Hipmunk Hotels: From Salem’s Cherry City to the Beaches of Waikoloa

From the scenic beauty of Washington and Oregon to the arid desert of Arizona; and all the way over to the sun-kissed beaches of Hawaii; the West Coast of the United States offers a diverse landscape and vacation for every type of traveller.

West Coast USA Accommodation

Kent, Washington

Just 20 minutes from Sea-Tac International Airport lies the city of Kent. Kent is part of the Green River Valley in King County and seen as an outlying suburb of Seattle; so staying in Kent will place you near many of the major attractions in Seattle. You’ll also have some spectacular views of Mount Rainier and the Cascade and Olympic Mountains. Hotels in Kent are also likely to be cheaper than in Seattle. For good mid-range options, the Hampton Inn and Suites Seattle/Kent and Red Lion Inn and Suites Kent offer rates between $100 and $200 per night.

West Coast USA Accommodation: Clark Lake Park in Kent, Washington
Clark Lake Park. Image via Trover by Megan Collier

Salem, Oregon

Salem is nicknamed “Cherry City” due to it being a major cherry producing region in the past. Sadly, Salem’s cherry production declined and the annual Cherry Festival disappeared by 1950, but the city retained the nickname. In 2015, the Oregon State Capitol Foundation revived the city’s cherry history with a Cherry Blossom Day celebration that takes place in March. If you’re in town for the Oregon State Fair in August, stay at one of several comfortable hotels in downtown Salem, like The Grand Hotel, which is near the Oregon State Fairgrounds.

Hipmunk Hotels. Salem Fountain in Oregon
Salem Fountain with cherry blossom trees: Photo Edmund Garman / CC BY 2.0

Sedona, Arizona

Sedona’s dramatic landscape varies from pine forests, steep canyons and red rock formations. It is an interesting city known for its New Age following and thriving art community. It also has a reputation for UFO and paranormal activity. Sedona’s vortices (energy that spirals up from the earth) attracts many visitors every year; who believe it to be a rejuvenating and spiritual experience. But if you’re just here to relax, play some golf, and enjoy some spa treatments, Sedona offers a wide selection of top-class hotels and resorts and some great golf courses to tee off on.

West Coast USA Accommodation: Sedona Chapel of the Holy Cross
Chapel of the Holy Cross: Photo Dyniss Rainer / CC BY-SA 2.0

Fresno, California

In the San Joaquin Valley with the picturesque snow-capped peaks of the Sierra Nevada mountain range as a backdrop; you’ll find the city of Fresno. Smaller in size and a less popular tourist destination than other Californian cities like San Francisco and Los Angeles; Fresno offers a more peaceful getaway. Fresno has its fair share of chain hotels, but there are several bed & breakfasts in and around Fresno to choose from as well. The quaint Blossom Trail Bed & Breakfast is approximately 40 miles from Kings Canyon National Park and 55 miles from Sequoia National Park.

Hipmunk Hotels. Fresno Arch, California
Fresno Arch: Photo Great Valley Center / CC BY 2.0

Waikoloa, Hawaii

Hawaii, commonly called “The Big Island”, is one of the best beach holiday destinations in the world and attracts over 8 million visitors each year. Waikoloa lies along the far northwest tip of the island known as the Kohala Coast. Here you’ll find some of the best resorts on the island including the Hilton Waikoloa Village, a 62-acre sprawling premier hotel resort in Waikoloa. The resort is near the palm tree lined Anaehoomalu Bay; and not far from one of Hawaii’s largest and most beautiful white sand beaches, Hapuna Beach State Park.

West Coast USA Accommodation: Anaehoomalu Bay in Waikoloa, Hawaii
Anaehoomalu Bay: Photo Wasif Malik / CC BY 2.0

About Deevra Norling

Website: http://deevranorling.com

With a love for exploring new places and trying new foods, Deevra finds the world a fascinating place. She is South African by birth but prefers to see herself as a citizen of the world. Deevra is a freelance writer who has contributed to Career Addict and Huffington Post and currently writes for Hipmunk. For more on her writing services email her at [email protected], or connect on Twitter @DeevraNorling.

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