Hipmunk Hotels Pacific: From Wailea, Maui to Sonoma

The post below was originally published on Eat Sleep Breathe Travel on April 13, 2016. 

The pacific side of the USA is home to some of the country’s most beautiful scenery. From the vineyards and coast of California, to the ocean views of Maui, to the deserts of Arizona, there is plenty of natural beauty to be found.

Best Pacific USA Destinations

Sonoma, California

Sonoma is nicknamed “wine country” for a good reason, but although the wine industry is a huge attraction, the area is more than just rolling vineyards. Sonoma is a very historic city with plenty of museums and art galleries to explore. There is also a beautiful beach area. For those looking for an extra special experience, hot air balloon rides and sports car experiences are also popular activities. However, if you plan on visiting those vineyards, it’s probably a good idea to get a Sonoma Hotel close by, and call a taxi!

Best Pacific USA Destinations: Mission San Francisco Solano. Sonoma, California
Mission San Francisco Solano. Sonoma, California: Photo smilla4 / CC BY-NC 2.0

Yuma, Arizona

Yuma is the perfect destination for a warm winter getaway. The sub-tropical climate here makes it perfect for those looking to escape frigid temperatures while enjoying a budget friendly holiday. Winter is low season here, so rooms at Yuma Hotels, such as the Wingate by Wyndham Yuma Hotel, are definitely affordable. While visiting Yuma, don’t forget to visit the Castle Domes Mine Museum and Ghost Town and Yuma Territorial Prison State Historic Park, both unique and interesting attractions.

The Dark Side Arizona Territorial Prison, Yuma
The Dark Side: Arizona Territorial Prison, Yuma: Photo on Flickr by Woody Hibbard / CC BY 2.0

Wailea, Hawaii

Best known for its top-notch golf courses and stunning ocean views, Wailea (a community on the island of Maui) is a favourite among budget travellers looking to visit Hawaii. While the area is home to some high-end, extravagant resorts, there are plenty of other Wailea hotels that offer cheaper rooms and options while still allowing guests to experience and enjoy the beauty of the area. Beach bums planning a visit to Wailea should be sure to check out the beaches near Makena Bay, as they are known to be a little less crowded.

Wailea Beach
Wailea Beach: Photo versello / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Salem, Oregon

Salem is best known for the infamous witch trials that occurred in the late 1600s, and the city has plenty of attractions and memorials pertaining to these events. Favourites include the historical tours and creepy night walks, witch houses, graveyard, and Salem Witch Museum. These activities are perfect for a historian or anyone interested in the eerie past of this city. Although witch tourism is the most popular attraction, there are plenty of other things to do and see including food tours, boat tours, and beach visiting. Be sure to ask the front desk staff at your Salem Hotel for their suggestions.

Salem Witch Trials - Bridget Bishop hanged 10 June 1692
Salem Witch Trials – Bridget Bishop hanged 10 June 1692: Photo on Flickr by David Ohmer / CC BY 2.0

Kent, Washington

Originally an agriculture hub, Kent is putting itself on the map as the sixth largest city in Washington. Since the town is not a huge attraction in itself, Kent Hotels are quite affordable, even on weekends. It’s a good option for families, as there are lots of kid-friendly and interesting attractions including the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum, parks, a large shopping mall, the Mt Rainer Scenic Railroad, and an indoor skydiving centre.

Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad
Mount Rainier Scenic Railroad: Photo Michael B. / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Are any of these Pacific cities on your must-see list?

About Lauren Davidson

Since 2013, Lauren has been writing for various travel and lifestyle websites. Her first piece of writing was a travel guide on the Algarve region of Portugal, where she lived for over a year. Currently residing in Sheffield, England, she is studying Journalism and has a blog at www.natteringblonde.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @Lozikinz.

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