ock music and traveling the open road are rites of passage with a seemingly perfect fit for summer.

From hotels with rooms decked out in psychedelic colors and funky artwork -- inspired by artists of the 60's and 70's -- to hotels owned in part by rock stars themselves, there's a lot to see out there this summer.

A sampling in the intertwined world of rock 'n' roll and travel is below.

Kimpton suites themed around rock and jazz stars
Hotel Monaco Denver

• The John Lennon Suite comes complete with a "Yellow Submarine" desk lamp and artwork featuring handwritten lyrics by John Lennon, Beatles CDs and books.

• The Grace Slick Suite includes a mix of original artwork done by the former lead singer of the Jefferson Airplane. Slick's CDs and books about her music are also available.

• The Miles Davis Suite, inspired by the late jazz artist, features artwork, memorabilia and a collection of instruments for guests to play as well as CDs and books.

Hotel Triton, San Francisco

• The J. Garcia Suite uses designs created by Jerry Garcia, the late musician and artist. The same silk fabrics used in Garcia's fashion line are featured in the room's upholstery and soft goods. A self-portrait hangs among many original watercolors on an autographed wall.

• The Suite: Judy Blue Eyes suite was designed partially by Graham Nash of the rock group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Nash's self-portrait and lyrics from the band's "Our House" are personally sketched on the exterior of the room's "very very very fine" door. Also on display: A collection of VIP concert access badges, a hookah pipe fashioned into a lamp and a selection of CSN&Y music.

• The Black Magic Bedroom, inspired by the art and music of guitarist Carlos Santana, is highlighted by a tapestry that incorporates Santana's imagery; the entryway is protected by a pair of whimsical angel figures.

Hotel Monaco Chicago's Party Like a Rock Star suite.Hotel Monaco Chicago

The Party Like a Rock Star suite's sitting room includes a red velvet couch, zebra-striped carpeting, a display of eight gold records by groups such as the Smashing Pumpkins and the Barenaked Ladies and a fully loaded TouchTunes jukebox featuring songs on a computer hard drive.

The bedroom is equipped with a Sony 52-disc CD player (and discs), a Danelectro electric guitar and amplifier set up for a jam session, 12 photographs of rock concerts and framed copies of the handwritten lyrics to two John Lennon songs, "Imagine" and "Day Tripper" (cowritten with Paul McCartney).

Source: Kimpton Group. To book, call (800) KIMPTON, visit www.kimptongroup.com or access the major GDSs.

Follow in U2's footsteps with Lynott Tours' itinerary

ynott Tours has created a four-night independent tour to Dublin highlighting sites made famous by Irish rock group U2.

The program departs daily with rates starting at $999 per person, double, including roundtrip air from New York, Baltimore or Boston and accommodations at the Clarence Hotel, which Bono and fellow band member The Edge have co-owned since 1995. Also covered are daily breakfasts and a suggested itinerary with 31 stops to follow in the footsteps of U2.

Highlights include Windmill Lane Studios, where the band recorded several of its albums; places where band members grew up; locations where videos were shot; music theaters where U2 performed; and the Hot Press Irish Music Hall of Fame.

For details, call (800) 221-2474 or visit www.lynotttours.com.

Hard Rock Hotel lets guests wake up to voice of their favorite rock star

ames Brown may not have sung "Wake Up, Little Susie," but he could be waking up clients named Susie staying at the Hard Rock Hotel at Universal Studios in Orlando.

The property, with nightly rates starting at $209 per room, offers pre-recorded wake-up calls by the likes of such artists as Brown, Eddie Money, Dee Snyder (of Twisted Sister fame), Alice Cooper, Earth, Wind & Fire or Run DMC.

Guests can choose from a menu of these artists when they press the button on their in-room phones to arrange the wake-up call.

There is no extra cost for this service. While it isn't the same as a personal call from a favorite artist, it still makes an interesting story when your client returns from his or her trip.

Datebook: Springsteen and Beatles events

• "Springsteen: Troubadour of the Highway," through Aug. 31.
Where: Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
Hours: Tuesdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; to 9 p.m., fourth Friday of each month.
Admission: $6 for adults; full-time students with ID and teens 13 and older: $4; senior citizens (65 and older): $4; children 12 and younger and museum members: Free.
Phone: (877) GO-CRANBROOK
This traveling multimedia exhibit is an examination of Bruce Springsteen's music, focusing on the themes of cars and the highway that pervade his work. Curated by Colleen Sheehy, a professor of American Studies at the University of Minnesota, the exhibit includes six videos and 50 photographs by the likes of Rolling Stone magazine photographer Annie Leibovitz. A free guide to the exhibit features essays by art historian Karal Ann Marling and Robert Santelli, director of the Experience Music Project in Seattle.

• International Beatles Festival, Aug. 21 to 26.
Where: Liverpool, England
Contact: Cavern City Tours
Phone: (011) 44-151 236 9091
This annual festival features tours of sites important to Beatles history, including John Lennon's childhood home, recently opened to the public. Over 100 Beatles tribute bands will play; fans will meet for a formal convention and visit such attractions as the Beatles Story Museum.

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