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Hipmunk Hotels: Uncovered Western Fun in Rapid City, Burbank and More!

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Written by Carl Hedinger

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Uncovered Western Fun

It’s so easy to run out of places to go when all the big hits dominate our social media feeds. I understand how you feel and can definitely help with America’s west. With four cities from South Dakota to California, you’re going to find some truly uncovered western fun in the United States! Let’s get started with a spot right next to an iconic landmark.

Rapid City, South Dakota

Visit Rapid City like so many other people do for Black Hills National Forest but there’s so much more than Mount Rushmore. It’s easy to find good and affordable hotels in Rapid City, with the centrally located Adoba Hotel Rapid City/Mt. Rushmore topping the list of favorites. Before leaving for a day out at Bear Country, spend some time in Downtown Rapid City and enjoy a quaint yet emerging destination for visitors. Head towards Ellsworth Air Force Base and enjoy the South Dakota Air and Space Museum for a look into the state’s flight history and multiple military airplanes.

Renton, Washington

Renton is easily overshadowed by nearby Seattle and Tacoma but there are some wonderful finds in this Washington city. Stay at the Red Lion Hotel and Conference Center and you’ll have easy access to popular Renton attractions. Music aficionados will love to visit Greenwood Memorial Park and pay homage at the Jimi Hendrix Grave Site. Head to the shores of Lake Washington and watch the boats and water while walking around Gene Coulon Memorial Beach Park. Families and everyone else will love the Henry Moses Aquatic Center’s assortment of water fun.

Burbank, California

Visit Burbank and experience the Media Capital of the World and more. Hotels here are a bit more expensive but one can find more affordable finds like the Holiday Inn Burbank-Media Center in the area. After settling in, you can start enjoying Burbank Highlights like Warner Bros. a show at the Falcon Theatre. The small yet informative Martial Arts Museum is a great pick for all ages. Plan ahead and you might be able to score tickets to the Conan O’Brien show and if you’re not on Team Coco, there are many more things to do in Burbank.

Bakersfield, California

Many people know Bakersfield as an agricultural and oil hub but there are tons of ways to enjoy this central Californian city as a tourist. A plethora of buildings commemorate the region and visits to the Kern County Museum will introduce visitors to the town’s oil industry. Murray Family Farms has a petting zoo and great food, which makes it a great family option. Guests can find tons of cheap hotels in Bakersfield but a stay at Clarion Hotel is best for your wallet and sense of solidarity.

How was this trip through the American west? With these awesome and uncovered cities in the U.S.A., are you ready to get started preparing for the trip of your lifetime? Enjoy your stay in these wonderful cities and we’ll keep these places between you and me, okay?

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About the author

Carl Hedinger

I'm a writer and recovering American expat who shares my family's travels through life. Follow our adventures here and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.