The famous Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO. Stephen King wrote The Shining here and based it on the hotel. We had so much fun there...Ghost stories abound on the tour. Besides all that it is a beautiful and grand place to stay or visit.
No matter the season, tourists and locals flock to Estes Park for its breathtaking scenery, various outdoors adventures, and unparalleled wildlife viewing. This historic town—it was named for a gold miner named Joel Estes, who “discovered” the Estes Valley in 1859—is also (and most notably) the gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park, which includes 415 square miles of mountains, lakes, trails, and rivers.