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Hostels

Hostels are mainly found in urban areas, in the northeast, the Pacific Northwest, California and the Southwest. Hostelling International USA runs more than 50 hostels in the U.S. Most have gender-segregated dorms, a few private rooms, shared bathrooms and a communal kitchen. Overnight fees for dorm beds range from $21 to $45. HI-USA members are entitled to small discounts. Reservations are accepted (you can book online) and advised during high season, when there may be a three-night maximum stay. There are also many independent hostels not affiliated with HIUSA.



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Hotels

For all but the cheapest places and the slowest seasons, reservations are advised. In high-season tourist hotspots, hotels can book up months ahead. Hotels in all categories typically include in-room phones, cable TV, alarm clocks, private baths and a simple continental breakfast. Many mid-range properties provide minibars, microwaves, hairdryers, internet access, air-conditioning and/or heating, swimming pools and writing desks, while top-end hotels add concierge services, fitness and business centres, spas, restaurants, bars and higher-end furnishings.



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Motels

Motels – distinguishable from hotels by having rooms that open on to a parking lot – tend to cluster around interstate exits and along main routes into town. Some remain smaller, less-expensive ‘mom-and-pop’ operations; breakfast is rarely included; and amenities might top out at a phone and a TV (maybe with cable). However, motels often have a few rooms with simple kitchenettes. Don’t judge a motel solely on looks. Facades may be faded and tired, but the proprietor may keep rooms spotlessly clean. Of course, the reverse could also be true. Try to see your room before you commit.



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B&Bs

Many B&Bs are high-end romantic retreats in restored historic homes that are run by personable, independent innkeepers who serve gourmet breakfasts. Rates normally top $100, and the best-run are $200 to $300. Some B&Bs have minimum-stay requirements, and some exclude young children. Still, European-style B&Bs exist: these may be rooms in someone’s home, with plainer furnishings, simpler breakfasts, shared bathrooms and cheaper rates. These often welcome families. B&Bs can close out of season and reservations are essential, especially for top-end places. To avoid surprises, always ask about bathrooms (whether shared or private).



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Camping

Most federally managed public lands and many state parks offer camping. First-come, first-served ‘primitive’ campsites offer no facilities; overnight fees range from free to less than $10. ‘Basic’ sites usually provide toilets (flush or pit), drinking water, fire pits and picnic tables; they cost $5 to $15 a night, and some or all may be reserved in advance. ‘Developed’ campsites, usually in national or state parks, have nicer facilities and more amenities: showers, barbecue grills, (Recreational Vehicle) RV sites with hook-ups etc. These are $13 to $40 a night, and many can be reserved in advance.

Camping on most federal lands – including national parks, national forests, Bureau of Land Management land and so on – can be reserved through Recreation.gov. For some state park campgrounds, you can make bookings through ReserveAmerica.

Private campgrounds tend to cater to RVs and families (tent sites may be few and lack atmosphere). Facilities may include playgrounds, convenience stores, wi-fi access, swimming pools and other activities. Kampgrounds of America is a national network of private campgrounds with a full range of facilities.



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