Perhaps the opulence of the 60-room hotel near Texas’s capitol is what has kept some guests from ever checking out. Room 525 is said to be the most haunted in the hotel, having (at least according to legend) been the site of the suicides of two different brides some 20 years apart. You may also spot the spirit of Samantha Houston
bouncing a ball along the corridor—she fell to her death from the hotel’s grand staircase soon after the hotel opened. The Driskill is also, however, the site of many happier occasions. President Lyndon Johnson went on his first date with Claudia Taylor, later Lady Bird Johnson, here while every governor of Texas has held their inaugural ball at the hotel since 1887.