Eight historic grand hotels in the U.S. West

San Diego’s family-friendly Hotel del Coronado is housed in a Victorian-style National Historic Landmark building that sits right on the beach. Opened in 1888, it was the largest resort in the world, and today it remains one of the largest in Southern California, with 679 rooms. With quite a few restaurant and bar options, two swimming pools, a spa, and yoga and surfing lessons, there’s plenty to entertain guests on site. Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Photo tour: San Diego’s historic Hotel del Coronado  Fullscreen The Hotel del Coronado in San Diego.  Susan B. Barnes for USA TODAY Fullscreen 1 of 70 Next Slide 70 Photos Photo tour: San Diego’s historic Hotel del Coronado The Majestic Yosemite Hotel Yosemite National Park Formerly known as the Ahwahnee Hotel, the Majestic Yosemite is Yosemite’s premiere lodging. The National Historic Landmark building was completed in 1927 and is a prime example of national park rustic architecture. Famous guests include Queen Elizabeth II, Barack Obama, Walt Disney, Leonard Nimoy and many others. The Broadmoor Colorado Springs Sitting on 3,000 acres at the base of Cheyenne Mountain, the Broadmoor is one of the most historic hotels in Colorado Springs. The main building was constructed in 1918, with newer additions completed as recently as 2001. Accommodations include 779 rooms, 107 suites, two brownstone villas and 10 rustic cabins. Aside from the restaurants, athletic grounds, spa and 25 on-site shops and boutiques, the property offers numerous outdoor activities, like horseback riding, fly-fishing, and rock climbing. Stanley Hotel Estes Park, Colo. Famous for being Stephen King’s inspiration for the Overlook Hotel in The Shining, the Stanley Hotel opened in 1909 and is located a 15-minute drive from the entrance of the Rocky Mountain National Park. One of the draws of the hotel is its ghost tours, but guests can also enjoy a steakhouse, whiskey bar and a spa. Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Stay at a haunted hotel around the USA  Fullscreen Crescent Hotel and Spa, Eureka Springs, Ark. (Estimated nightly rate: $180): Who doesn’t want to relax and recharge at an elegant hotel? But this fall, get a dose of terror before you get a massage at the Crescent Hotel and Spa. This haunted hotel doesn’t have to make up stories for its Flickering Tales immersive experience. A former hospital, it abounds with haunted places and stories of doctors, nurses, patients and even a construction worker who fell to his death. But the creepy factor isn’t the only reason to stay at the Crescent. Surround yourself with Victorian charm, from the elegant hand-painted lobby and sprawling verandas to the manicured gardens and green spaces dotted with Victorian cottages.  Crescent Hotel Fullscreen 1 of 9 Next Slide 9 Photos Stay at a haunted hotel around the USA The U.S. Grant, a Luxury Collection Hotel San Diego Ulysses S. Grant, Jr., the son of the president, built this Gaslamp Quarter hotel in 1910. During Prohibition, the Grant was home to the Plata Real Nightclub, a popular speakeasy. By the 1950s and ’60s, the hotel’s Grant Grill quickly became a power lunch haven for businessmen, thus women were banned from the restaurant until 3 p.m. each day. That all changed when a group of female attorneys staged a sit-in in 1969, an action that eventually opened the restaurant to women at all times of the day. The hotel has hosted over a dozen U.S. presidents and other luminaries like Albert Einstein and Charles Lindbergh. The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa, Autograph Collection Denver The classiest hotel in Denver, the Brown Palace Hotel and Spa opened in 1892 as the city’s then-tallest building, and it supposedly has hosted every U.S. president since, not to mention the “Unsinkable” Molly Brown and the Beatles. Architect Frank Edbrooke designed the hotel’s iconic atrium — the property was one of the first atrium-style hotels ever built. Both guests and the public can enjoy many of the hotel’s amenities, like the lavish spa, afternoon tea and live music in the lobby. Facebook Twitter Google LinkedIn Take a tour of Denver’s historic Brown Palace Hotel  Fullscreen The Brown Palace Hotel and Spa sits on a triangular lot in downtown Denver. When it opened on Aug. 12, 1892, it was the tallest building in Denver and the city’s first steel-frame building.  Susan B. Barnes for USA TODAY Fullscreen 1 of 65 Next Slide 65 Photos Take a tour of Denver’s historic Brown Palace Hotel The Westin St. Francis on Union Square San Francisco When the trustees of the Charles Crocker estate (Crocker was a railroad magnate) sought to build a magnificent hotel in San Francisco, they turned to the grand dames of Europe for inspiration. Ope

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