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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Ning Xia Market in Taipei

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

This goose is cooked and ready for sale at the Ning Xia Market in Taipei. 960 1280

  

Ning Xia Market of Taipei

Ning Xia Market of Taipei

Food guide Theresa Lin shows off the plump oysters in the popular oyster omelet at the Ning Xia Market of Taipei. 960 1280

  

The Chiang Kai Shek memorial

The Chiang Kai Shek memorial

The Chiang Kai Shek memorial sits in the heart of modern Taipei, Taiwan. 960 1280

  

Sweet tofu with cold beans

Sweet tofu with cold beans

Sweet tofu with cold beans and pumpkin make for a popular and healthy dish in Taipei. 960 1280

  

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

Ning Xia Market in Taipei

Chinese pancakes filled with cream or bean paste are a popular street eat at the Ning Xia Market in Taipei. 960 1280

  

Seoul food guide James Yoo

Seoul food guide James Yoo

Seoul food guide James Yoo shows off the snails he's about to eat on the streets of Myeongdong. 960 1280

  

Balinese chilies

Balinese chilies

Balinese chilies are a key ingredient in sambal, a popular sauce served with most street eats. 960 1280

  

A street eat stand in Ubud, Bali

A street eat stand in Ubud, Bali

This street eat stand in Ubud, Bali, sells as many as 6 roasted pigs each day. 960 1280

  

Jimbaron Beach in Bali

Jimbaron Beach in Bali

At Jimbaron Beach in Bali, buy your fish from the fishermen and locals will grill it for you, each adding their own special spicy sauce. 960 1280

  

The terraced rice fields of central Bali

The terraced rice fields of central Bali

The terraced rice fields of central Bali are one of the island's most alluring sights. 960 1280

  

A street vendor in Delhi

A street vendor in Delhi

A street vendor in Delhi makes jalebi, a sweet dough fried in oil. 960 1280

  

A Tibetan immigrant in Delhi, India

A Tibetan immigrant in Delhi, India

A Tibetan immigrant has her daily bowl of fresh noodles on the streets of Delhi, India. 960 1280

  

Chandni Chwok in Delhi

Chandni Chwok in Delhi

Amazing street eats can be found in the narrow alleys of Chandni Chwok in Delhi. 960 1280

  

Singapore street eats

Singapore street eats

Singapore street eats are more than simple snacks; they’re delicious whole meals that can be bought for under $5. 960 1280

  

Shaved ice topped with green tea

Shaved ice topped with green tea

Shaved ice topped with green tea and red beans is a cool and refreshing treat during the hot summer days in Kyoto, Japan. 960 1280

  

Kiyomizudera Temple

Kiyomizudera Temple

One of Kyoto's most iconic locations, the Kiyomizudera Temple, sits in the lush hills above this ancient city. 960 1280

  

Crisler Center, Ann Arbor

Crisler Center, Ann Arbor

The Crisler Center is where all of University of Michigan’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games. Built in 1967, the arena seats 12,721 spectators and is named for Herbert O. "Fritz" Crisler, the head football coach at Michigan from 1938 to 1947. 960 1280

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KFC YUM! Center, Louisville

KFC YUM! Center, Louisville

The KFC YUM! Center, located on the Ohio River Waterfront, is where the University of Louisville’s men’s and women’s basketball teams play their home games. The $238 million multipurpose arena seats 22,500 fans. After paying more than $13 million, Louisville-based YUM! Brands (KFC, Pizza Hut, Taco Bell) received the naming rights for the arena. 960 1280

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The Rock, Ann Arbor

The Rock, Ann Arbor

Located at George Washington Park on Washtenaw Avenue and Hill Street, the Rock was brought to the park in 1932 to commemorate US President George Washington’s 200th birthday. More than 30,000 years old, the Rock features daily graffiti from various visitors and groups to mark special celebrations, including a potential NCAA championship victory! 960 1280

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Churchill Downs, Louisville

Churchill Downs, Louisville

One of the most popular tourist attractions in Louisville is Churchill Downs, a hot destination for horseracing fans. The 2-week-long Kentucky Derby Festival culminates with “The Race for the Roses,” where lucky owner(s), a jockey and a 3-year-old thoroughbred will leave the track and arena as winners. 960 1280

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Ann Arbor Skyline

Ann Arbor Skyline

As Michigan’s 6th largest city, Ann Arbor’s simple skyline includes the Tower Plaza and the Burton Memorial Tower -- it’s this city landscape that draws the most attention from visitors. We recommend taking a stroll through the local parks or through the beautifully tree-lined areas along Huron River, a 130-mile-long river that runs through the city. 960 1280

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Louisville Skyline

Louisville Skyline

Downtown Louisville is the largest central business district in Kentucky. The Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, Louisville Glassworks, Louisville Slugger Field, Waterfront Park, Riverfront Plaza, KFC Yum! Center and Early Times Distillery are a few attractions travelers can visit in this neighborhood. 960 1280

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Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ale, Ann Arbor

Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ale, Ann Arbor

Beer is a hot commodity in Ann Arbor. Locals and tourists can choose from a few local brews, including the Arbor Brewing Company, Grizzly Peak Brewing Company, Blue Tractor and the nationally acclaimed Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales. Breweries in the nearby town of Ypsilanti also contribute to Ann Arbor's brew scene. 960 1280

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Hot Brown, Louisville

Hot Brown, Louisville

Hot brown is an open-faced sandwich of turkey and bacon, covered in Mornay sauce and baked or broiled until the bread is crisp and the sauce begins to brown. A hotel chef, Fred Schmidt, introduced this alternative to ham and egg late-night suppers at Louisville’s Brown Hotel in 1926. 960 1280

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Zingerman's Deli, Ann Arbor

Zingerman's Deli, Ann Arbor

Pull up a chair and enjoy a meal at Zingerman’s Deli, a popular eatery in Ann Arbor and throughout the Detroit metropolitan area. Foodies -- who don’t mind standing in long lines for overstuffed, sometimes pricey but delicious sandwiches -- are in for a treat. Their corn beef sandwich, pastrami sandwich and mac and cheese are popular items on the menu. And don’t forget to try one of their desserts like the Hunka Burnin’ Love Chocolate Cake. 960 1280

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Lynn's Paradise Cafe, Louisville

Lynn's Paradise Cafe, Louisville

Welcome to Lynn’s Paradise Café. This restaurant serves American food with a Southern twist. The walnut-crusted chicken, fried-green tomato BLT, World Famous Bloody Mary and mint julep are several items on the menu worth trying if you stop in for a bite to eat. 960 1280

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The Ride, Ann Arbor

The Ride, Ann Arbor

More than 6 million people ride the public buses in Ann Arbor each year, according to the Ann Arbor Transit Authority. AATA has gone green with 27 hybrid electrical buses. The city has plans to increase the number of hybrid buses as the older buses are decommissioned. Travel green yourself as you make your way around Ann Arbor. 960 1280

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Transit Authority of River City, Louisville

Transit Authority of River City, Louisville

Green travel is starting to become the norm in Louisville. The Transit Authority of River City operates more than 240 public buses, including hybrid and all-electric buses, in Derby City and southern Indiana. TARC’s 17,700-square-foot maintenance and training building received Gold LEED Certification for its commitment to being eco-friendly. 960 1280

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The Brown Jug, Ann Arbor

The Brown Jug, Ann Arbor

Don’t have tickets to a Wolverines game? Join students and other locals at The Brown Jug restaurant, located on South University Avenue and Church Street. Part of Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan’s history since 1936, The Brown Jug is the oldest college football trophy in the US. Every year, the Minnesota Gophers and Michigan Wolverines battle it out on the field to gain or maintain possession of the coveted award. 960 1280

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Bungalow Joe's Bar and Grill, Louisville

Bungalow Joe's Bar and Grill, Louisville

Flat iron steak, Triple Crown chicken and bourbon-glazed salmon are just a few tasty items on the menu at Bungalow Joe’s Bar and Grill. Touted as the “premier family sports bar” in Louisville, this bar is the perfect spot to grab a beer and watch the Cardinals play. 960 1280

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Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Hol Chan Marine Reserve

Hol Chan Marine Reserve is Belize’s oldest marine reserve. This tourist attraction is a must for snorkelers and divers who want to experience diverse marine life -- 160 species of fish, 40 species of coral, four sponges, two species of seagrass, three marine mammals and three species of sea turtles -- including this green turtle seen here. 960 1280

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Cahal Pech Archaeological Site

Cahal Pech Archaeological Site

Sitting high atop a hill near San Ignacio, Cahal Pech is the oldest-known Mayan site in the Belize River valley. We recommend visitors walk around the interconnected, excavated and resorted plazas and temples abandoned around 850, A.D. Don’t skip over Plaza B; it’s the largest and most impressive complex. 960 1280

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San Pedro

San Pedro

Tourists flock to San Pedro because it’s known as a sun-and-fun destination, attracting scuba divers, fishermen, snowbirds, expatriates and retirees. Downtown, in this slow-paced city, is compact mixture of hotels, souvenir shops, restaurants, dive shops and tour agencies. Because San Pedro isn’t a big city, pedestrians strolling along its streets may be forced to the side of the road by cars and yes, golf carts. 960 1280

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Xunantunich

Xunantunich

Once a ceremonial center, Xunantunich means “stone woman,” referring to the ghost of a woman whom several people claim they’ve seen lurking around the popular tourist destination since 1892. If ghost hunting isn’t your thing, then we suggest climbing to the top of the ridge of this amazing Mayan archeology site for a great view of the border shared with Guatemala. 960 1280

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Shark Ray Alley

Shark Ray Alley

Considered part of Hol Chan Marine Reserve, Shark Ray Alley was once the place where fishermen would clean their catch, which naturally attracted stingrays and nurse sharks. Today, tourists -- with supervision from a dive master -- can snorkel and swim beside stingrays, turtles and gentle nurse sharks that average 4 to 6 feet in length. Take your underwater camera for a great photo op. 960 1280

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Butterfly Farm at Chaa Creek

Butterfly Farm at Chaa Creek

Take a 10-minute tour at the Blue Morpho Butterfly Farm at Chaa Creek, rated “Top Belize Resort” by the Belize Tourism Board. Observe the beautiful “Belizean Blue” during every stage of their life cycle. A hat, water, insect repellant, camera and raingear (if needed), are a few suggested items to take on this fun nature trek. 960 1280

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Belize Zoo

Belize Zoo

The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education Center, located in Belmopan, is 29 acres of tropical savanna and exhibits with more than 150 animals, representing 45 species native to Belize. The zoo is home to animals rescued, orphaned, born at the zoo, rehabilitated and sent to the zoo as donations from other zoological institutions. More than 54,000 people visit the zoo each year. If you time your visit right, you may get to celebrate special birthdays for April the Tapir, Junior Buddy the Jaguar and Panama the Harpy Eagle. 960 1280

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Belize City

Belize City

With a population of almost 80,000, Belize City is the largest city in Belize. It is the country’s principal port and its financial and industrial hub. The city is also a popular port of call for several cruise ships. Belize City was the capital of British Honduras (as Belize was then known) until the government was moved to the new capital of Belmopan in 1970. 960 1280

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Belize City Tour

Belize City Tour

Don’t miss out on spending a day or two in this historic capital city. Belize City is composed of beautiful colonial houses, seaside parks, bustling shopping centers and great places to eat and stay along Haulover Creek. The Swing Bridge, which crosses Haulover Creek to link Albert Street with Queen Street, is the hub of the city and, some say, the heart of Belize itself. 960 1280

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Cave Tubing at Jaguar Paw

Cave Tubing at Jaguar Paw

Head for adventure in Belize! Go cave tubing at Jaguar Paw in Belmopan. Float down the river on an inner tube with only a headlamp to light your way. This journey through an underground cave system requires visitors to maneuver around stalagmites jutting from the river and stalactites looming from above. 960 1280

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