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The Pacific Northwest is a beautiful slice of America and makes for an ideal summer trip. A rental car isn’t that expensive, and it’s a terrific way to explore lesser-known destinations throughout the region. But when you’re driving till night or well into the day, finding a hotel can be a little stressful.

You can save time by pre-booking a few hotels. If you use this guide, however, you’ll save time on the road while still allowing for spontaneity.

Tukwila, Washington: Larkspur Landing Renton – An All-Suite Hotel

You’re likely going to start your trip in Washington State, which is a good starting point to see quaint places like Tukwila. This cute city has a lot of fun activities to do, such as indoor skydiving, bowling, a casino, and a family fun center. The Larkspur Landing Renton is a terrific all-around hotel for the family. Enjoy your complimentary basket of fruit and gourmet cookies. If you feel like cooking after a day of exploring, there’s a fully equipped kitchen, roomy seating areas for the family, as well as an iPod docking station and a flat-screen TV for entertainment.

Eugene, Oregon: Hilton Garden Inn

Oregon is a state known for its natural beauty and laid-back atmosphere. Once you glide into Eugene, take advantage of the natural parks, home-grown eateries, and local wineries. You’ll feel most comfortable at the Hilton Garden Inn, where you can make yourself at home with a fridge, microwave, and coffee maker. There’s plenty of parking, and the large sitting areas and comfortable beds make this a great rest stop during your road trip.

Renton, Washington: Cedarbrook Lodge

Renton has one major site that you can’t miss. The Jimi Hendrix Grave Site is a popular destination and is a must for fans of rock ‘n’ roll. Don’t miss out on a seaplane tour or a visit to the aquatic center. If you want a cozy place to stay, the Cedarbrook Lodge is perfect for you. Enjoy a body wrap and some delicious cuisine in the Copperleaf Restaurant. After a nice meal, sink into the superior bedding with down comforters.

St. George, Utah: Inn on the Cliff

Utah is a rich land of beautiful landscapes and historic sites. Take a hike in Pioneer Park or enjoy the murals of St. George Tabernacle. Take advantage of the landscape by staying at a cliff side hotel, Inn on the Cliff. Swim in the pool, watch a sunset on your balcony, and enjoy a nice dinner in the scenic restaurant.

Jackson, Wyoming: The Rustic Inn

If you want nature galore, Jackson is a nature lover’s dream. Visit any number of nature preserves or do an eco tour. One site you can’t miss is the National Elk Refuge. The Rustic Inn is the ideal hotel as your jumping off point. A variety of rooms are available such as lodge rooms with spa bathrooms and verandas with a view or spa suites with jet tubs and full kitchens. This is a pleasant base to take in all of Jackson’s sights.

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