Estes Park’s Stanley Hotel is one Colorado destination that has been attracting horror fans and movie buffs for years thanks to its ties with the Stephen King bestseller, The Shining. In 1974, Stephen King and his wife booked a room at the hotel, only to discover they were the only overnight guests. That night, King had a dream which inspired his famous novel about a family stuck in a hotel with a haunted past. The Overlook Hotel that’s featured in The Shining was modeled after the Stanley.

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Stanley Hotel, Estes Park, Colorado.

Though the Stanley hasn’t always been known as a haunted hotel, rumors about paranormal activity have picked up in recent years, attracting television shows like Ghost Hunters and Ghost Adventures. Visitors can even take a guided ghost tour.

With 420 rooms, the many guests of the Stanley Hotel are able to take advantage of its close proximity to Rocky Mountain National Park, which is roughly five miles away.

The hedge maze featured in the movie “The Shining” was added into the movie set though it was not mentioned in the novel. It was later added as an attraction to the Stanley Hotel in 2015 as a nod to the hotel’s ties to the film.

The Stanley Hotel surrounded by Autumn Trees. Photo Credit: shutter18 (iStock).

If you’re planning a stay at the Stanley Hotel today, you’ll love its panoramic views of the Rockies and the on-location amenities, like a restaurant and spa.

DESTINATION: Rocky Mountain National Park

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