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The United States has beautiful landscapes of all types, but arguably the best comes from the Colorado Rockies. Come and visit any time of the year and make a stop at these great surrounding cities!
A fun stop on iconic Route 66, Flagstaff, AZ, is a great option when visiting mountain cities. One might consider coming in the fall and putting up with slightly higher rates to adore the beautiful fall foliage and the San Francisco Peaks. Inexpensive accommodations include Ramada Flagstaff East, Budget Inn and Highland Country Inn. It’s advised to have a rental car in Flagstaff, too, as its location to Route 66 gives you a great advantage to visit neighboring cities and all they have to offer. In September, when the summer heat begins to wear off, make sure to check out the Route 66 Days Festival.
Not terribly popular with younger tourists looking for adventure, Sedona, AZ, is mostly known for its spa getaways – and expensive ones at that. Those who want to soak it all in should check out Days Inn Kokopelli Sedona and Kings Ransom Inn to stick to a cheaper budget while still having the ability to enjoy pampering. Popular spa spots include the Amara Resort Spa, the Crystal in Sedona, and Stillpoint. Visitors can soak in the beautiful scenery from the lodge as well, easily viewing the Elephant Rock and the Giant Thumb.
Glenwood Springs, CO
Who wouldn’t want to make a stop in America’s Most Fun Small Town? Given the honor by Rand McNally, Glenwood Springs, CO, has plenty of great accommodation options at a budget to make it worth the visit. The Denver Hotel and Hotel Glenwood Springs are two such hotels that will run about $100 per night depending on the season. Visitors to Glenwood Springs can enjoy views of the beautiful Rocky Mountains from anywhere in the city and are encouraged to explore the Glenwood Caverns.
Colorado Springs, CO
Those looking for fresh, mountain air will be hard pressed to find any better than on Colorado Springs, CO. Adventure lovers will thrive on the various outdoor activities available to them, including hiking, kayaking, skiing, rafting, and more. Visitors can often find lodging for less than $150 per night at various hotels such as La Quinta Inn & Suites, Days Inn, Super 8, or even AirBnB. Make sure to bring your swimsuit as you can’t leave this wonderful city without a dip in its famous hot springs.
Salt Lake City, UT
One of the most-visited mountain cities and surrounded by the magnificent Wasatch Mountains at every angle, Salt Lake City, UT, has something for everyone. From shopping and restaurants to hiking and kayaking, visitors will find all kinds of activities perfect for the family. It’s advised to visit in the fall when the crowds aren’t too big, unless you specifically come for the winter skiing. A stay at The Salt Lake Plaza Hotel at Temple Square will put visitors right in the center of the action, too.
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