We're planning to do a roadtrip during may 2013 in southwestern USA. I'm wondering what's best way (read cheap without too much hassle) to book our hotels/motels for the trip? A few dollars more or less isn't an issue (so I'm not gonna check the rates every single day), but I guess 30-50$ difference a night is well possible depending on when you book. And what's the difference between big cities / national parks / smaller towns according to booking in advance/day itself?
I see 3 possibilities:
- Book them now (9-10 months in advance)
- Wait till a month / week / 2-3 days in advance
- Check on the day itself (or 1 day in advance) online for the best rate.
A list of locations where we plan to book, but as you can see it's a widespread of big cities and small towns (so I guess it takes different booking approaches too).
- Los Angeles: 2 nights (landing there, so book in advance)
- Vegas: 2 nights tue - th (so no weekend), preferably on the strip
- San Francisco: 3 nights, arriving on memorial day
Smaller towns/cities (hotels/motels): San Diego(?) - Palm Springs - Kingman - Torrey - Lee Vining - Monterey - Morro Bay. The next or previous town on the road isn't a real issue, so it's just about finding a decent location to sleep at a good price. I suppose these aren't locations where a lot of people stay for a longer time (like e.g. Page, which I'll put together with the NP's).
Grand Canyon (lodge) on saturday
Page: 2 nights starting on sunday (big hub?)
Moab: 2 nights (big hub?)
Bryce Canyon on saturday
Zion: 2 nights starting on sunday
Yosemite: 2 nights in the weekend (no difference in price as far as i can see)