The perfect hotel can motivate you, spoil you, and help you make the most of a much-deserved vacation from the unexciting, stressful and often chaotic routine of everyday life. The following list is based on guest reviews, annual reports, travel experts input, and awards given by travel sites. Location, views, accommodations, dining options, customer service, activities, and attractions have all been considered.
The 4-star hotel was rated No. 1 in the Yellowhammer State by U.S. News and World Report. The only (possibly) negative feature is that it doesn’t allow pets in any of its modern 405 rooms or suites. The hotel, which was also on the list of Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2016, has two golf-courses on-site as well as a colossal spa where you can relax after a day of having fun. The 550 acres of property are overlooking Mobile Bay. Some of the favorite features are the pool area with a water park, fountains, geysers and waterfalls, and the fitness center that fronts a private lake.
The chateau-styled resort, just 40 miles of Anchorage, is located amid the Chugach Mountains, making it an ideal place to discover the wilderness and expansive beauty of the Last Frontier. The most popular times to visit are summer and winter as it has the longest continuous double black diamond ski run in North America. It is also the only North American ski resort with both mountain and ocean views. What adds to the allure of Hotel Alyeska is the fact that it’s close to three national parks. Relax in the saltwater pool or whirlpool, or indulge in a treatment at the spa. The resort was awarded a Certificate of Excellence in 2015 by TripAdvisor.
The resort ranked No. 24 in Travel + Leisure’s annual World’s Best Awards in 2014. It made the list of 50 top resorts in the continental U.S., its highest ranking in the 19-year-old reader survey. The resort’s in-room amenities, created exclusively for Sanctuary by Red Flower, are organic, cruelty-free, and made of sustainably sourced ingredients. Perched above the Sonoran’s Paradise Valley, the resort offers guided hikes and bike rides up Camelback Mountain, exceptional local dining at elements, and spa services at the award-winning Sanctuary Spa.
The hotel is the Traveler’s Choice 2017 winner. It has the highest marks by the most reviewers on TripAdvisor. The romantic lakefront B&B tucked in the Ouachita Mountains offers a unique and memorable getaway with unmatched service. Many guests prefer it for their wedding or honeymoon experience. All accommodations feature breathtaking views of Arkansas’ Lake Hamilton and the hotel’s gardens, along with private bathrooms (all have showers, most have whirlpool tubs), and beds dressed in fine linens.
The 500-acre 5-star luxury hotel was ranked the No. 1 hotel in America by Forbes. Reviews on TripAdvisor say the ranch has an “old school relaxing charm.” It also earned the site’s Hall of Fame award from 2011 until 2015. The 41 individually decorated private cottages and suites wind along San Ysidro’s hillside creek- and tree-lined paths. Built in classic bungalow style, all offer plush king-size beds with fine linens, fireplaces, and patios. The luxury Montecito suites and cottages have hot tubs on private outdoor patios with outdoor rain showers and hand-cut stone or Old World masonry fireplaces.
The 2016 Reader’s Choice Award by Conde Nast Traveler went to the Gateway Canyons Resort. Its total score was 97.93 out of 100. The hotel is also the 2016 RCA winner and ranked No. 1 resort in Colorado and No. 3 in the Top 10 resorts in the U.S. It’s located in Unaweep Canyon near the Utah border on 500 acres of land. The majestic red rock views seen from every room are absolutely breathtaking. Some of the lodges have outdoor patios with fire pits. In addition to its spa services and western activities like horseback riding and skeet shooting, Gateway has an auto museum featuring 60 historic cars to celebrate the American automobile.
The 4.5-star hotel always makes the lists of best hotels. It’s not just an adult’s gambling getaway; there are a lot of children’s amenities on-site, such as kids clubs. You and your family can also go shopping, golfing or eating at one of more than 40 dining outlets, bars and lounges. The resort has several entertainment venues so guests will never be bored. Mohegan Sun Arena Suites offer private, exclusive access to the most sought-after music and sporting events in New England. Guests recommend that people stay at the Sky Tower, standing 34-stories tall with 1,200 luxury guest rooms and suites, or the all-new Earth Tower.
The 4.5-star affordable luxury hotel in Delaware’s financial and legal district won the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2017 award. It charms guests with its Italian Renaissance-style with lavish interiors, dark wood and gold motifs. They like to call it “old world European grandeur.” There are often plays, musicals, comedians, speakers and kids’ programs. The bathrooms in the 217 rooms and suites have separate showers and soaking tubs. The hotel offers special packages that include access to the country’s premier horticultural display garden, the Longwood Gardens.
This is the No. 1 Florida hotel, and 6th overall, in the Best Hotel in USA ranking by U.S. News. The 5-star resort is highly recommended for the staff that does everything possible to accommodate guests. The not-so-big exclusive hotel has only 98 rooms. Both Acqualina Resort and Acqualina Spa by ESPA have earned the Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Award for the fifth consecutive year. The guest suites feature luxury beds and bedding, custom case goods and artwork, and look like space fit for royalty. Many have a terrace and/or an ocean view.
The hotel has many awards – AAA/CAA Five Diamond Lodgings 2017, Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2016, Fodor's Choice, and Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards 2016 – in addition to ranking No. 5 in Best USA Hotels. Guests love the championship golf course, seashore, river view, salt marshes, English-style manor, and Mediterranean elegance. There are also several Sporting grounds and a beach club. You’ll enjoy your own cottage with large bathrooms, a deep-soaking tub and rainhead shower. There is also a butler service for your convenience.
The 5-star hotel made No. 2 in Best USA Hotels, according to U.S. News. The fact that it’s close to the stunning Kekaha Kai State Park only helps. There are 250 guest rooms, villas and suites. A lot of newlyweds book the luxurious resort for their adventurous honeymoon. Guest rooms have deep soaking tubs and furnished outdoor balconies. Suites come with custom bamboo bed canopies and headboards. Villas come with a personal suite concierge, two lounge chairs at the beach and tropical floral arrangements. The resort has seven swimming pools, heated pools, infinity edged pools and whirlpools. There are 125 rooms with outdoor lava-rock garden showers and 5 ocean-side lounges and restaurants.
The hotel got the most positive reviews on TripAdvisor in the Idaho Hotels category. Guests praise the service – “front desk, housekeeping, restaurant, maintenance and everyone in between.” There are an indoor pool, kiddie pool, spa, sauna and steam room, and a fitness center. For your convenience, there is also a 24-hour convenience store. “We are in hotel rooms over 300 days a year for business and have stayed just about at every chain and many boutique hotels. We pulled in last night here at the Oxford for just one night and we already decided it's our new go-to hotel here!” one review says. Bonus: The hotel, which is close to Idaho's largest movie theater, is pet-friendly.
It ranked No. 1 in Best USA Hotels, according to U.S. News. The fact that it’s located on the banks of the Chicago River and less than a mile from the shopping on The Magnificent Mile certainly helps its high standing. The 5-star hotel with 316 rooms and suites features riverfront views and large bathrooms with separate tubs and rain showers. In addition to the Chuan Spa, the hotel also offers a health club and 67-foot-long indoor pool. The Langham, which opened in 2013, has been awarded many honors: AAA/CAA Five Diamond Lodgings 2017, Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2016, Condé Nast Traveler Gold 2017, Fodor's Choice, Forbes Travel Guide Five Star Awards 2016, and TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Awards 2016.
The 4.5-star hotel shows up on many lists as the best in the Hoosier State. The readers of Travel + Leisure magazine recently named the 1902 National Historic Landmark as the absolute best. West Baden also received top honors in 2015. Built more than a century ago, the resort was once called the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” An iconic attraction is the breathtaking atrium that spans 200 feet. The 243 luxury rooms are pet-friendly. Amenities include an indoor/outdoor pool and hot tub, golf courses, spa, fitness center access, casual and fine dining options, retail shops, historic tours, and concierge services.
Many travel sites rate this 4-star hotel set along the Mississippi River as the best in Iowa. Staff calls it “hipstoric.” It recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation, but it kept its old-school charm. It now features modern amenities such as a spa, indoor pool, fitness center and even a bowling alley, surrounded by art deco bits like terra cotta pilasters, stonework and stained glass ceilings. The Hotel, which also features a 10,000 sq. ft. event space, holds a spot on the National Register of Historic Places, according to U.S. News. The hotel is very close to bike paths, Adler Theatre, RiverCenter and Figge Art Museum.
It was voted No. 1 in the Best Kansas Hotels, according to U.S. News. Guests at this boutique-style hotel like it also because it offers luxury at affordable prices. There are 117 rooms and suites outfitted in hues of charcoal, ivory and lavender. The marble showers are a nice touch. The Siena Tuscan Steakhouse is another favorite. This luxury boutique hotel with classic style and contemporary design has maintained its iconic Chicago School architecture. The rooms are pet-friendly, bright, spacious, and have large windows. Guests also have high praises for customer service.
The Brown Hotel got the most “excellent” reviews on TripAdvisor in terms of hotels in the Bluegrass State. “There is no place like home when you are sick, but if you cannot be home, you will want to be at The Brown. Each and every staff member went above and beyond in their customer service to assist me in any way possible,” one review says. The hotel made Conde Nast Traveler’s Top 10 in the South for 2016. A Louisville landmark since 1923, The Brown is an iconic destination. Behind its striking Georgian-Revival façade is a blend of Old World elegance and modern day comfort with rich fabrics, classic furnishings and luxury finishes. The rooms are individually decorated with Mahogany beds with Egyptian cotton linens and European goose-down comforters, and classic wallcoverings.
The 4-star hotel, and the French Quarter’s largest, received the most “best reviews” on TripAdvisor. It has also made the top of the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2017 and Condé Nast Readers’ Choice List 2016. It dates back to 1886 and oozes sophistication, romance, and history. The Moneleone is one of three Literary Landmark hotels in the world, and was selected by the Friends of Libraries USA as a historic treasure, according to Forbes. The hotel is just one block away from Bourbon Street and within walking distance of the most famous attractions. It features 570 luxurious guest rooms, including 55 suites and Literary Author Suites. They have a separate glass shower and garden Jacuzzi tub.
The 4-star hotel is snuggled amid Great Pond and the Crescent Beach/Kettle Cove State Park. It is named the best hotel in the Pine Tree State on several lists. Reviews on TripAdvisor only confirm its high standing. One of them reads: “Perfect! Out of all the hotels we've stayed at this was the best. We travel a lot across New England […]. I've never left a review for a hotel in the past. This had to be shared. The staff was wonderful and knowledgeable. Food and service were phenomenal. I will be going back soon.” The property is absolutely gorgeous. Stay in a beach suite for water views, outdoor patios and decks, large living spaces with hardwood floors and gas burning fireplaces, oversized baths with dual vanities, soaking tubs and showers.
The luxurious hotel had the most “excellent” reviews on TripAdvisor, even though it didn’t have the highest number of overall reviews. It has been awarded AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2017, Condé Nast Readers' Choice List 2016, and Condé Nast Traveler Gold 2017. A destination unto itself, the hotel lobby showcases a museum-quality art collection, and the guest rooms’ floor-to-ceiling windows provide some of the best harbor and city views in the region, according to Forbes. The stunning pool area and flawless customer service do not disappoint. Favorite room amenities include the marble bathrooms and plush comforters.
People love the cottages nestled on the elbow of Cape Cod from the 1740s. They have a very family-centric feeling as well as activities such as a rock-climbing wall and treasure hunting. The 27 acres of gorgeous gardens help the hotel’s high ranking among guests. This beautiful hideaway features 120 lavish guest rooms and suites, four acclaimed restaurants, two superb pools, two extraordinary beaches, boating and water sports, four Har Tru tennis courts, and 18 holes of exclusive championship golf. Wequassett is Cape Cod’s only member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., a prestigious brand representing 289 independently owned luxury hotels and resorts worldwide.
The 4-star hotel also received the AAA/CAA Four Diamond Lodgings 2017 award. The H Hotel is located along the Tittabawassee River. The 13,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor event space make it very attractive to business travelers. Both of the hotel’s restaurants receive high praise from diners. There is also a superb indoor pool, whirlpool and fitness center. “As always, the H hotel is my home away from home. Great service, great hotel. I am able to get much needed rest at the end of a long day,” one review says. Another reads: “I never would have expected to find a hotel that offers a 5-Star experience in such a small town! I was simply amazed at everything from the moment I arrived in the lobby.”
It was named the top hotel in the state of Minnesota by both the U.S. News & World Report and MSN. It features 251 newly renovated guestrooms and suites. Cosmos offers sophisticated dishes; other options include Apothecary Bar & Lounge, serving small plates and classic cocktails, plus our Relevé Champagne and wine bar. “Do yourself a favor if you have the time and go to the Embry Spa. We had one of the best message experiences ever!” a review on TripAdvisor says. Many of the suites also have imposing views of the city skyline. One even features an in-room grand piano once played by the Piano Man himself, Billy Joel.
The 24/7 gaming floor in the 4-star hotel is an attraction in itself. Visitors love the on-site restaurant choices; several recommend the sangria martinis. “Waterfront resort that's like Vegas on the Gulf Coast, with a high-wattage casino, 3,000-square-foot arcade, and polished interior courtesy of a $550 million post-Katrina renovation,” according to Travel + Leisure. There are 1,740 guest rooms and suites, 10 restaurants, four lounges, 12 retail venues, a spa that employs 70 technicians, gulf-front pool with cabanas, and a full convention center.
It was also ranked the No. 1 resort in the Midwest by Travel + Leisure. Big Cedar Lodge takes pride in how much it honors the magnificence of nature, the solidarity of history, and the joy of family. It is dedicated to preserving the wilderness as its setting of incomparable natural beauty shows. You’ll stay in dramatic lodge-style accommodations, while enjoying world-class recreation and amenities. The hotel offers 260 well-appointed accommodations in its collection of lodges, cozy cottages and private log cabins, which are constructed of rough-hewn logs.
Located a half a mile away from Glacier National Park, Glacier Guides Lodge is your perfect basecamp. Guests looking for adventure will enjoy whitewater rafting, fishing, hiking, and backpacking. A review on TripAdvisor says: “What a beautiful little hotel. The room was more than comfortable, the breakfast just right, and the staff helpful. Very convenient to the west entrance to Glacier National Park, which made our ability to reach the park much easier. Perfect place to stay for a visit to Glacier.”
Located in downtown Omaha, Hotel Deco XV provides exceptional accommodations, cutting edge technology and personalized services to its guests. A review on TripAdvisor says: “Hotel Deco is a hidden gem in downtown Omaha that you MUST visit if you are in the area. Its art deco décor, and cool-as-hell vibe really are a standout when compared to your regular hotel chains. The location is within walking distance of eateries and sites, and the staff is professional and attentive to all your needs.”
Located in Las Vegas at the heart of the strip is the Mandarin Oriental. Guests will enjoy views of the desert and the city and delicious foods at their gourmet fusion restaurants. For those of you looking to relax, you’re in luck because the hotel offers a variety of spa and wellness opportunities. Get pampered in their two-level, 27,000 square foot spa and enjoy their steam rooms, Jacuzzis, plunge pool and Chinese Foot spa.
Located in Whitefield, the Mountain View Grand Resort & Spa has been an inspiring New Hampshire resort since 1865. Guests will enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of the White Mountains and access to the Tower Spa. Embark on a history tour, go for a swim in their indoor and outdoor pool, watch a movie in their in-house movie theatre, and hang out by the campfire with S’mores.
The Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, located in Atlantic City, is the best hotel option regardless to if you are traveling for business or pleasure. Guests will enjoy five indoor/outdoor pools, two spas, five signature restaurants, two fitness centers and five boutique shopping experiences. A review on TripAdvisor says: “Excellent hotel. Great places to eat and party, amazing room. Excellent staff can't wait to go back ASAP. I highly recommend this place to all. Got a nice pay out on the slot machines as well. Best of luck.”
Located in Albuquerque, Hotel Andaluz takes pride in its spacious guest rooms and luxurious suites. They are equipped with allergen-free carpeting and environmentally sustainable furniture. A review on hotelandaluz.com says: “I rented a room last night and this was my first time staying with Hotel Andaluz and I have to say this was the best hotel experience I’ve ever had. The staff is very welcoming and polite. The hotel itself is beautiful and the rooms are chic to the max! I will definitely be a returning customer. Thank you for everything!”
This 5-star luxury hotel in New York City is going to blow your mind. The Mandarin Oriental sits above the New York skyline and offers gorgeous views of Manhattan. Also enjoy relaxing in their world-renowned spa, taking a dip in its indoor pool, working out in their full-equipped gym, eating at their delicious restaurant Asiate, and hanging out in The Lobby Lounge with incredible views of the city.
If you have a love for nature and art, look no further than The Umstead Hotel and Spa in Cary. The hotel is surrounded by 12 acres of wooded land, gardens, and lake. They offer a variety of wellness amenities, some of which include 24-hour fitness facilities, an outdoor pool with private cabanas, a full-service spa with a steam room, sauna and whirlpool, and complimentary bicycles. Also enjoy nightly live entertainment in their lounge, a full-service bar and lounge, and 24-hour concierge services.
Art-inspired rooms, artisan cuisine, a luxurious lounge, and special events taking place daily are just some of the many things you have to look forward to with your stay at Hotel Donaldson. A recent review on TripAdvisor says: “HoDo is absolutely wonderful! The staff is attentive, happy, and eager to help. The food is excellent! The rooms are comfortable, well-appointed, and unique. Everything was top notch.”
This glamorous, sophisticated hotel offers its visitors the ultimate luxury. Stay in one of their 206 elegant guest rooms and suites and enjoy panoramic views of Lake Erie, the Cuyahoga River, and downtown Cleveland. You will never get bored at The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland; eat delicious contemporary American cuisine, sip on music-inspired Rocktails, and make sure you take advantage of their indoor access to Tower City Center shopping, movies, and dining.
Located across from the Cox Convention Center, The Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City is in close proximity to plenty of attractions – Bricktown, Oklahoma State Capitol, Chesapeake Energy Arena, just to name a few. A recent review on TripAdvisor says: “I booked a room here for a luxurious get away for my wife. We were not disappointed. We very much enjoyed the cheerful staff and historian ambience. We will certainly stay again. Walking around in this hotel is like walking in a beautiful museum with happier employees.”
Located in Mount Hood. How about swimming at 6,000 feet in a heated pool surrounded by snow-capped summits? Try the mountain hot tub and sauna afterwards. Stay in the Silcox Hut above the main lodge. It is ideal for families who want a private overnight hideout.
Experience nature at its best, adventure like you may have never imagined and a peaceful haven at the Skytop Lodge. Nestled in the Pocono Mountains atop 500 acres, you and your family will have plenty of activities to choose from. Go boating, biking, cross-country skiing, dogsledding, fishing, hiking, and ice skating. A recent review on Trip Advisor said: “Beautiful classic charm. Great service, beautiful grounds and lodge. Everyone here makes your stay wonderful. Several different dining types are offered for whatever you are in the mood for. Always something to do.”
Nominated as one of the only eight Forbes triple five-star hotels in the world, The Ocean House offers its guests a once in a life time experience. They will have the option to stay in one of their comfortable and spacious 49 guestrooms or 18 signature suites. Amenities include complimentary daily resort activities, a 24-hour fitness center, saltwater lap pool, access to a private beach, a full-service spa and complimentary use of four Mercedes-Benz convertibles for self-guided tours.
If you’re looking for a romantic couple’s getaway, look no further than Wentworth Mansion in Charleston. Book The Wentworth Spa Experience and enjoy your stay in their spectacular Mansion Room, receive a one-hour couple’s massage, a candlelight turndown service, evening wine reception and bottle of champagne at turndown. Guests who choose to stay without booking a package will receive free parking, nightly housemade chocolates, 24-hour concierge service, and complimentary breakfast.
Whether you are traveling for business or embarking on a family vacation, the SpringHill Suites by Marriott in Deadwood will make your stay as comfortable and convenient as possible. They have plenty of complementary amenities to choose from; relax in their infinity swimming pool and whirlpool hot tub, exercise in their fitness center, and have some fun in their on-site gaming resort & casino. Guests will also enjoy free hot breakfast, valet parking, the lobby bar, and free Wi-Fi.
For the ultimate luxury and comfort look no further than Blackberry Farm. The hotel sits on a hillside and offers one of the most spectacular views of the Great Smoky Mountains. Regardless of when you choose to visit, there are countless activities and adventures to embark on - a nature hike, get pampered at their Wellhouse, go mountain biking or fly fishing, and even take a tour on a carriage ride.
Surround yourself around ancient live oaks and the hills of the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve at Travaasa. This is Texas’ most active destination resort and spa. They take pride in offering their guests a wide range of guided adventures, cultural encounters, culinary classes, relaxing spa treatments and wellness workshops. A review on Trip Advisor said: “The good Beautiful grounds, stunning Hill Country views and a wonderful sense of luxe isolation. Cool activities with something for everyone. Friendly staff. Incredibly friendly, and very genuine.”
This is one of Utah’s finest lodges. Specially selected textiles and textures vary from room to room, offering visitors a unique atmosphere to relax and enjoy themselves. The exclusive design style is what separates the lodge and sets it apart from all other resorts. Make sure you have time to enjoy the 23,000-square-foot spa with a sauna, steam room, and hot and cold plunge baths.
Unspoiled location, history and classic winter splendor – this is what you get when staying at this beautiful lodge. The mixture of a new regular of extravagance and aesthetics is a real treat to the eyes. The lodge was built in a new “Vermont-Alpine” style, still embracing the serenity of nature. There are 312 rooms that resemble luxurious summer camps. They are framed by oversized windows and outdoor balconies so people can enjoy the remarkable mountain landscape at all times.
With luxurious accommodations and trend-setting amenities The Jefferson Hotel offers its guests a unique getaway. Their guestrooms feature a high-definition television, high-speed wireless internet, plush bathrobes, luxury bed and bath linens, and custom mattress sets. While you are there make sure to take advantage of their curated services. Exercise in their 3,000 square-foot fitness center, relax in their indoor pool and rejuvenate with a massage in the privacy of your guestroom.
Located in Seattle, the recently renovated Fairmont Olympic Hotel offers its guests luxury, elegance, and updated amenities. Stay fit while on vacation and take advantage of the well-equipped health club and indoor pool. Enjoy a romantic dinner in The Georgian and head to Shuckers for fresh local seafood and a delicious oyster bar.
Located in Roanoke and situated within Stonewall Jackson Lake State Park, Stonewall Resort offers its guests the opportunity participate in a variety of outdoor recreation on the parks over 1,900 acres. Choose to stay in one of their AAA Diamond Adirondack-style lodges, luxurious cottages or campsites. Some popular activities include kayaking, biking, hiking, swimming, and relaxing in Jacuzzis.
This 67-room luxury boutique hotel, located in La Crosse, offers guests upscale amenities to ensure they have a convenient and comfortable stay. Rooms and suites inside The Charmant Hotel are equipped with a 48-inch flat-screen high-definition television, rainfall shower, Euro-top mattress, and complimentary Wi-Fi. A recent review on TripAdvisor says: “The hotel had so much history and character. The fixtures in the room were gorgeous. Impeccably clean rooms and public areas. Staff was extremely friendly and thankful. We had a wonderful time and will return in the future.”
If winter sports are your thing, you’re definitely going to want to stay at the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. It is home to the Corbet’s Couloir, an extremely popular expert ski run and one of the most famous ski resorts in the country. It was named North America’s No. 1 Ski Resort in 2013 by SKI magazine. The challenging terrain is what attracts most skiers of intermediate and advanced levels. In fact, half of the runs are only for experts. The resort, the nickname of which is “The Big one,” is on many skiers’ bucket lists. The place has about 4,100 vertical feet of skiing. Even the cat tracks are all marked intermediate. Backcountry skiing doesn’t get much better than at Jackson Hole. The view is gorgeous anywhere you turn. The resort has everything – trees, bumps, bowls, cliffs, groomers… Jackson Hole is considered high-end but also reasonably priced.
This 99-room luxury boutique hotel takes pride in its exceptional personalized services. Some of The Jefferson’s exclusive hotel amenities include on-site dining, a private collection of original art and historic documents, spa services, a 24-hour fitness center, 24-hour butler service, concierge services, and complimentary Wi-Fi, local and international calls and daily newspapers. They are also dog friendly, providing your pooch with its own personal dog bed and amenities.