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USA Today names top 10 historic hotels in the U.S.

From haunted hotels to beachfront properties and spas, this list has it all.

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Ready for a classic American road trip? Staying at one of America's historic hotels can compliment the experience by providing a unique stay at a property that doesn't fit the standard hotel chain box, all while providing first-class amenities and charm.

USA Today readers chose these top hotels during an online poll. Some have appeared on the list in previous years though rankings have shuffled. The youngest hotel on this list is 91 years old. The oldest celebrates its 173-year anniversary this year.

Scroll down to see the winners.

No. 10 - The Langham, Huntington – Pasadena, California (1907)

The Langham, Huntington

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The Langham, Huntington dates back to the Gilded Age, but its has generations of unique history, including a rough start - the original hotel property closed after just one season of service. Still, it lives on today, much refreshed and revived. The hotel sits in the Los Angeles metro but offered a peaceful respite from the hustle and bustle of the crowd. Historical Property tours are offered daily at 2:00 p.m.

No. 9 - Congress Hall – Cape May, New Jersey (1879)

Congress Hall

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Named as America's First Seaside Resort", Congress Hall traces its roots back to the early 19th Century with the property starting as a boarding house in 1816. A fire destroyed that property, but the owners rebuilt. The new lodgings became a frequent destination for U.S. presidents including Ulysses S. Grant, Franklin Pierce, and James Buchanan. It was President Benjamin Harrison that made Congress Hall his "summer White House" and conducted the affairs of state from the hotel.

No. 8 - The Hermitage Hotel – Nashville, Tennessee (1910)

The Hermitage Hotel

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The Hermitage Hotel in downtown Nashville sits at the intersection of old meets new in the booming Southern town. The 122-room luxury hotel has played host to a long list of famous Americans including Babe Ruth, President John F. Kennedy, Patsy Cline, and Johnny Cash. The pet-friendly establishment has its huge painted glass lobby skylight as just one of its standout architectural features.

No. 7 - Grand Hotel – Mackinac Island, Michigan (1887)

Grand Hotel

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Located on Michigan's Mackinac Island, the elegant Grand Hotel is steeped in history and tradition. It's home to the world's longest porch, which comes fully stocked with rocking chairs, that allows for views of the Straits of Mackinac. No cars are allowed on the small island so you'll take a ferry from the mainland then travel via horse-drawn carriage, bicycle, or on foot to the hotel.

No. 6 - Deer Path Inn – Lake Forest, Illinois (1929)

Deer Path Inn

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Halfway between Milwaukee and Chicago, on the Illinois side of the border, sits the Deer Path Inn, not too far from Lake Michigan. The design of the newly restored hotel is reminiscent of a 15th century Tudor mansion, complete with roaring fireplaces and English gardens. Guests can book afternoon tea or grab something stronger in the on-site pub.

No. 5 - The Francis House – Calistoga, California (1886)

The Francis House

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The Francis House is unique, not just for Napa Valley, but also for a hotel. It boasts just five guest rooms and is the only stone building with authentic French Second Empire architecture in Napa County. It was shut in 1965 and remained vacant for 52 years until it was given a new life in 2018. The hotel is located near a number of tasting rooms.

No. 4 - Mission Inn Hotel & Spa – Riverside, California (1876)

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The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California is easy to overlook with all the hustle and bustle of the Los Angeles metro area. However, it stands worthy of consideration with spaces filled with fine art (it houses the oldest bell in Christendom, dating back to 1247), its link to Hollywood movie history (it's been featured in numerous films), and ties to U.S. Presidents (Presidents Roosevelt, Taft, Hoover, Nixon, Reagan and George W. Bush have all stayed there). The hotel also has an award-winning spa and breathtaking architecture, which help it stand out from the crowd.

No. 3 - Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa – Point Clear, Alabama (1847)

Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa

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The Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa in Point Clear is part of the Autograph Collection of hotels. It sits just south of Mobile on Mobile Bay, right on the edge of the Gulf of Mexico. The resort features two golf courses, a 20,000-square-foot spa, tennis courts, and white sand beaches.

No. 2 - Historic Hotel Bethlehem – Bethlehem, Pennsylvania (1922)

Historic Hotel Bethlehem

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The Historic Hotel Bethlehem has only been around since 1922 but the tradition of hospitality began at the site of the current hotel in 1741. The historic accommodations recently added a 5,000-square-foot convention center. Each year, the town goes all-out during the Christmas season, but year-round, you'll find that the Historic Hotel Bethlehem is celebrating its ghosts.

No. 1 - The Peabody Memphis – Memphis, Tennessee (1869)

The Peabody Memphis

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The Peabody is also known as the "South's Grand Hotel" and is known the world over for its elegance and five resident ducks, who march through the lobby daily at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., something that has been happening since 1940. The hotel is located in downtown Memphis, just steps from the Mississippi River.

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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

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Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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The new Chiron was co-designed with Hermés at the request of the client.

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Just a few weeks ago, Rolls-Royce showed off a Phantom that was created using materials and craftsmanship from fashion house Hermés. Fast forward to this week and Buggati has delivered something similar, but this one has a super sports car edge.

The one-of-a-kind Bugatti Chiron habillé par Hermès was crafted at the French luxury marque's Molsheim Atelier, combining the history of two hallmark members of the French fashion and automotive industry. It was made for Manny Khoshbin, a real estate investor-turned-influencer.

"I am a true Bugatti aficionado – I wanted to name my son 'Ettore' but my wife disagreed," said Khoshbin. "When I saw the Chiron1 for the first time in 2015, I was one of the first customers in the world to reserve a build slot, yet one of the later to take delivery of one, but the reason for that was down to me."

Manny Khoshbin's Bugatti Chiron habillé par Hermès

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Khoshbin wanted to "defy the limits of custom automotive design" according to a media release, which prolonged the car's design and production phases.

The new Chiron features the intricate application of custom colors, fabrics, and finishes that required the expertise teams in Molsheim and Paris. The interior is finished in the leather shade of Craie (meaning chalk in English), which was made famous by Hermés handbags and other luxury goods. The off-white hue is matched to the exterior of the Chiron. The exterior color treatment extends to the rear bumper, mesh covers, trim bits, and the car's Bugatti Classique alloy wheels. Most Chiron models have two main colors that contrast.

The horseshoe grille on the Chiron has been customized to wear the Hermés signature "H" monogram while its Courbettes motif, graces the underside of the rear wing, which features a unique rearing horses design to emphasize the Chiron's 1,479 horsepower.

Khoshbin chose a Sky View glass roof for the vehicle that features two fixed glass panels above the driver and passenger seats.The exposed engine bay, Italian Red brake calipers, and aluminum-finish door sills are the only other exterior items not finished in Craie.

All materials used for the interior of the car have been crafted by Hermés from the seats to the console to the inner signature line, roof, door clasps, and rear panel. The Ecru leather around the centre console, dashboard and other parts of the interior, developed by Bugatti. The carpets are finished in the color Beige. The familiar Courbettes design finds another home in the car, this time on the console plate.

"The order of this special Chiron involved two visits to Hermès in Paris to discuss design, the realization of the interior and see progress being made," said Khoshbin. "Between myself, the team at Hermès and designers at Bugatti, we exchanged hundreds of emails. I took my time to draft the car and that was very much a conscious decision – this is a car that I will one day hand down to my son, it will live for generations".

"I'm truly thankful to the teams at Bugatti and Hermès for making this happen. I came to Bugatti with the idea, and it's not something that they'd usually do but they were open to the notion of making something special. Now I have three Bugatti models in my collection, and there is soon to be a fourth. There's this one, and two Veyrons, one a Grand Sport Vitesse "Les Légendes de Bugatti" Rembrandt Bugatti, that I love just to look at, they are so beautiful.

"Then we're about to take delivery of a Bugatti Baby II for my son," Mr. Khoshbin conitinues, "he is Bugatti mad, and gets excited every time he hears the name! I like the 'Chiron habillé par Hermès' the most out of them all – I drive it almost every day. It's a real driver's car and I still get excited every time I get into the driver's seat."

Khoshbin's affection for Hermés extends to other car brands as well. His YouTube channel shows off his customized, Hermés-themed Pagani Huayrai as well as others in his extraordinary collection. Watch his video of the custom Bugatti and all its accessories below. Skip to 6:35 if you're only interested in the car.

Everything You Need to Know About The Hermes Bugatti Chiron!!! www.youtube.com

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