Spring is here, and your thoughts are naturally turning to your upcoming vacation. Unlike some of your friends who adore theme parks, hanging by the hotel pool for days or heading to Sin City for some serious casino action, you would love nothing more than seeing as much of our country’s gorgeous nature and scenery as possible. On the flip side, while you want to bike, hike and ski your way through your vacation, you would like to sleep in a comfy hotel bed at night, not your usual tent.
With all of this in mind, check out these tips that will help you hotel hop your way across the U.S., while enjoying Mother Nature’s bounty:
Pack for a Variety of Climates
You will probably encounter a wide range of temperatures during your trip. Ensuring that you don’t overheat while hiking at the Grand Canyon or freeze your tootsies off while touring Glacier National Park means having the right clothing for each location. Bring along plenty of versatile and rugged outdoor attire that you can layer as needed; this will allow you to adapt well to the variety of climates you will experience along the way. For example, Sitka combines comfort, function and innovative designs that can be easily layered; the Sitka Women’s Kelvin Jacket is water-repellent, durable and can be used as an outer layer when the temps are mild or a layering piece when you are in colder conditions.
Plan Your Itinerary
You probably have a bucket list of National Parks and other scenic locations that you want to visit during your vacation. Mark each desired location on a map and then decide how many you can realistically and easily see on your vacation. If you are having difficulty narrowing down your list of desired stops, consider choosing a theme for the trip. As One Modern Couple notes you can plan a “sweat inducing vacation” filled with hiking, biking and rock climbing or a nature scenery-themed trip with stops at the Redwoods in California and Monument Valley in Arizona. If you are driving the entire trip, research the route between stops — you might find that there are additional nature-themed places you can see along the way.
When you’re planning your route, don’t forget to download the HotelCoupons.com mobile app. You can find deals along your route and discover nearby hotels offering great rates for same-day stays. Instead of needing to plan an extensive itinerary, go where the road takes you and find a place to stay depending on when you’re ready to stop for the night.
Be Smart with Your Money
Pre-planning as much of your Mother Nature-themed vacation as you can will help you save money. Instead of buying a huge amount of gear that you have to lug along, consider renting at least some of the needed equipment at your destination. Pack shelf-stable food and beverages and fill the hotel’s ice bucket with water and juice that you brought from home. Finally, do some research ahead of time and determine if it’s really worth paying for a guided tour of a National Park, or if you can plan a DIY drive or hike through the location for free.
Check out guides to the National Parks including must-see stops and visitor tips at Drive the Nation.