|No, this is not what I have in mind!|
|The Desert Sun looks inviting.|
About five years ago, I traveled across country staying at some of the cheapest and most interesting motels in the United States. These are the small-town, forgotten motels with names like the Dew Drop Inn or the Wigwam; the ones that were on a major highway before the Interstate system bypassed them. Here you will find unique floor plans and, sometimes, astonishing color schemes. I'll never forget the place in Kansas with a grass-green bedroom and a Pepto Bismol-pink tiled bathroom! But, regardless of the décor, one consistent feature of all these motels is price. They are 50 to 75% cheaper than their counterparts on the Interstate.
|Or how about spending a night at Earl's?|
|Love the name of this one.|
|How could anyone resist this funky Florida motel?|
*Things have changed since I first wrote this article, and it is now possible to find many unique budget properties on the Internet.
Here's a list of all the unique motels along Route 66 in these states: Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California. Note that you can click on most of the motels for more information.
Try the Mom & Pop Motels website to locate unique motels in other parts of the country. Be sure to read their reasons for believing independent motels are superior to chains.