07/06/2012 07:09 am ET Updated Sep 05, 2012

Mixing Business With Pleasure: Make A Weekend Of A Work Trip (PHOTOS)

Unfortunately, business trips sometimes take all the pleasure out of traveling. You may be in an awesome destination, but you're either cooped up in a conference room catching a presentation or burning the midnight oil, polishing up some sort of contract.

But why should these trips be all work and no play just because they're designated as the former? As avid travelers across the board, we say you might as well take advantage of your company-paid airfare and at least stay through the weekend. After all, you'll need some R&R after those heated boardroom discussions.

So we scoured U.S. cities to find the best hotels suited for mixing some business with pleasure. Because doesn't everyone deserve even a little bit of playtime?

-- Jane Reynolds,

Mixing Business with Pleasure