There are few things more quintessentially American than the landscapes of the West and the emotions they evoke. Whether you come for the pink sunsets, the forlorn-looking cacti or the abandoned ghost towns, traveling in the western part of the U.S. will leaves its mark on you. No matter where in this picturesque region you travel, choose a hotel that matches the rusticness of the surrounding scenery.

Spanish Colonial Santa Fe

Santa Fe has a population of under 70,000, but it's so full of amazing attractions that there are almost as many reasons to visit as there are people from living there! Tour historical structures like Loretto Chapel or the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis, or marvel at something more modern as you walk in the footsteps of Georgia O'Keefe. Many Santa Fe hotels are as scenic and picturesque as the city itself, from the El Rey Inn to the Eldorado Hotel & Spa.

Laughlin's Colorado River Chill

Laughlin is no Las Vegas, but there's still plenty of excitement to be had in this Nevada town—and yes, a couple casinos as well! The Davis Dam, for example, is a smaller answer to the Hoover Dam farther down the Colorado River, while theGrapevine Canyon Petroglyphs document a time long before modern gambling. Hotels in Laughlin tend to be as simple as the desert scenery that envelopes them, but because of this they're cheap, with rooms at Edgewater Hotel & Casino, for example, costing as little as $18 per night.

Bend: Oregon Starts Here

The Oregon town of Bend hasn't achieved the ubiquity of Portland or even Eugene, but there are few better spots in the state to start your trip. Discover the nearby Deschutes National Forest, hike to the top of the Newberry National Volcanic Monument, or immerse yourself in the history of the High Desert Museum. Sleep in a spot as stunning as your surroundings, like the Sonoma Lounge or Pronghorn Resort.

Skiing is Just the Beginning in Aspen

Aspen has gained infamy as a ski hub for the celebrities, but in reality, you don't need to be savvy on the slopes in order to enjoy this Colorado town—you don't even need to be into the outdoors! Aspen has its fair share of culture, for example, such as the Wheeler Opera House and the Aspen Art Museum. Season shouldn't be a deciding factor for you either, as year-round hiking spots like Independence Pass and Maroon Bells prove. Hotels in Aspen aren't cheap, but the views they offer are priceless.

Central California Starts in Fresno

In spite of great attractions like Forestiere Underground Gardens and Chaffee Zoo, the city of Fresno pales in comparison to many of the sights around it, namely Yosemite National Park. The city makes a great hub for exploring that region, however, whether you head inland toward the Sierra Nevada or outward toward the coastal Highway 1 Discovery Route. Fresno is also a low-cost destination, with prices on hotels like Days Inn Fresno as low as $50 per night.

Then again, the American West is as limitless in destinations as the horizon line you see driving through it. Can you think of any other can't-miss places to visit in the Western U.S.?

  Article posted on Leave Your Daily Hell by Robert on February 10th.

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Santa Fe is a beautiful and historic city with a wealth of cultural experiences and activities that never fails to leave first time visitors of the city impressed. The city is nestled at the foot of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, which offer a picturesque backdrop to city life, as well as an abundance of outdoor adventures. There is also a burgeoning art and music scene here, and comfortable weather year-round. Depending on what type of trip you are taking and what your specific needs are, these are the best boutique hotels in Santa Fe:

Cities Of Gold Casino

Gambling in New Mexico might not get as much attention as in Nevada, but never the less it remains a popular activity among out-of-state visitors. Cities Of Gold Casino brings the entertainment right to your doorstep with slots, table games and nightly bingo. Add in breathtaking mountain views in each of the rooms and a state-of-the-art fitness center and guests here don't even need to set foot outside of the hotel.

Eldorado Hotel & Spa

Family vacation or romantic getaway? Then the Eldorado Hotel & Spa is the perfect choice because they are both kid-friendly and pet-friendly. Luxurious rustic accommodations and a top-notch spa keep guests returning. Located right next from downtown Santa Fe, there are plenty of sights and activities nearby to make the most of your trip, including the famous Santa Fe Plaza, several exceptional museums, and a plethora of shopping and dining options.

Las Palomas Hotel

Located right in the center of Santa Fe, Las Palomas Hotel is perfect for those who want to be right in the heart of the action. Shopping, dining, historic sites, museums, art galleries and more are all just a short stroll away. The hotel itself is decorated in the iconic New Mexico style, rich with Native American influence and colors. Rooms come standard with a refrigerator, microwave and fireplace, and there is a pool, spa and fitness center within the hotel.

El Rey Inn

Get a taste of the Old West at El Rey Inn, complete with vintage furniture as well as architecture and design that will transport you back in time. The property covers an expansive five acres and includes an immaculate garden, hot tub cabana, on-site fitness center, heated pool, children's' playground and greenhouse. Each of their rooms are individually furnished to reflect this bygone era, and some even come with an available fireplace and/or kitchen, depending upon your needs. El Rey Inn is also one of the most popular and highly rated hotels in Santa Fe.

Americas Best Value Lamplighter Inn

Last but certainly not least is Americas Best Value Lamplighter Inn and they definitely live up to their name. Despite being budget-friendly (prices start at around $60 a night) the hotel is clean, rooms are comfortable, and the staff helpful. Complimentary breakfast helps guests save even more money, as do the in-room refrigerators, and their indoor pool and hot tub is a great -- and free -- way for guests to relax after a long day.

Whether searching for a luxury hotel or spa, kid- or pet-friendly hotel, or budget-friendly accommodation options, Santa Fe has an ample selection of options. Have any questions? Feel free to ask away, I've visited the city nearly a dozen times!

  flickr   //   Ron Cogswell

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