Bucket List-Worthy Hotels

Everyone has a different idea of what quantifies a hotel as being bucket list-worthy, but what the hotels on this list share are unexpected, over-the-top or one-of-a-kind experiences that won’t be forgotten any time soon. From underwater bedrooms to snow igloos, these hotels offer something for everyone’s bucket list. 

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Roosevelt Arch, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
Roosevelt Arch

Roosevelt Arch

The Roosevelt Arch is located at the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park in Montana. The arch's cornerstone was laid by Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. 960 1280

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Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring

If you're traveling to Yellowstone National Park, don't leave without seeing the Grand Prismatic Spring. 960 1280

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Old Faithful

Old Faithful

Old Faithful, Yellowstone's famous geyser, can shoot 3,700-8,400 gallons of boiling water at a height of 106-185 feet for 1.5-5 minutes. 960 1280

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Picturesque Yellowstone

Picturesque Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is full of picturesque mountain views. 960 1280

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Yellowstone Wildlife

Yellowstone Wildlife

Travelers driving through Yellowstone National Park get to see all types of wildlife, including this bull elk in Lamar Valley. 960 1280

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Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs has been shaped over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate. Its energy has been attributed to the same system that fuels other Yellowstone geothermal areas. 960 1280

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West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park can see the beautiful contrast of colors and textures at West Thumb Geyser Basin. 960 1280

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Castle Geyser

Castle Geyser

Castle Geyser is located in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. The geyser was named because of its large deposits that resemble a castle. 960 1280

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Lower Falls

Lower Falls

The sun rises over the Lower falls of the Yellowstone River in Wyoming. 960 1280

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Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River, nestled between 2 banks, makes Yellowstone National Park seem serene and peaceful all year long. 960 1280

  

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Roosevelt Arch

Roosevelt Arch

The Roosevelt Arch is located at the North Entrance of Yellowstone National Park in Montana. The arch's cornerstone was laid by Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States. 960 1280

Westend61/Getty Images  

Grand Prismatic Spring

Grand Prismatic Spring

If you're traveling to Yellowstone National Park, don't leave without seeing the Grand Prismatic Spring. 960 1280

Lorcel/iStock/Getty Images  

Old Faithful

Old Faithful

Old Faithful, Yellowstone's famous geyser, can shoot 3,700-8,400 gallons of boiling water at a height of 106-185 feet for 1.5-5 minutes. 960 1280

Adam Long Sculpture / iStock / Thinkstock  

Picturesque Yellowstone

Picturesque Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is full of picturesque mountain views. 960 1280

Michael H Spivak/Moment/Getty Images  

Yellowstone Wildlife

Yellowstone Wildlife

Travelers driving through Yellowstone National Park get to see all types of wildlife, including this bull elk in Lamar Valley. 960 1280

MSMcCarthy Photography/iStock/Getty Images  

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs

Mammoth Hot Springs has been shaped over thousands of years as hot water from the spring cooled and deposited calcium carbonate. Its energy has been attributed to the same system that fuels other Yellowstone geothermal areas. 960 1280

iStock  

West Thumb Geyser Basin

West Thumb Geyser Basin

Visitors to Yellowstone National Park can see the beautiful contrast of colors and textures at West Thumb Geyser Basin. 960 1280

Paola Moschitto-Assenmacher/EyeEm/Getty Images  

Castle Geyser

Castle Geyser

Castle Geyser is located in the Upper Geyser Basin of Yellowstone National Park. The geyser was named because of its large deposits that resemble a castle. 960 1280

Westend61/Getty Images  

Lower Falls

Lower Falls

The sun rises over the Lower falls of the Yellowstone River in Wyoming. 960 1280

JTB Photo/Universal Images Group/Getty Images  

Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River

Yellowstone River, nestled between 2 banks, makes Yellowstone National Park seem serene and peaceful all year long. 960 1280

  

Casa de la Panaderia

Casa de la Panaderia

The Casa de la Panaderia, a local government building, is located on the north side of the Plaza Mayor in central Madrid. 960 1280

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Plaza de la Villa

Plaza de la Villa

The quaint square of Plaza de la Villa features some of the oldest buildings in Madrid, dating all the way back to the 15th century. 960 1280

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Puerta de Europa

Puerta de Europa

The Puerta de Europa, 2 twin office buildings in Madrid, was constructed by famous American architects Philip Johnson and John Burgee. 960 1280

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Café Gijon

Café Gijon

After the Spanish Civil War, Café Gijon was a famous hot spot for Spanish intellectuals. Now, you can stop by this legendary restaurant for a delectable breakfast, lunch, dinner or espresso. 960 1280

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Palacio de Cristal

Palacio de Cristal

Constructed of glass and metal, the Palacio de Cristal is the centerpiece of a gorgeous and lush escape within the busy city of Madrid. 960 1280

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Antigua Pasteleria del Pozo

Antigua Pasteleria del Pozo

The world-famous bakery Antigua Pasteleria del Pozo is a necessary stop to make in Madrid. Try the yemas, a sweet treat made of egg yolk, lemon, cinnamon, sugar and syrup. 960 1280

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Royal Palace of Madrid

Royal Palace of Madrid

The Royal Palace of Madrid is the Spanish royal family’s official residence, but it is now used only for state ceremonies and receptions. Take a tour of the gorgeous palace to gawk at its breathtaking opulence.  960 1280

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Parque Warner Madrid

Parque Warner Madrid

This exciting Warner Bros. theme park is a great place to take the kids on a family vacation to Madrid.  960 1280

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Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor

Plaza Mayor is the central square in Madrid. There’s no better place in the city to eat tapas, sip sangria and people-watch. 960 1280

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Buen Retiro Park

Buen Retiro Park

This public park is one of the largest green spaces that Madrid has to offer. Some of its highlights include the Retiro Pond, the Rosaleda (“rose garden”) and the Palacio de Cristal. 960 1280

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Gran Via

Gran Via

The stylish street of Gran Via is home to the best upscale shopping in all of Madrid. By night, the street transforms into the hottest place to experience the city’s wild nightlife.  960 1280

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Temple of Debod

Temple of Debod

Originally located in southern Egypt, the Temple of Debod was dismantled and reassembled in Madrid. In 1972, the glorious archaeological site opened to the public in Madrid’s Parque del Oeste. 960 1280

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Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Santiago Bernabeu Stadium

Real Madrid, the city’s famous soccer team, plays on this iconic field. All sports lovers can appreciate the dedication of the fans in this huge stadium. 960 1280

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Market of San Miguel

Market of San Miguel

The Market of San Miguel is a major food destination in Madrid. Visitors can sample a wide array of Spain’s most delicious bites and sips. 960 1280

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The Madrid Zoo Aquarium

The Madrid Zoo Aquarium

The Madrid Zoo Aquarium, one of the biggest in all of Spain, is a family-friendly destination that everyone will love. 960 1280

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Art lovers will appreciate the expansive Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. This museum, named after Queen Sofia, features brilliant works of art from the 20th century. 960 1280

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Museo Nacional del Prado

Museo Nacional del Prado

The Museo Nacional del Prado contains some of Europe’s most beautiful works of art, from the 12th century onward. Visit the museum for free every evening from 6 to 8 p.m. 960 1280

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Badlands National Park 1971

Badlands National Park 1971

Our first campsite in a national park was at Cedar Pass Campground in Badlands, South Dakota.  960 1280

Jennie Baird  

Mount Rushmore National Memorial 1971

Mount Rushmore National Memorial 1971

My brother and I met the presidents at Mount Rushmore. 960 1280

Jennie Baird  

Grand Teton National Park 1971

Grand Teton National Park 1971

My brother navigates the Snake River with the help of a friend. 960 1280

Jennie Baird  

Yellowstone National Park 1971

Yellowstone National Park 1971

My family joins the faithful at Old Faithful. 960 1280

Jennie Baird  

Grand Canyon National Park 1971

Grand Canyon National Park 1971

My brother and I experience the Grand Canyon with our dad. 960 1280

Jennie Baird  

Yosemite National Park 1971

Yosemite National Park 1971

We became Junior Rangers at Yosemite. 960 1280

Jennie Baird  

Sequoia National Park 1971

Sequoia National Park 1971

Tiny family or giant tree? 960 1280

Jennie Baird  

Golden Gate Park 1971

Golden Gate Park 1971

We enjoy the playground at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Golden Gate National Recreation Area protects a portion of this area, including an expansive view of the bridge.  960 1280

Jennie Baird  

Big Sur 1971

Big Sur 1971

After traveling across the country and through many national parks, my mother makes it to the Pacific Ocean, a lifelong dream fulfilled. 960 1280

Jennie Baird  

Acadia National Park Circa 1980

Acadia National Park Circa 1980

Acadia National Park became our family's €œsummer home. Here's my baby sister and me at Sargent Mountain. 960 1280

Jennie Baird  

Wedding at Acadia 1996

Wedding at Acadia 1996

Acadia's €œWonderland€ Trail was the perfect setting for my wedding. See more inspiring national park weddings.  960 1280

Jennie Baird  

Junior Rangers 2005

Junior Rangers 2005

My own children became junior rangers, a family tradition. 960 1280

Jennie Baird  

Acadia 2015

Acadia 2015

My 17-year-old daughter pitches our tent at Seawall. 960 1280

  

Acadia August 2015

Acadia August 2015

My parents pose on Acadia’s Ship Harbor Nature Trail. 960 1280

  

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