Travel Picks: Sleep with King Tut or tigers in 10 quirky U.S. spots

Fri Apr 2, 2010 6:14pm EDT
 
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NEW YORK (Reuters Life!) - If you're looking for an unusual place to stay while on vacation in the United States, how about sleeping at a schoolhouse or sharing a bedroom with King Tut?

Travel website TripAdvisor has compiled a list of 10 of the top quirkiest U.S. accommodations according to its editors and travelers. This list is not endorsed by Reuters.

"Quirky appears to be 'in' in 2010, with these off-beat properties among the most beloved by our members," said Christine Petersen, chief marketing officer for TripAdvisor.

1. McMenamins Kennedy School, Portland, Oregon

Guests can stay at his elementary school-turned-quirky hotel, where the guestrooms were once classrooms - still complete with chalkboards today - and the auditorium is now a movie theater.

2. Forget-Me-Not Lodge and the Aurora Express, Fairbanks, Alaska

This restored Alaska Railroad car with views out over Fairbanks, Alaska, and the Alaska Mountain Range is completely authentic.

3. Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood, Idaho

This unconventional Idaho inn is shaped like a giant dog with carved dog statues made by the owner, a headboard covered in carved dogs, and plenty of real furry friends all over.   Continued...