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Road Trip: budget hotels along Interstate 90
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If you are traveling America's larget highway system with over 3,000 miles from Boston to Seatle we can help you find the weeks worth of budget hotels you will require for you long drive.
Interstate 90 Interstate 90 (I-90) is the longest Interstate Highway in the United States at 3,020 miles. It is the northernmost coast-to-coast interstate, and parallels U.S. Route 20 for the most part. Its western terminus is in Seattle, Washington, at 4th Avenue S. next to Safeco Field and Qwest Field, and its eastern terminus is in Boston, Massachusetts, at Route 1A near Logan International Airport. It crosses the Continental Divide over Homestake Pass just east of Butte, Montana. East of the Wisconsin-Illinois border, much of I-90 is tolled, along the following toll roads (several of which predate the Interstate system): the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, Chicago Skyway, Indiana Toll Road, Ohio Turnpike, New York State Thruway, and the Massachusetts Turnpike, including the Ted Williams Tunnel. It is free through downtown Chicago; Greater Cleveland and the rest of northeastern Ohio; Pennsylvania; western Massachusetts; and through brief sections near Buffalo, Albany, and Boston.

From Seattle east to Billings, Interstate 90 replaced U.S. 10. From Billings southeast to Buffalo, Wyoming, Interstate 90 parallels U.S. 87, then follows U.S. 14 from Buffalo east to Wall, South Dakota. At Wall, Interstate 90 replaced U.S. 16 east all the way to Tomah, Wisconsin. From Tomah southeast to Chicago, Interstate 90 more or less follows U.S. 14 again, but it picks up U.S. 20 at Rockford. Interstate 90 and U.S. 20 remain parallel to each other from Chicago east to Boston, with some proximity to U.S. 6 in Ohio.

The longest Interstate Highway, Interstate 90 serves major northern cities such as Seattle, Chicago, Cleveland, Buffalo, Albany, and Boston. Smaller cities such as Spokane, Butte, Billings, Sheridan, Moorcroft, Rapid City, Sioux Falls, Austin, Wisconsin Dells, Madison, Rockford, South Bend, Toledo, Erie, Syracuse, and Springfield also dot Interstate 90 on its travels. Major cities it passes include Seattle, Billings, Chicago, Gary, Cleveland, Syracuse, Albany, and Boston. Along the highway there are hundreds of budget hotels and motels at just about every exit. During the Summer travel months these hotels fill up quickly so try to book in advance.


I-90 in Massachusetts runs along the pre-Interstate era Massachusetts Turnpike, which opened in 1957, from West Stockbridge at the New York state border to Massachusetts Route 128. I-90 was extended again as part of the Big Dig from its terminus at I-93 to Boston's Logan International Airport and a terminus of Route 1A in January 2003 via tunnels under the Fort Point Channel and the Ted Williams Tunnel under Boston Harbor.

Courtyard Marriott Boston Copley Square - The Courtyard by Marriott at Copley Square offers 81 beautifully appointed guest rooms that are unique in design complete with window benches and ornate windows. Located at the eastern part of the start of Interstate 90.

Comfort Inn Auburn - The Comfort Inn hotel is located at the junction of Interstate 290 and Route 12 in the heart of central Massachusetts, less than one mile from the Auburn Mall.

Econo Lodge Inn and Suites Westfield - The Econo Lodge Inn & Suites hotel is conveniently located with easy access to Interstate 90.

Rodeway Inn Lee - The Rodeway Inn hotel is ideally located in the heart of the Berkshires region, just a half mile off I-90 and 5 miles from from Tanglewood Music Center, the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra.

New York

I-90 becomes the New York State Thruway upon entering New York. It follows the Lake Erie coast until Buffalo, where it joins the old Water Level Route until Albany. There, it takes a short detour before joining the New York State Thruway Berkshire Connector. Almost all of the New York portion of the road is a toll road, comprising the east-west portion of the New York State Thruway mainline and part of the Berkshire Connector, operated by the New York State Thruway Authority.

Hampton Inn & Suites Albany Downtown - You'll find the area around the Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in Albany-Downtown loaded with culture, shopping and restaurants and located just off of Interstate 90.

Best Western Gateway Adirondack Inn - Discover this charming Utica, New York hotel offering convenient access to Adirondack Park, Turning Stone Casino and Cooperstown. Located a few minutes off Interstate 90 in upstate New York, the Best Western Gateway Adirondack Inn is pleased to offer the best in service and value.

Doubletree East Syracuse - Located close to the Finger Lakes region in central New York state, the Doubletree Hotel Syracuse is located within eight miles of downtown Syracuse and right off of I-90.

Days Inn-Rochester Thruway - The Days Inn Rochester Thruway is located off Interstate 390 at Exit 12 in Rochester, N.Y.

Hampton Inn Buffalo South/I-90 - Hampton Inn Buffalo South I-90 is located off I-90 exit 55 in the heart of West Seneca. We are nine miles east of downtown Buffalo and 11 miles east of Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Wingate by Wyndham Erie - The Wingate by Wyndham Erie Hotel is the perfect choice for overnight accommodations when you are traveling to Eroe for business or leisure. Guests of the Wingate by Wyndham will experience one of Eries new hotels with award wining customer service, first class accommodations and numerous complimentary amenities.


The Indiana Toll Road turns into the Ohio Turnpike as it crosses the border. I-90 follows the Ohio Turnpike until Lorain (west of Cleveland), where it turns north to follow a route near the shores of Lake Erie. In Cleveland, Interstate 90 serves as the Innerbelt at the confluence of the northern termini of Interstates 71 and 77. One of the most peculiar and hazardous stretches of Interstate 90 is the section of highway passing through downtown, known locally as Dead Man's Curve. Here, the road takes a nearly 90-degree turn.

Holiday Inn Cleveland East Wickliffe - Conveniently located in one of Cleveland's eastern suburbs, just a twenty-minute drive to Downtown. Located on Interstate 90 near I-271, the city's major east-west, and north-south corridors.

Hampton Inn Cleveland-Downtown - Hampton Inn Cleveland Downtown is located two blocks from the convention center, four blocks from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and approximately 12 miles from Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport.

Comfort Inn and Suites Fremont - The Comfort Inn Fremont is located in Fremont, Ohio, two miles from Fremont Speedway and Sandusky County Fairgrounds. The Comfort Inn Fremont serves complimentary continental breakfasts.

Courtyard Marriott Toledo Rossford/Perrysburg - Located off I-90/80, the Courtyard Rossford offers reasonably priced breakfast buffets with hot items prepared on request. Guests can enjoy complimentary newspapers and fresh coffee.


In the state of Indiana, the entirety of Interstate 90 is concurrent with the Indiana Toll Road. Interstate 90 enters from Illinois at the Chicago Skyway. It then runs to the concurrency of Interstates 80/94 east of Interstate 65, where I-80 leaves I-94 and joins with I-90. The combined I-80/90 route runs east across northern Indiana and near the southern border of Michigan to the Ohio state line.

Hampton Inn Elkhart - Hampton Inn hotel in Elkhart is located in the RV capital of the world just off Interstate 90.

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-90.

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 the state of Illinois, Interstate 90 enters Illinois north of Rockford oriented north-south joined with Interstate 39. It then runs east-southeast directly to the city of Chicago. From Rockford to Interstate 294 the road is tolled and called the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway.

Holiday Inn Hotel and Suites Chicago - Only 12 miles from Midway Airport and 18 miles from O'Hare International Airport, our hotel is easily accessible from all of Chicago’s major highways, just off I-290 at the Canal Street exit.

Aloft Chicago O'Hare - Just minutes from Chicago O'Hare Airport and in walking distance to Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Plus, easy breezy access to the Interstate 90.

Residence Inn Chicago Schaumburg - The Residence Inn by Marriott hotel in Schaumburg is located northwest of downtown Chicago by I-90 at McConnor Parkway and Meacham Road.

Hampton Inn & Suites Chicago/Hoffman Estates - The area around our Hampton Inn & Suites hotel in Chicago/Hoffman Estates is known as one of Illinois' most popular suburban communities right off of I-90.


I-90 crosses Wisconsin from Minnesota to Illinois in a generally southeasterly direction. It joins I-94 in Tomah and I-39 in Portage. I-94 separates from I-90 at Madison. I-39/90/94 from just south of Portage to Madison is the longest concurrency of three Interstate Highways in the United States.

Comfort Inn Beloit - The Comfort Inn Beloit Wisconsin is conveniently located off Interstate 90, just one mile from the Historic Area of Beloit.

Wingate Inn-Madison - Located just minutes to downtown Madison as well as the East Side.

Days Inn Wisconsin Dells - Conveniently located off interstates 90 and 94 at Exit 87, the Days Inn Wisconsin Dells puts guests near a beach; fishing, gaming, golfing and skiing opportunities.

Courtyard Marriott La Crosse Downtown - Located on the Banks of the Mississippi River in the heart of historic Downtown, the Courtyard by Marriott La Crosse Hotel features a completely renovated and smoke free environment with spacious king rooms with Jacuzzi and many two double bed rooms that overlook the river.


I-90 crosses southern Minnesota from the South Dakota border near Luverne, Minnesota to the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wisconsin. On most of its length in the state, it is close to the Iowa border and fairly parallel with it. In southeast Minnesota, it curves north to Rochester.

Days Inn Austin - The Days Inn Austin (Minn.) is located at Exit 178A off Interstate 90 and is close to Hormel Foods headquarters including six golf courses and the Hormel Nature Center.

Holiday Inn Express Albert Lea-I-35 & I-90 Hotel - At the Albert Lea Holiday Inn Express Hotel, you will enjoy pillow top beds in every guest room, plus a cleaner, fresher approach, where every sheet, including the bedspread, is washed after every stay.

Comfort Inn Fairmont - Comfort Inn Fairmont is a small 40 room hotel conveniently located in southern Minnesota on Interstate 90.

Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Worthington - Offering 64 deluxe guest rooms on three floors with elevator including 19 suites with kitchenettes and a two room executive suite with Jacuzzi tub.

South Dakota

Near Rapid City, South Dakota at the Wyoming border I-90 is a four lane divided highway with a grass median. In the Sioux Falls area, I-90 intersects I-29 and continues east a short distance to Minnesota. I-90 is the longest east-west thoroughfare in South Dakota.

Homewood Suites Sioux Falls - The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Sioux Falls hotel is situated in the heart of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, just off I-229.

Hampton Inn Mitchell - Conveniently located just off I-90, close to all the great activities Mitchell offers.

Holiday Inn Express Chamberlain - Conveniently located just off Interstate I-90 at exit 260, only a few blocks from world class walleye and bass fishing on the majestic Missouri River.

Holiday Inn Rapid City-Rushmore Plaza - Amenities such as free high speed Internet, work center, plush towels and luxurious bedding mean every night is a great night and every day starts right.


At the Montana border I-90 is a four-lane divided highway with a grass median. At Buffalo, Wyoming (if travelling eastward from the north) it diverges from I-25 with a more east-west orientation.

Best Western Inn At Sundance - Nestled between Devils Tower and Mt. Rushmore National Monuments in the valley of the majestic Sundance Mountain is the Best Western Inn at Sundance.

Hampton Inn Gillette - Quick on and off ramp to Interstate 90.

Comfort Inn Buffalo - The Comfort Inn hotel is located at the crossroads of Interstate 90 and Interstate 25, just blocks from historic downtown Buffalo.

Wingate By Wyndham Sheridan - Conveniently positioned off Interstate 90, the hotel stands two miles from Trails End Museum, 15 miles from Fort Phil Kerney and 60 miles from Custer's Last Stand.


Until 1995 in Montana near the Idaho border, I-90 was not a divided highway for a few stretches, having only a narrow paved median. From 1995 until 1999, the speed limit in Montana was "reasonable and prudent"; it is now 75 mph.

Holiday Inn the Grand Montana Billings - Conveniently located, just 10 minutes from Logan International Airport and easily accessible from I-90 exit 446. Experience a few of the nation's treasures, as the Holiday Inn Grand Montana is perfectly situated between Yellowstone National Park and Little Bighorn Battle Field.

Wingate By Wyndham Billings - Billings Wingate by Wyndham provides family and business travelers alike with the most comfortable and convenient accommodations of any hotel in Montana. Located in the Bighorn Resort near the I-90 exit.

Best Western Yellowstone Inn - Offering the Old West hospitality characteristic of Big Sky Country, this hotel is a short drive from Yellowstone National Park, just 50 miles from the north entrance, and right off Interstate 90.

Hampton Inn Bozeman - The Hampton Inn hotel in Bozeman is located in the downtown area, offering easy access to most major attractions and I90.


The small town of Wallace, Idaho still prides itself on having what was the last stop light on I-90. Its downtown has many historical buildings, which would have been wiped out by the original planned route of the freeway, so in 1976, city leaders had the downtown placed on the National Register of Historic Places. As a result, the federal government was forced, at great expense, to reroute the freeway to the northern edge of downtown and elevate it.

Baymont Inn Kellogg - If you like skiing and other outdoor recreation, you'll love the Baymont Inn & Suites Kellogg. Conveniently located across the street from the Silver Mountain Ski Resort, this contemporary hotel is a popular destination for travelers in search of skiing, fishing, rafting, biking, and golf in the great northwest.

La Quinta Inn & Suites Coeur D'Alene East - As soon as you arrive at the La Quinta Inn Coeur D'Alene Appleway, you will notice a difference. This property strives to deliver a warm, friendly feel that says welcome. Conveniently located, you can find this La Quinta Inn near major highways, business complexes and popular attractions.

Comfort Inn Post Falls - Comfort Inn Post Falls is four miles east of the Washington-Idaho border along Interstate 90. Post Falls is 20 miles east of Spokane and approximately 100 miles south of the Canadian border.

Holiday Inn Express & Suites I-90 - This new award-winning Coeur d'Alene hotel will meet and exceed your every expectation! Located close to beautiful Lake Coeur d’Alene and just minutes from Silverwood Theme Park, Kootenai Medical Center, North Idaho College, University of Idaho, and Lewis and Clark State College, this hotel is a perfect location for both business and pleasure.


In 2003, the Seattle terminus was re-engineered to better accommodate traffic from the two nearby sports stadiums. I-90 westbound still ends at its previous location next to Qwest Field. The tunnel that carries Interstate 90 under the Mount Baker Ridge is on the National Register of Historic Places. The east portal of the tunnel (visible when entering Seattle from the east) is constructed as a bas relief concrete sculpture. Forty miles east of Bellevue I-90 traverses the Cascade Range's Snoqualmie Pass, elevation 3,022 feet. At mile post 137, it crosses the Columbia River on the Vantage Bridge, and after entering Spokane near mile post 279, enters Idaho 20 miles later.

Courtyard Marriott Spokane Downtown - The Courtyard by Marriott Spokane Downtown hotel is a secluded getaway on the banks of the Spokane River and adjacent to the Spokane Convention Center.

Best Western Snowcap Lodge Cle Elum - Discover this Cle Elum, Washington hotel offering warm and comfortable accommodations near the Cascade Mountains.

Courtyard Marriott Seattle Bellevue/Downtown - Experience beautiful Bellevue, Washington from its center at the Courtyard by Marriott Seattle Bellevue Downtown Hotel just out I-90 and Seattle.

Homewood Suites Seattle-Downtown - The Homewood Suites by Hilton® Seattle-Downtown hotel offers guests in Seattle, Washington full suites, complimentary meals, and complimentary wireless Internet (WIFI).

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