The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado is famous for numerous reasons. It has been featured in numerous films including the Jim Carrey film "Dumb and Dumber" as well as Stephen King's two "Shining" films. In fact, a trip to the Stanley Hotel inspired Stephen King to write his famed novel that was eventually turned into the famed Stanley Kubrick and Jack Nicholson film as well as the 1997 made-for-TV miniseries.

Stephen King Stayed in The Stanley

Stephen King stayed in the notorious room 217 in 1974 with his wife and had a horrifying dream about his son which inspired him to write his famous novel "The Shining."

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When this happened, King and his wife were the only guests in the hotel, much like Jack Torrance and his family in the novel and films.

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