“It was the possibility of darkness that made the day so bright.”

-Stephen King

Here is a trend that will keep you awake at night. When it comes to experiential travel, the real adventure can often begin after dark. Pinterest predicts that the night will bring the most unforgettable experiences to travelers this year.

So if you’ve ever dreamed of seeing perfectly clear night skies or wondered what it’s like to hit the slopes after the sun goes down, we’ve compiled a list of the best night travel experiences.

Starry eyed by land and sea

Looking for a stunning sunset and some of the best stargazing in the world? Take a trip to Zion National Park in Utah. The cliffs glow orange from the late afternoon sun, then transform into a beautiful night sky filled with thousands of twinkling stars. The park protects this resource for future generations by keeping artificial light out, ensuring you have the clearest view possible. You might even get your first glimpse of the Milky Way. Book your stay at the Holiday Inn Express Springdale – National Park Area, located approximately one mile from the south entrance to the park.

The Maldives are the perfect place for astronomers of a different kind. Home to the “Sea of ​​Stars”, an incredible phenomenon that occurs in the reefs of the Maldives (most visible from June to December). The bioluminescent phytoplankton combined with the movement of the waves makes the water glow, making the water appear to be full of stars. The best place to see this is Vaadhoo Island in Raa Atoll. The InterContinental Maldives Maamunagau Resort is located on Raa Atoll and is the perfect base for your marine adventures.

Under the sea… At night

Curious to know what happens under the waves at night? This one is for the real thrill seekers, you’ll want to add Cozumel night diving to your to-do list. The surface may seem calm, but as the sun goes down, a party begins below the surface. You can see basket stars, octopuses and squids, king crabs and lobsters and bioluminescent creatures. The InterContinental Presidente Cozumel Resort offers access to a five-star PADI Scuba Du center, which can arrange boat trips for certified divers looking to push the limits with a night dive.

Fresh powder, lit slopes

Night skiing has become increasingly popular in recent years. The experimental chalet in Verbier, Switzerland is a skier’s paradise. The hotel can be booked through IHG as part of its partnership with Mr & Mrs Smith. Verbier is the largest village in the 4 Valleys and has over 400 kilometers of pistes, so there is something for all levels. In the summer, these trails are transformed into mountain biking, hiking or climbing so you can get your adrenaline pumping any time of the year.

bright nights

The City of Lights shines brightest at night. One of the most famous nighttime cultural exploration events, the “Nuit Blanche” or “White Night”, takes place every October in Paris. During Nuit Blanche, public transport runs all night, museums and tourist attractions are open late, and many street performances take place after hours at venues around the city. The Crowne Plaza Paris – République is located in the lively Marais district and offers easy access to five metro lines. This is the ideal place to book your stay for the Nuit Blanche. The hotel has its own notable history as the original building was built in 1866 and boasts one of the largest interior courtyards of any hotel in Paris.

Another not-to-be-missed nighttime festival is Dark Mofo. It is set in Tasmania off the southern coast of Australia and celebrates the darkness of the southern winter solstice. With musical acts, large-scale light installations and a winter feast, it reflects Tasmanian Gothic aesthetics in art and literature. It’s wacky, bizarre and unlike any other nighttime festival in the world. Crowne Plaza Hobart is in the heart of Tasmania and the perfect place to crash after an unforgettable night at Dark Mofo.

Dinner under the stars

Luckily, the kitchen doesn’t close for those nighttime hotspots. Let’s start with one of the food capitals of Europe – London. This diverse city can satisfy any craving, with everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to classic pub fare and a variety of international dishes. We recommend taking a food and cocktails tour at dusk in Soho to discover the restaurants that are shaping the city’s food culture. Kimpton Fitzroy London is a short walk from the tube and offers its own culinary and cocktail delights including Fitz’s and Galvin Bar & Grill.

Looking to satisfy your street food cravings? Look no further than one of the street food capitals of the world – Bangkok. There is no shortage of night markets in this vibrant city, but the Ratchada Railway Market may take the top spot. Known for offering some of the best Thai street food in town, som tum pork skewers and everything in between. Exploring the market is also one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Thai culture. Holiday Inn Bangkok is located in the heart of the city and close to public transport, giving you easy access to local cuisine.

creatures of the night

Although we may have an all-nighter on occasion, some animals are always the busiest while we sleep. You can see what these nocturnal creatures are up to on a night safari. Australia is well known for its diverse wildlife and Melbourne is the perfect place for a night safari. There are so many options to choose from, including the Moonlit Sanctuary Wildlife Conservation Park and the Werribee Zoo Night Safari. These are highly interactive and allow you to see some of your favorite animals up close that you usually only see in wildlife documentaries like penguins, zebras, giraffes and more. Voco Melbourne Central is a truly quirky property in the middle of the city with stunning views and modern charm. It even has a rooftop plunge pool, perfect for relaxing before your night game drive.

Wildlife might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Singapore, but give it a chance, especially after the sun goes down. The Night Safari in Singapore is an open-air zoo that is home to over 2,500 nocturnal animals. As you travel through the safari on a guided tram, you can see the nightly routines of leopards, lions and more. Crowne Plaza Changi Airport, voted the world’s best airport hotel for the seventh time in 2022 by Skytrax, is a property you must experience when visiting.

Looking to stay closer to downtown? Regent Singapore is just 30 minutes from Singapore Changi Airport and a 15-minute walk from Singapore Botanic Gardens. You will be immediately struck by the sun-drenched atrium of this tropical sanctuary, capturing the essence of Singapore as a “city within a garden”.

From moonlight tours, northern lights and guided city tours, you’ll find that travel is a 24-hour adventure and there are as many experiences to be had at night as during the day.

With 17 brands and more than 6,000 properties to choose from worldwide and IHG’s redesigned loyalty program, IHG One Rewards, which gives members richer benefits and faster ways to earn money every stay, start planning those nighttime adventures you’ve always wanted with IHG Hotels & Resorts today.