6 Weekend Getaways With Unusual Lodging

Most times, lodging choices are simply means to an end -- they are the jumping-off and sleeping places for fantasy and adventure. Yet it's possible they can be the ends in and of themselves; they are the journey and the destination.

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Twisted Colossus

Twisted Colossus

What’s old is new again! Colossus is the wooden roller coaster you remember from Walley World in the original National Lampoon’s Vacation movie. In 2015, Colossus will be reborn at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA, as a new kind of hybrid racing roller coaster, including features such as a “high-five” and a “top gun” inversion. 960 1280

Six Flags  

Thunderbird

Thunderbird

The world’s first launched wing coaster opens at Holiday World this summer. As they’re flung forward at 60 mph, riders sit on the side of the rails, where they’ll feel as though they’re flying through multiple inversions and “keyholing” through the ride’s themed structure. Holiday World is located in Santa Claus, IN, and features themed areas based on holidays including Halloween, Thanksgiving and, of course, Christmas. 960 1280

Holiday World  

Wicked Cyclone

Wicked Cyclone

Six Flags New England in Agawam, MA, will transform its classic wooden roller coaster Cyclone into the Wicked Cyclone, which will be the first coaster of its kind to have a 200-degree stall and 2 zero-gravity rolls. This new coaster has been on many enthusiasts’ must-ride lists for 2015! 960 1280

Six Flags  

Fury 325

Fury 325

Fury 325 is the world’s tallest “giga coaster.” Standing 325 feet tall and flying through the 6,602 feet of track at up to 95 mph, this new roller coaster shatters many records set by other giga coasters. The $30 million attraction is located at Carowinds in Charlotte, NC. 960 1280

Carowinds  

Voyage to the Iron Reef

Voyage to the Iron Reef

Voyage to the Iron Reef is a new, interactive, 4-D dark ride located in the Boardwalk area of Knott’s Berry Farm, which is not far from Disneyland in Buena Park, CA. Riders will take up their virtual arms to help protect the park from the Kraken Queen and her underwater army. 960 1280

Knott's Berry Farm  

Batman: The Ride

Batman: The Ride

The world’s first 4-D “free-fly” roller coaster is coming to Six Flags Fiesta Texas in San Antonio. It uses state-of-the-art magnetic technology as it sends riders upside down and lets them experience weightlessness. But your stomach may really be what’s flipping after scaling a 12-story hill and hurtling down 2 beyond-vertical drops. 960 1280

Six Flags  

Cannibal

Cannibal

Cannibal, a unique attraction at Lagoon amusement park outside Salt Lake City, Utah, has been in development for several years using mostly in-house and local resources. This $20 million-plus ride will climb a 208-foot enclosed tower before a beyond-vertical drop along 2,700 feet of track. 960 1280

Lagoon  

Disneyland's Diamond Celebration

Disneyland's Diamond Celebration

Disneyland is turning 60, and it’s throwing a huge Diamond Celebration party! The park in Anaheim, CA, will introduce a whole new slate of nighttime shows, including Disneyland Forever, a brand-new fireworks display; the Paint the Night Parade, a new take on the classic Electrical Parade; and World of Color – Celebrate!, a show covering 60 years of Disneyland history. 960 1280

Disney  

Baron 1898

Baron 1898

Baron 1898 is a heavily themed B&M dive coaster that will drop riders down a nearly 90-degree plunge at 60 mph. The ride, located at Efteling in Kaatsheuvel, Netherlands, is designed like a gold-mine shaft and is one of the more impressive-looking roller coasters opening in 2015. 960 1280

Efteling  

Tempesto

Tempesto

Tempesto is a fictional Italian daredevil who is inviting riders to take part in his latest stunt at Busch Gardens Williamsburg in Virginia. Even guests with nerves of steel will be screaming as they wind through tight turns and a 154-foot-high inversion at speeds of up to 63 mph. 960 1280

Busch Gardens Williamsburg  

Rougarou

Rougarou

The Mantis coaster at Cedar Point in Sandusky, OH, is getting a new look and feel! The stand-up trains have been replaced by more comfortable floorless trains in one of the more interesting roller-coaster transformations yet. They said it couldn’t be done, but Rougarou brings new life into a nearly 20-year-old roller coaster for new generations. 960 1280

Cedar Point, Sandusky, Ohio  

Laff Trakk

Laff Trakk

Standing out among all the thrill rides opening in 2015 is this family-friendly attraction. The indoor, glow-in-the-dark, spinning coaster — the first of its kind in the country — was inspired by the different fun houses that have been part of the park over the years. Riders pass through a hall of mirrors, a house of cards and more.   960 1280

Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company  

Impulse

Impulse

Impulse, the largest project in the history of Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, PA, will feature a 10-story vertical free-fall drop, 4 inversions and 2,000 feet of track. Knoebels is known for its classic wooden roller coasters Phoenix, Twister and Flying Turns, and the steel coaster marks a new chapter for this smaller, family-oriented park. 960 1280

Joel Styer/Knoebels Amusement Resort  

Switchback

Switchback

One of the most interesting-looking rides of 2015 comes from an unexpected place. ZDT’s Amusement Park, located about an hour outside San Antonio, is building the world’s first modern “wooden shuttle coaster” as a throwback to Coney Island’s classic Switchback Railway from the turn of the 20th century. Switchback will feature overbanked turns and a 60-foot drop. And just when the coaster has finished the 1,100-foot course, it does it all again … backward! 960 1280

ZDT's Amusement Center  

Oblivion - The Black Hole

Oblivion - The Black Hole

Oblivion, a B&M dive machine at Gardaland on Lake Garda in Italy, shoots riders down a 140-foot, near-vertical drop. The “holding brake” dangles them at an 87-degree angle, letting them look nearly straight down for a few moments before the plunge. Oblivion hits speeds of 62 mph and will flip you upside down twice. 960 1280

Gardaland  

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis

Justice League: Battle for Metropolis is coming to both Six Flags Over Texas and Six Flags St. Louis this year. The motion-based ride combines the best technology of dark rides and thrill rides with an interactive story line to keep DC Comics superhero fans on the edge of their seats. The innovative attraction includes 2 final chase scenes, as well as several digital 3-D screens. 960 1280

Six Flags  

Kobe, Japan

Kobe, Japan

A tribute to the loss suffered in 1995’s Great Hanshen Earthquake, which left 6,000 dead and much of Kobe in darkness, the city’s annual Luminaire lights up for two weeks every December as a symbol of hope.  960 1280

Marser  

Madrid, Spain

Madrid, Spain

The last Friday of November, Madrid’s streets light up with overhead displays created by Spain’s best-known designers, architects and artists. The lighting installations vary from street to street.  960 1280

Gabriel Solera  

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

Tivoli Gardens, Copenhagen

The proto-amusement park and fantasy gardens in Copenhagen’s center is a wonderland at Christmas when it fills with the holiday market and special lighting. Tivoli's Moorish Palace shines with Christmas decorations. 960 1280

Atlantide Phototravel  

Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, Georgia

The giant illuminated Christmas tree in Freedom Square is the centerpiece of the holiday lighting displays in Tbilisi’s town center. Overhead lights adorn numerous streets throughout the area, most notably Rustaveli Avenue.  960 1280

VANO SHLAMOV  

Rockefeller Center, New York City

Rockefeller Center, New York City

Thousands of visitors flood Rockefeller Center for the annual Christmas tree lighting which is televised for an audience of millions. The tree and the surrounding area, including the world-famous ice rink, remain lit 5:30 p.m. to midnight until January 7.   960 1280

STAN HONDA  

Monte Carlo, Monaco

Monte Carlo, Monaco

The Christmas lights in Monte Carlo’s Casino Square are a draw for holiday visitors beginning December 5. The spectacular light show illuminates the square in an array of shifting colors.  960 1280

VALERY HACHE  

Ayala Triangle Gardens, Manila, Philippines

Ayala Triangle Gardens, Manila, Philippines

Running from November through early January, Manilla’s annual Festival of Lights illuminates the Ayala Triangle Gardens in Makati City. The light and sound show, which has a new theme each year, runs every thirty minutes between 6 and 10 p.m. 960 1280

Pacific Press  

Medellin, Colombia

Medellin, Colombia

Beginning December 7, which is known as the Night of the Candles, Medellin, Colombia lights up with holiday displays. The Medellin River area is the most elaborately decorated--and visited--light display area in the country.  960 1280

AFP  

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne, Australia

One of the most popular features of Melbourne’s Christmas Festival, which runs between November 27 and December 25 each year, are the colorful, dynamic and illuminated images projected onto Melbourne Town Hall between 9 and 10:45 p.m. nightly.  960 1280

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Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

Dubbed “Miracle on 34th Street,” the over-the-top lighting displays along a row of houses on 34th Street in Baltimore’s Hamden neighborhood draw crowds of spectators each December.  960 1280

MLADEN ANTONOV  

Airstream Trailers

Airstream Trailers

Timeless Travel Trailers
Built for boon-docking, going out in the backwoods and being self-sufficient for a few days, these vintage Airstream trailers are rebuilt in Wheat Ridge, CO.
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Road Warrior

Road Warrior

Timeless Travel Trailers
These trailers get their name from their aircraft-like style, and are rebuilt to meet the needs of the modern-day road warrior.
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Flying Cloud

Flying Cloud

Timeless Travel Trailers
This particular rebuild is of the 1954 Flying Cloud model, about 23 feet long and approximately 6,600 lbs.
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Copper Finishes

Copper Finishes

Timeless Travel Trailers
Vintage Airstream Trailers are known for their natural woods, tooled leather and weathered copper finishes inside.
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On the Road

On the Road

Timeless Travel Trailers
There are approximately 100,000 Airstream trailers on the road today.
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Iconic Airstream

Iconic Airstream

Timeless Travel Trailers
These shiny, iconic Airstream trailers have been traveling our roads since 1936.
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Florida Keys

Florida Keys

Anderson Mobile Estates
This double-decker luxury ride was created by Anderson Mobile Estates based in the Florida Keys.
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Three Models

Three Models

Anderson Mobile Estates
There are currently 3 models of Anderson Mobile Estates and only 9 rental trailers on the road as of now.
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Sly Stallone

Sly Stallone

Anderson Mobile Estates
The first mobile rental ever made by Anderson was for TV star, actor Sylvester Stallone.
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Two Stories

Two Stories

Anderson Mobile Estates
These 2-story mansions on wheels are fully expandable and take approximately 10 minutes to do so.
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Anderson Mobile

Anderson Mobile

Anderson Mobile Estates
It takes approximately 4 months for Anderson Mobile Estates to build each trailer.
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All-Terrain RV

All-Terrain RV

Global Expedition Vehicles
If you're more backwoods than Hollywood, then head to Nixa, MO, for the ultimate, all-terrain RV.
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Ultimate Globetrotter

Ultimate Globetrotter

Global Expedition Vehicles
These RV's are bulletproof, badass and built for the ultimate off-road globetrotter.
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General Cost

General Cost

Global Expedition Vehicles
Created by Michael and Renee Van Pelt, each RV generally costs from $139,000 to $550,000 each.
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Custom Built

Custom Built

Global Expedition Vehicles
All Global Expedition Vehicles are custom built, and usually take about 18 months to finish.
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