Hipmunk Hotels: Plan Your Next Road Trip Through The West From Riverside CA to Bend OR

9 Years ago, I found myself on a road trip through the West of the US. As a European, this had been a long time dream of mine to drive along the seemingly endless roads. If you’re planning a road trip through the West, make sure to visit the following stopovers, which more than likely will pleasantly surprise you

Immerse Yourself in Riverside’s Culture Scene

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There’s a reason Riverside is called the city of “The arts & Innovation”. With several festivals taking place throughout the year, and a variety of museums on offer, there’s no doubt your cultural senses will be pampered throughout your stay. While in Riverside, don’t forget to visit Mission Inn Riverside hotel, an impressive old world Spanish style mansion.

Let Your Hair Down in Reno NV

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Reno is known as “The biggest little city in the world” and is the smaller counterpart of Las Vegas. If you feel like the glitz and glamour in Las Vegas is too much, head to Reno which boasts casinos and nightclubs as well as excellent food venues and outdoor activities. Nestled near the Sierra Nevada mountains and Lake Tahoe only a short drive away, Reno is the perfect stop on your road trip.

Rest in Fort Collins CO

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It’s time to slow down on your road trip and relax in one of the hotels in Fort Collins. Explore the well-preserved old town, perusing the numerous boutiques, antique, and retail shops before winding down at one of the outdoor dining options. Make sure to sample locally crafted beer and find out why Fort Collins is called the “Craft Beer Capitol of Colorado”. If you’re not ready to slow down, Fort Collins has plenty of outdoor activities for the active traveller. You’ll be busy for days!

Soak Up History in Yuma AZ

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Yuma used to be a shipping port, receiving supplies from California to fight the Apache wars. Today, Yuma attracts visitors looking to take advantage of the driest, the sunniest and the least humid city in the US. While staying in one of the many hotels in Yuma, you can explore a variety of attractions in the city. Delve into Yuma’s rich history at Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park or marvel at restored historic buildings at Yuma Crossing State Historic Park.

Enjoy Outdoor Adventure in Bend OR

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If you’re craving outdoor fun, then Bend in Oregon is a must stop on your road trip. The city is located on the edge of the Cascade range and attracts many outdoor enthusiasts who are longing for activities. The mountains offer rock climbing, skiing, hiking, and paragliding while the Deschutes River proves to be the perfect playground for water rats with activities like white-water rafting, canoeing, and kayaking.

This post was written in collaboration with Hipmunk.

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Hi! I'm a Belgian travel blogger currently living in Vancouver, Canada after living in the UK for 7 years. I have a keen interest in responsible travel, volunteering and archaeology and I'm always on the lookout for new adventures around the world!

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