The USA is an incredibly diverse country, which encompasses sparse deserts, snow-capped mountains, lush fields, and even a few concrete jungles. Indeed, no two parts of the country are truly the same, which is great news for tourists as you have more to explore.
In such a unique country, it only makes sense that hotels reflect the individuality of their location, so without further delay, we’re going to look at seven of the craziest hotels in America.
#1. The Clown Motel, Tonopah, NV
If you suffer from coulrophobia (a fear of clowns) then you might want to give this motel a hard pass. This accommodation, which is decorated with pictures, statues, and books about clowns, has been called the scariest motel in the US, thanks in part to the recent uptick in clown-related horror films and creepy clown sightings.
#2. Liberty Hotel, Boston, MA
A night in prison is something that most tourists would prefer to avoid but at this former penitentiary, guests can pay for the privilege. The hotel has gone under intense renovations since it housed some of America’s most notorious criminals and is now a luxurious place to get away from it all.
#3. Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, ID
Canine fans will be barking with joy at this hotel, which is actually shaped like a beagle. The beagle, named Sweet Willy, contains just one room, which is filled with dog-themed furnishings. Oh, and yes, dogs are allowed.
#4. Jules’ Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, FL
It’s not quite 20,000 leagues under the sea, but this hotel is the best underwater hotel in the country.
This two-bedroom lodge may be 21 feet underwater, but that doesn’t mean you’ll be sacrificing on luxury. It contains all of the amenities that you’d find in a land hotel (including pizza delivery!), but it also gives you a stunning view of the Emerald Lagoon from inside.
For safety reasons, you need scuba certification to stay here.
#5. Out’n’About Treehouses Treesort, Takilma, OR
If treehouses conjure up the idea of rickety structures that your dad built, then you really need to take a look at these family-sized guestrooms. There are 18 treehouses onsite, each with its own unique design. It’s a Tarzan treat.
#6. Kokopelli’s Cave Bed & Breakfast, Farmington, NM
If you’re more comfortable underground, perhaps you’d prefer to stay in a fully-furnished cave located nearly 70 foot below the surface. While the cave is actually carved out of a 65 million-year-old sandstone cliff, you’ll still enjoy modern conveniences in the lap of luxury.
#7. Aurora Express Bed & Breakfast, Fairbanks, AK
Once upon a time, travellers would need to sleep in train cars in order to get across the country, but now those same trains evoke nostalgia for the glamorous 1920s in people’s hearts. That’s why you can now stay in a refurbished train that has been decked out for modern travellers.
If you’re planning a trip to the US – whether or not you choose to stay in one of these hotels – you’ll need to ensure that you have an in-date passport and ESTA visa (more information on that here). Otherwise, the most unique place you’re likely to visit will be the airport security office.