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Five Historic Hotels with Guided Tours that Bring the Past to Life as seen in the Washington Post
By Liz Langley

For travelers who seek out historic hotels, learning about a property firsthand and from an expert is a lovely perk. No brochure or website can make history come alive — or indulge questions — the way a human guide can. In fact, for many travelers, guided tours are the highlight of trips to such iconic properties as the Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia, which served as a secret bunker for members of Congress, or the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colo., which has a rich history both as a resort built by an automobile magnate and as the inspiration for the Stephen King novel “The Shining.”

The following lodgings, all featured on the Historic Hotels of America website (, offer guided tours of their fascinating properties, making your time there a truly memorable experience.

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