Vacations: They're awesome! But unless you're lucky enough to stay with a friend or family member, they can be SO expensive.
Who really has enough cash lying around to spend a month's rent on a week at a hotel?? WHO? Not me.
Thankfully, we live in the U.S. of A., which means there are tons of great, budget-friendly hotels, motels, and bed and breakfasts out there for roadtrippin'. And we asked the people over at Yelp to help us find the best ones.
1. The Secret Bed & Breakfast Lodge, Leesburg, Alabama
Rates: $95-125/night for guest rooms in the main house; $125-165/night for cottages.
"The Inn is beautiful and the inn keepers (owners) Kris and Charlie Thomas really make you feel at home. The views are gorgeous, especially the sunrises and sunsets!" — Yelper Peggy B.
"This place offers beautiful views of the area. We can't wait to go back, especially in the fall. The breakfast was excellent as well as the wine they offer in the evenings." — Yelper Jay S.
2. McKinley Creekside Cabins, Denali National Park, Alaska
Rates: Varying; small cabins around $149/night, family cabins around $209/night.
"The staff are SO nice and go out of their way to make sure you have what you need. I think it's the most comfortable you can get in this area and still feel like you're roughing it a bit." — Yelper Scotty A.
"They were clean and very well priced for the area and not far from the park at all. Book early as they can fill up quickly in the summer. Their onsite restaurant also sells sack lunches (for pre-order the day prior) for your trip to Denali." — Yelper Sheryce S.
3. Sedona Motel, Sedona, Arizona
Rates: Call 928-282-7187 for current rates and to make a reservation. Here's their website.
"The owner was incredibly nice and helpful. He gave us maps and recommendations on where to go in town. The rooms were super clean and had the amenities you need." — Yelper Cindy G.
"You can stay at much more expensive places in town but why... This cool little motel offers one of the more pleasant stays around, and is way more relaxed and unpretentious than most of the lodging places in the red rocks." — Yelper Ray F.
4. Alpine Inn, Hot Springs, Arkansas
Rates: $65-95, depending on the size of the room.
"So, what makes a motor lodge in Hot Springs, Arkansas as cute as a button? Well, it could be the themed rooms, adorable and friendly Scottish owners (complete with the accents), complimentary breakfast muffins and granola bars in the room, proximity to downtown Hot Springs (walkable/bikeable), included mineral baths at Quapaw Bathhouse or, maybe the the official hotel cat that greets guests? Who's to say, but those are just a few guesses. Last but not least, only $70/night." — Yelper Brittany S.
"We booked this motel largely on the reviews of others. Turns out they were right about the careful restoration of an old property, the tasteful decor in each room, the friendliness of the hosts, and the careful attention to detail." — Yelper Judy W.
5. Country Inn B&B, Fort Bragg, California
Rates: $140-215, depending on the room and the season.
"Breakfast was lemon ricotta pancakes, sausage and eggs your way, with plenty of coffee (and tea if that's your thing). There are two seatings for breakfast, and we ate with two other couples." — Yelper Maria M.
"The location is great, Christine the Innkeeper and her mom where very friendly and accommodating, the house was cozy and inviting and the breakfasts were simply amazing! We got to meet other guests and socialize at various times throughout our stay as well and made some good friends! In fact we enjoyed it so much we added a day to our trip and spent another night at the Inn." — Yelper Adam H.
6. Siesta Motel, Durango, Colorado
Rates: $85-185 in the summer, $52-125 in the winter.
"Great little family owned and operated motel on the north end of Durango. Clean, comfortable rooms, super friendly staff. It's got everything you need and nothing you don't. We're going to make this an annual destination." — Yelper Jeff E.
"Personal touches were everywhere, from the decorative towel flower left on our bed, to a handwritten note on our dresser. The staff were incredibly friendly in a genuine way." — Yelper Katie H.
7. Amsterdam Hotel, Stamford, Connecticut
Rates: Starting at $89-99/night.
"I rated these accommodations with five stars because this really is "As good as it gets" -- for the money." — Yelper Harold K.
"For the price, this hotel was top-notch. When most hotels are charging upwards of $150-$200, this hotel was only charging $89. Great location. Great price. Great stay." — Yelper Brian G.
8. Pirates Cove Motel, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Rates: Call 302-227-2844 for current rates and to make a reservation. Here's their website.
"It's nice to have the little porch and is a great, affordable launching place for going to the beach and enjoying the rest of what Rehoboth has to offer. It has everything you need including mini fridge and AC." — Yelper Olivia J.
"This is a family run business and the owners were very nice. The rooms were clean, updated and had the basic necessities (mini fridge, microwave, tv). Most importantly the A/C was running full power." — Yelper Steve R.
9. Everglades Hostels and Tours, Florida City, Florida
Rates: $28/night for a single dorm bed, $61/night for a double dorm bed, $75/night for a private room (with a shared bath), $125-224/night for private rooms.
"The staff are very friendly and there are plenty of activities and tours run from the hostel. A fantastic location, it's situated right on the edge of the Everglades. A wonderful place full of character and characters, better than any hotel you are likely to find and cheaper." — Yelper Marv H.
"The hostel offers numerous types of accommodations, including shared rooms, single rooms, and a cool cottage/house behind the main property. A shared kitchen is available with a fridge for your stuff and free "make your own" pancakes. The outdoor area is incredible, one of the best places I have been to just relax. There's a tree house, picnic tables, lounge chairs, a pool in a limestone crevasse with waterfall, a screened gazebo to escape the bugs, big old growth trees, lights...its like paradise." — Yelper Christopher G.
10. The Georgianne Inn, Tybee Island, Georgia
Rates: $85-175 in the winter, $125-235 in the summer.
"The room was quaint and although didn't have a beach view, it was large and easily housed our family of four with room to spare. The Inn is within walking distance to many local sights and restaurants." — Yelper Lori R.
"Fabulous little inn in the heart of it all and just minutes from the beach. The owner is also very sweet and helpful, even offering up bikes and boogie boards to guests on a first come, first serve basis." — Yelper M A.
11. Wild Ginger Inn, Hilo, Hawaii
Rates: $70-120/night for the hotel rooms, $30-55/night for the indoor hostel, $22-47/night for the outdoor hostel.
"The staff is super friendly and knowledgeable. They can direct you to all the hidden gems in town and all over the island that are not only "must-sees", but also low-cost or inexpensive." — Yelper Stephanie V.
"The grounds are lush and green; they even have fruit trees in the tropical garden that guests can enjoy. Earplugs are provided on the night stand, in case the coqui frogs keep you up at night. Continental breakfast is provided in the morning but if that's not your cup of tea, you can purchase groceries and cook them in the community kitchen." — Yelper April P.
12. Sacajawea Inn, Salmon, Idaho
Rates: start at $48.95/night.
"Clean, comfortable bed, and three dollar breakfast! The breakfast is eggs to order, toast, cereal, coffee, juice, choice of meat- sausage, bacon, or ham." — Yelper KB B.
"The rooms are clean, and each one is decorated in a different woodland creature theme. The owners are super friendly, and they cook breakfast for the guests every morning. Prices are very low for the value received." — Yelper Gene R.
13. Hostelling International Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
Rates: $34/night and up for dorm room beds, $119/night and up for private rooms.
"The rooms are attractive, relatively spacious, and clean. There's Wifi to be had, and free continental breakfast to be eaten. Conversations by Europeans about the vacuity of Americans to be overheard. But the absolutely best part is the great location, right in the middle of downtown." — Yelper Rene P.
"The lounge is where the kitchen, pool tables, ping pong tables, couches, television, etc. are placed. The couches by the TV had both the American standard three-prong outlets and USB charging stations every other seat. This was extremely convenient." — Yelper Nisha S.
14. The Old Rooming House, New Harmony, Indiana
Rates: $60/night plus tax.
"Great little hotel. Very affordable. Provided complimentary bicycles which we rode around town on the whole weekend. In easy walking distance of everything in New Harmony. Charming!" — Yelper Jason M.
"As good as it gets for those of you interested in eclectic, hippy, collecting, old books, great stories. Not so good if you're looking for immaculate B&B type atmosphere. Luckily we love the more off-the-beaten-path, crazy eclectic type places and this place certainly didn't disappoint!" — Yelper Cheryl M.
15. The Mandolin Inn, Dubuque, Iowa
"We had a very enjoyable stay at the Mandolin Inn. The innkeeper, Amy and her cats, were quite pleasant. The breakfast was delicious as well." — Yelper J. M.
"Amy is a wonderful host with tremendous information about Dubuque and the history of the home itself. After a tour of the 3-story mansion, we settled into our room for the evening." — Yelper Kris L.
16. Lamplighter Inn & Suites, Pittsburg, Kansas
Rates: Starting at $89 on TripAdvisor.
"The swimming pool was very nice and well kept and I had a wonderful afternoon keeping myself cool in the outside swimming pool. Overall I would think this is a good value for being $80 a night." — Yelper Frank H.
"Breakfast is included, and it's pretty dang good, as far as hotel breakfasts go! They have bagels, toast, eggs, sausage, biscuits, gravy, pancakes, cereal, OJ, coffee...and while it may have not been gourmet, it was always hot and the hotel staff was always refreshing it!" — Yelper Kimberly L.
17. Wigwam Village #2, Cave City, Kentucky
Rates: $45-75/night, depending on the season, day of the week, and number of beds you need.
"The wigwams actually have more room on the inside then you would think, including a small tv stand and a tv from the 80's which is the size of my microwave. But it honestly just goes with the charm of the place, oh and they have cable/Wi-Fi!" — Yelper Christina D.
"We stayed in Wigwam #8 which has 2 beds in it. The quarters were a bit tight but well worth the experience. It's important to set your expectations appropriately. This is a historic roadside attraction (not the Hilton) and provided everything we needed for our stay." — Yelper Kyle S.
18. Crescent Palms Motel, New Orleans, Louisiana
Rates: Starting at $95/night on TripAdvisor.
"The rooms were nice and clean. Apart from the sketchy area, it has a nice central location, fairly close to the French Quarter, etc. The staff were super friendly and helpful. Always keen to assist us." — Yelper Craig R.
"The motel has a storied past, and I could feel the spirits of the Marvelettes and the Drifters roaming around the rooftop deck as we enjoyed an evening beer. The recent remodeling job is superb, preserving the original architecture (and fantastic neon sign) and retrofitting the rest with formica countertops and cool 60s tile." — Yelper Lauren B.
19. Monument Mountain Motel, Great Barrington, Massachusetts
Rates: Starting at $63/night on TripAdvisor.
"Very comfortable and affordable motel in the Berkshires. The room and bathroom were clean, and the staff is friendly. The owners have updated the rooms." — Yelper Elizabeth S.
"The innkeepers are very kind and accommodating, and even offered to move us to a bigger room (we were perfectly happy with the one we had). The free wireless was a great bonus, and there was free HBO and other premium channels available on the television." — Yelper Kerry A.
20. Empress Motel, Ocean City, Maryland
Rates: Call 410-289-6745 for current rates and to make a reservation. Here's their website.
"Family owned motel right off the beach and boardwalk. Doesn't allow anyone under 21 to stay without parents which creates a family atmosphere and a lot less partying." — Yelper Britt P.
"Right next to the boardwalk and beach, can't beat that. The women that runs the motel is a sweetheart. Super friendly and full of ideas of what to do in the area." — Yelper Jon P.
21. Belle Isle Motel, Bar Harbor, Maine
Rates: Starting at $86/night on TripAdvisor.
"Pet friendly, laundry, great staff, a camp fire always lit in the evening, it is a comfortable and affordable lodging option." — Yelper Joe C.
"Clean and friendly!! The outdoor pool is heated so even on cooler days the kids went in. About 15 minutes from downtown Bar Harbor so no hustle and bustle of night life." — Yelper Byrdie H.
22. Birchwood Lodges, Paradise, Michigan
Rates: Depending on the length of your stay, size of your party, and other variables, around $65-85/night in the spring, and $80-140/night in the summer.
"I could go on and on about how amazing this place is! This owners are the friendliest people and the location is very refreshing. If you ever need a summer getaway or are looking for a place to stay on vacation for the whole family, come here. It's worth it!" — Yelper Alyssa B.
"The owners are friendly and helpful, and keep the grounds beautifully landscaped. The location is great: near Brown's fishery/restaurant (BEST whitefish in the state!), a grocery store, a bakery, hardware store, gas station and gift shops." — Yelper Darice D.
23. Earth Inn, Jackson, Minnesota
Rates: Enter your dates here for availability and current rates, or call 507-847-5603.
"More lodging should be built this sensibly! Quiet, cool in summer/warm in winter, Eco-conscious, clean, quirky decor, friendly manager are but a few of the perks. Smart TV & newly remodeled rooms - whole motel is non-smoking." — Yelper Celie J.
"If you are traveling and need a place to stay for the night, skip Sioux and stop in Jackson instead. This place was affordable, clean and 100% non smoking. It may not look like much from the outside, but it is was a great place to stay for the night."— Yelper Erika U.
24. Riverside Hotel, Clarksdale, Mississippi
Rates: Call 662-624-9163 for current rates and to make a reservation. They don't have a website.
"If you are a lover of the blues and its history, do not miss a chance to stay at the Riverside Hotel. Zee Ratliff, third generation hotelier, has no website - you have to get in touch with her by email and/or phone." — Yelper L.S. M.
"Clarksdale is not a town hurting for fantastic places to stay for cheap. Between the Riverside or the Shack Up Inn, you'll have a stay you'll never forget. But if you want to feel the spirits of the past, this is the one you should pick." — Yelper Scott W.
25. Carriage House Inn, Branson, Missouri
Rates: Starting at $61/night on TripAdvisor.
"First of all this place is as clean as you can get. Our room was so nice and clean and spacious. We had a fridge and microwave in our room which was very helpful." — Yelper Samantha L.
"Comfy beds, clean rooms, friendly service, fast wifi service, and convenient location for a lot less expense than the chain properties. I'd definitely stay there again." — Yelper Earleen H.
26. Lazy G Motel, West Yellowstone, Montana
Rates: $89-131+/night, depending on the size of the room and length of your stay.
"The room was spotless, and the towels changed every day. I would totally stay there again, especially since the room rates are so much more affordable than the other hotels in town." — Yelper Megan V.
"The Lazy G was our refuge for refueling and recharging after long days hiking and sight-seeing in Yellowstone Park. We made full use of the refrigerator, the ice exchange, the picnic table, the fountain and swing, the goodie bag, the room furniture, the free coffee..." — Yelper Dave W.
27. Husker Inn, North Platte, Nebraska
Rates: Call 308-534-6960 for current rates and to make a reservation. Here's their website.
"Very gracious hosts who clearly are devoted to providing a quality experience for their guests. They sent us on our way with coffee, freshly-baked pastries and a juicy peach." — Yelper Ann C.
"A small local place, the rooms were also small but more than met our needs. Everything was clean, clean, clean. We were greeted by Linda who welcomed us like family. She offered us freshly brewed tea along with small plate of homemade munchies when we arrived. There was a fridge, flat screen TV, desk, chair and plenty of lighting." — Yelper Deb J.
28. Hoover Dam Lodge, Boulder City, Nevada
Rates: Start at $80/night.
"Asked for high floor and was happily surprised to get the 17th floor (top) floor king deluxe room! The view was awesome! The furniture and bed were top notch. Large walk-in shower was fab!" — Yelper Mimi K.
"What can I say? The room was only $99 and had a great view! Plenty of towels, wash cloth & hand towels. Mini fridge, microwave, coffee machine & coffee. Also stocked with body soap/face soap, shampoo/conditioner, lotion & mini sewing kit!" — Yelper Meka B.
29. Kancamagus Lodge, Lincoln, New Hampshire
Rates: $89-179/night, depending on the size of the room and the season.
"Five stars I'd say. Quite good value and in my experience it's unusual to find a heated indoor swimming pool at a hotel such as this." — Yelper Andrew R.
"What makes this place so special is the attentive and caring staff. We were warmly welcomed upon arrival, thoroughly assisted with activity ideas, and genuinely thanked for our stay on departure. Everyone had a smile and were interested in what they could do to improve our stay." — Yelper Ashley P.
30. Sunburst Motel, Seaside Heights, New Jersey
Rates: For summer 2016, $134-199/night, depending on the size of the room. (Holiday and Prom weekends have different rates).
"This is the best motel in Seaside Heights! It's at the quiet end of the boardwalk away from all the clubs and obnoxious behavior that goes on at the Jersey Shore. We couldn't have been happier with our stay here!" — Yelper Danny F.
"We love this place! The rooms are always extremely clean as well. My mom says they are cleaner than my house. Real nice, mom. My mom is never satisfied with hotels, and she raves about this place." — Yelper Leigh M.
31. Motel Safari, Tucumcari, New Mexico
Rates: Enter your dates here for rates and availability, or call 575-461-1048.
"For an old fashioned trip down memory lane, but with modern conveniences...and tons of charm and courtesy, stay at the Hotel Safari!" — Yelper Jeri R.
"This very hip, original Route 66 motor-in motel is probably the most comfortable and up to date in Tucumcari." — Yelper Ray F.
32. Ye Olde Carlton Arms Hotel, New York, New York
Rates: $60-120/night in the winter, $90-220/night the rest of the year.
"SLEEP IN ART. The coolest hotel in Manhattan at discount rates." — Yelper DB M.
"From the moment I stepped inside I was transported to another place, far away from the surrounding manufactured establishments, where old world charm meets artistic eccentricity. This is as much an art collective as it is a cheap place to stay." — Yelper Norman L.
33. Sea-Sound Motel, Rodanthe, North Carolina
Rates: $49-114/night, depending on the size of the room and the season.
"Sharron and Fred are very friendly hosts. This places runs more like a B&B without the breakfast. They exude southern hospitality." — Yelper Bindu H.
"Although it's not beachfront, it's less than a 5 min walk to the ocean. It was a wonderful being in the non-touristy area and it's about in the middle of the Outer Banks strip." — Yelper Niki J.
34. Red Roof Inn TownHouse, Grand Forks, North Dakota
Rates: Starting at $66.99/night.
"Thank you to everyone there for showing us that you don't need a five star hotel to get five star service." — Yelper Evan T.
"I would recommend this hotel not only for its great customer service and amenities, but also for location. You will find Grand Forks attractions and East Grand Forks very accessible. Overall when I'm back in Grand Forks, I will definitely stay again!" — Yelper Jackie R.
35. Plaza Motel, Bryan, Ohio
Rates: Starting at $69/night on TripAdvisor.
"From the road the Plaza Motel doesn't look like much and you'd be forgiven if you drove by and went to a chain motel instead. But if you did you'd be cheating yourself of a very nice stay at a locally-owned and operated independent motel." — Yelper Brian G.
"I can't say enough about this little gem! The room was spotless, and even smelled good. I know this sounds crazy, but they could easily be charging more than they are. This was our favorite place during our 10 day trip to New England from Il." — Yelper Marty R.
36. Happy Days Hotel, McAlester, Oklahoma
Rates: $65-145/night depending on the size of your room.
"What a nice change traveling with my family to have a little fun in the theme vs. your typical bland roadside motel." — Yelper Jason R.
"This was the best little jewel. We loved it. The decor was absolutely adorable. Clean. Staff was extremely helpful and efficient. Will stay again." — Yelper Robin A.
37. Anchor Motel & Inn, Lincoln City, Oregon
Rates: Enter your dates here for rates and availability, or call 541-996-3810.
"Pinch me, was this place real? We had a pet-friendly cabin at a ridiculously affordable price. Our living room was adorable, and our bedroom cozy as heck." — Yelper Amuse B.
"Each visit has been better than the previous. The beds are comfortable, rooms cozy, and warm, and the service is world class. Do expect to take a step back in time to the old roadside inns that greeted travelers with hospitality, service and great food." — Yelper William B.
38. The Stone House Bed & Breakfast, Schuylkill Haven, Pennsylvania
Rates: Starting at $85/night.
"What a great place in the center of town. You can walk everywhere. The house is beautiful and the rooms nicely decorated and spacious. Theresa makes a great breakfast and be sure to asked about the unique history of the house." — Yelper John G.
"The Stone House is a hidden gem in "downtown" Schuylkill Haven. The rooms are spacious and immaculate and nearly all have private baths. The proprietor, Theresa, is a wonderful hostess and cooks a great breakfast for her guests each morning. I wouldn't consider staying anywhere else in the area." — Yelper Robert C.
39. Sea Whale Motel, Middletown, Rhode Island
Rates: Starting at $110/night on TripAdvisor.
"We chose a garden level room in the back, with a beautiful view of the pond. Sea Whale is older but you can tell it's well-loved and maintained by the owners." — Yelper Sarah D.
"The motel is clean, comfortable and cozy. The owners are welcoming and go out of their way to ensure a great experience. Beautiful flowers abound and the view from our room was delightful." — Yelper Gerard F.
40. Websters Manor, Mullins, South Carolina
"I would give it a 10 star if I could..." — Yelper Christine K.
"You'll feel you've walked into the beginning of a Southern romance movie when you find this green, leafy B&B." — Yelper Jeff H.
41. Bavarian Inn, Black Hills, Custer, South Dakota
Rates: Starting at $105/night on TripAdvisor.
"Our whole family loved this place! I can't say enough! I felt like I was at a vacation resort with a mom and pop family atmosphere." — Yelper Tim H.
"I highly recommended the Bavarian Inn in Custer. Upon checking in, there's a certain charm of driving into the place and feeling like, well, Bavaria. This place is posh for South Dakota and very affordable too!" — Yelper Albert H.
42. Dragon Pitt Inn & BBQ, Maryville, Tennessee
Rates: $55/night in the winter, $75/night the rest of the year.
"Great place to stay. Already planning our next trip. Owners are very hospitable. Made us pulled pork sandwiches well after closing time after we returned from a ride. I would recommend anyone and everyone stay here." — Yelper Michael T.
"Hospitality at its finest." — Yelper Jill A.
43. Eleven Inn, Balmorhea, Texas
Rates: Call 432-375-2263 for current rates and reservations. Here's their website.
"Such a quaint little place with the nicest owner. Stopped here on a whim on our road trip and was beyond satisfied. Clean rooms in a quiet, sleepy town." — Yelper Jenn C.
"Love this place! It is family owned and you can tell you're in a small Texas town because they so are friendly and personable! A HUGE PLUS is they allowed dogs and we had two that were with us on the trip. The outside is well lit and this place is super cute." — Yelper Nicole H.
44. Inca Inn Motel, Moab, Utah
Rates: $39.99-58.99/night in the low season, $94.99-114.99/night in the peak season.
"Yes, it exists, a true budget motel with clean rooms, great amenities and friendly staff. We arrived and were in our room in under 5 minutes. I will definitely make this my go-to spot when in Moab." — Yelper Perry H.
"This place is brilliant. Perfect simplicity, cleanliness, and thoughtful art decor. The right place for conscientious people with the right values. Family friendly. Budget done best!" — Yelper Melissa J.