An unusual hotel is sure to make your vacation memorable, whether its an extreme hotel, a scary and possibly haunted one, or even just one with a super interesting view. If you’re looking for a trip that’ll keep you entertained both while you’re out checking out the sights and when you’re back relaxing in your bed, consider checking into one of these strangest hotels in America.
Literally live in a cave at this 260-acre resort located in the Arizona Ozarks, a quiet and comfortable retreat perfect for a romantic getaway, group vacation, or family reunion. This remodeled natural cavern is located high within a bluff and has a beautiful main room that includes a natural waterfall, high ceilings, and fantastic acoustics for watching a movie or playing music. Five full bedrooms, each with their own bath, a recreation room, and a kitchen are also all available.
Spend the night in a lighthouse at the mouth of the Taunton River in southern Massachusetts. Accessible only by boat, the Borden Hats Lighthouse has a Lighthouse Keepers Program in which guests can stay the night and learn the role of the lighthouse keepers who used to occupy it full-time. There isn’t actually any work involved, however, so you can relax and enjoy all of the lighthouse’s amenities, which include a kitchen, living area, seating area, and a master bedroom across four levels. Available from mid-April to mid-November for up to two people, the lighthouse also includes a flat-screen TV and outdoor propane barbecue grill among other typical hotel amenities.
Billed as “a Taos artisan inn,” Casa Gallina is a unique Southwestern bed-and-breakfast located on farmland where you’ll find five adobe casitas, or small houses, beautifully furnished with handcrafted décor, antiques, textiles, and art from New and Old Mexico, as well as around the world. Your scenery includes the breathtaking Taos Mountains and its surrounding valleys and clear skies, as well as the 40 hens — Casa Gallina literally means “Hen House” in Spanish and Italian — that roam the grounds and provide fresh eggs for a delicious breakfast. At Casa Gallina, guests cook their own breakfast in the kitchen of each casita, but most cooking supplies and fresh muffins are provided and there are plenty of local food markets nearby for anything extra you need.
The Charlevoix Mushroom Houses consist of four homes — The Thatch House, Applecore Cottage, The Chalet, and The Cottage — created by eccentric builder and architect Earl Young. Each house can accommodate different group sizes and has a unique look that’s more than Instagram-worthy.
Clowns are supposed to be funny, but as many clown-related things often end up being, this motel is downright creepy. Statues, books, and pictures of clowns are everywhere, and if that isn’t enough, it’s also located right next to Tonopah’s first cemetery, which is said to be haunted.
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With lodging available only from April through October, The Dog Bark Park Inn is run by a husband-and-wife team in rural Idaho. Specializing in chainsaw art, the duo spent 18 months in the mid-1990s carving wooden dogs non-stop until they made enough money from their sale to invest in and build Sweet Willy, as he’s known to the locals. Taking the form of a 30-foot-tall beagle, Sweet Willy accommodates four people with a queen bed and two twin foldout futon mattresses in the loft of the lodging. Guests have access to the inn’s books, games, and puzzles, as well as a full bathroom, air conditioning, coffeemaker, and a kitchen with a small fridge and microwave. Breakfast is also included, and although there is no phone or television, Wi-Fi is available as well.
One of the weirdest hotels in the world, El Cosmico is a resort with all sorts of unique lodging experiences available to you. Stay in a yurt that’s 22 feet in diameter and has wood floors, a queen bed, sofa, and writing desk with a nearby bath house, or opt for a trailer, tent, or teepee.
Within the beautiful town of Bardstown, there’s a place to stay with a bit of a dark history. The building that is now Jailer’s Inn was the Nelson County Jail for nearly 200 years. Today, you’ll find lovely rooms decorated with antiques, as well as “The Jail Cell,” a black and white lodging with two jail cell bunks. It isn’t actually like prison, however; you still get a full breakfast and private bathroom included.
The only underwater hotel in the entire country, Jules’ Undersea Lodge is located 30 feet deep, and you’ll need a scuba certification to stay there as you have to scuba dive to get to your room. Enjoy the colorful fish swimming past your window and access to a 24-hour staff who will even help deliver a pizza to you. If you don’t know how to swim or scuba dive, don’t rule this amazing spot out; Jules’ Undersea Lodge offers scuba diving lessons, too.
Built into the vertical cliffs of Tertiary Ojo Alamo Sandstone and located about 70 feet underground, Kokopelli’s Cave Bed and Breakfast has stunning views of the Four Corners and overlooks the beautiful La Plata river valley. The man-made cave contains a beautiful bathroom complete with a waterfall shower and Jacuzzi, a living room, bedroom, kitchen, and Kiva area.
If you’re a fan of the macabre, this hotel and museum is the right place for you. The murders of Andrew and Abby Borden, allegedly committed by their daughter Lizzie, occurred here in 1892 (Lizzie was acquitted but has remained the main suspect in popular lore). Stay in the John V. Morse room where Abby was killed or one of the other seven rooms and take a tour of the home, which is said to be haunted.
Enjoy a continental breakfast among a host of friendly animals willing to walk and eat with you. The Love Nest, a private room with an extra-large deck located in Southern California, has a serene and quaint charm that you can experience thanks to Airbnb. After being woken up by a rooster’s crow or a noisy and hungry burro named Romeo, you can enjoy an outdoor shower in full view of Mount San Jacinto before hopping into the old-fashioned and Instagram-worthy claw-footed tub.
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Sleep in class without getting trouble at McMenamins Kennedy School, where many of the guest rooms are former classrooms. An elementary school that opened in 1915, it closed down around 1975 and reopened as a hotel in 1997. Today, the guest rooms are decorated with school desks and blackboards. Buy a drink at the Detention Pub and watch a movie in what used to be the school auditorium.
Stay in the treehouse of your childhood dreams at this “treesort” in southwestern Oregon where the treehouses are family-sized and come complete with beds, bathrooms, and kitchenettes. Each treehouse is unique, with 18 types to choose from, including the “Treezebo,” which is six stories above the ground,” and the “Yurtree,” a yurt inside a tree that has a skylight. If that isn’t awesome enough, some of the houses can only be accessed by ziplining or swinging bridges.
Most of the 38 rooms of the Red Caboose Motel are inside 25-ton train sleeping cars or cabooses. The motel, which is located in the middle of Amish country, has rooms for families of different sizes as well as couples and single travelers, and includes a dining room, as well as Amish buggy rides and kids’ petting zoo.
This bed and breakfast is a monolithic dome made up of concrete and steel, making it fireproof and able to stand in winds of up to 300 miles per hour. Thyme For Bed consists of three rooms: the master suite, the Victoria Room, and the Pheasant Room, each with modern amenities but an old-style look.
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A trailer park might not be your idea of a resort, but the 19 trailers at the Vintages have quite a bit to offer. Each has a different style, and amenities include fine linens, terry cloth robes, gourmet pour-over coffee, a propane grill, and a wine opener for you to enjoy your Oregon wine country spoils.
Situated on 113 acres in the Litchfield Hills of northwestern Connecticut, Winvian Farm is an estate that includes an eighteenth-century manor and 18 individually-designed cottages where you can enjoy a cozy getaway. Those cottages include the Beaver Lodge, which has branches interwoven over the bed; the Camping Cottage with a tented bed; the Charter Oak Cottage, which is built around a gigantic oak tree; and the Maritime Cottage, which looks like a lighthouse. You can also stay in a treehouse or a helicopter. The five-star restaurant serves up a farm-to-table experience using seasonal ingredients sourced right from the farm’s organic gardens and accompanied by wines from 13 countries and 27 regions. Enjoy their 40-foot pool or relax at the 5,000-square-foot spa with treatments that include massages, hydrotherapy, and aromatherapy if you enjoy world-class hotel spas.