One of the coolest cross-country trips a traveler can take is along I-40. The third longest interstate in the United States, the route runs all the way from Barstow, California to Wilmington, North Carolina (that's a 36-hour drive from end-to-end, in case you're wondering). Yet, it’s not the length that makes I-40 appealing for travelers. Rather, it’s the amazing and unique sights that decorate this stretch of highway.
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Commune Design Transforms a 1960s Bank into The Durham.
More than a century old, the Omni Grove Park Inn is the grand dame of Asheville hotels. It has 513 rooms (some of which have put up presidents), a golf course, and six indoor and outdoor tennis courts. But what you really need to book here is an indulgent package at the 43,000-square-foot spa—a Lord of the Rings-like subterranean lair with lap pools, waterfalls, saunas, and scented steam rooms. The 80-minute Blue Ridge Symphony treatment combines Swedish, deep-tissue, and stone massage with…