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From hot air balloons and private jets to personal screenings and parades, the best access to bucket list activities can often be granted by hotels. Local experts with a wide web of connections, savvy hotels are not only equipped to offer the best advice for area activities, but their own packages may be the only way to cash in experiences you’ve dreamt about but never knew were actually possible. Whether you’re hoping to ride on a float in a Mardi Gras parade or take a peek at Mission Control in Houston, this year’s GOAT hotel packages (that’s Greatest Of All Travel, of course) from North America have you covered. Here are some of the most unique, ranked by starting rate.
Experience Mardi Gras from the ultimate vantage point.
New Orleans is one of the country’s top destinations any time of year, but there’s nothing quite like a visit to The Big Easy during Mardi Gras, and the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel offers the best vantage point for all the chaos of Carnival. Catching the spectacle of the parades curbside is one thing, but the Ultimate Mardi Gras Experience offers two guests the invitation to ride on a float in the Krewe of Orpheus Parade on Lundi Gras this year, along with a stay in the Sheraton’s exclusive Executive Suites with Club Lounge Access. Beads, parade throws, two ornate Krewe costumes (including unique masks) and surprise welcome amenities are also included in this once-in-a-lifetime package. Additionally, you’ll receive two seats at the Orpheuscapade (the krewe’s ball following the parade) and a catering basket for the ball, including hors d’oeuvres and a bottle of your favorite adult beverage. Rates start at $359.
This package will send you high above Albuquerque in a hot air balloon.
October isn’t the only time of year to take the skies in a hot air balloon in Albuquerque. Sure, that may be when the International Balloon Fiesta takes flight, but you can hop into a basket any time of year. With the Up, Up and Away package from Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm, cross another experience off your bucket list as you catch sunrise over the Sandia Mountains from high above the Land of Enchantment. The year-round package includes two nights at the historic inn with daily brunch for two at Campo, where delicious food is accompanied by another round of stunning views. The nightly rate starts at $525 for double occupancy with a two-night minimum.
This package will bring you to Mission Control in Houston.
If space is your ultimate goal, set your sights first toward Space City with a stay at The Post Oak Hotel at Uptown Houston. With the Space Center Houston Package you’ll snag a two-night stay at the luxurious property with a $500 credit for use at on-site restaurants, an exclusive Space Center Houston experience for two and a grounding ritual spa treatment for two to gently bring you back to earth after your out-of-this-world adventure. An exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Johnson Space Center will grant access to areas only a select few have experienced before, and includes roundtrip helicopter transportation over the Houston skyline to and from Ellington Field, exploration of significant Apollo artifacts, an up-close look at the Astronaut training facility, a visit to the historic Mission Control Room and more. This one starts at $10,000.
This package will send you soaring high above St. Thomas.
When the whole family is desperate for an ultimate tropical getaway together, turn to The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas. For the family demanding the most wow-worthy return to travel, the Adventure For All Ages package offers three nights at this ultra-luxurious property for a family of four, and a dazzling array of exclusive amenities including a private nighttime movie screening on the beach, a private daytime boat charter excursion, a zipline experience, a private stargazing sail on the property’s luxury catamaran and a mangrove kayak and snorkeling tour. There’s even a specialty mocktail menu for the kids. A portion of the proceeds from bookings will benefit the Virgin Island’s Children Museum, available through the summer 2022 season and starting at $11,400.
This package brings the most exclusive Gold Coast moments.
For the jetsetters, Viceroy Chicago’s Luxury In The Gold Coast package allows guests to embark on endless adventures in air and on water, starting with a private flight with Private Jet Services (PJS) to Chicago before checking into the exquisite penthouse suite at Viceroy Chicago in the heart of the Gold Coast. The whirlwind experience includes an exclusive evening of dining at Somerset restaurant with a custom tasting menu designed by Chef Stephen and complimentary sunset cocktails at the Devereaux rooftop lounge. While just about everyone takes an architecture cruise at least once in Chicago, yours will take place on a 1964 Chris Craft 57’ Constellation private yacht. Roundtrip transfers from the airport are also included. Rates start at $30,000.