There's lots of ways of achieving HDR photos. Photoshop CS4 and the improved CS5 will do it for you but there are a couple of notable 3rd party SW that will do that trick and make it seem like you're cheating abit. Namely Topaz and Photomatrix.
This is an example of HDR from Photoshop CS4
This is an example of Topaz. I love this program its relatively cheap and can be bundled with the denoise to achieve the very dreamy surreal look.