6 great American road trips

Planning to hit the road this summer instead of spending on pricey airfares? Take a grand tour of some of the best U.S. road trips, including the best roadside attractions you'll see on each and where to stay along the way.

Rte. 191 roadside attractions

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Delicate Arch is one of Arches National Park's most visited sites

In Moab, some companies offer four-wheel drive tours through red-rock back country -- places ordinary tourists never get to.

The road also sports some old-fashioned attractions like Hole 'N the Rock, a 5,000-square-foot home carved out of a sandstone cliff. It includes a petting zoo, sculpture garden, general store and trading post, and is located 12 miles south of Moab. A house tour costs $6 for adults.

The Dinosaur Museum ($3.50) in Blanding, Utah, tries to convince visitors that dinosaurs are just big birds that lost the ability to fly.

Where to stay. Moab, at the start of the road trip, has dozens of motels and B&Bs -- as well as housekeeping cabins for travelers planning longer stays.

About an hour down the road, Monticello has lower-priced alternatives; it's also the closest town to the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park. Rooms at the Monticello Inn, the top-rated place to stay on TripAdvisor, start about $60 a night.

Chinle has a couple of hotels, while a Navajo-run lodge inside the National Monument grounds offers rooms starting at about $122 for a double.

- Last updated July 16 2014 07:38 AM ET
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