Ride the rails
Hotel: Northern Rail Traincar Suites, Two Harbors, Minn.
Description: In the 1930s, travelers "rode the rails," or traveled for free by hopping on freight trains and catching a little shut-eye when possible. Today, there's no need to snore on the floor. Instead, snuggle into a renovated, upscale boxcar that never leaves the depot-style main building at the Northern Rail Traincar Suites.
Located about 20 minutes from Duluth, Minn., this unique hotel is set amid a quiet birch and pine forest, with easy access (no ticket required) to Minnesota's picturesque North Shore of Lake Superior.
Rates: Prices vary, but they start at $87 in the winter and $139 in the summer.