San Diego, California
The Hotel Del, with its red Victorian turrets, Coronado Island location and celebrity draw, has been an American icon since it opened in 1888. The 28-acre oceanfront property, a National Historic Landmark, recently completed an $8 million renovation of its 368 guestrooms. Meanwhile, “Dr. Beach” recently named Coronado the Best Beach in America 2012 -- making it more popular than ever, especially with families. Surfing and paddleboarding, yoga, biking, sunset sails and luxury car rentals -- there’s even a resident ghost. The Del has something for everyone.
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