F.O. Stanley moved to Estes Park due to poor health in 1903, but he didn't let illness slow him down. He opened The Stanley in 1909 to rapturous reviews and it quickly became known as a destination for the ranching elite. In the modern era, it's more widely recognized as the hotel from The Shining – and the current owners play into that fame by offering genuinely disturbing ghost tours rumored to occasionally encounter Mr. Stanley himself. That's about it for nightlife, but during daylight hours, visitors can admire nearby Rocky Mountain National Park, which is as thick with wildlife as the hotel is with phantoms. [From $160 per night with an advanced booking discount; stanleyhotel.com]
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