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America’s West has so much to see and do – it’s almost impossible to cover it all in one lifetime. Here are some ideas for your trip out west!
Flagstaff, AZ, is a great place to base yourself if you want to visit the Grand Canyon National Park yet explore other sites as well. Just 75 miles away from the park makes for an easy day trip and quick access to Route 66 means you can get around really easily and enjoy the local festivals and shows. There are plenty of great hotel options as well, including the Budget Inn, Highland Country Inn, and the Travelodge Flagstaff. Airbnb also has some great options in the city.
When visiting Pasadena, CA, it’s advisable to stay on Colorado Blvd as it’s typically the least expensive area in the city and close to restaurants and shopping, but it’s unlikely you’ll find anywhere really cheap on New Year’s Day during the famous annual parade or during the Rose Bowl. Makes sure to visit the Huntington Library, where you’ll find an original Gutenberg bible on display, and the private art collection of the Norton Simon Museum. There are some really great hotel options in the area such as Rodeway Inn and Suites, Swiss Lodge Motel, and Howard Johnson Pasadena. Of course Airbnb has some great accommodations as well if you’re really looking to save a buck and live like a local.
Just twelve miles from Los Angeles lies Burbank, CA, where travelers and TV buffs can get their fill of studios as this is a major hub in the picture industry. One studio in particular, the Walt Disney Studios, is certainly worth a visit, as is the Burbank Aviation Museum George Izay Park. Burbank also has several great hotels such as the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center and the Best Western Burbank Airport Inn.
Steamboat Springs, CO
Travelers who love outdoor activities will find a new home in Steamboat Springs, CO. From skiing and snowboarding to visiting a cattle ranch, there’s something unique about this fun city. Travelers can even soak in a hot spring to relax the day away – and especially because it doesn’t usually get too much hotter than 80 even in the middle of the summer heat. Be sure to visit during the favorite Winter Festival. Hotel accommodation can usually be found for about $100 per night, with great options available such as Steamboat Mountain Lodge, Rabbit Ears Motel, and Holiday Inn Steamboat Springs.
Santa Fe, NM
Those with a soft spot for Native American history and culture should waste no time in visiting Santa Fe, NM. With fantastic museums and art as well as natural beauty in the mountains and national forests, Santa Fe is a great weekend getaway. Hotels usually don’t get too expensive – especially in the winter season when the crowds are lower – and several examples include the Hampton Inn Santa Fe, El Dorado Hotel and Spa, and even a bed and breakfast at the Inn of the Five Graces. Enjoy the colonial Spanish architecture and the beautiful Palace of Governor’s.