03/21/2013 07:39 am ET Updated May 21, 2013

11 Hotels That Are Destinations Unto Themselves (PHOTOS)

Sometimes, the journey is about the destination. Because the destination is so special that your whole travel experience is wrapped up inside it. We've traveled the world and have been to some pretty special spots. From a western dude ranch to a Florentine palazzo to an African canoe excursion, these 11 trips offer a far richer experience than your typical overnight stay.

--Kelsey Blodget,

11 Hotels that Are Destinations unto Themselves