picture-perfect food on offer, this is a place to escape mundane everyday life. Face coverings are required in all common areas. Take a look at 50 amazing Californian attractions not to miss
Slide 7 of 51: The most sought-after hotel in all of Colorado, The Little Nell has a steamy rooftop surprise up its sleeve as well. With panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and a bubbling hot tub, it truly is the perfect way to rest your aching ski legs. Currently, the hotel is also running several tempting offers, including special rates for Colorado residents.
Slide 8 of 51: Comprised of the original farmhouse from 1775, a 19th-century addition and another 21st-century extension, the Winvian Farm is a luxury retreat set within 113 acres of farmland and forests. With individually designed cottages, an excellent farm-to-table restaurant and a spa set in the fragrant gardens, a stay here is truly relaxing. Just two hours away from New York or Boston, the unique retreat promises lots of restorative nature walks and cozy evenings snuggled up by the fireplace.
Slide 9 of 51: Stay in a slice of American history at The Brick Hotel in Georgetown. Known as the Union Hotel during the Civil War era, this was once a popular hangout for soldiers and is now one of the state's only remaining buildings from around that time. Lovingly restored with plenty of original features, including the 19th-century staircase, staying at the charming guesthouse is like stepping back in time.

Slide 10 of 51: A stroll through the opulent Faena Hotel Miami Beach is like a walk through a top art gallery. The lobby, nicknamed The Cathedral, has palatial gold and velvet furniture, impressive murals and gold-leaf-covered columns. Art aficionados should head straight for the hotel's pool and beach area where Damien Hirst’s striking sculpture Gone But Not Forgotten – a 3,000-year-old gilded woolly mammoth skeleton – casually overlooks the vacationers. The hotel was set to reopen on 29 October 2020.
Slide 11 of 51: Sitting on a five-mile-long (8km) island off the coast of Georgia, this stunning hotel is where Southern hospitality and Mediterranean-style design meet. Guests can enjoy a fine-dining experience in the Georgian Room restaurant, feasting on delicacies such as grilled octopus and truffle soup, before relaxing in the Georgian Room lounge in front of a roaring fire with a glass of vintage port in hand – the hotel has an extensive list to choose from. The hotel is currently asking guests to wear face coverings in most common areas.
Slide 12 of 51: Many who travel to Hawaii come to see the otherworldly Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and nowhere is closer to the action than Volcano House almost right on the rim of Kīlauea. Although the hotel is temporarily closed, we simply couldn't leave it off the list due to its truly unique location. Typically, guests can enjoy stunning views of the caldera, amazing Hawaiian food and exhilarating hikes through a rainforest to the volcano. 
Slide 13 of 51: You can't miss Dog Bark Park Inn – just look for the enormous beagle. Inside this 12 foot-tall (3.6m) canine you'll find a (no surprises here) dog-themed room. As you might have guessed the inn's owners are huge dog fans and also run an artists' studio where you can buy cute canine carvings crafted by chainsaw. This hotel certainly brings a whole new meaning to being in the doghouse...
Slide 14 of 51: This opulent Chicago landmark was built as a gift from business magnate Potter Palmer to his bride Bertha Honoré to mark their wedding in 1871. The original building burned down 13 days later during the Great Chicago Fire, but Palmer rebuilt it and reopened the hotel in 1873. Today, it's Chicago's most charming spot and it's worth stopping by the elegant lobby adorned by ceiling frescoes and gold Tiffany chandeliers even if you're not staying the night. 

Slide 15 of 51: For a chain hotel, this Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis is surprisingly unique. Located within Indianapolis' old train station, it has rooms in old train carriages still positioned on the tracks while the station's Grand Hall has been converted into a stunning venue space normally used for weddings and events. Built in 1888, the 100-year-old building has gone through two renovations that have preserved as much of the original features as possible. Discover America's most underrated state capitals
Slide 16 of 51: The incredible history of Hotel Julien Dubuque can be traced as far back as 1839, when the first lodging house opened on this site. The current hotel building was completed in 1915 and allegedly served as a hiding place for notorious mobster Al Capone when things got complicated in Chicago. The hotel has retained its historic charm which it has combined with modern and luxurious amenities. 
Slide 17 of 51: There really isn't much the Midland Railroad Hotel hasn't seen in its time. Opened in 1899, it was a popular stop along the Union Pacific Railroad between Kansas City and Denver; during the Great Depression the hotel's third floor was turned into a chicken coop in order to serve dinner guests; and although it continued operating over the next decades, it closed in 1978. The historic building fell into disrepair until it was bought by the Wilson Foundation in 1997 who restored it to its former 1920s glory.
Slide 18 of 51: Located in the aptly named Versailles, The Kentucky Castle features 10 luxury rooms and suites where guests can really live like royalty. The on-site farm-to-table restaurant features lots of elevated Kentucky cuisine staples while the spa offers romantic honeymoon or anniversary packages. If you're happy to properly splurge, the Presidential Suite is located in a spacious corner turret with an additional sitting room and a private terrace. The hotel has rigorous COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place. 
Slide 19 of 51: Narrowing down the most unique hotel in Louisiana, especially in New Orleans, is no mean feat but it's the French Quarter's iconic Hotel Monteleone that's been among the best places to have a drink in the Bourbon Street area for a very long time. Opened by Sicilian immigrant Antonio Monteleone in 1886, the hotel is still owned by the family today. Writers like Capote and Hemingway used to hide out here while writing and taking an occasional break (or two) at the legendary Carousel Bar which is, as the name implies, a carousel – unfortunately, it has temporarily closed.
Slide 20 of 51: The Westin Portland Harborview was the largest hotel in New England when it opened in 1927 as the 369-room Eastland Park Hotel. It has gone down in history as the place that didn't let Eleanor Roosevelt stay there with her dog and later became famous for Ozzy Osbourne tossing pool furniture off the rooftop. The hotel fell into disrepair until 2011 when it underwent a $50 million renovation project. There are enhanced cleaning protocols in place and face coverings are required in all indoor public areas.
Slide 21 of 51: On a cobbled street corner in Fell's Point, once a major shipbuilding area and Baltimore's oldest waterfront community, the Admiral Fell Inn is made up of seven adjoining buildings. One of these buildings used to be a boarding house for sailors before it expanded into a Seaman’s YMCA in the late 1920s before eventually closing in the 1970s. The hotel began to resemble its current shape in 1985, when the building was opened once more, and a 38-room inn was created. Finally, in 1996, upgrades transformed the space into a beautiful boutique hotel. 
Slide 22 of 51: It’s a lavish hotel today, but in its former incarnation The Liberty was known as The Charles Street Jail and was home to some of Boston’s most notorious criminals. Previous inmates include James Michael Curley, Boston’s ex-mayor who was imprisoned in 1904 for fraud, and even activist Malcolm X. Today, you’re more likely to spot showbiz stars in the corridors – Meg Ryan and Eva Mendes are both said to have stayed at The Liberty. The building has been carefully restored, allowing the historical detail to take center stage.
Slide 23 of 51: Second tallest hotel in the USA, the Detroit Marriott is 727 feet (221m) tall, with more than 1,300 rooms across 73 floors featuring fabulous views of the city or of the Detroit River. When you’re not admiring the view from your room, head to the patio for a cocktail or, if you’re keen to explore the city from closer up, the hotel’s downtown location makes it explore the city's top sights on foot. Face coverings must be worn in all indoor common areas.
Slide 24 of 51: Hewing Hotel, named after the cutting wood found in Minnesota's forests, is all about style – think recycled wooden floors, custom-made furniture and trendy accessories. Located in Minneapolis' hip North Loop with its boutique stores, cocktail bars, independent restaurants and craft breweries, the hotel has a unique feature in the form of giant raindrops hanging in the central atrium. Although most are silver, you'll be able to spot a few purple ones in tribute to Prince, who was born in Minneapolis.
Slide 25 of 51: Not a nod to the presidential home but to its founder's name, White House Hotel was established by Cora White, the wife of Gulf Coast lawyer and later judge Walter White, as she started accepting boarders in their home in Biloxi in the 1890s. Business was good so the Whites bought the house next door and joined the two together to create a lobby, a dining room and a ballroom in 1910. Recently restored thanks to the two White sons, the hotel has regained its former glory and a stay here does feel a bit presidential.
Slide 26 of 51: The dramatic proportions of the lobby at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel will certainly leave you in awe. With gold leaf detailing, sweeping archways and impossibly high ceilings, the lobby comes to life each night, when it hosts a 3D light show. There's an exciting show nightly, where flying birds, an aquarium scene and other animations are projected across the historic lobby, as well as photos of the former station and its passengers.
Slide 27 of 51: Known as a wilderness sanctuary, The Resort at Paws Up is set on the grounds of an active 37,000-acre cattle ranch. Guests can pick between two accommodation options – a luxe tent complete with an en-suite bathroom and wooden floors or one of the comfortable private homes. You can explore the rolling hills of Blackfoot Valley with more than 100 miles (161km) of trails either on foot or on horseback. And as the resort itself says, social distancing here is measured in acres, not feet…
Slide 28 of 51: It may be part of a small chain but Magnolia Hotel in Omaha is still a seriously classy joint with plenty of character. Built in 1923, the hotel is modeled on the Bargello Palace in Florence, Italy, and has a stunning interior courtyard which earned the building a slot on the National Register of Historic Places. If you can manage to drag yourself away from its charms, you’ll find plenty to do in the historic Old Market neighborhood just steps from the hotel.
Slide 29 of 51: We couldn't have a list of unusual hotels without an outlandish place to stay in Sin City. As well as circus performances, the aptly named Circus Circus has an indoor theme park called the Adventuredome. Here you'll find the Canyon Blaster, the only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster in the world. Check out the incredible story of Las Vegas
Slide 30 of 51: Adventure Suites in North Conway is home to 18 fabulously kitsch-themed suites including a haunted castle and a mansion from ancient Rome. The Love Shack is a 1970s-style suite complete with a two-person hot tub and a disco ball while film buffs can book themselves into a suite that's a private movie theater.
Slide 31 of 51: A sleek and modern hotel, EnVue's best feature that sets it apart from all the other New Jersey hotels is definitely its location. Book one of the riverside rooms and you'll be treated to a panorama of midtown Manhattan unfolding in front of you as you enjoy your chic quarters. The whole hotel keeps to a monochrome color palette and the minimalist decor with a few accent pieces makes it feel ultra-luxe. Guests are required to wear face coverings in all indoor common areas.
Slide 32 of 51: Recognized as one of the best hotels in the world, The Five Graces is situated right in the heart of Santa Fe's historic district. The traditional adobe-style hotel is furnished with an eclectic mix of East Indian and Tibetan furnishings, providing guests with opulent surroundings. All rooms and suites have traditional kiva fireplaces with some featuring private balconies or secluded patios while the ultra-luxe private two-bedroom Luminaria Villa is a chance to live like royalty.
Slide 33 of 51: Like something out of a fairy tale, the Mohonk Mountain House sits on the shore of the picturesque Lake Mohonk in upstate New York. Surrounded by expansive woodlands, the Victorian castle-like hotel offers guided hikes as well as a changing roster of activities that include tours of the greenhouse and the gardens, meditation and yoga sessions and rock climbing. Although most of Mohonk's recreational venues are open, there are extra health and safety procedures in place.
Slide 34 of 51: When George Vanderbilt designed his stunning Asheville estate in 1889, he wanted to open an inn that would overlook the splendor of the grounds. It never happened in his lifetime and it wasn't until 2001 when The Inn On Biltmore Estate was opened, alongside the moderately priced Village Hotel and the Cottage – the only lodging here that dates back to Vanderbilt's time. Enhanced health and safety policies are in place.
Slide 35 of 51: Throughout its history, Hotel Donaldson has been a beacon of change in the city. After a fire ravaged most of Fargo, the hotel was one of the first buildings to reopen in 1893. Then, after decades of disrepair, the restoration of it revitalized the then-neglected Downtown. The opening of the hotel sparked the area's revival and now the 17-room boutique hotel, with each room designed by a local artist, is a destination in itself.
Slide 36 of 51: The oldest continuously-run business in the state of Ohio, the Golden Lamb is a presidential favorite, having housed 12 of the former US presidents. It began as a simple tavern in 1803, providing a resting spot for travelers on their way from Cincinnati to the old National Road (now US-40). It offered simple rooms and stiff drinks, a tradition that hasn't changed much since it first opened. Face coverings are required in all public areas.
Slide 37 of 51: Not many hotels have been blamed for losing a basketball game, but the Skirvin's claim to fame seems to be the ability to affect the outcome of the games. Both New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls have famously blamed the hotel for their loses, citing the hauntings as the reason. Other guests have corroborated the story, reporting objects randomly moving, doors slamming shut and hearing strange sounds outside their rooms and in the entryways. Currently, there are enhanced health and safety policies in place.
Slide 38 of 51: If the exterior of Timberline Lodge seems familiar, it's probably because Stanley Kubrick used it as a stand-in for exterior shots of the notorious Overlook Hotel in his film The Shining. Built on Mount Hood's highest driveable location from 1936 to 1938, the Timberline Lodge is a popular spot with skiers and snowboarders. The hotel has comfy rooms and a spa that have reopened with special guidelines in place.
Slide 39 of 51: Housed in the former Girard Bank, the dramatic architecture of The Ritz-Carlton is definitely the most unique setting for a night's sleep in Pennsylvania. The marble walls and columns are complemented by a neutral color scheme that matches the natural swirls of the stone. All the materials used inside ooze old-world glam – think bronze elevators, gilt chandeliers and wrought-iron railings. There are specific COVID-19 guidelines in place.
Slide 40 of 51: The charming New England town of Watch Hill served as the Hamptons of its day, and this Grand Victorian house hotel was brought thoroughly up-to-date in 2014 following a change of ownership, while retaining original features such as the stone fireplace and reception desk. With a sprawling lawn, expansive sea views and a vintage feel, Ocean House offers a proper escape from the day-to-day life. 
Slide 41 of 51: It's no surprise the elegant French Quarter Inn was named the best hotel in the US in 2019. Tucked away in a quieter and calmer area of Charleston's City Market, the hotel's guests have specifically praised the Deluxe Corner Terrace King room that boasts views of the St Philip's Church steeple. There are extra health and safety protocols in place at the hotel. Take a look at America's most charming historic downtowns
Slide 42 of 51: Deadwood was an infamous vice and gambling town after the 1870s Gold Rush, when the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane roamed the streets. The Martin Mason Hotel, with its antique furnishings and lavish 1898 ballroom, recreates the atmosphere of the town in its 19th-century heyday. Get into the spirit with a flutter in the Wooden Nickel Casino on the ground floor of the hotel. Discover the most adorable small town in every US state
Slide 43 of 51: A true Southern classic, The Peabody first opened in 1869 but was moved to a newer building at its present location in 1925. Although the hotel itself is incredibly luxurious and stunning, it's a unique tradition started in the 1930s that draws in visitors. The hotel is home to a small team of ducks that arrive at the hotel's lobby fountain via a red carpet for a splash around twice a day. The Duck March, as it's known, is currently only open to hotel guests on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Slide 44 of 51: While Texas likes everything bigger and better, Kimber Hotel is a total opposite. The contemporary hotel looks more like a private home from the outside while on the inside it's all clean lines, modern furnishings, neutral colors and chic accessories. Built under a canopy of oak trees, it feels like a true escape within the busy city and offers its guest a calming, no-frills environment. The seven guest rooms are all beautifully decorated with floor-to-ceiling windows letting in plenty of natural light. 
Slide 45 of 51: Surrounded by the Mars-like environment of Utah, the Amangiri resort offers extreme luxury in a spectacular and secluded setting. Thousands of square miles of untouched scenery stretch around the resort while inside you can expect seriously high-spec suites, a spa with desert views and an aquamarine pool that curves around a towering rock escarpment. 
Slide 46 of 51: Once home to the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Sinclair Lewis, Twin Farms today is an all-inclusive countryside retreat tucked away in the trees on 300 forested acres. City dwellers can recharge their batteries at one of the 10 cottages at this 5-star Relais & Châteaux property, enjoy the daily changing tasting menu in the 18th-century farmhouse that has been transformed into a candle-lit restaurant or make the most of the surrounding wilderness and enjoy a personalized Champagne picnic experience in the meadows.
Slide 47 of 51: This 12,000-acre escape in southern Virginia is where to go to disappear from the world. Immerse yourself in nature by staying at one of the adults-only treehouses built high in the oak trees or pick a two-story cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows. During the day there's a part of the Old Appalachian Trail to hike or a golf course to enjoy, and once the sun sets, head to the on-site observatory dome for stargazing. Day visits without a lodging reservation are currently suspended. Discover more of America's best spots for stargazing here
Slide 48 of 51: Although the Salish Lodge & Spa is only a 30-minute drive from Seattle, it feels like a world away. The resort benefits from a totally unique location at the top of the breathtaking Snoqualmie Falls and is surrounded by beautiful evergreen forests and many hiking trails. The resort offers 86 guest rooms that all feature fireplaces and oversized spa tubs for a relaxing break. Face coverings are required in all common areas.
Slide 49 of 51: Often called the America's resort, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. A popular destination for luxury travelers looking to take to the natural hot springs, the historic hotel hasn't lost its appeal at all. Located in a scenic mountain setting in southern West Virginia, the accommodation ranges from guest room to signature suites and state homes for private events. You won't want to miss the afternoon tea here – complimentary tea, sweet treats and cookies are served at 4:15pm precisely as it has been for more than 200 years. 
Slide 50 of 51: A much-loved Milwaukee legend, walking into Hotel Metro is like stepping into a time machine. The Art Moderne-inspired hotel imitates the 1930s style so impeccably, you won't believe it was opened in 1998 (even though the building itself was built and designed at the start of the 20th century). All 63 suites feature luxurious amenities like deep soaking or whirlpool tubs and plush beds. The hotel is also notable for its Travel Green Wisconsin certificate thanks to its ongoing eco-friendly initiatives.
Slide 51 of 51: Get a taste of the old Wild West at the iconic Irma Hotel in Cody. This place was built by none other than Buffalo Bill in 1902 who named it after his daughter. You can stay in his personal suite, but the highlight of the hotel is the gorgeous cherrywood bar, which was a gift from Queen Victoria. Today, it's famous for its prime rib buffet. The hotel and restaurant have just reopened. Now discover the most historic hotel in every state

One of a kind

Alabama: GunRunner Boutique Hotel, Florence

Alabama’s first boutique hotel, the GunRunner is located in the heart of Florence and is one of the best small town boutique hotels in the South. With a unique concept of luxurious anonymity, there’s no check-in desk, no interruptions by housekeeping and rooms can only be booked online. Named after the pawn shop that occupied the building years ago, the hotel has 10 distinct suites that are all individually appointed and named after a person or a place significant to the area. 

Alaska: Sheldon Chalet, Denali National Park

Hidden far away in Alaska’s Denali National Park, this luxurious mountain chalet is just 10 miles (16km) from the summit of Denali. Located 6,000 feet (1,828m) above sea level, the chalet is truly a once-in-a-lifetime-experience that’s totally unique. A minimum stay of three nights is required and it includes a helicopter ride to the chalet as well as food, drink and activities. You’ll have to email the Sheldon Family, who run the chalet, directly to enquire about a stay here.

Arizona: The View Hotel, Monument Valley

As the name suggests, this place is all about the view. The first-ever hotel to be built on Navajo Tribal Park land, it’s owned by Navajo people and was designed to blend in with its sacred setting. There’ll be no squabbling over rooms at The View: every bedroom has a private balcony with jaw-dropping views of Monument Valley’s vivid colored sandstone rock formations known as the Mittens. The hotel is temporarily closed and is expected to reopen on 5 March 2021.

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Arkansas: 21c Museum Hotel, Bentonville

With a few properties scattered across the country, this unique part-museum-part-hotel in Bentonville is unlike any other hotel you’ll have stayed at before. With artwork displayed throughout, the hotel has a modern yet cozy feel of an intimate art gallery and the on-site restaurant The Hive offers modern takes on beloved classics, like deviled eggs.

California: Madonna Inn, San Luis Obispo

Forget tranquil, subtle, peaceful vacations: for a full-on, over-the-top escape, head to California’s Madonna Inn, which is almost entirely Barbie-pink. With several differently themed rooms (including Madonna Suite, Love Nest and Everything Nice among others), pink tennis courts, a colorful gift shop and plenty of picture-perfect food on offer, this is a place to escape mundane everyday life. Face coverings are required in all common areas.

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Colorado: The Little Nell, Aspen

The most sought-after hotel in all of Colorado, The Little Nell has a steamy rooftop surprise up its sleeve as well. With panoramic views of the surrounding snow-capped mountains and a bubbling hot tub, it truly is the perfect way to rest your aching ski legs. Currently, the hotel is also running several tempting offers, including special rates for Colorado residents.

Connecticut: Winvian Farm, Morris

Comprised of the original farmhouse from 1775, a 19th-century addition and another 21st-century extension, the Winvian Farm is a luxury retreat set within 113 acres of farmland and forests. With individually designed cottages, an excellent farm-to-table restaurant and a spa set in the fragrant gardens, a stay here is truly relaxing. Just two hours away from New York or Boston, the unique retreat promises lots of restorative nature walks and cozy evenings snuggled up by the fireplace.

Delaware: The Brick Hotel on the Circle, Georgetown

Stay in a slice of American history at The Brick Hotel in Georgetown. Known as the Union Hotel during the Civil War era, this was once a popular hangout for soldiers and is now one of the state’s only remaining buildings from around that time. Lovingly restored with plenty of original features, including the 19th-century staircase, staying at the charming guesthouse is like stepping back in time.

Florida: Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Miami Beach

A stroll through the opulent Faena Hotel Miami Beach is like a walk through a top art gallery. The lobby, nicknamed The Cathedral, has palatial gold and velvet furniture, impressive murals and gold-leaf-covered columns. Art aficionados should head straight for the hotel’s pool and beach area where Damien Hirst’s striking sculpture Gone But Not Forgotten – a 3,000-year-old gilded woolly mammoth skeleton – casually overlooks the vacationers. The hotel was set to reopen on 29 October 2020.

Georgia: The Cloister at Sea Island, Sea Island

Sitting on a five-mile-long (8km) island off the coast of Georgia, this stunning hotel is where Southern hospitality and Mediterranean-style design meet. Guests can enjoy a fine-dining experience in the Georgian Room restaurant, feasting on delicacies such as grilled octopus and truffle soup, before relaxing in the Georgian Room lounge in front of a roaring fire with a glass of vintage port in hand – the hotel has an extensive list to choose from. The hotel is currently asking guests to wear face coverings in most common areas.

Hawaii: Volcano House, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Many who travel to Hawaii come to see the otherworldly Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and nowhere is closer to the action than Volcano House almost right on the rim of Kīlauea. Although the hotel is temporarily closed, we simply couldn’t leave it off the list due to its truly unique location. Typically, guests can enjoy stunning views of the caldera, amazing Hawaiian food and exhilarating hikes through a rainforest to the volcano. 

Idaho: Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood

You can’t miss Dog Bark Park Inn – just look for the enormous beagle. Inside this 12 foot-tall (3.6m) canine you’ll find a (no surprises here) dog-themed room. As you might have guessed the inn’s owners are huge dog fans and also run an artists’ studio where you can buy cute canine carvings crafted by chainsaw. This hotel certainly brings a whole new meaning to being in the doghouse…

Illinois: Palmer House Hilton, Chicago

This opulent Chicago landmark was built as a gift from business magnate Potter Palmer to his bride Bertha Honoré to mark their wedding in 1871. The original building burned down 13 days later during the Great Chicago Fire, but Palmer rebuilt it and reopened the hotel in 1873. Today, it’s Chicago’s most charming spot and it’s worth stopping by the elegant lobby adorned by ceiling frescoes and gold Tiffany chandeliers even if you’re not staying the night. 

Indiana: Crowne Plaza Indianapolis, Indianapolis

For a chain hotel, this Crowne Plaza in Indianapolis is surprisingly unique. Located within Indianapolis’ old train station, it has rooms in old train carriages still positioned on the tracks while the station’s Grand Hall has been converted into a stunning venue space normally used for weddings and events. Built in 1888, the 100-year-old building has gone through two renovations that have preserved as much of the original features as possible.

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Iowa: Hotel Julien Dubuque, Dubuque

The incredible history of Hotel Julien Dubuque can be traced as far back as 1839, when the first lodging house opened on this site. The current hotel building was completed in 1915 and allegedly served as a hiding place for notorious mobster Al Capone when things got complicated in Chicago. The hotel has retained its historic charm which it has combined with modern and luxurious amenities. 

Kansas: Midland Railroad Hotel & Restaurant, Wilson

There really isn’t much the Midland Railroad Hotel hasn’t seen in its time. Opened in 1899, it was a popular stop along the Union Pacific Railroad between Kansas City and Denver; during the Great Depression the hotel’s third floor was turned into a chicken coop in order to serve dinner guests; and although it continued operating over the next decades, it closed in 1978. The historic building fell into disrepair until it was bought by the Wilson Foundation in 1997 who restored it to its former 1920s glory.

Kentucky: The Kentucky Castle, Versailles

Located in the aptly named Versailles, The Kentucky Castle features 10 luxury rooms and suites where guests can really live like royalty. The on-site farm-to-table restaurant features lots of elevated Kentucky cuisine staples while the spa offers romantic honeymoon or anniversary packages. If you’re happy to properly splurge, the Presidential Suite is located in a spacious corner turret with an additional sitting room and a private terrace. The hotel has rigorous COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place. 

Louisiana: Hotel Monteleone, New Orleans

Narrowing down the most unique hotel in Louisiana, especially in New Orleans, is no mean feat but it’s the French Quarter’s iconic Hotel Monteleone that’s been among the best places to have a drink in the Bourbon Street area for a very long time. Opened by Sicilian immigrant Antonio Monteleone in 1886, the hotel is still owned by the family today. Writers like Capote and Hemingway used to hide out here while writing and taking an occasional break (or two) at the legendary Carousel Bar which is, as the name implies, a carousel – unfortunately, it has temporarily closed.

Maine: The Westin Portland Harborview, Portland

The Westin Portland Harborview was the largest hotel in New England when it opened in 1927 as the 369-room Eastland Park Hotel. It has gone down in history as the place that didn’t let Eleanor Roosevelt stay there with her dog and later became famous for Ozzy Osbourne tossing pool furniture off the rooftop. The hotel fell into disrepair until 2011 when it underwent a $50 million renovation project. There are enhanced cleaning protocols in place and face coverings are required in all indoor public areas.

Maryland: Admiral Fell Inn, Baltimore

On a cobbled street corner in Fell’s Point, once a major shipbuilding area and Baltimore’s oldest waterfront community, the Admiral Fell Inn is made up of seven adjoining buildings. One of these buildings used to be a boarding house for sailors before it expanded into a Seaman’s YMCA in the late 1920s before eventually closing in the 1970s. The hotel began to resemble its current shape in 1985, when the building was opened once more, and a 38-room inn was created. Finally, in 1996, upgrades transformed the space into a beautiful boutique hotel. 

Massachusetts: The Liberty Hotel, Boston

It’s a lavish hotel today, but in its former incarnation The Liberty was known as The Charles Street Jail and was home to some of Boston’s most notorious criminals. Previous inmates include James Michael Curley, Boston’s ex-mayor who was imprisoned in 1904 for fraud, and even activist Malcolm X. Today, you’re more likely to spot showbiz stars in the corridors – Meg Ryan and Eva Mendes are both said to have stayed at The Liberty. The building has been carefully restored, allowing the historical detail to take center stage.

Michigan: Detroit Marriott, Detroit

Second tallest hotel in the USA, the Detroit Marriott is 727 feet (221m) tall, with more than 1,300 rooms across 73 floors featuring fabulous views of the city or of the Detroit River. When you’re not admiring the view from your room, head to the patio for a cocktail or, if you’re keen to explore the city from closer up, the hotel’s downtown location makes it explore the city’s top sights on foot. Face coverings must be worn in all indoor common areas.

Minnesota: Hewing Hotel, Minneapolis

Hewing Hotel, named after the cutting wood found in Minnesota’s forests, is all about style – think recycled wooden floors, custom-made furniture and trendy accessories. Located in Minneapolis’ hip North Loop with its boutique stores, cocktail bars, independent restaurants and craft breweries, the hotel has a unique feature in the form of giant raindrops hanging in the central atrium. Although most are silver, you’ll be able to spot a few purple ones in tribute to Prince, who was born in Minneapolis.

Mississippi: White House Hotel, Biloxi

Not a nod to the presidential home but to its founder’s name, White House Hotel was established by Cora White, the wife of Gulf Coast lawyer and later judge Walter White, as she started accepting boarders in their home in Biloxi in the 1890s. Business was good so the Whites bought the house next door and joined the two together to create a lobby, a dining room and a ballroom in 1910. Recently restored thanks to the two White sons, the hotel has regained its former glory and a stay here does feel a bit presidential.

Missouri: St Louis Union Station Hotel

The dramatic proportions of the lobby at the St. Louis Union Station Hotel will certainly leave you in awe. With gold leaf detailing, sweeping archways and impossibly high ceilings, the lobby comes to life each night, when it hosts a 3D light show. There’s an exciting show nightly, where flying birds, an aquarium scene and other animations are projected across the historic lobby, as well as photos of the former station and its passengers.

Montana: The Resort at Paws Up, Greenough

Known as a wilderness sanctuary, The Resort at Paws Up is set on the grounds of an active 37,000-acre cattle ranch. Guests can pick between two accommodation options – a luxe tent complete with an en-suite bathroom and wooden floors or one of the comfortable private homes. You can explore the rolling hills of Blackfoot Valley with more than 100 miles (161km) of trails either on foot or on horseback. And as the resort itself says, social distancing here is measured in acres, not feet…

Nebraska: Magnolia Hotel, Omaha

It may be part of a small chain but Magnolia Hotel in Omaha is still a seriously classy joint with plenty of character. Built in 1923, the hotel is modeled on the Bargello Palace in Florence, Italy, and has a stunning interior courtyard which earned the building a slot on the National Register of Historic Places. If you can manage to drag yourself away from its charms, you’ll find plenty to do in the historic Old Market neighborhood just steps from the hotel.

Nevada: Circus Circus, Las Vegas

We couldn’t have a list of unusual hotels without an outlandish place to stay in Sin City. As well as circus performances, the aptly named Circus Circus has an indoor theme park called the Adventuredome. Here you’ll find the Canyon Blaster, the only indoor double-loop, double-corkscrew roller coaster in the world.

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New Hampshire: Adventure Suites, North Conway

Adventure Suites in North Conway is home to 18 fabulously kitsch-themed suites including a haunted castle and a mansion from ancient Rome. The Love Shack is a 1970s-style suite complete with a two-person hot tub and a disco ball while film buffs can book themselves into a suite that’s a private movie theater.

New Jersey: EnVue, Weehawken

A sleek and modern hotel, EnVue’s best feature that sets it apart from all the other New Jersey hotels is definitely its location. Book one of the riverside rooms and you’ll be treated to a panorama of midtown Manhattan unfolding in front of you as you enjoy your chic quarters. The whole hotel keeps to a monochrome color palette and the minimalist decor with a few accent pieces makes it feel ultra-luxe. Guests are required to wear face coverings in all indoor common areas.

New Mexico: The Inn of Five Graces, Santa Fe

Recognized as one of the best hotels in the world, The Five Graces is situated right in the heart of Santa Fe’s historic district. The traditional adobe-style hotel is furnished with an eclectic mix of East Indian and Tibetan furnishings, providing guests with opulent surroundings. All rooms and suites have traditional kiva fireplaces with some featuring private balconies or secluded patios while the ultra-luxe private two-bedroom Luminaria Villa is a chance to live like royalty.

New York: Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz

Like something out of a fairy tale, the Mohonk Mountain House sits on the shore of the picturesque Lake Mohonk in upstate New York. Surrounded by expansive woodlands, the Victorian castle-like hotel offers guided hikes as well as a changing roster of activities that include tours of the greenhouse and the gardens, meditation and yoga sessions and rock climbing. Although most of Mohonk’s recreational venues are open, there are extra health and safety procedures in place.

North Carolina: The Inn On Biltmore Estate, Asheville

When George Vanderbilt designed his stunning Asheville estate in 1889, he wanted to open an inn that would overlook the splendor of the grounds. It never happened in his lifetime and it wasn’t until 2001 when The Inn On Biltmore Estate was opened, alongside the moderately priced Village Hotel and the Cottage – the only lodging here that dates back to Vanderbilt’s time. Enhanced health and safety policies are in place.

North Dakota: Hotel Donaldson, Fargo

Throughout its history, Hotel Donaldson has been a beacon of change in the city. After a fire ravaged most of Fargo, the hotel was one of the first buildings to reopen in 1893. Then, after decades of disrepair, the restoration of it revitalized the then-neglected Downtown. The opening of the hotel sparked the area’s revival and now the 17-room boutique hotel, with each room designed by a local artist, is a destination in itself.

Ohio: Golden Lamb, Lebanon

The oldest continuously-run business in the state of Ohio, the Golden Lamb is a presidential favorite, having housed 12 of the former US presidents. It began as a simple tavern in 1803, providing a resting spot for travelers on their way from Cincinnati to the old National Road (now US-40). It offered simple rooms and stiff drinks, a tradition that hasn’t changed much since it first opened. Face coverings are required in all public areas.

Oklahoma: Skirvin Hilton Hotel, Oklahoma City

Not many hotels have been blamed for losing a basketball game, but the Skirvin’s claim to fame seems to be the ability to affect the outcome of the games. Both New York Knicks and Chicago Bulls have famously blamed the hotel for their loses, citing the hauntings as the reason. Other guests have corroborated the story, reporting objects randomly moving, doors slamming shut and hearing strange sounds outside their rooms and in the entryways. Currently, there are enhanced health and safety policies in place.

Oregon: Timberline Lodge, Government Camp

If the exterior of Timberline Lodge seems familiar, it’s probably because Stanley Kubrick used it as a stand-in for exterior shots of the notorious Overlook Hotel in his film The Shining. Built on Mount Hood’s highest driveable location from 1936 to 1938, the Timberline Lodge is a popular spot with skiers and snowboarders. The hotel has comfy rooms and a spa that have reopened with special guidelines in place.

Pennsylvania: The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

Housed in the former Girard Bank, the dramatic architecture of The Ritz-Carlton is definitely the most unique setting for a night’s sleep in Pennsylvania. The marble walls and columns are complemented by a neutral color scheme that matches the natural swirls of the stone. All the materials used inside ooze old-world glam – think bronze elevators, gilt chandeliers and wrought-iron railings. There are specific COVID-19 guidelines in place.

Rhode Island: Ocean House, Westerly

The charming New England town of Watch Hill served as the Hamptons of its day, and this Grand Victorian house hotel was brought thoroughly up-to-date in 2014 following a change of ownership, while retaining original features such as the stone fireplace and reception desk. With a sprawling lawn, expansive sea views and a vintage feel, Ocean House offers a proper escape from the day-to-day life. 

South Carolina: French Quarter Inn, Charleston

It’s no surprise the elegant French Quarter Inn was named the best hotel in the US in 2019. Tucked away in a quieter and calmer area of Charleston’s City Market, the hotel’s guests have specifically praised the Deluxe Corner Terrace King room that boasts views of the St Philip’s Church steeple. There are extra health and safety protocols in place at the hotel.

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South Dakota: Martin Mason Hotel, Deadwood

Deadwood was an infamous vice and gambling town after the 1870s Gold Rush, when the likes of Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane roamed the streets. The Martin Mason Hotel, with its antique furnishings and lavish 1898 ballroom, recreates the atmosphere of the town in its 19th-century heyday. Get into the spirit with a flutter in the Wooden Nickel Casino on the ground floor of the hotel.

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Tennessee: The Peabody, Memphis

A true Southern classic, The Peabody first opened in 1869 but was moved to a newer building at its present location in 1925. Although the hotel itself is incredibly luxurious and stunning, it’s a unique tradition started in the 1930s that draws in visitors. The hotel is home to a small team of ducks that arrive at the hotel’s lobby fountain via a red carpet for a splash around twice a day. The Duck March, as it’s known, is currently only open to hotel guests on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Texas: Kimber Modern Boutique Hotel, Austin

While Texas likes everything bigger and better, Kimber Hotel is a total opposite. The contemporary hotel looks more like a private home from the outside while on the inside it’s all clean lines, modern furnishings, neutral colors and chic accessories. Built under a canopy of oak trees, it feels like a true escape within the busy city and offers its guest a calming, no-frills environment. The seven guest rooms are all beautifully decorated with floor-to-ceiling windows letting in plenty of natural light. 

Utah: Amangiri, Canyon Point

Surrounded by the Mars-like environment of Utah, the Amangiri resort offers extreme luxury in a spectacular and secluded setting. Thousands of square miles of untouched scenery stretch around the resort while inside you can expect seriously high-spec suites, a spa with desert views and an aquamarine pool that curves around a towering rock escarpment. 

Vermont: Twin Farms, Barnard

Once home to the Nobel Prize-winning novelist Sinclair Lewis, Twin Farms today is an all-inclusive countryside retreat tucked away in the trees on 300 forested acres. City dwellers can recharge their batteries at one of the 10 cottages at this 5-star Relais & Châteaux property, enjoy the daily changing tasting menu in the 18th-century farmhouse that has been transformed into a candle-lit restaurant or make the most of the surrounding wilderness and enjoy a personalized Champagne picnic experience in the meadows.

Virginia: The Lodge at Primland, Meadows of Dan

This 12,000-acre escape in southern Virginia is where to go to disappear from the world. Immerse yourself in nature by staying at one of the adults-only treehouses built high in the oak trees or pick a two-story cabin with floor-to-ceiling windows. During the day there’s a part of the Old Appalachian Trail to hike or a golf course to enjoy, and once the sun sets, head to the on-site observatory dome for stargazing. Day visits without a lodging reservation are currently suspended.

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Washington: Salish Lodge & Spa, Snoqualmie

Although the Salish Lodge & Spa is only a 30-minute drive from Seattle, it feels like a world away. The resort benefits from a totally unique location at the top of the breathtaking Snoqualmie Falls and is surrounded by beautiful evergreen forests and many hiking trails. The resort offers 86 guest rooms that all feature fireplaces and oversized spa tubs for a relaxing break. Face coverings are required in all common areas.

West Virginia: The Greenbrier, White Sulphur Springs

Often called the America’s resort, The Greenbrier has been welcoming guests since 1778. A popular destination for luxury travelers looking to take to the natural hot springs, the historic hotel hasn’t lost its appeal at all. Located in a scenic mountain setting in southern West Virginia, the accommodation ranges from guest room to signature suites and state homes for private events. You won’t want to miss the afternoon tea here – complimentary tea, sweet treats and cookies are served at 4:15pm precisely as it has been for more than 200 years. 

Wisconsin: Hotel Metro, Milwaukee

A much-loved Milwaukee legend, walking into Hotel Metro is like stepping into a time machine. The Art Moderne-inspired hotel imitates the 1930s style so impeccably, you won’t believe it was opened in 1998 (even though the building itself was built and designed at the start of the 20th century). All 63 suites feature luxurious amenities like deep soaking or whirlpool tubs and plush beds. The hotel is also notable for its Travel Green Wisconsin certificate thanks to its ongoing eco-friendly initiatives.

Wyoming: Irma Hotel, Cody

Get a taste of the old Wild West at the iconic Irma Hotel in Cody. This place was built by none other than Buffalo Bill in 1902 who named it after his daughter. You can stay in his personal suite, but the highlight of the hotel is the gorgeous cherrywood bar, which was a gift from Queen Victoria. Today, it’s famous for its prime rib buffet. The hotel and restaurant have just reopened.

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CDC Lifts 'No Sail' Order for U.S. Cruise Ships

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After months of extending its 'No Sail' order and preventing cruise ships from embarking on their voyages because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is permitting ships to set sail again — under a few conditions.

On Friday, the CDC announced a new framework for a 'Conditional Sail' Order that would allow major cruise companies to head out on U.S. waters once again. Described as a "phased resumption of cruise ship operations," the updated advisory goes into effect on Nov. 1, as the most previous order expires on Oct. 31.

Under the new rules, which are detailed in phases, all crew members will be tested for COVID-19 on a weekly basis and be provided with personal protection equipment. Vessels will undergo simulated voyages to "test cruise ships' ability to mitigate COVID-19 risk [and] certification for ships that meet specific requirements."

Ships must also establish written agreements with ports approving of housing if a need for passengers or crew to quarantine arises or if a passenger needs to be evacuated to a nearby hospital.

Passengers will only be allowed back on to a ship when it has received its "COVID-19 Conditional Sailing Certificate." Passengers will be required to undergo testing when arriving and departing the ship.

Throughout the pandemic, cruise lines around the world have canceled their itineraries throughout 2020 and have started to release dates for 2021. Princess Cruises has also canceled select trips into 2021.

In recent months, cruise companies have implemented their own rules for future sailings including limited capacity, temperature checks, and mandatory mask-wearing.

The rules follow several incidents where cruise ships around the world — notably The Diamond Princess in Japan — were halted at sea or docked for days due to a COVID-19 outbreak on board.

The CDC's original 'No Sail' order was instituted on March 14, 2020.

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You Can Meditate With a Monk and Experience Thailand’s Festival of Lights From Home This Weekend

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You’re probably stressed and suffering from extreme wanderlust, and Thailand wants to help. 

This Saturday, the Tourism Authority of Thailand is hosting a virtual event it hopes will help audiences find their inner peace in this uncertain world. The event includes a virtual meditation and mindfulness session with Canadian-born Buddhist Monk Ven. Yuttadhammo Bhikkhu followed by livestreams from Loy Krathong, the country’s annual Festival of Light. 

Bhikkhu was ordained in 2001 and has nearly two decades of experience teaching intensive meditation around the world. He is the author of two books, "How To Meditate: A Beginner’s Guide To Peace" and "Lessons in Practical Buddhism."

“It’s said that Buddha’s teachings through monk chats are the reason why Thai people always smile, even through difficult times,” Thai tourism official Charinya Kiatlapnachai said in a statement. 

Thailand closed its borders in March as countries around the world were doing the same in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19. Thailand has reported fewer than 4,000 coronavirus cases and 59 deaths during the pandemic. Thailand saw its first international visitors in seven months in early October but remains off-limits for many tourists. 

“Until the Land of Smiles welcomes back travelers once again, we will share the powerful spirit of the destination with travelers digitally,” Kiatlapnachai said. 

As part of Saturday’s event, the Thai tourism ministry plans to stream Loy Krathong celebrations from Wat Mahathat and Ayutthaya. To celebrate Loy Krathong, people across the country typically release lotus-shaped baskets decorated with candles and flowers onto rivers and other waterways. Saturday’s programming includes fireworks as well as performances by Thai artists and musicians. 

The experience is being hosted on Zoom Saturday from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. ET, but you’ll want to make sure to register online. 

Meena Thiruvengadam is a Travel + Leisure contributor who has visited 50 countries on six continents and 47 U.S. states. She loves historic plaques, wandering new streets, and walking on beaches. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.

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Powerful 7.0-magnitude Earthquake Hits Western Turkey and Nearby Greek Island

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A powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea on Friday afternoon, sending massive shocks through a nearby Greek island, as well as western Turkey, where at least 14 people have died, Reuters reports.

Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca announced the death toll on Twitter, as people in and around the Turkish city of Izmir abandoned their buildings, many of which are now crumbling. The search for survivors in the rubble has already begun. At least 250 people have been injured and Izmir's mayor reports that at least 20 buildings were destroyed, CNN reports.

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Images from the scene show a crushed car under a collapsed building and people searching through the rubble for survivors. Meanwhile, TV footage showed what authorities are calling the result of a “mini tsunami.” Water has flooded the streets in Izmir province, as well as the Greek island of Samos. No official tsunami warnings appeared to have been issued.

According to CNN, Izmir Governor Yavuz Selim Köşger called for residents to stay off the roads, so that ambulances and other emergency vehicles can reach the impacted areas. In Greece, the damage seems to be less severe.

On the island of Samos, Deputy Mayor Giorgos Dionisiou said that some old buildings had collapsed, but there have been no reports of people trapped under rubble. Nikos Stefanis, the chief of Samos Hospital, said there had been four minor injuries reported so far. 

Greek authorities have warned people to be on alert for high waves and to stay away from the shore, as well as buildings.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) measured the tremor's magnitude at 7.0, while Turkish authorities said it was 6.6, CNN reports. The quake struck 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) northeast of the town of Néon Karlovásion on Samos at 1:51 p.m. Greek time (7:51a.m. ET), according to the USGS. Authorities in both Greece and Turkey have reported dozens of aftershocks. 

Shortly after the quake, David Sassoli, the president of the European Parliament, tweeted, "My thoughts are with all the Greek and Turkish people affected by the strong earthquake that hit the Aegean Sea.”

"Together with the other EU institutions, we are following the situation closely. The EU stands ready to help."

Jessica Poitevien is a Travel + Leisure contributor currently based in South Florida, but always on the lookout for the next adventure. Besides traveling, she loves baking, talking to strangers, and taking long walks on the beach. Follow her adventures on Instagram.

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The Google Pixel 5 Has an Amazing Camera, Killer Battery Life, and Is the Perfect Gift for Travelers

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The Pixel 5 and the Pixel 4a (5G) are likely to turn heads this holiday season thanks to their sleek design and their ability to tap into ultra-fast 5G connections.

Of particular note is the flagship Pixel 5, clocking in at about $700, the same as you’d pay for the newly announced Apple iPhone 12. Travel + Leisure has spent the last week or so testing the Pixel 5, trying out its newest features and using the device in real-world conditions to determine if it’s worth an upgrade — or a switch — from your current device. My TL;DR take? Put it on your Christmas list, particularly if you’ve got lots of trips planned for 2021.

Here are five reasons why the new Pixel 5 is an ideal choice for travelers:

The camera is absolutely ridiculous.

One of the best features of any phone in Google’s Pixel lineup is the camera, which captures stunning images, enhanced automatically through AI software and backed up to the cloud for users of Google Photos. The Pixel 5’s camera doesn’t disappoint. New features include: An ultra-wide option, at 0.6x, with AI-powered smoothing to limit distortions. An upgraded Night Sight mode that helps capture low-light images without blurriness or noise. A Portrait Light mode that lets you edit the lighting in photos of faces after you’ve taken them. (Pretty neat party trick.) The Pixel 5 also has Google’s astrophotography mode that takes super-sharp images of the night sky; since I live in New York City, I wasn’t really able to test it — but other reviews say it’s “incredibly [impressive].”

Before and After images of a landscaping demonstrating the Super Res Zoom function on Google Pixel 5

The phone is the perfect size.

In years past, bigger has been better when it comes to mobile devices. Lately, handset makers have seen the error of their ways, slimming down screens to more manageable dimensions that fit easily into a pocket, a purse, even — yep, we’re going there — fanny packs. The Pixel 5 comes in one single size, with a six-inch screen set into a frame that measures 5.7 inches high by 2.8 inches wide by 0.3 inches deep. It just feels good in the hand, with a soft curve around the slim bezel and a fingerprint sensor for unlocking the device on the reverse side. (While the device is mostly made of metal, the rear is covered in “bio-resin,” Google says, which gives it a supple, organic feel.) The phone’s available in two colors: Just Black and Sorta Sage. The minty sage hue is quite nice.

Black and Sage models of the Google Pixel 5

It has serious battery life.

Google has packed the slim Pixel 5 with a sizable battery, with at least 4,000 mAh of capacity. (The previous iteration of Google’s flagship, the Pixel 4, by contrast, came standard with just 2,800 mAh of capacity.) That’s good enough, Google says, to last “all day.” The phone also comes with an “extreme battery saver” mode that can stretch the battery to last 48 hours, Google says, by switching off “some power-heavy features and [slowing] your phone’s processing.”

During T+L’s hands-on week with the Pixel 5, the battery did indeed last all day on most days. But I also set out to test the all-day promise by intentionally using the device heavily one day:I spent nearly an hour on a Zoom video call, used the AllTrails app to track my location activity for hours, took close to 100 photos and videos, and did all the normal stuff we do with our phones like check email and texts and browse Google Maps for lunch options. Those atypical demands zapped the battery by dinnertime but, generally speaking, the device did get through a normal day without charging.

One additional note: The Pixel 5 is the first Google phone to offer reverse wireless charging, meaning you can use it to charge other Qi-compatible devices. Nice touch.

It comes ready for 5G speeds.

The Pixel 5 and its sister device, the Pixel 4a (5G), are the first Google phones built with 5G capabilities. That means they can take advantage of super-fast data connections that let you download movies in the blink of an eye, hold crystal-clear video calls, stream anything without  hiccup, and even tether other devices like laptops to your blazing cell connection to get stuff done on the go. I say “capable” because the rollout and effectiveness of 5G is still very much a work in progress. As Google says: “5G service, speed, and performance depend on many factors including, but not limited to, carrier network capabilities, device configuration and capabilities, network traffic, location, signal strength, and signal obstruction.”

In my testing in New York City, the Pixel 5 did zip along, with its 5G signal indicator illuminated most of the time. Streaming video and video calls were crisp — more so than on other devices I’ve used recently. Was that because of the magic of 5G or because the Pixel 5 has a powerful processor and lots of memory built in? Yes.

Ultrawide Lens example on the Google Pixel 5 phone, showing a woman in a boat with a water skier on a lake

It has helpful Google tools built in.

One of Google’s greatest innovations for travelers has long been Google Translate, which often feels like something out of a sci-fi fantasy: Punch in a string of text, ask someone to speak into the phone, or even just snap a photo of a foreign script, and Google can render a fairly reliable translation in just moments — sometimes even without a cellular data connection. (Seriously, if you haven’t tried it, try it. It’s incredible.) That tool is built right in on the Pixel 5, along with all the other helpful stuff the voice-activated Google Assistant can do, from pulling the weather report in your favorite destination to making sure your flight is still on time to keeping track of your Airbnb reservations.

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This Map Will Show Where You Can and Can't Travel Due to Coronavirus (Video)

Editor's note: Those who choose to travel are strongly encouraged to check local government restrictions, rules, and safety measures related to COVID-19 and take personal comfort levels and health conditions into consideration before departure.

There’s now an easy way to peruse your vacation options as the world begins recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA), an authoritative trade association for airlines around the world, has created an interactive Travel Regulations Map powered by Timatic solutions that allow both airlines and travelers to quickly see current COVID-19 travel restrictions for each country around the world.

On the map, countries are color-coded based on their current travel restrictions (which will be continually updated by IATA) and are sorted into four categories: totally restrictive, partially restrictive, not restricted or under review.

When users click on a country, they’ll find information about current border policy, including if quarantine periods are necessary, exemptions, and any documentation or testing that could be required upon arrival. The Travel Regulations Map sources its information from airlines and government agencies and is likely to have accurate border information before your travel agent or advisor.

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While the map is a handy tool, travelers shouldn’t use it as a final or single resource. IATA reminds users that while they strive for the utmost accuracy, regulations around COVID-19 are constantly evolving — and each country is making their own ever-changing rules. Be sure to visit official government websites for the most accurate and up-to-date information before booking travel.

All over the world, various levels of restrictions and requirements are in place when it comes to traveling in the time of COVID-19. Many countries and states require travelers to quarantine upon arrival or take a COVID-19 test ahead of departure and show proof of negative results.

Although the State Department has returned to its usual advisory system of deeming countries' safety level on a 1-4, scale instead of its "Do Not Travel" advisory for all international trips, a certain number of countries are currently accepting U.S. travelers.

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Dixie D’Amelio & Liam Payne’s "Naughty List" Lyrics Live Up To The Song’s Title

Christmas came early this year for fans of Liam Payne and Dixie D’Amelio. The singers dropped their surprise X-mas song collab on Friday, Oct. 30, and the track is sure to be on repeat all holiday season. Dixie D’Amelio and Liam Payne’s "Naughty List" lyrics are so flirty.

Payne announced the release of the song in a sweet Instagram post that showed just how excited he was to partner up with D’Amelio. "Well… I had this whole grand plan about announcing who was featuring on my new song #NaughtyList on Friday but you all did it again and found out!" he wrote alongside a side-by-side picture of him and D’Amelio. "You’re all detectives! 😅I’m so excited to have @dixiedamelio join, so say hello, give her a warm welcome like I know you guys can and listen to our track on Friday!"

The former One Directioner went on to share how the unlikely collab came about: "I have fallen in love with TikTok and I’m excited to have some fun leading up to the holidays with Dixie and her family…As we approach Halloween and Christmas during such a whirlwind year it’s important everyone looks out for each other, so please join in the fun with us."

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As soon as "Naughty List" dropped at midnight, fans quickly started streaming it on repeat — and rightfully so. The track isn’t just upbeat and catchy, but it’s also filled with steamy lyrics that will leave you feeling all types of ways.

Listen to the tune below then check out all of the lyrics.

Verse 1: Liam Payne

Turned on the lights

Party was over so I said my goodbyes

Stepped out the car and you were waiting outside

Gave you my coat ’cause I could see that you were cold

Pre-Chorus: Liam Payne

The driver messaged that he is stuck in the snow

I said there is no way I’m not walking you home

Next thing you know we were drying our clothes

But I didn’t mean to get you in trouble

Chorus: Liam Payne with Dixie D’Amelio

Now we’re on the naughty list

Must’ve been the way we kissed

Santa saw the things we did

And put us on the naughty list (Oh)

Undernеath the mistletoe (Mistlеtoe)

We were supposed to take it slow

Baby, you’re my favorite gift

Now we’re on the naughty list

Verse 2: Dixie D’Amelio

Under the tree

It’s Christmas morning and there is nothing to see

One hundred messages like "Where have you been?"

No, I don’t wanna but it’s time for me to go

Pre-Chorus: Dixie D’Amelio

My driver messaged that he is stuck in the snow (In the snow)

He said there is no way that I am letting you go (Oh)

Next thing you know we were drying our clothes (Oh)

And I know you meant to get me in trouble

Chorus: Liam Payne & Dixie D’Amelio

Now we’re on the naughty list

Must’ve been the way we kissed

Santa saw the things we did

And put us on the naughty list (Put us, yeah)

Underneath the mistletoe

We were supposed to take it slow

Baby, you’re my favorite gift

Now we’re on the naughty list

Bridge: Liam Payne

Three-six-five days (Oh, yeah)

You’re at my place (Oh, yeah)

We’ll misbehave

With kisses like snowflakes all over your body (All over your body)

Three-six-five days (Oh)

You’re at my place (You’re at my)

We’ll misbehave

With kisses like snowflakes all over your body

Chorus: Liam Payne & Dixie D’Amelio

Now we’re on the naughty list

Must’ve been the way we kissed

Santa saw the things we did

And put us on the naughty list

Underneath the mistletoe

We were supposed to take it slow

Baby, you’re my favorite gift

Now we’re on the naughty list

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