Planning a road trip is tons of fun. You have complete control over your travel plans because you’re the one driving. Laying out a fun trip that’s several weeks long and takes you to tons of exciting places is great. If you’re road-tripping in the desert, the Pacific Northwest, or California, remember to include these spots in your plans.
A road trip to Las Vegas is the perfect thing for a girls’ weekend, a pre-wedding party, or a simple escape from life. When you stop here, most of the hotels are going to be on Las Vegas Boulevard as is most of your entertainment. People come here to gamble, but they also come for resort hotel experiences, unbeatable shows, and exuberant nightlife.
Many Las Vegas hotels (even the budget ones) offer resort amenities such as pools and on-site massages. If you’re saving your money for activities, try the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino. For a luxury stay, consider the Wynn Las Vegas, which has won tons of awards and features an 18-hole golf course.
Your California road trip is not complete without a stop in Los Angeles. The area is full of must-see spots, such as the Hollywood sign, Madame Tussaud’s, and Sunset Blvd. The city is huge and gets a lot of tourism throughout the year, so before you start your road trip, book tickets in advance and plan your Los Angeles activities. For example, try to be in L.A. during one of the twice-monthly nights when the Electric Dust Drive-In plays a movie on the side of a building.
When booking a hotel in Los Angeles, keep in mind the location and your budget. Los Angeles is unfortunately not very walkable, so be prepared to spend some extra time in the car. Find the best budget hotels between the airport and downtown, such as the Rodeway Inn, and seek upscale accommodations with beach views in Santa Monica, such as Shutters on the Beach.
A road trip in the Pacific Northwest probably includes spots like Spokane and Seattle, and if you love those cities, then Portland absolutely must be on your list. This Oregon city has great public transportation, so if you book the right hotel, you can leave the car in the lot for a few days and give yourself a break from driving. Just remember to bring a raincoat; Portland can be pretty rainy.
While you’re exploring Portland, don’t forget that some of the hotels are city landmarks too. Get a history lesson and great accommodations all in one. The Heathman Hotel is a 1927 structure; this historic Portland hotel is one of the city’s oldest. Plus, when you choose a downtown hotel like the Heathman, you’ll be close to great Portland attractions like the Portland Art Museum and Chapman Square.
Plan your road trip in advance by booking hotels and tickets before you leave. However, leave wiggle room for staying an extra day or two in some favourite spots.