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Norman, home of the University of Oklahoma’s main campus, is just south of Oklahoma City. Chain motels clustered along Interstate 35 west of downtown provide most of the accommodations in the city. Privately owned properties in Norman and near the university campus range in class from bare bones accommodations to upscale retreats.
Arkansas City is a small farming community at the convergence of the Walnut and Arkansas rivers in south-central Kansas. Once the staging area for the Cherokee Strip Land Rush, the town offers a historic downtown shopping district, Cherokee Strip Museum and Kaw Wildlife Area. Visitors find only a handful of accommodations in Arkansas City with other lodging available in the nearby town of Winfield.
Window Rock derives its name from a 200-foot sandstone mountain with a massive hole that offers a window view of the sky. The small town on the New Mexico border is home to the administration center of the Navajo Nation, which is the second largest tribe in the United States. Window Rock offers limited accommodations with a better selection being available in nearby communities of St. Michaels and Gallup, N.M.
Sitting on land that was originally part of Rancho Santiago de Santa Ana in the early to mid 1800s, the city of Irvine just seems to keep growing. During World War II, the El Toro Marine Base was built and later the University of California at Irvine campus. Today, this one-time agricultural area blends seamlessly with neighboring Santa Ana, Costa Mesa and Tustin. Irvine motels tend to be clustered near the John Wayne Airport to the southwest and along Interstate 5 and its connectors.
Amarillo sits on historic Route 66, once a major gateway to the western United States. The city has nationally recognized motels, as well as Amarillo’s historic Big Texan Steak Ranch and Motel. Amarillo motels may not have as many rooms and amenities as larger hotels, but they offer basic accommodations and amenities for less money. Once a cattle ranch community, Amarillo features attractions such as the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum.
Located on the north bank of the Rio Grande River, Laredo is the largest inland port in the United States. This Texas town is home to four international bridges and a railway connecting Mexico to the United States, and its Spanish Colonial architecture and Mexican culture make this an interesting place for visitors. Along Interstate 35, which connects Laredo to the rest of Texas, are several motels where tourists can stop for a rest.
Located on the eastern banks of the Wabash River, Terre Haute is the business, educational and cultural capital of west-central Indiana. The city of 60,000 sits at the junction of two key highways: east-west Interstate 70, which runs from Baltimore to Utah, and north-south U.S. Highway 41 linking Michigan to Florida. Whether you’re visiting Terre Haute or just passing through, you’ll find a wide selection of motels from which to choose.
Spring Valley located about 22 miles north of Manhattan and five miles north of the New Jersey border, is part of the New York metropolitan area. Motels are concentrated around the New York State Thruway just south of the village. All of them offer standard motel amenities and are near shopping and dining.
Dewey Beach, known for its nightlife fueled by 20-something college students, is just two miles south of Rehoboth’s boardwalk, amusements and entertainment. Shops and restaurants, all within walking distance of beachside motels, line Coastal Highway, Dewey’s main street. Motels in Dewey Beach, Delaware, are generally more affordable than motels in it’s more famous neighbor to the north.
Charlotte, home to the University of North Carolina, USAirway’s hub airport and the location of a speedway famous for NASCAR events, boasts more than 50,000 hotel rooms. Chain motels dominate the Charlotte market; inexpensive mom and pop operations are hard to find and are not always in the best neighborhoods.
Fredericksburg, Virginia, located about 50 miles south of Washington, D.C., was the site of several major Civil War battles, and George Washington’s boyhood home, Ferry Farm, is across the Rappahannock River. Fredericksburg motels tend to be chain properties along major highways north and west of the city. They offer moderately priced rooms within an easy drive of the city’s attractions.
Set between Wallis Lake and the Pacific Ocean in the Great Lakes district of New South Wales, Tuncurry is an enticing destination for tourists who enjoy the great outdoors. A number of budget-friendly motels and lodges welcome overnight visitors who come for fishing, dolphin-spotting, nature and eco-tours, and to sample the renowned local oysters.
Barre is in central Vermont, neighboring the state's capital of Montpelier, and is an industrial town where the hum of granite mining can be heard coming from the Rock of Ages Quarry. Visitors come to Barre to see Montpelier and enjoy the local skiing destinations while staying in budget accommodations.
It is a historic area, college town and beach vacation spot all in one. Wilmington, North Carolina, a destination that attracts various types and ages of people for many reasons, offers numerous motels that are affordable while also providing key amenities. Many of these accommodations are in the Market Street area, although other Wilmington places to stay are scattered all over town.
Southeast Portland contains many of the city’s most distinctive and populous neighborhoods, from quiet Sellwood near the Willamette River’s Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge to hip and bustling Hawthorne, with its branch of Powell’s Books and the Baghdad Theater. A broader focus of the southeastern Portland metro area also encompasses communities like Oregon City, the oldest incorporated settlement west of the Rocky Mountains, and Milwaukie, with its annual Milwaukie Daze Parade and Festival in July. Several regional motels come with kitchenettes -- a few basic food appliances to preserve those food-cart leftovers and chill some of Portland’s famous microbrews.
The area surrounding Laurel Caverns in Pennsylvania is rife with attractions. Included are Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater, Kentucky Knob and the Ohiopyle State Park. Your trip may include just Laurel Caverns or another one of these attractions. US Route 40 is the main highway that connects most of the area attractions; most of the easily accessible, budget accommodations near Laurel Caverns sit along and near the famous highway in and around Uniontown.
Birmingham, Alabama, in the far southern foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, gained its reputation as a steel town and evolved into a city that celebrates its Southern culture. Four interstate highways pass through or around the city, and travelers in search of motels in Birmingham have a wide variety to choose from along those byways.
Binghamton, located in southern New York near the Pennsylvania border, overlooks the confluence of the Chenango and Susquehanna rivers. Motels in Binghamton cater to families visiting their kids at the state university, travelers on the interstate and people in town to do business with the high-tech companies that maintain offices in the city.
For vacationers in search of an Appalachian outdoors getaway in a very off-the-beaten-track location, Pikeville has a place with some potential. A small town in eastern Kentucky with a population of just over 6,000, the town nonetheless has a number of accommodation options and quaint attractions, in addition to its access to the rugged, forested foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
The city of Peoria, Illinois, is home to a bevy of first-rate, brand-name motels, most of which serve as affordable lodging options for tourists and business travelers alike. Free motel amenities like continental breakfast and on-site parking are sometimes preferable to the higher-end perks and services afforded by more expensive area hotels for travelers on a budget. In addition, these motel properties provide convenient access to several local parks, golf courses, well-known restaurants and other attractions, as well as major roadways like I-74.