Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Atlanta

The sun is scorching, humidity blazing, and the traffic is as bad as ever. So what’s an Atlantan to do? Hit the road, of course. And with so many great locales just a half-day’s drive or less from Atlanta proper, there’s a whole summer of adventure waiting for you. Here are our picks for the top five small-town getaways from Atlanta.

A spanish moss draped road in Savannah, Georgia

1. Savannah, Georgia

Take in the many competing architectural styles to be found along the Spanish moss covered streets in Savannah’s Historic District, or hop on a riverboat to see the city from a waterfront perspective. If exploring gets you hungry, you won’t want to miss a meal at Elizabeth on 37th for an authentic Southern Coastal dining experience.

Where To Stay: The Cotton Sail Hotel Savannah, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

2. Augusta, Georgia

Golf fans know that the Augusta is synonymous with the Masters Tournament, and while average Joe’s aren’t likely to snag a tee time at the exclusive Augusta National Golf Club, visitors can still hit the links at the highly rated Augusta Municipal Golf Course, also known as “The Patch”

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Augusta

3. Chattanooga, Tennessee

Don’t let the gentle nature of the rolling hills surrounding this Southern gem fool you — they’re jam-packed with adventure! Start your trek at Rock City Gardens to see natural formations with funny names like Fat Man’s Squeeze and Mother Goose Village. Continue the action at Ruby Falls to experience a 145-foot underground waterfall and impressive natural cavern.

Where To Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Chattanooga Downtown

4. Jekyll Island, Georgia

If no place but the beach will do, then look no further than charming Jekyll Island which is often less crowded than its more Northern Golden Isles cousins. This barrier island is also the place to go if aquatic wildlife sparks your interest; book a dolphin tour to wave hi to Flipper, or stop by the Georgia Sea Turtle Center to learn about our hard-shelled friends.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Jekyll Island

5. Greenville, South Carolina

Make it a foodie weekend in Greenville, where you’ll find a slew of high end restaurants ready to show you their take on high end, reimagined Southern cuisine. Start you day with a cuppa from Due South Coffee Roasters, then head to for a brunch bagel at Sully’s Steamers. By the afternoon, find yourself a platter of oysters at the raw bar at Jianna before ultimately settling in for dinner at James Beard Award Winner Sean Brock’s Husk.

Where To Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Downtown Riverplace

Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Austin

Sure, Austin may be topping all the where-to-visit lists from around the country, but if you’re a local, you need a place to escape sometimes too! Luckily, with plenty of great driving destinations just a few hours from the Capital city, you’ll be able to get your vacation started pronto at any of our top picks.

The Alamo Mission in San Antonio, Texas

1. Fredericksburg, Texas

Start your trip by hiking up nearby Enchanted Rock, then reward your efforts with a stop (or several) at the local wineries that comprise the Texas Wine Trail. In the evenings, the walkable downtown district comes alive with restaurants and galleries that highlight the area’s German culture.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Fredericksburg

2. Marble Falls, Texas

Outdoor enthusiasts will rejoice at the many activities in and around Lake Marble Falls, like hiking, boating, fishing, swimming, and playing some of Texas’s best frisbee golf courses. After all that exertion has worked up an appetite, swing by the famed Bluebonnet Café for pie happy hour.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Marble Falls – On The Lake

3. New Braunfels, Texas

After spending your days in a tube drifting peacefully down the spring-fed Comal River, you’ll want to change into cowboy boots for the evening to take in a great meal at the Gristmill Restaurant followed by some 2-stepping at Greuene Hall.

Where To Stay: Homewood Suites by Hilton New Braunfels

4. South Padre Island, Texas

If your vacation needs to be to the beach or bust, look no further than South Padre. Try your hand at kiteboarding or windsurfing along the shore, or head to the lagoon side of the island for unbeatable fishing and birdwatching. When you’re worn out, head to Pier 19 for seafood with a side of scenery.

Where To Stay: Tru by Hilton Corpus Christi South Padre Island Dr

5. San Antonio, Texas

Ok, ok, San Antonio isn’t exactly a small town, but as one of my all-time favorite vacation spots, it just didn’t seem right to leave it off the list. Explore the Mission Trail via bike before settling in for some great margaritas and people watching along the River Walk, or head to the Pearl District to take in the city’s best fine dining.

Where to Stay: Hilton Palacio del Rio

Escape to Your Favorite Hilton Beach via Livestream

If you’re starting to plan for a late summer or fall vacation, why not give your favorite destinations a test-drive? Numerous Hilton properties offer livestreaming webcams so that you can “try on” your vacation before you press “book”.

The beach as seen from the Grand Wailea Webcam

1. Grand Wailea Maui – A Waldorf Astoria Resort

What tops the surf and the sand of Maui? Ummmm…basically nothing, ever. Take in the ocean waves and rainbow sunsets from this webcam overlooking the shores of Wailea before reserving your own time in Paradise.

2. Hilton Sandestin Beach Golf Resort & Spa

Witness the emerald waters off the Florida coast or check out the numerous beachfront pools in Miramar Beach. This webcam also lets you look back at the last 24-hours so that you can plan out your favorite spots for any time of day. Plan your getaway today.

San Diego Beach

San Diego is all about the sunshine and surf scene, and the Hotel Del Coronado‘s location right along the famous Coronado Beach will have you in a California state of mind in no time.

A view of Diamond Head from the Beach at the Hilton Hawaiian Village resort on Waikiki Beach

4. Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

As if one gorgeous view of Hawaii wasn’t enough, the Hilton Hawaiian Village takes webcam viewers to the island of Oahu for more screenshot-worthy sights. Their webcam lets the viewer control the camera; choose from one of seven great viewpoints before booking your next stay.

Sunrise over the ocean as seen from the Hilton Fort Lauderdale
5. Hilton Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort

We jump from the Pacific Ocean to warm Gulf breezes at the Hilton Fort Lauderdale, where the pink and orange sunrise is sure to tempt you out of bed quite early.  Get your oceanfront room today.


Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Houston

Summer in Houston is no joke, and when the humidity gets high enough to make you feel like you might explode, it’s best to seek solace from a nearby destination. Here are five of our favorite drivable getaways that are just a few short hours from Houston.

The boardwalk in Galveston
The boardwalk in Galveston
1. Galveston, Texas

It’s all about seaside fun in Galveston where you can unwind on the beach before exploring the boardwalk-like atmosphere of the Galveston Island Pleasure Pier. When you need a break from the sand, head to the Strand Historic District for shopping and dining that can’t be missed.

Where To Stay: Homewood Suites by Hilton Galveston

2. Lake Charles, Louisiana

Need a break from cooking? Let the locals take your taste buds on an experience in Lake Charles where fresh-caught local seafood dots the menus of restaurants like Steamboat Bill’s, the Chart House, and Mama Reta’s Kitchen.

Where To Stay: Tru by Hilton Lake Charles

3. College Station, Texas

The home of Texas A&M University has more than just football on offer, and the quieter summer period is a great time to visit. Explore the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library on the University’s grounds before swinging by student favorite The Dixie Chicken for mouthwatering burgers and a cold beer.

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn College Station

4. Round Top, Texas

Antique hunters have long known that the sleepy town of Round Top is the place to be for some of the hottest deals and hardest-to-find collectibles in the state. Go on a treasure hunt in the stores along Henkel Square and Bybee Square before celebrating your discoveries with a slice of pie at Royer’s Round Top Café.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Brenham

5. Port Aransas, Texas

Pack up the sandcastle supplies and head for the white sand beaches of Port Aransas for the ultimate in a family beach vacay. This barrier island features access to just about every water sport you can imagine, as well as legendary fishing and bird watching.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Port Aransas


Five Best Small Town Getaways from Los Angeles

If the City of Angels has started feeling mighty crowded to you lately, we’ve got you covered! It’s time for a getaway, and luckily there are a number of great options just a short drive from LA proper. Here are our picks for some of the best small town getaways from Los Angeles.

The sunset through the palm trees in Santa Barbara
The sunset through the palm trees in Santa Barbara
1, La Quinta, California

Sure, everyone knows about Palm Springs but if you continue just a bit further into the desert, you’ll reach the slightly swankier suburb of La Quinta. There you’ll find one of the best spas in the country, not to mention five championship golf courses and more than 40 pools to relax away that city stress.

Where To Stay: La Quinta Resort & Club, a Waldorf Astoria Resort

2. Santa Barbara, California

Ready to act out the movie Sideways? The blockbuster wine movie that made this sleepy coastal city a star is still pumping out some of the best very vinos in the country. Spend your days visiting tasting rooms at the Firestone Vineyard, Sanford Winery, and Fess Parker Winery. We won’t even tell if you order a merlot.

Where To Stay: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

3. San Bernardino, California

A mountain view can help anyone unwind, and that’s what you’ll get at the base of the San Bernardino National Forest. Explore the hundreds of area hiking trails, or continue up the mountain to visit Snow Summit and Bear Mountain, which transform from winter ski resorts to summer adventure parks filled with zip lines, mountain biking, and more.

Where To Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel San Bernardino

4. San Juan Capistrano, California

Got a train buff in the family? Hop aboard the Amtrak Pacific Surfliner for a memorable ride to San Juan Capistrano. Once there, the family can explore the historic Spanish mission or indulge in unforgettable cuisine at the Ramos House Café.

Where To Stay: DoubleTree Suites by Hilton Hotel Doheny Beach – Dana Point

5. Valencia, California

If you love to take it to the extreme, then look no further than Valencia. A short drive up the 5 and you’ll be equally close to two great attractions: the thrill rides and roller coasters of Six Flags Magic Mountain and the mountain biking, hiking, and bass fishing of the Lake Castaic Recreation Area.

Where to Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Valencia

Five Best Small Town Getaways from Dallas-Fort Worth

It’s summertime in DFW, and with the kids finished with online school, there’s no time like the present to get exploring. Luckily, a world of adventure lies just a quick drive from the metroplex, with getaway styles for all types of travelers.

Nighttime view of Dallas
Nighttime skyline view of Dallas
1. Dallas OR Fort Worth, Texas

This one’s pretty simple — if you live in Dallas, try a weekend being a tourist in Fort Worth, by spending a whole day exploring the historic Stockyards and downtown core. If you live in Fort Worth, pop over for a stay in Downtown Dallas, chock full of great restaurants, museums, and shopping. And finish off either trip with a DFW classic steakhouse for dinner.

Where To Stay: The Statler Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton OR Hampton Inn & Suites Fort Worth Downtown

2. Glen Rose, Texas

Got a kid that’s obsessed with dinosaurs? Start your visit at the Dinosaur Valley State Park to explore actual dino tracks and fossils, before heading to Dinosaur World to play on hundreds of life-sized dino replicas and playgrounds. You can even swing by the drive-thru Fossil Rim Wildlife Center for views of some of the dinosaurs’ still living descendants.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites, Cleburne

3. Shreveport, Louisiana

If a culinary adventure is on your mind, then look no further than the Creole and Cajun wonderland of Shreveport. Stop by Orlandeaux’s Café for a hearty gumbo, sample the poboys at The Blind Tiger, and finish it off with some red beans and rice plus an order of beignets from Marilynn’s Place.

Where To Stay: Hilton Shreveport

4. Tyler, Texas

Would a rose by any other name still smell as sweet? You can find out in the Tyler Rose Garden, home to the annual Texas Rose Festival. Continue the nature theme with a trip to the Tyler State Park for lakeside swimming, hiking, and biking.

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn, Tyler

5. Hot Springs, Arkansas

Rest and relaxation is the name of the game in Hot Springs where the historic Bathhouse Row features a number of spas and baths that draw from the naturally heated springs originating in nearby Hot Springs National Park.

Where To Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs Hotel & Spa

Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Chicago

It seems like this spring was on fast-forward in Chicago, doesn’t it? If you’re suddenly staring down summer and realize you don’t have vacation plans worked out just yet, never fear: there are several great destinations just a car ride away from the Windy City. Here are our top picks for small town getaways that will have you embracing summer in no-time.

A pier over the lake in Madison.
A pier over the lake in Madison, Wisconsin.
1. Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Athletic types will love the 26-mile (that’s a marathon!) Lake Geneva Shore Path that winds its way around the entire lake. And when you’re ready to dive in, you’ll have your pick of sandy beachfronts including the Big Foot Beach State Park, Riviera Beach, or Williams Bay Beach.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Elkhorn Lake Geneva


Culture and art is the name of the game in Grand Rapids where you can start your exploration at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum, followed by a jaunt through the extensive Grand Rapids Public Museum. For dessert, don’t forget a stop in the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.

Where To Stay: Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton

3. Madison, Wisconsin

If communing with nature is more your thing, set your sights on Madison where you can spend your days exploring the Olbrich Botanical Gardens, Henry Villas Zoo, and University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum. Continue your green journey with a stop at any of the city’s fantastic vegetarian restaurants.

Where To Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Madison Downtown

4. Fox River Valley, Illinois

The Fox River Valley includes a number of picturesque small towns following the path of the mighty river. Spend your days exploring the Buffalo Rock State Park or sipping your way through the area wineries and craft breweries before ending your stay with a drive-in movie at the McHenry Outdoor Theater.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Yorkville

5. South Bend, Indiana

It’s no surprise that South Bend is synonymous with Notre Dame University, but a visit to this college town is just as memorable when the students are gone for the summer. Explore the deserted campus to take in the beautiful architecture and landscaping, then in the evenings explore the River Lights Plaza for an interactive light exhibit along the banks of the St. Joseph River.

Where To Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel South Bend

Five Best Small-Town Getaways from Boston

Summer in New England is all about seafood and sunny seaside retreats, and luckily there are plenty of both located just a stone’s throw from Boston. Jump in your car and let us take you to our five favorite small-town getaways from Beantown.

Sunrise in Cape Cod
Sunrise in Cape Cod
1. Salem, Massachusetts

Famed for its connection to the Salem Witch Trials, Salem is a fascinating place to visit for both history buffs and supposed ghost hunters alike. The village is also a favorite of lighthouse devotees, with five of the structures dotting the city’s coast.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Salem-Boston

2. Cape Cod, Massachusetts

If you’ve got your heart set on a beach vacation, then there’s nothing like Cape Cod. Spend your days in the surf and sand at the Craigville Beach and your nights diving into local seafood, like you’ll find at the Naked Oyster and the Sea Street Café.

Where To Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Cape Cod – Hyannis

3. Providence, Rhode Island

One of the most walkable cities in the country, Providence invites visitors to explore its charming neighborhoods like Historic Federal Hill and Benefit Street. Once the sun sets, head to Water Place Park for your pick of restaurants nestled amongst public art.

Where To Stay: Hilton Providence

4. Mystic, Connecticut

Fans of the 80s film Mystic Pizza can make a pilgrimage to the film’s locations including the actual Mystic Pizza restaurant, which is still in operation. But this seaside town is more than just nostalgia: wannabe mariners can explore the historic tall ships at the Mystic Seaport Museum, while families with kids will appreciate the Mystic Aquarium.

Where To Stay: Hilton Mystic

5. Portsmouth, New Hampshire

This charming port town is only about an hour North of Boston but its strollable cobblestone downtown feels another world away and is replete with adorable boutiques and hip eateries: try the lobster mac and cheese at Cure and don’t miss a macaron from La Maison Navarre.

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Portsmouth Downtown

Five Best Small-Town Getaways From San Francisco

With many in the Bay Area working from home right now, it’s easy to feel like you never get to leave “the office.” Luckily, there are a plethora of charming and restorative nearby destinations that are just a few hours drive or less from San Francisco. See our top picks for a small town getaway close to the City.

Hot Air Balloons Take Off in Napa, California
Hot air balloons take flight over Napa, California.
1. Monterey, California

The famed Monterey Bay Aquarium is always worth a day’s visit, but there are plenty of other seaside attraction to enjoy in Monterey, including a trip to Cannery Row, the Old Fisherman’s Wharf, and for families with young children, the much beloved Dennis the Menace Park.

Where To Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Monterey

2. Napa, California

Wine lovers, unite! With dozens of vineyards and wineries offering daily tastings, your palette will never be parched in this oenophile’s dream. Once you’ve had your fill of vino, head to downtown Napa to explore great restaurants, cozy galleries, and interesting boutiques as well.

Where To Stay: Embassy Suites by Hilton Napa Valley

3. Sacramento, California

The Capitol City is a dream destination for families, replete with all kinds of activities for little ones. Train aficionados will love a visit to the California State Railroad Museum, while kids of all ages will love to re-enact Sacramento’s goldrush history with a Gold Fever! Tour.

Where To Stay: The Fort Sutter Hotel Sacramento, Tapestry Collection by Hilton

4. Santa Cruz, California

For the outdoor enthusiasts, it’s hard to beat Santa Cruz for natural beauty and wonder. Start your stay with a trip to the Natural Bridges State Beach or spy on the surfers from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, then cap off your visit with a stop at the Seymour Marine Discovery Center to learn what may be lurking just below the water.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn Santa Cruz West

5. Sonoma County, California

Not to be outdone by its slightly more famous wine-growing cousin Napa, the Sonoma County wine region mixes vineyards and tasting rooms with plenty of outdoor splendor as well. After you’ve had your fill of great wines, stop by Bodega Bay to try your hand at fishing and clamming or take a swim at the Sonoma Coast State Park.

Where To Stay: Hampton Inn & Suites Windsor – Sonoma Wine Country

Five Best Small Town Getaways from New York

We get it: you’ve been cooped up in your apartment for weeks, and you’re ready for a taste of fresh air and an escape from city life. Luckily, a great adventure is closer than you think. Here are our picks for the top five small-town getaways that are just a quick drive from the City.

1. The Catskills, New York

Take a hike to the famed Kaaterskill Falls, or try your hand at some off-road cycling at the Windham Mountain Bike Park; this dreamy destination is all about experiencing the great outdoors. If your adventures cause your appetite to spike, pop into top-rated Cucina for dinner or grab a pint & brewery tour at West Kill Brewing.

Where to Stay: Hampton Inn Kingston

2. Neptune Township, New Jersey

If it’s a beach getaway on your mind, escape the crowds of the more touristy beach destinations and head to the little enclave of Neptune. Pack the sand-castle tools and head to Avon-on-the-Sea for some white sand perfection, then end the day with a hearty meal from Local Smoke BBQ.

Where to Stay: Hampton Inn Neptune/Wall

3. Sleepy Hollow, New York

Yep, the tale of the headless horseman happened just a couple hours outside of Manhattan, and you can explore the supernatural at the (supposedly haunted) Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. For a less macabre outing, check out the manicured gardens of Kykuit, the Rockefeller family’s palacial hilltop estate.

Where to Stay: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tarrytown

4. Saratoga Springs, New York

If browsing and strolling along a charming and historic downtown block is more your getaway style, then look no further than Saratoga Springs. Or, make a visit to one of the town’s namesake bubbling mineral attractions at the Saratoga Spa State Park.

Where to Stay: The Saratoga Hilton

5. North Fork, New York

Wineries are calling your name from Long Island’s less visited coast. Go for an afternoon of tastings at Kontakosta Winery, Roanoke Vineyards and Bedell Cellars before finishing off the day at Lavender by the Bay for a scenic water view surrounded by fragrant flowers.

Where to Stay: Hilton Garden Inn Riverhead


Featured photo by Andy Arthur for Flickr / CC BY 2.0

The Official Recipe of the Signature DoubleTree Cookie

Ready to make your day a little sweeter? For the first time ever, DoubleTree by Hilton is sharing the official bake-at-home recipe for the brand’s beloved and delicious chocolate chip cookie.

Now at-home bakers can create the warm and comforting treat that has been synonymous with DoubleTree hotels worldwide.

DoubleTree cookies have a passionate following and a long history. More than 30 million cookies are consumed every year, and they even became the first food to be baked in orbit during experiments aboard the International Space Station.

We hope our warm chocolate chip cookies can bring a moment of comfort and happiness to your home.

DoubleTree Signature Cookie Recipe


  • ½ pound butter, softened (2 sticks)
  • ¾ cup + 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ¼ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 ¼ cups flour
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch cinnamon
  • 2 2/3 cups Nestle Tollhouse semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 3/4 cups chopped walnuts

Takes , makes 26 cookies.


  1. Cream butter, sugar and brown sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer on medium speed for about 2 minutes.
  2. Add eggs, vanilla and lemon juice, blending with mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, then medium speed for about 2 minutes, or until light and fluffy, scraping down bowl.
  3. With mixer on low speed, add flour, oats, baking soda, salt and cinnamon, blending for about 45 seconds. Don’t overmix.
  4. Remove bowl from mixer and stir in chocolate chips and walnuts.
  5. Portion dough with a scoop (about 3 tablespoons) onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper about 2 inches apart.
  6. Preheat oven to 300°F. Bake for 20 to 23 minutes, or until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.
  7. Remove from oven and cool on baking sheet for about 1 hour.
  8. Cook’s note: You can freeze the unbaked cookies, and there’s no need to thaw. Preheat oven to 300°F and place frozen cookies on parchment paper-lined baking sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake until edges are golden brown and center is still soft.

Click here for the recipe in metric units

Stream Your Way to Your Favorite Hilton Destination

A good movie can transport you to a foreign land without ever leaving your living room – you might even spy some of our hotels in your favorite films! Take a peek at our list of Hilton properties that have been featured in the movies to inspire your next streaming binge.

Looking up the exterior of the Hilton Chicago

Hilton Chicago: Home Alone 2
In Home Alone 2, Kevin McCallister famously gets “lost in New York,” living it up with limousines, cheese pizzas entirely to himself, and toy stores before having another run-in with the “Wet Bandits.” Believe it or not, the Christmas morning scene where Kevin is reunited with his family was actually shot at the Hilton Chicago. The suite the family celebrates in is the Conrad Suite, which spans two floors and over 5,000 square feet.

The Hilton Chicago has also been featured in several other movies, including Little Fockers (2010), Road to Perdition (2002), My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997), and The Fugitive (1993).

A view of the neon sign on top of The Drake Hotel in Chicago

The Drake, A Hilton Hotel: Risky Business
The city of Chicago is featured in many of John Hughes’ movies, and you might recognize The Drake from Risky Business – Joel meets up with Lana in the Palm Court of the hotel. The iconic neon signage on the exterior of the hotel can also be seen in other scenes.

The Drake has also been featured in My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997) and The Blues Brothers (1980).

The outside of The Beverly Hilton Hotel

The Beverly Hilton: Frost/Nixon
You may already know The Beverly Hilton as the site of the Golden Globe Awards, which have been held there since 1961, but the hotel also made its way to the silver screen in Frost/Nixon. You may catch a glimpse of the Beverly Hilton hotel lobby, and the balcony scene in the movie was filmed in room 817. The Beverly Hilton was also the real-life setting of Richard Nixon’s “last press conference.”

The Beverly Hilton is lovingly dubbed as the “hardest working hotel in Hollywood” by the Los Angeles Times, and has also been featured in Argo (2012) and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985).

The outside of the New York HIlton Midtown at dusk

Hilton New York: Spider-Man 3
The New York Hilton Midtown is full of history, and it can also be spotted in several movies. In Spider-Man 3, Gwen Stacy falls from 1345 Avenue of the Americas, which is the building next door to the New York Hilton Midtown. The exterior of the hotel is shown in the background of this scene.

The New York Hilton Midtown is also featured in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Two Weeks Notice (2002), Michael Clayton (2007), and American Gangster (2007).

A view of the rainbow tower and the ocean at Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort: Godzilla
In 2014, Godzilla roared its way back onto the big screen, and in the monster’s reign of terror, it demolishes the famous Rainbow Tower of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Luckily, the Rainbow Tower was only digitally demolished in the movie, and it still stands in Honolulu along the widest stretch of beach in Waikiki.

The property might also bring a feeling of nostalgia for 90s kids, who might recognize it from You’re Invited to Mary-Kate & Ashley’s Hawaiian Beach Party (1996).

Hilton Isla Nublar Resort: Jurassic World
Admittedly, the Hilton Isla Nublar Resort is fictitious, but one can dream, right? Unfortunately, you can’t actually enjoy the property’s luxury spa “with unique Mesozoic stone massage,” but you can take a virtual trip there just by turning on your TV. This fantasy resort is set right in the heart of Jurassic World, where guests stay during their visit to the island also inhabited by dinosaurs.

The Hilton Isla Nublar Resort isn’t the only fictional Hilton hotel gracing the silver screen – 1990’s Total Recall features the “Hilton Mars,” and 1968’s 2001: A Space Odyssey also features a fictional Hilton hotel.

Movies have an impeccable ability to carry us to different times and places. If you need me, I’ll be queueing up these movies for a world tour straight from my couch!