2. Gable and Lombard's Hot and Sweaty Honeymoon Digs: On their wedding night in 1939, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard got their kicks in a hotel on Route 66 — and you can, too, for only $55, if you can bear a night in the scorching heat of Arizona's Mojave Desert with no air conditioning.
Perhaps you'd expect more from Hollywood's most famous couple than a wedding night in Room 15 of the Oatman Hotel, where you'll still find the same white iron bed where Gable and Lombard awoke for the first time as man and wife.
Burros still wander the streets of Oatman, once a gold mining town, with less than 150 residents. It hasn't changed much since that March night when the screen legends decided Oatman was their best shot at any degree of privacy.
Lombard, who died three years later in a plane crash, never returned to Oatman. Gable visited several times to play poker with the miners.
Nowadays, the Gable and Lombard Room is the Oatman Hotel's most expensive accommodation. Still, hopeless romantics brave the desert heat to make whoopee where one of the most famous Hollywood marriages was consummated.
For an extra $2, you can get a souvenir copy of the movie stars' marriage license, and all the guests get a bag of animal feed to indulge the town's local, four-legged celebrities.
3. A Budget Hotel Fit for the King: Hardly a match for Graceland, the Best Western in Clinton, Okla., had one big appeal for Elvis Presley — it marked the halfway point between Memphis and Las Vegas, the most important cities on Earth.
Under an alias, Elvis stayed in Room 215 four times during the late 1960s, until a housekeeper let out the secret, fans mobbed the hotel, and the rock star had to run for it.
Presley never returned. But his room at the Best Western remains a shrine — with fans now paying $80 — rather than the usual $46 rate — to sleep in the same king-sized bed as the King himself.
4. Fancy Fugitive's Penthouse Hideaway: In 1972, when billionaire Howard Hughes wanted to check into the Westin Bayshore Resort in Vancouver, demanding the hotel's top four floors, the hotel didn't have much of a choice. The eccentric billionaire threatened to buy the hotel if his requests weren't met.
Years earlier, he had actually purchased the Desert Inn in Las Vegas under similar circumstances.
Usually, hotels trip over each other to attract millionaires. But by 1972, Hughes, then 66, had cemented his reputation as one of the strangest men on Earth. He had not been seen in public for years and was on the run from U.S. tax authorities.
Hughes eventually settled into rooms 2089-2091, where he resided for six months, invisible to all hotel employees, under the care of a private staff and a security staff, who indulged all his germ-phobic demands, which included 12 fresh boxes of Kleenex every day.
These days, you don't have to be a billionaire for the same royal treatment. All you need is $2,400 a night. And if you've got the dough, they've got the Kleenex.
5. John and Yoko's Bed-In Suite: The Vietnam War is long over, but you can stage your own personal "Bed-In" peace protest, just like John and Yoko did back in 1969, when they invited 150 journalists, various celebrities and former Canadian leader Pierre Trudeau into their hotel room for the world's most famous pajama party.
The lovefest culminated with Lennon writing and recording "Give Peace a Chance," with Tommy Smothers, Dr. Timothy Leary and Petula Clark gathered around the bed in a sing-along.