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Road Trip: budget hotels along Interstate 80
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Plan your budget hotel needs from New York City to San Fransisco California across more than 2,900 miles of Interstate 80.
Interstate 80 Interstate 80 (I-80) is the second-longest Interstate Highway in the United States (after I-90) comprising 2902 miles. It connects downtown San Francisco, California, to Teaneck, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City. I-80 is the interstate that most closely approximates the Lincoln Highway, the first road across America. Some sections of I-80 lie directly on top of the old Lincoln Highway, particularly in Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California. The highway roughly traces other historically significant travel corridors, particularly in the Western United States. These include the Oregon Trail in Nebraska and westward, the California Trail in Nevada and California, and the Transcontinental Railroad from western Nebraska to San Francisco.

The highway from near Chicago, Ill., east to near Youngstown, Ohio, is a toll road—the ticketed portion of the Indiana Toll Road and the majority of the Ohio Turnpike. At Youngstown, I-80 leaves the toll road alignment, which continues toward Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, in favor of the Keystone Shortway, a shortcut across northern Pennsylvania built as part of a new corridor for I-80. The toll route to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was originally designated as Interstate 80S, but it was renumbered Interstate 76.

Major cities it passes include San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, Reno, Salt Lake City, Cheyenne, Omaha, Iowa City, Chicago, Cleveland and New York City. Along the highway there are hundreds of budget hotels and motels at just about every exit. During the Summer travel months particularly in early July and late August these hotels fill up quickly so try to book in advance.

New Jersey

I-80 does not go all the way to New York City via the George Washington Bridge. The 70 mile portion of I-80 that goes through New Jersey is called the Bergen-Passaic Expressway. One section of I-80 running from Netcong to Denville was constructed in 1958. It is one of the oldest sections of Interstate highway in the United States.

Holiday Inn Fort Lee - Located in Fort Lee, New Jersey, our hotel is positioned for easy access into New York City, just minutes from Manhattan. Situated between La Guardia Airport and Newark Liberty International Airport, this Holiday Inn is convenient to New York shopping, a day at Yankee Stadium or relax at our Outdoor Pool.

Holiday Inn Saddle Brook - Ideally situated near Newark International Airport, LaGuardia Airport and exciting New York City, NY, the Holiday Inn Saddle Brook hotel blends modern luxury and impeccable service in a premier setting near New Jersey's leading businesses and attractions.

Courtyard Marriott Rockaway Mt Arlington - Conveniently located right off I-80 at exit 30, the hotel is designed to make business and pleasure travel easy.

Extended Stay America Budd Lake - This budget hotel is designed especially for longer stays with studios featuring fully-equipped kitchens and plenty of work space… amenities you won't find in a typical hotel room.

Best Western Mount Olive Hotel Budd Lake - Stay at this new Budd Lake hotel conveniently located off Interstate 80 less than 2 miles from the New Jersey International Trade Center.

Days Inn Columbia - The Days Inn is located just South of Delaware Water Gap offof I-80 and a few minutes away from the Poconos Mountain Area.


In Pennsylvania, I-80 is the main east-west Interstate-standard highway through central Pennsylvania. It runs from the Ohio state line near Sharon to the Delaware Water Gap Toll Bridge over the Delaware River,and is called the Confair Memorial Highway. I-80 serves no major metropolitan areas in Pennsylvania directly.

Best Western Pocono Blakeslee - Nestled in the Pocono Mountains right off Pennsylvania's Interstate 80.

The Comfort Inn Pocono Mountain White Haven - Conveniently located at Interstate 80 and Interstate 476, in Pennsylvania's scenic and serene Pocono Mountains.

Holiday Inn Express Bloomsburg - Holiday Inn Express Bloomsburg's budget hotel amenities offer the best value in town.

Hampton Inn & Suites Lamar - Located among plush greenery of the Appalachian Mountains the Hampton Inn Lamar PA budget hotel is conveniently located off I80 at exit 173 Lamar.


In Ohio, I-80 enters with I-90 from the Indiana Toll Road and immediately becomes the "James W. Shocknessy Ohio Turnpike", more commonly referred to as simply the Ohio Turnpike. The two Interstates cross rural northwest Ohio and run just south of the metropolitan area of Toledo. In Rossford, Ohio it intersects with Interstate 75 in an area known as the Crossroads of America. This intersection is one of the largest intersections of two Interstate Highways in the United States.

Hampton Inn and Suites Youngstown - The Hampton Inn & Suites Youngstown Canfield (Ohio) is ideally located in a rural community just off I-80.

Courtyard Marriott Akron Stow - Book a stay in a "Stay for Breakfast" rate category and receive accommodations as selected with complimentary daily breakfast for two adults and children under 13.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Wauseon - The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Wauseon is conveniently located off of I 80/90, at exit 34 (route 108).

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Montpelier - The Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Bryan-Montpelier is an elegantly decorated hotel located conveniently off of the Ohio Turnpike (I-80/90).


In Indiana, I-80 runs concurrent with another Interstate Highway for its entire length. It runs with I-94 on the Borman Expressway before joining I-90 to Ohio on the Indiana Toll Road. At another point in northern Indiana, I-80 comes within about 200 yards from the Michigan border.

Hampton Inn Elkhart - Hampton Inn hotel in Elkhart is located in the RV capital of the world just off Interstate 80.

Courtyard Marriott South Bend Mishawaka - Located off I-80/90 at Main Street, this economy hotel is just a second on and off the Interstate.

Sleep Inn South Bend - A South Bend IN economy hotel, the Sleep Inn hotel in South Bend Indiana near the South Bend Regional Airport right off I-80.

Comfort Inn Portage - Conveniently located off Interstate 80/90 and two blocks south of Interstate 94, this Portage, IN hotel is only five miles from the Indiana Dunes State Park and Splash Down Dunes Water Park.


In Illinois, I-80 runs from the Fred Schwengel Memorial Bridge across the Mississippi River south to an intersection with I-74. It then runs east across north-central Illinois just north of the Illinois River to Joliet. I-80 continues east and joins I-94 just before entering Indiana.

Hampton Inn Joliet I-80 - The Hampton Inn hotel is conveniently located off of I-80 at Houbolt Road at exit 127.

Super 8 Motel Ottawa - The Super 8 Motel Ottawa, Illinois is conveniently located off I-80, Exit 90. The Super 8 Motel Ottawa, Illinois is just minutes away from Starved Rock State Park.

La Quinta Inn Peru Starved Rock State Park - The La Quinta Inn Peru Starved Rock State Park is located within ten minutes of several renowned area attractions, including Starved Rock, Matthiessen, and Buffalo Rock State Parks.

Best Western Annawan Inn - Conveniently located right off the interstate in northern Illinois, this Annawan hotel features well-appointed guest rooms.


In Iowa, Interstate 80 runs from the I-80 bridge over the Missouri River where it intersects with I-29 and runs east to the Quad Cities and the Fred Schwengel Memorial Bridge over the Mississippi River. It is the main east-west arterial freeway through south-central Iowa, and the main east-west Interstate in the state.

Econo Lodge & Suites Davenport - The hotel offers a great location with a close proximity to the interstate.

Best Western Cantebury Inn and Suites - Experience this Old World style Coralville, Iowa hotel near University of Iowa, the University of Iowa hospital and Amana Colonies.

Baymont Inn Des Moines - Conveniently located off I-80 at Exit 136. Complimentary continental breakfasts and fresh coffee are served each morning.

Motel 6 Avoca - Traveling on I-80 us Exit at US 59, exit #40 and travel north.


I-80 enters Nebraska west of Bushnell. The western portion of I-80 in Nebraska runs very close to the state of Colorado, without entering the state; the intersection of Interstate 76 and I-80 is visible from the Colorado-Nebraska state line. From its intersection with I-76 to Grand Island, I-80 lies in the valley of the South Platte and Platte Rivers. The longest straight stretch of interstate anywhere in the system is the approximately 72 miles (116 km) of I-80 occurring between Exit 318 in the Grand Island area and milemarker 390 near Lincoln. Along this length, the road does not vary from an ideally straight line by more than a few yards. After Lincoln, I-80 turns northeast towards Omaha. It then crosses the Missouri River in Omaha to go into Iowa.

Homewood Suites Omaha - Conveniently located off I-80.

Comfort Inn and Suites Omaha - The Comfort Inn & Suites hotel is conveniently located in the heart of the city and is just minutes from Interstate 80 and the downtown area.

Holiday Inn York-I-80 - The Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center is a very clean and comfortable hotel in York Nebraska.

Wingate By Wyndham Kearney - Located in the south-central portion of Nebraska, the city of Kearney is ideally situated for those traveling in the heartland of America. Wingate by Wyndham Kearney is conveniently located off I-80 and is close to the Kearney Municipal Airport.


In Wyoming, I-80 reaches its maximum elevation of 8,640 feet above sea level between Cheyenne and Laramie, Wyoming. Farther west in Wyoming, the interstate passes through the dry Red Desert and over the Continental Divide. In a way, the highway crosses the Divide twice, since two ridges of the Rocky Mountains split in Wyoming, forming the Great Divide Basin - from which no surface water escapes.

Holiday Inn Cheyenne I-80 - A full service budget hotel that is conveniently located immediately off of I-80, and one mile east of I-25.

Best Western Hitching Post Inn Resort and Conference Center - Conveniently located off I-80 outside of Cheyenne Wyoming.

Best Western Laramie Inn - This newly-built Laramie, Wyoming hotel offers all of the modern amenities and a convenient location at a reasonable price.

Wingate by Wyndham Rock Springs - Take advantage of the free breakfast before you leave in the AM.

Little America Travel Center - Theres no place quite like Little America, Wyoming!


After crossing Utah's western border, I-80 crosses the desolate Bonneville Salt Flats west of the Great Salt Lake. East of the salt flats, I-80 passes through Salt Lake City, where it merges with I-15 for three miles before entering the Wasatch Mountains east of the city. It ascends Parley's Canyon and passes within a few miles of Park City as it follows a route through the mountains towards Wyoming.

Hampton Inn and Suites Park City - The Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in Park City is a stylish, mountain lodge-style hotel adjacent to major shopping and within minutes of ski resorts and restaurants. A half mile off the Interstate but a great clean budget hotel.

Homewood Suites Salt Lake City-Downtown - The Homewood Suites by Hilton Salt Lake City-Downtown hotel is located in the trendy Gateway area of Salt Lake City, Utah.

Best Western Salt Flat Inn - For a strong and healthy day, you can enjoy our delicious complimentary continental breakfast before your travels.


In Nevada, Interstate 80 runs northeast from the Lake Tahoe region near Reno to Battle Mountain. At Battle Mountain, it turns east to the salt flats of Utah via Elko. In Nevada, I-80 is routed along the Truckee and Humboldt rivers. The stretch of I-80 through Nevada is largely desolate and mountainous. Services are limited compared to I-80 in other states.

Comfort Inn Battle Mountain Nevada - Located off Interstate 80, the Comfort Inn hotel is midway between Winnemucca and Elko. The Battle Mountain Airport is near this Battle Mountain, NV hotel.

Holiday Inn Express Winnemucca - Easy access on and off Interstate 80 makes this hotel the choice for business and leisure travelers alike. All of the rooms are large and comfortable and have been recently been remodeled.

Courtyard Marriott Reno - The Courtyard by Marriott in Reno, NV is conveniently located in the south of Reno right off of Interstate 80.

Hampton Inn & Suites Tahoe-Truckee - Conveniently located on Highway 267 adjacent to the Truckee Tahoe Airport and less than a mile from I-80.


Interstate 80 begins at an interchange with U.S. Route 101 in San Francisco and heads northeast through Oakland, Vallejo, Sacramento, and the Sierra Nevada mountains before crossing into Nevada. From San Francisco it heads east across the Bay Bridge to Oakland, where it turns north and crosses the Carquinez Bridge before turning back northeast and east through Sacramento Valley. I-80 then goes over Sierra Nevada mountain range and crosses into Nevada state.

Holiday Inn Sacramento-I-80-Northeast - Centrally located off I-80 and Madison Avenue, the Holiday Inn Hotel Sacramento I-80 Northeast is situated between downtown Sacramento and Roseville.

Best Western Palm Court Hotel - The Best Western Palm Court Hotel offers guests an appealing ambiance with easy access to the interstate.

Hampton Inn & Suites Vacaville-Napa Valley - The Hampton Inn & Suites Vacaville/Napa Valley Area hotel is in the heart of Northern California. It boasts small-town charm and a convenient location midway between San Francisco and Sacramento.

Courtyard Marriott San Francisco Downtown - Courtyard Downtown San Francisco is located in SoMa district, near the Museum of Modern Art.

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