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Photographing nature and wildlife draws me to the national and state parks of North America. My husband and I fly to a region and then travel by car for flexibility. We have found it best to have hotel reservations and try to stay with familiar chains, though I do research travelers' opinions/experiences before booking. We're retired and travel economically, but not on the cheap. Since we stay on the go throughout the day, comfortable bedding, cleanliness, and quiet are our top priorities in a hotel. The friendliest staff and tastiest breakfast cannot make up for a sleepless night. Finding the unique and breathtaking along the journey is what keeps us traveling.