Hipmunk Hotels: Northeastern Wonders – Nature, History, and Adventure in Niagara Falls, Gettysburg, Lancaster and More


Awe-inspiring natural beauties like Niagara Falls, history-rich and culturally varied destinations, outdoor adventures, and a thriving blend of farms and factories are some of the America’s wonders in the northeast. To discover everything, including national parks and Civil War reenactments, you have quite a few destinations to cover. Start by exploring these five northeastern gems and discover where the high society used to vacation. We’ll take a tour of the region and discover experiences you shouldn’t miss and popular hotels. A few tips on cutting costs will help you see more of the world!

Niagara Falls, ON

While Niagara Falls itself is the main reason tourists flock to this part of Ontario, it’s not the only attraction. Don’t miss out on the Niagara Glen Nature area, the many hiking trails along Niagara River, and the Niagara Parks Butterfly Conservatory. If you want to enjoy a summer vacation but still get a good price, try booking one of the Niagara Falls hotels that have last-minute availabilities. Or, if you can brave the cold, travel in winter and enjoy the icy spectacle. Some popular hotel choices are Marriott Niagara Falls Fallsview Hotel, the Skyline Hotel & Waterpark, and the Emerald Crow Hotel.

Niagara Falls

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Bar Harbor, ME

Bary Harbor is where the high society vacationed in the 19th century. Situated on the coast of Maine, Bar Harbor is a great choice if you’re wanting to enjoy watersports or relaxation on the Atlantic Ocean’s sandy beaches. Bar Harbor is also well-known to nature lovers as a prime spot for bird and whale watching, and Acadia National Park is a hit among the outdoorsy tourists. There are plenty of inexpensive hotels in Bar Harbor to choose from, such as the Mira Monte Inn and Suites, the Quimby House Inn and Spa, or the more luxurious Bar Harbor Inn and Spa.

Gettysburg, PA

A famous Civil War landmark, Gettysburg is one of the busiest historic town destinations in the U.S., with summer and winter being the busiest seasons. Most Civil War reenactments happen in the summer, so braving the crowds and the higher prices is well worth it. Staying at the Colton Motel Gettysburg, the Aspire Gettysburg Hotel, the Lightner Farmhouse B&B, or any of the budget hotels in Gettysburg will compensate for your peak season choice.

Civil War reenactment - Gettysburg

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Lancaster, PA

Set in the heart of Dutch County, Lancaster is popular for the many farmlands, factories, and Amish communities in the area. Summer brings the highest rates and winters are extremely cold, but if you travel in spring or autumn, you’ll enjoy the beauty of the region without breaking the bank. A guest favorite of the Lancaster hotels is DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Lancaster for its low price and indoor pool, and Cork Factory Hotel and Comfort Suites Amish Country are also among some of the top choices.

Williamsburg, VA

Dating back to 1632, this small city of only 16,000 inhabitants is most attractive to history and architecture buffs for its restored historic section, Colonial Williamsburg. With less than a hundred hotels in Williamsburg, most are budget-friendly; top pics include Travelodge Williamsburg Colonial Area, Comfort Inn Williamsburg Gateway, and Red Roof Inn Williamsburg.

15 Comment to “Hipmunk Hotels: Northeastern Wonders – Nature, History, and Adventure in Niagara Falls, Gettysburg, Lancaster and More”

  1. Thanks for the hotel suggestions! Bar Harbor is such a pretty town and Acadia National Park is gorgeous! I need to make it to Williamsburg, VA. I’d love to check out the history and save a bundle on a stay at one of the budget friendly hotels in the area.

  2. Nice post! I will definitely stay at some of these hotels when I am in the area. Nice history also.

  3. Looking into that Niagara Falls last minute hotels. Definitely need it soon.

  4. anna says:

    The civil war reenactment must have been super interesting! The view of the Niagra is pretty stunning too.

  5. Nisha says:

    Oh, still not been there. Time to go now. High time!

  6. Megan says:

    Some great places to visit. I especially need to get to Niagra. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Laura says:

    I’ve been to many of those cities and love them all for different reasons. It’d be great to take a trip that included all of these.

  8. Oh perfect timing. I love touring the historic areas and hoping to see Williamsburg this summer. Great info that I will definitely put to use. P.S. LOVE Gettysburg. I think it is such an undiscovered great US choice.

  9. UYC says:

    This is all so rich!! History. Sights. Loved this. Gettysburg is on our list for this year.

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