America’s Most Haunted Hotels

America’s Most Haunted Hotels

My cousin recently told me that the only thing his 7 year old daughter wanted for her birthday was to stay at a haunted hotel.  Ever the indulgent father and avid fan of the paranormal,  he and his wife packed up and took their only child for a stay at the Jerome Grand Hotel.

Reportedly a haunted hotel in Jerome, Arizona, a historic artist community that really plays up the “haunted town” theme as reflected in area businesses such as The Haunted Hamburger, Asylum Restaurant, and the Spirit Room Bar.

They didn’t have a ghostly experience but had a great time exploring the town, browsing the art galleries, and dining at the various restaurants.

There are many “haunted” hotels across the country.  Here’s a list of the top haunted hotels in America according to the Travel Channel and Haunted America Tours.   Are you brave enough to book a stay at one of them this Halloween? Let Savvy Nana Travel help you book your spooky vacation this year!

The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel was built in 1926 and is located on Hollywood Boulevard.

Over the years many Hollywood greats stayed there.  Its Blossom Ballroom was the venue for the first Academy Awards Ceremony and many movies and TV shows were filmed in various areas of the hotel.

And Marilyn Monroe is said to haunt this famous Hollywood hotel.

 

 

Located in Estes Park, haunted hotelsColorado’s Stanley Hotel inspired Stephen King to write his novel “The Shinning”.  The hotel offers a 5 hour ghost hunt as one of their activities.

New York’s Hotel Chelsea is rumored to have many famous ghosts, including that of Dylan Thomas who fell into a fatal coma there in 1953.

Unfortunately it’s currently closed for renovation.  The new owners hope to open in 2018.

 

 

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Old West spirits are said to hang out at Santa Fe’s La Fonda Hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

Guests staying in room 6, Emily’s Room,  of the Logan Inn in New Hope, Pennsylvania reported hear the soft crying and smell the lavender scent of Emily, the former owner of the building.

 

 haunted hotelsMary Todd Lincoln is said to haunt Vermont’s
Equinox Resort.

haunted hotelsDocked in Long Beach, California the Queen Mary is touted as the “haunted ship”.  They have various ghost hunting tours and also offer accommodations.

Guests report strange occurrences and sightings at the Crescent Hotel in Eureka Springs. AR.

The Myrtles Plantation, located in the heart of Louisiana’s Voodoo land, is said to be one of America’s most haunted houses.

The most famous haunt is Chloe, a green turbaned former slave.  She joins over a dozen more ghosts rumored to haunt this plantation.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

A former Confederate hospital in New Orleans in now Hotel Provincial.

Guests have reported ghostly sightings and blood stains mysteriously appearing and disappearing on the linens in some rooms.

Located on Coronado Island in San Diego the Hotel del Coronado is a historic luxury hotel.

It said to be haunted by a lonely jilted lady, Kate Morgan, who checked in to the hotel in 1892.  She was there to meet her estranged husband who never showed up.  She was found dead on the beach from a gunshot wound.

Le Pavilion Hotel in New Orleans is said be the hotel with “real” ghosts.

Employees and guests have reported many strange happenings, voices, and sightings.

Room 703 in The Heathman Hotel in Portland, Oregon,  is said to be a hotspot for paranormal activity.

The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, NC.

Paranormal investigators, guests, and staff report many strange happenings in a particular room on the second floor.

The Sagamore Hotel in Bolton Landing, NY is very haunted.

Golfers report that a ghost steals their golf balls and flings it at them.

Rumor has it that it’s owner Walter Schoreder was murdered in the Ramada Plaza Hotel.  He is said to haunt this Fond du Lac, Wisconsin hotel.

Still looking for more haunted hotels?  Listverse.com has a list of the top 10 Haunted Hotels in the world.  Or check out The Telegraph’s list of 30 of the most haunted hotels.

 

 

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Haunted Places in the 50 States

Haunted Places in the 50 States

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England’s Tower of London is said to be one of the most famous haunted places in the world; not surprising given it’s bloody history.  The Tower counts among it’s prisoners Anne Boleyn, Henry the VIII’s second wife, and Lady Jane Grey who was Queen of England for just over a week.
Both ladies were subsequently executed on the Tower’s grounds.

England boasts many more haunted places from castles and churches to parks and cemeteries.  But haunted places aren’t limited to England, or for that matter Europe.  Just about every continent, country, city, and town has at least a ghost story or two which is inevitably linked to a specific location.

America is no different, from coast to coast and from north to south our country has hundreds if not thousands of reportedly haunted places.   Some, like the Queen Mary in California, are world famous, others local legends famous only to the town’s inhabitants and serious ghost hunters.

In the fall, specially closer to Halloween,  many of us like to experience a little thrill and go on a ghost tour or drive by places that look spooky.  There’s definitely no lack of haunted places in each state. Here’s a list of haunted places, one from each state, some famous, others not so.   Perhaps one or two of them will be close enough for you to visit this year.

HauntedThe Sweetwater Mansion in Florence, Alabama has seen plenty of history.

Construction began in 1828, it was here that Union and Confederate officers stayed during their respective occupation of the city during the Civil War.  It is said that many of its former residents reside here still.  Children’s laughter is said to be heard and  items that  mysteriously move.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

HauntedScary Mary is said to have checked into the Golden North Hotel in Skagway, Alaska during the Gold Rush and has never checked out.

Filled with  hopes for a bright future she came to Alaska as the fiancee of prospector Klondike Ike. Mary locked herself in the couple’s hotel room to await her beloved who went off in search of gold, he never returned.

When concerned hotelkeepers finally gained entrance to her room they found her dead, dressed in the wedding gown she was to wear on her wedding day.

Today  guests have been spooked by a pale ghostly figure looking out the window still awaiting her lover’s return or by a figure standing over their bed checking to see who’s in it.

 

 

 

hauntedThere is no shortage of haunted places in the state of Arizona, but one of the most famous is the town of Jerome, a quaint community in northern Arizona.  All sorts of specters are said to haunt many of the town’s historic buildings.  The most haunted is thought to be the vintage Jerome Grand Hotel.

It opened as the United Verde Hospital in 1927.  Miners from the nearby copper mine were treated here for serious injuries many of which proved fatal; insane people were also treated here for their mental illness.  The hospital closed in 1950 and re-opened as the hotel in the late 1990s.

Today ghost enthusiaists, including my cousin and his family, book rooms here hoping to catch a phantom nurse or hear a scream or two during their stay.  My cousin and his family have stayed here twice and have never had a paranormal experience, but the town has many nice shops and restaurants making it a nice place to spend the weekend.

I can’t talk about Arizona ghost towns without mentioning the town of Tombstone.  During my last visit the lady at the fudge shop told me the whole town is filled with spirits.  She claimed their their presence could be felt as you wander the towns streets and buildings.  I’m not sure about the streets, but whenever we’re in town we usually stop for drinks at the Crystal Palace Saloon, and I hate going to the restrooms located in the back of the building.  Walking down the hallway to the restrooms always gives me the creeps and the hairs on the back of my neck stand up.  Haunted or imagination?
I’m never quite sure.  We did the Bird Cage Theater ghost tour, it was fun, but we didn’t really have a ghostly experience.

hauntedDriving along Arkansas 365 just south of Little Rock can turn into a paranormal experience.

Motorists driving this road on dark rainy nights have claimed to have encountered a young girl on the roadside.  They give her a lift, she tells them where she must go, but when they get to the destination the girl has vanished.

I think just about every town has a similar story, here in Hawaii it’s said that Madame Pele, the volcano goddess, has been seen asking for rides along many of our roads.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

HauntedCalifornia has many haunted places including Alcatraz in San Francisco and the Hotel del Coronado in San Diego, but I would never had thought of Disneyland as a haunted place.

It is said that the “Happiest Place on Earth” is truly haunted.  The Space Mountain Ride and the women’s employee locker room is said to be haunted by a man who died on the ride in the 1970s and The Christmas Shop on Main Street, Tom Sawyer’s Island, and Tomorrowland all house a spook or two.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

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The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is hands down the most famous haunted hotel in the Rockies.  This sprawling luxury hotel that opened in 1909 is a favorite with dignitaries and ghost hunters.

This hotel inspired author Stephen King to write his bestselling book “The Shining”. Today there are many stories of paranormal activity, particularly in room 217.

 

Union Cemetery in Easton, Connecticut is said to be the most haunted spot in the state and possibly the most haunted cemetery in the country.

The famed “White Lady” is said to wander this 400 year old cemetery.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

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Photo courtesy of Haunted Houses.com

Fort Delaware sits on Pea Patch Island just off Delaware City.

Built in 1848 and decommissioned in 1943 this fort was never attacked.  It did house has many as 16,000 prisoners at one time.

Reached only by ferry today Fort Delaware is part of the Delaware Park System.  No one lives there anymore, just the ghosts of past inhabitants.

The park services offers ghost hunting tours on the island.  Click here for more info![spacer height=”-20px”]

 

HauntedThis particular bend of the St. John’s River in Seminole County, Florida with a cluster of cypress trees, is known as Round Cypress Head.

Many have said they have witnessed paranormal activities in this dark dank area of cypress woods.  It is said that the woods is home to demons and/or witches.  Folks are warned to not venture there for fear of being eaten by these monsters.  Locals claim that fishermen have gone missing in this river and many claim the woods are most definitely haunted.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

HauntedThe quaint southern city of Savannah is arguably the most haunted city in Georgia.

Known for its southern charm and hospitality along with its antebellum architecture many of it’s historic buildings and spaces are said to host a specter or two.

Madison Square was the site of a Revolutionary Battle and British soldiers were buried there.  Shadowy figures are said to be lingering in the park.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

hauntedSteeped in legends and lore from ancient Hawaiian days to missionary days and beyond the 50th. State has its own host of haunted places.

Night Marchers are said to walk the land at night and Madame Pele the volcano goddess can be frightening or almost playful.

The islands are filled with many haunted places including schools, bridges, libraries, drive-in movie lots, and hotels.

The luxurious Hilton Hawaiian Village is said to be one such place. Folks have reportedly seen the Lady in Red wandering the halls or even the beach.  It’s said she could have been a guest who tragically died at the hotel or Madame Pele herself.

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The Idaho State Penitentiary in Boise is supposedly the most haunted prison in the state.

Constructed in 1870 and added to over the years this prison has seen more than its fair share of violence.  It is said the hauntings began soon after the riots that started to erupt within the prison walls in 1935.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

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The Nellie Dunton Home in Belvidere, Illinois is said to be haunted by this broken hearted woman who lived here before the Civil War.

Folks claim to see her in the house and around the neighborhood.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

hauntedFrench Lick Springs Hotel is a historic resort in the town of French Lick, Indiana.

Among the paranormal activities here it is said that its former owner lingers in the service elevator.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Originally known as Iowa State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts when it was founded in 1858, Iowa State University (it was renamed in 1959) is known for its agriculture, engineering, and science programs.

It is also home to the ghost of Frederika Shattuck who was said to haunt the theater named after her for her contributions to the theater department.  Shattuck Theater was torn down hence this other worldly being has moved to the Fisher Theater on campus.

 

HauntedThe Hutchinson Public Library in Hutchinson, Kansas is said to be haunted by its former librarian named Ida Day.

Locals say she wanders the building sometimes sorting or looking thru books.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

HauntedThe Waverly Hills Sanitarium in Louisville, Kentucky opened in 1910 to house victims of the Tuberculosis Epidemic.

Over 63,000 people including patients, doctors, and nurses died there.  The death toll in this building is comparable to a battle field, it’s no wonder it is said to be haunted.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedFrom haunted bayous to voodoo queens, Louisiana is host to many ghosts, and goblins, and other things that go bump in the night.

The historic city of New Orleans is home to the blues and filled with many quaint shops and restaurants, it’s also steeped in mystery.  Walking down the streets of the French Quarter on a foggy night can be very creepy.  I know we were creeped out one dark and foggy February night as we walked down Decatur Street.

But did you know that it was in this state where the infamous duo Bonnie and Clyde met their end?
This lone stone in Gibsland, Louisiana marks the ambush site.  Legend has it that on nights when the moon is full you can still hear the gunfire.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

hauntedEllis Pond, also known as Roxbury Pond in serene East Andover, Maine is said to be haunted.

Visitors walking along the shores have reported hearing or feeling a presence.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

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There are hundreds of haunted places in the small state of Maryland, but the Antietam Battlefield is possibly the most haunted.

Over 23,000 souls lost their lives here making it the site of America’s bloodiest single day battle.

It’s no wonder those poor souls still wander the field and battle sounds can reportedly still be heard[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

HauntedSite of one of the most infamous double ax murders in American History, the Lizzie Borden House in Falls River, Massachusetts is now a Bed and Breakfast.

I would be surprised if it wasn’t haunted.  It is reported that guests have seen apparitions in the house.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

HauntedFamed pilot Amelia Earhart was a guest at The Landmark Inn, located in Marquette, Michigan before she mysteriously disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean in 1937.

They say that she sometimes shows up in room 502.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

HauntedStaff and diners claim this St. Paul, Minnesota restaurant is haunted by the building’s former owner and his mistress who committed suicide here in 1892.

Back then it was the home to Joseph Forepaugh, today it is Forepaugh’s Restaurant.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Stucky’s Bridge in Enterprise, Mississippi is said to be haunted by the inn-keeper named Stucky.

He supposedly robbed and murdered guests who stayed at his inn.  He was caught and hanged on this bridge.

hauntedThis 14 room Victorian mansion in Independence, Missouri is now a museum.

It was the home of President Truman, and of course it is said to be haunted by the President himself.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

HauntedThe scene of the historic battle known commonly as Custer’s Last Stand the Little Bighorn Battlefield in Montana is home to many spirits.

Apparitions and Native American war cries have been reported here.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

HauntedBrother Sebastian’s, a restaurant in Omaha, Nebraska is said to be haunted by Bill Walden, a regular patron who passed away but still frequents the joint.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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The Riviera is one of the oldest casinos on the Las Vegas strip in Nevada.

Many mob-related murders took place here and staff reports strange happenings in the hotel, specially on the 9th. floor.  [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

HauntedBuilt in 1926 at Keene State College in Keene, New Hampshire this college dorm called Huntress Hall is said to be haunted by its namesake Harriet Hunter.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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One fateful evening, May 6, 1937, the airship Hindenburg caught fire and crashed killing 36people.

Today it is said that screams can still be heard at the crash site in Lakehurst, New Jersey.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

HauntedChaco Canyon National Historic Park in New Mexico is an eerie place.

It’s haunting beauty and great stone work is a testament to past ages.  Folks claim to have the eerie feeling of being followed while visiting this park.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

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Built in 1884 the Dakota is one of the most sought out residences in New York City.

This landmark building built in gothic style architecture was where the horror movie “Rosemarie’s Baby” was filmed.  But it’s most known as the building where former Beatle John Lennon lived and was shot and killed on December 8, 1980.

It is said that the famous musician sometimes appears to the building’s residents, although he is not this building’s most famous ghost.  That honor belongs to the two children dressed in late 19th. century style  who have been seen since the 1960’s.  It’s not sure who the children are, but it is assumed that they were once residents of the building, more likely around the time it was constructed.

HauntedBuilt in 1924 Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill, North Carolina is said to be haunted by no fewer than 20 ghosts.

The most famous one is that of Dr. William Jacocks.  He lived in room 256.  He pulls pranks and locks guests out of his former room, even after it was renovated in 1990.  The room was partitioned to become part of 4 other rooms and electronic locks were installed to prevent such pranks.  No go, he still manages to jam the new locks.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

HauntedApple Creek Country Club in Bismarck, North Dakota is reportedly haunted by a former chef.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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The Big Four Train Depot in Galion, Ohio is said to be the most haunted building in town.

It’s seen its share of tragedies and historic events of the town.  Folks claim that at times the building shakes as if a train is passing by.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

HauntedGuests at the Skirvin Hilton in Oklahoma City, Okalhoma claim to hear infant cries and female voices during their stay.

It is thought it’s the ghost of  a former maid who killed herself and her illegitimate child by jumping out of one of the windows of the hotel.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedBuilt by Universal Studios in 1927 the Bagdad Theater in Portland, Oregon housed both vaudeville type shows and moving pictures, today it’s a cinema and pub, it also is home to 2 haunts.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedStraight out of history books is Valley Forge.

Every American knows or should know about the hardships the Continental army suffered here during the Revolution.

Today it’s a National  Historical Park in Pennsylvania.  Visitors claim to have seen men dressed in period army dress.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedThough Belcourt Castle in Newport, Rhode Island is not really haunted, some of the furnishings and decor is reportedly so.

The objects here have a haunted history including chairs and a suit of armor.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedHolley House or the Hotel Aiken in Aiken, South Carolina was built in 1878.

It is reportedly haunted specially on the second floor.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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The 1880 Train in Hill City, South Dakota was the first locomotive steam engine brought to the area.

Today the Highliner Eatery is located within the train.  Employees report seeing a spectral in a brown suit.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

HauntedThe Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennesee is more famously known as the Grand Ole Opry House  because it was the site for the show, was built in 1892.

It is reportedly haunted by none other than Hank Williams, Sr. whose voice has been heard within singing his songs.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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I’m sure just about everyone’s heard of the Alamo located in San Antonio, Texas.

Many American folk heroes including James Bowie and Davy Crockett died here defending the Alamo against the forces of General Santa Ana during the Battle of the Alamo in 1836.  During that battle over 2000 lives were lost.  It’s not a stretch to hear reports of restless spirits wandering here.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

HauntedReports claim that the Mormon Militia massacred a group of settlers at this site in Central, Utah in 1857.  Today visitors to the Mountain Meadows Massacre Site report hearing screams in the wind.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Legend has it that Glastenbury Mountain in Shaftsbury, Vermont is believed to be cursed by Native Americans, they used it as a burial ground.

There have been several unsolved disappearances on the hiking trails.  All the trails stop partway up the mountain as if forbidding hikers to continue.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

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The beloved home of Thomas Jefferson, Monticello, located outside of Charlotteville, Virginia is said to be haunted by the famous former owner himself.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

HauntedThis inn located in Tacoma, Washington is where Stephen King’s movie “Red Rose” was shot.  It’s called the Thornewood Castle Inn and guests and staff have reported seeing strange apparitions and lights.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia is on the site known for its battles during the Civil War.

Many apparitions including a marching army have been reported here.

 

 

 

HauntedBuilt in the 1800s and rumored to have been owned by Al Capone the Maribel Hotel in Maribel, Wisconsin burned down in the 1920s.

It’s rumored that it’s haunted.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedBig Horn Medicine Wheel in Big Horn, Wyoming is said to be at least 12,000 years old.

It’s not known who built it.  Legend has it that if you fast within the circle for 4 days ancient spirits will come to you.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

 

HauntedAlthough it’s not a state this post wouldn’t be complete without a haunted place in Washington D.C.

Our Nation’s Capital is not lacking for haunted places, many of them famous, or more appropriately infamous.

At the top of the list would be Ford’s Theater where President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.  It is said his footsteps can still be heard echoing up the back stairs to the President’s Box.[spacer height=”-20px”]

 

 

 

 

I’ve taken you thru the states from A-W and the District of Columbia.  Each state has many more haunted places, let me know if  you’ve visited any of them!  Better yet contact me to book your haunted adventure at one of these spooky places!

Maui : 7 Romantic Things To Do On Maui

Maui : 7 Romantic Things To Do On Maui

 Conde Nast has rated Maui as “The Best Island in The World” for 20 consecutive years.  There’s no mystery why Maui has held this honor for two decades, Maui is truly a magical island filled with natural beauty and wonder.

If you’re looking for romance you don’t need to look far when you’re on Maui.  The island’s beauty is the perfect backdrop for romance.  Here is a list of romantic things to do on the Valley Isle.

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Watch the sunrise over the Haleakala then bike down the mountain at your leisure.[spacer height=”-50px”]

 

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Sunset Cruise

 

Sail on catamaran sunset cocktail cruise.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Helicopter Tour

 

Get a bird’s eye view of the Valley Isle on a helicopter tour.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Horseback Riding

 

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Whale Watch

During the Whale Watching Season set sail on a Whale Watching Cruise and be awed by these gentle giants.  Humpback whales return to the relative safety of Maui’s warm waters each year to give birth to their calves.  They normally arrive between October – November and the last ones leaves around June.  The peak of the whale watching season is between February – March when whale sightings are abundant.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Luau

Go to a Luau on the beach.  The Feast at Lele  serves up a sit-down 5 course dinner and entertains you with music and dance from the Pacific Islands.[spacer height=”-20px”]

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Road to Hana

One of the must do’s on Maui is the drive to Hana on the winding Hana Highway.  See some of the most beautiful scenery on the island, take a dip at under a water fall, and drive over 59 historic bridges along the way.
This requires a whole day; you might consider an overnight stay in Hana to explore Hana’s beauty.[spacer height=”-20px”]

Book your magical Maui vacation today! 

8 Romantic Things to Do on the Big Island

8 Romantic Things to Do on the Big Island

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The Big Island of Hawaii is the largest of the 8 main islands that make up the 50th. State.  It is best known for its volcanoes Mauna Loa and Kilauea.  Kilauea is the most active volcano in the world.  Its current eruption began in 1983 and has added over 500 acres of new land to its southeastern shore.

Many activities on the Big Island center around the volcanoes, both of which are easily accessible to visitors.  They really are a site to behold, but are not the only things the Big Island has to offer, specially for those looking for romance.  Here is a list of romantic things to do on this island.
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

No trip to the Big Island would be complete without a visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Take a drive along its main roads, Crater RimDrive and Chain of Craters Road. Both roads have scenic stops along the way where you can pull over to see some of the park’s points of interest.  Among them is the Thurston Lava Tube, a definite must see.
Hike or bike one of the park’s many trails for an up close look at the wonders of the volcanoes.
There is some risk to visiting an active volcano area, be sure you check in at the Visitor Center for current conditions and road closures.  The official National Park website can help you plan your visit.  Click here to be directed to the NPS site.

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Boat Tour

See the lava flow into the ocean on one of the Lava Boat tours.  Sunrise and Sunset tours are available.

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Champagne Pond

Take a dip in Champagne Pond.  Nestled on the Puna Coast in a residential area the pond is heated by natural geothermal heat.  The pond is always pretty calm making it an ideal place for swimming and snorkling.

Click here for more info and directions. [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

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Green Sand Beach

Stroll on the sands of Papakolea Beach, also known as Green Sand Beach due to the greenish color of the sand.  The sand is made up of olivine, a semi precious stone created by the volcano eruptions.  The water is very turbulent here so don’t go swimming.

Click here for more info and directions. [spacer height=”-20px”]

 

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Rainbow Falls State Park

Take an early morning drive out to Rainbow Falls State Park.  Swimming is prohibited but you can see this scenic spot from the look out, you may be treated to rainbows in the mist of the falls.

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Waipio Valley

Waipio Valley, Hawaii’s version of the “Valley of the Kings”,  on the northern Hamakua Coast is steeped in legend and history.  The valley was the childhood home of King Kamehameha I and was an important political and religious center in Hawaii.  Today it’s not only an important place for Hawaiian history and culture it is also a an awesome place filled with dramatic beauty.

You can view the valley from the lookout or walk in and hike through the forest to the beach.  Click here for more hiking info.

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Mauna Kea

Drive or hike to the summit of Mauna Kea the largest volcano on earth.  The spectacular sunsets on the volcano is a must see.
Children are not allowed to the summit due to altitude sickness.  Persons with heart and lung issues should check with their doctor before attempting to go up to the summit.               Click here for more info and directions.

  

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Stargazing

Stargaze at the Mauna Kea Visitor Information Station.  The skies above the mountain are usually clear and perfect for stargazing.  The VIS has a free nightly stargazing program that includes telescopes operated by knowledgeable staff and volunteers.

Click here for more info and directions.

Book your Big Island romantic advnture here!

12 Romantic Things to Do On Oahu

12 Romantic Things to Do On Oahu

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The mere mention of “Hawaii” calls to mind, pristine beaches, crystal clear warn waters, and amazing sunsets; all the ingredients for a romantic getaway to the Aloha State.

Every island has its own charm and beauty, and you can find romance on all of them.

The 50th. State is an island archipelago made up of 8 main islands, several atolls, numerous islets, and undersea seamounts.  Over all there are more than 100 islands that span 1500 miles from the the Big Island of Hawaii to Kure Atoll.  The 8 main islands are Hawaii, Maui, Oahu, Molokai, Lani, Kaui, Ni’ihau, and Kahoolawe; all but the last are inhabited.

The Island of Oahu, also known as The Gathering Place, is the most populated island and is the seat of the state’s government.  The state capital Honolulu is on Oahu.  Here is a list of romantic things to do on this island.

Rent a kayak for a day from Kailua Sailboards located a block away from Kailua Beach.

Paddle from Kailua Beach to Popoia “Flat Island”,  Moku Nui (the larger of “Twin Islands” or Na Mokulua as both islets are known), and Lanikai Beach.

Na Mokulua islands are both part of Hawaii State Seabird SanctuaryMoku Iki, the smaller of the two, and the interior of Moku Nui are off limits to visitors.  Popoia Island is also part of the bird sanctuary.  I boasts a tranquil strip of sand that is popular among kayakers and surfers when conditions are right.  The island offers magnificent views of the near by Na Mokulua island, Kailua Beach, and Lanikai Beach.  Lanikai Beach is always on someone’s list of top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.  It’s known for its extra fine white and and clear turquoise water.

Watch the sunset at Waikiki Beach, or any beach around the island

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RomanticTake a drive up Tantalus Drive to the lookout in Pu’u ‘Ualaka’a State Wayside.

Drive past lush tropical foliage and stately homes on your way to the Wayside which is part of the Hawaii State Park System.

The lookout offers sweeping views of Honolulu from Diamond Head to Pearl Harbor.  Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy it on one of the picnic tables in the park.  If you’re up to it take a short easy hike on the ‘Ualaka’a Trail.  The trail loops through thick forest canopy.

 

RomanticEnjoy a picnic and a swim at Kualoa Beach Park on Oahu’s windward coast.

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RomanticSet sail for a romantic sunset dinner cruise aboard The Star of Honolulu.

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Take a drive along Oahu’s North Shore.

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Oceanside dining at awarding winning La Mer in the Halekulani Hotel .  Wine and dine in classic elegance in full view of Diamond Head

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Book your romantic Hawaiian vacation here!

 

Five Exceptional Adventures For Those Traveling Solo

Five Exceptional Adventures For Those Traveling Solo

Beyond The Box

The first thing you need to figure out if you’re traveling solo regards your means of travel, and the “when”. It is December the 14th as of this writing. In about three or four days, Holiday commuters will clog roadways, airports, bus stations, and trains—in a lot of places this is happening already. If you don’t plan in advance, you could find yourself in the lurch—here are five holiday traveling tips.

 

Once you’ve got your travel ironed out, it’s time to look at how you’re transporting your goods. If you’re traveling internationally, eliminate the hassle of baggage through https://www.unibaggage.com; according to the site, they can: “…arrange a collection of your excess baggage and deliver your belongings anywhere in the world with full online tracking; from Australia to [the] UK, or France to [the] USA.”

 

All the details figured out, now it’s time to think about some possible travel adventures for the solo traveler which can be downright exhilarating!

 

 

1: Live Where You Roam

Of course, today many people avoid air travel, but you can always go by sea if you like! Something really popular now involves bringing your “room and board” with you—via RV. You don’t have any luggage considerations then, and you do grow to be pretty savvy of traffic over time. It’s a perfect way to spend a year if you can budget it.

 

You get to travel where you wish, do what you want, meet who you want, see what you like, and have all manner of crazy adventures. Especially if you play an instrument, or are some kind of performer, you can find all kinds of exciting opportunities and communities wherever you go.

 

This itself is an adventure! And you can find an RV for cheap. If you can budget $14k plus food and gas, you can do it for a year pretty successfully. That will cover the total cost of a cheap, late-model RV (1970 – 1990), repairs, taxes, and the occasional “oops”.

 

2: For Those Who Fly…

However, not everyone has that kind of luxury in terms of conveyance or time, and often folks must maximize their leisure shortly. What can be a great thing to do is to shoehorn in some “bucket list” adventures, like chartering a private jet!

 

For example, there’s private jet charter services by Stratos Jet Charters. You can travel to some unique locale not really accessible any other way—this is an increasingly common mode of travel; according to the site: “Today, people who fly on private jets have more choices than ever when it comes to charter brokers. Where there were once just a handful of us, now there are dozens.”

 

3: Natural Exploration

Anywhere you go will have some exceptional natural feature worth seeing. You may find some wonders are more wondrous than others—get in the habit of checking something out geographically whenever you’re traveling solo, though. This can be quite exciting.

For example, have you been up and down the West Coast at all? Did you check out the Redwoods? That experience is downright spiritual. It’s a must for any avid traveler at least once.

 

4: Cultural Exploration

Get off the tourist strip and downtown for some nightlife every once in a while. Go on a Friday and you’ll stumble into live shows, karaoke, and stimulating conversation that can lead to further activities with new friends. Be careful, of course—but you can really get into some intrigue, and learn how those in differing places truly live!

 

5: Architectural Wandering

Have you ever been in a big city, seen all the big buildings, and wondered what they looked like inside? Well…why don’t you go check? You can actually explore a lot of large buildings simply by walking in and looking around. Granted, you can get in trouble this way, too—think it through before you do anything! But for exhilaration, you can definitely find some highlights. Many buildings will let you check out the roof, if you ask the right people. Other times, there’s a public route to do the same. Google it to give yourself some direction.

 

New Experiences

The point of travel is to find something new, and adventurous. It’s to learn, it’s to broaden your horizons. So above all, hit the road with two things foremost in your mind: strategic self-preservation, and an openness that is willing to explore.