College Town Travel: The BIG 10

Whether you’re are student, a family member, an alum or just a raving fan, colleges and universities are always a fun destination to visit, especially the Big 10 schools that currently are in the middle of the best season, football season! Whether you are looking for a fun tailgate, a fantastic atmosphere, an edge of your seat football game or just some place to explore the campus, enjoy local campus cuisine, or catch a performing arts show, these schools have it all and they all have budget-friendly Red Roof Inn’s nearby so you can get more out of your college town experience.

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Indiana University Bloomington

This beautiful university is filled with nearby parks, museums, great dining, exciting sporting events (Go Hoosiers!) and fantastic performing arts. Make sure to visit the following attractions while visiting this campus:

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University of Maryland, College Park

This University is filled with campus attractions from beautiful gardens, to grand libraries, sporting events and more! You will always have something to do and see.

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University of Michigan

This university offers a vibrant atmosphere, a raving fan base of Wolverines and tons of things on and nearby campus to see and do:

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Michigan State University

This beautiful campus is located on the banks of the Red Cedar River and is known as Spartan Country!

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Ohio State University

O-H! I-O! This campus is filled with the Best Fans in the Land as well as the Best Band in the Land. The Ohio State Buckeyes are known for their great sports teams, tailgating and the beautiful campus. Must-see things to do and see around campus include:

  • The Schottenstein Center– Home to the Buckeye basketball team. This center also hosts major concerts and family fun events.
  • The Shoe– The Ohio State football field hosts amazing games. Whether you are a fan of the team or not, you do not want to miss out on the great atmosphere.
  • The Short North– Located right next to campus, this amazing destination is filled with local breweries, fantastic dining, fun bars, unique shops and so much more. Strolling the streets of the short north is a must!
  • The Wexner Center for the Arts– This art center always has a different exhibit for the art lovers and also offers films throughout the year.
  • Gateway Film Center– The best Film center on and around campus that shows the hottest films and offers students a great discount!

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Pennsylvania State University

Penn State is a football school, but there is tons more to do than just football. Make sure to check out these must-see attractions below:

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Rutgers University – New Brunswick

Visit an art gallery, listen to a great lecture, enjoy a performance, see a film, explore the surround natural parks, cheer on the sports team and more at this great university.

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University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This beautiful campus is filled with many great museums, historic buildings, performing arts and located by the most-known and hopping street in Champaign-Urbana, Green Street!

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University of Iowa

University of Iowa, home of the Hawkeyes, has tons more to do than just sports. Make sure to see all these attractions while on campus listed below:

  • Attend a college game!- Cheer on the Hawkeyes at the Kinnick Stadium or the Carver-Hawkeye Arena.
  • Englert– Catch a play, comedy, film and more at this major entertainment center.
  • Art Building West– ABW is a beautiful building located on the west side of the Iowa River, overlooking Hutchinson Quarry Pond with floor-to-ceiling windows.

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University of Minnesota

This University is filled with fantastic performing arts, and of course, an amazing sports team! Make sure to check out these attractions on and nearby campus:

  • Weisman Art Museum – Offers free admission and is always filled with a new and exciting exhibit.
  • Walker Art Center– Hosts the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, performances, special events, exhibits and lectures.
  • Gopher Sports– With 23 Division I teams, there’s always an exciting game on campus.

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University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Experience the excitement and campus life at UNL!

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Northwestern University

This university, located nearby Downtown Chicago, offers a lot to do around the campus as well as the best Chicago attractions just a short drives away!

  • Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art – offers year-round exhibits, educational programs and the Block Cinema film series.
  • Cheer on the Wildcats! Enjoy tailgating and a game at the Ryan Field.
  • Explore Evanston – This is the town that hosts the campus. This great city right outside of Chicago offers many great shopping and dining options all walking distance from campus.

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Purdue University

Experience the best dining, sporting events, and seasonal student life at this Big Ten school. Make sure to check out the following must-see attractions:

  • Elliott Hall of Music– Attend a concert and performance, featuring the hottest artists.
  • The Union– The home of student life, also featuring a grand Christmas Tree every year, which is a must-see.
  • Slayter Hill– the best sledding hill in the winter. Also hosts many free outdoor concerts throughout the year.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison

This university is filled with fantastic landmarks, events, science and discovery museums, arts, gardens and tons of entertainment. Make sure to check out these attractions listed below:

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Remember, when visiting college towns, Red Roof Inn is the perfect place to stay! We offer student discounts (CLICK HERE to save 20%) and fantastic benefits for RediCard Members, including points earned on each stay toward a free night and $2 off, as well as 500 Points, when booking a Premium Room

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Experience more WOW in Hartford, CT!

Whether you’re looking for a great outdoor getaway, fantastic cuisines, family-fun activities, performing arts and entertainment, Hartford, Connecticut has it all! Hartford is also filled with Culture! From fun, food, arts, history, style and beauty- Hartford offers what you are looking for. While in Hartford, make sure to check out these fun activities and attractions:

Concerts and Performing Arts:

  •  XL Center offers fantastic concerts and events year-round like Blake Shelton on 9/30.
  • Make sure to attend the hottest concerts at XFINITY Center, an outdoor Amphitheater.
  • The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts brings amazing shows and performances like: Disenchanted the Musical September 30-October 2nd.

Museums and Family Fun Activities:

Outdoor Fun:

  • If you like dinosaurs, you’ll love the 200 million-year-old fossil trackway, interactive exhibits and the chance to cast your own dinosaur footprint to take home.Dinosaur State Park preserves one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America.
  • Take the Founders Bridge across theConnecticut River to row, boat, fish, hike, bike, bird watch and more! Visit the Connecticut River Museum for art, artifacts and model ships.

Trade-shows and Conventions:

  • Attending a trade-show, conference, convention or event atConnecticut Convention Center? It’s in the heart of Downtown overlooking the river- a perfect location!

Colleges & Universities:

  • Attending a trade-show, conference, convention or event at Connecticut Convention Center? It’s in the heart of Downtown overlooking the river- a perfect location!

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Local Dining:

  • Black Eyed Sally’s Southern Kitchen & Bar
  • Agave Grill & The Tavern Downtown
  • Black Bear Saloon
  • Hot Tomato’s Ristorante – Italian Fare & Parkview

When in Hartford, make sure to stay at the budget-friendly and pet friendly Red Roof PLUS+ Hartford. Our location is also just .1 miles from the Hartford Station Amtrak Station, which offers easy transportation to all the best attractions around the area.

Red Roof PLUS+ Hartford adds more WOW to your stay with an enhanced experience & all new rooms with higher-end amenities. The hotel features free WiFi, elevators, interior corridors. Complimentary coffee & tea in the lobby! Check out the fantastic amenities in our newly renovated 100% Smoke-Free rooms! New, comfy Rest Suite beds by Serta, new high-end bedding, new flooring, and a large flat screen TV. Premium Rooms offer a snack ready in your room! Stay with us.

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Experience Rancho Cordova, CA!

Come for a visit to the heart of Northern California and explore the beautiful city of Rancho Cordova. History buffs, sports enthusiasts, arts & culture lovers – there’s something here for everyone. Enjoy all of the outdoor activities, things for the kids, and activities for the adults like exploring wine country.

History buffs have a variety of places to explore in Rancho Cordova:

If you enjoy the water, there is plenty to see and do:

Feeling adventurous?

Family friendly activities:

Whether you are a NBA fan or prefer college teams, Rancho Cordova has it all:

Traveling for a special occasion or with a group of friends?

No matter if you are traveling with the family, friends or even solo you will find something in Rancho Cordova that you enjoy. During your trip, stay with Red Roof Inn Rancho Cordova – Sacramento. Our property is newly renovated and offers 100% smoke-free rooms, an outdoor unheated pool, a fitness facility onsite, free WiFi, and don’t forget pets stay free with Red Roof.

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Enjoy Sacramento North, California!

North Sacramento is filled with history, museums, water parks, animal adventures, sports, fine dining, great shopping and more! With so much to do and explore, it is best to stay at an affordable, pet friendly place like our Red Roof Inn & Suites Sacramento North location. Make sure to check out these nearby attractions:

From the moment you walk in at Red Roof Inn & Suites Sacramento North, you’re surrounded by great amenities like free WiFi, coffee & tea in the lobby, a business center, and fantastic, comfortable guest rooms. You can expect a quality and comfortable stay, like free WiFi, flat screen TVs, microwave and fridge, in-room coffee, ironing, and free HBO, to clean rooms and fantastic customer service. By staying with us, your travel will be even easier as we are close to the airport.  Nearby airports are Mather Airport (12 miles) or Sacramento International Airport (14.5 miles). Book Now.
Safe travels and happy adventures!
-Katie

Experience Augusta, Georgia

Visit one of Georgia’s oldest cities and the Garden City for a fun, relaxing getaway. Augusta is filled with Southern charm and city funarts  and cultureshopping and fine cuisine. Red Roof Inn Augusta West is the perfect place to stay while on vacation. This affordable and pet friendly hotel has amenities and comfort that don’t just stop inside your room. Enjoy our beautiful pool and delicious continental breakfast. From our Suites to our Standard, Red Roof Inn & Suites Augusta West have rooms filled with top amenities like free WiFi, flat screen TVs and In room microwaves. Beyond that you can expect and clean and comfortable stay every time. Book Now.

  • Visit Funsville Amusement Park /Adventure Crossing (0.7 miles) on your family fun day. Get all of the thrills and excitement of amusement park fun.
  • Visit Carolina Moon Distillery. Bringing you fresh homemade moonshine & spirits distilled with local grain and ingredients. Unique flavors include ‘Rabbit Spit’, Blueberry, Black Betty Whiskey and May Lady Aged Rum.
  • Bringing the best in Expos, live music & entertainment to the Augusta area, the Augusta Entertainment Complex (11.6 mi) will be hosting T.I. (9/24) and I Love the 90’s (10/6).
  • One of the premier golf courses of the world, the Augusta National Golf Course (7.2 miles) has been the home of the PGA Tour‘s Masters Tournament since 1934. Play a round on one of the most sacred courses in the game.
  • Enjoy the great food at Cracker Barrel (Walking), Chili’s (4 miles), Cooker (4 miles), Don Pablo’s (4 miles), Logan’s Roadhouse (4 miles), Macaroni Grill (4 miles), Super Salad (4 miles) and Tony Rama’s (4 miles) during your stay.
  • The Augusta Convention Center(12.2 miles) brings top expos, events and entertainment to Augusta. Whether planning an expo and looking for a place to stay, or visiting the convention center for an event, stay close and stay with Red Roof Inn & Suites Augusta West.
  • A one of a kind pottery shop in the heart of Augusta,Tire City Potters (11.1 miles) is an in-house pottery boutique bringing you hand crafted pieces prime for everyday use. Pitchers, bowls, mugs and other useful everyday items with an artistic flair. Check out the artistic art galleries and show rooms like Artists Row, Artistic Perceptions and Art on Broad (12.1 miles).
  • Shop the hottest brands and styles atthe Augusta Mall (2.6 miles). Get great deals on all of the latest fashions and enjoy a day of shopping.
  • On your college visit toAugusta State University (7.9 miles), Paine College (8.8 miles), Medical College of Georgia (8.8 miles) or Georgia Regents University (10.6 miles) stay with Red Roof Inn & Suites Augusta West. Stay close to campus and get a true feeling for campus and the flavor of Augusta.
  • Enjoy some of the fine arts during your stay in Augusta atthe Augusta Ballet and Grover Maxwell Performing Arts Center. Enjoy Ballet, classical music and other arts to bring out the musical and artistic beauty in the world.
  • We support our troops and on your next visit toFort Gordon (6.9 miles), stay with Red Roof Inn & Suites Augusta West and stay in comfort surrounded by amenities like in room coffee and flat screen TVs. We understand that the stress of life on the base can be taxing. Book Now and check out our 10% military discount.
  • Visit theAugusta Market, Saturdays on the Riverwalk. See all of the great items and food there is to be had at this fantastic local event.
  • Stay in comfort during your next procedure or visit tothe Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center (6.9 miles), Doctor’s Hospital (2.6 miles) and Trinity Hospital- Augusta (7.4 miles) right here in Augusta. We know healthcare can be stressful, on your next visit, stay in comfort at the Red Roof Inn & Suites Augusta West.

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Experience Houston

Visit America’s fourth largest city and plan your next travel experience to Houston, Texas. Sports, museums, shopping and world-class dining – come see it for yourself. During the evening and night hours check out the nightlife on Washington Avenue. Southern hospitality meets urban chic city here. Come out and explore and see what there is for you to do in Houston.

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Check out the many parks and outdoor attractions. If you are the outdoorsy adventurous type, then Houston is a must see city:

  • Wet ‘n’ Wild SplashTown – Enjoy thrilling waterslides, a lazy river, a water park and more!
  • Discovery Green – Enjoy kayaking, restaurants, events on the green, play fountains and more!
  • Hermann Park – Explore a Japanese Garden, a cafe, pedal boats and more!
  • Armand Bayou Nature Center – Reconnect with nature and explore wet lands, prairies, bayous, forests and more!
  • Enjoy fun on the water such as canoeing, fishing, jet skiing, boating and more.
  • If you are bringing your four-legged friend along with you, check out the many dog parks in the area.

Sports fanatics, come here any time of the year to see professional sports in action:

  • Cheer on the Texans at NRG Stadium. Tailgating starts four hours before game time, so get your appetite ready and come grill out before watching some football.
  • Basketball fans can cheer on the Rockets at Toyota Center.
  • Baseball lovers, head over to Minute Maid Park and see the Astros in action.
  • Catch a soccer game and see either the Dynamo or Dash teams compete. Live music, giveaways, food and more are all part of the pre-game tailgate.

History buffs, explore the rich culture that Houston has to offer:

  • Take the architecture tour and experience the historic buildings and the past of the city.
  • The Texas Independence Trail – Trace the road that led to Texas’ freedom and stop at important sites along the way.
  • Bayou Bend – The Museum of Fine Arts Houston house museum for American decorative arts and paintings.
  • Haunted Houston – Houston is said to be one of the most haunted destinations in the US. Explore the many old, historic buildings said to be inhibited by ghosts.
  • Heritage Society Complex – Explore the outdoor, interactive historic museum that holds 9 historic structures.

There’s always something happening in the city. Check out an event while you are visiting:

Whether you prefer indoor or outdoor activities, sport games or museums and galleries, fine dining or casual takeout – there is something in Houston for everyone. Enjoy the mild, year-round temperatures while exploring the diversity that the city offers. Come act like a local for a few days and discover the Southern charm of Houston.

Make sure to get the most out of your travel experience by staying at one of these pet-friendly, budget friendly Red Roof Inns while in town:

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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Red Roof Gives Back

The Baton Rouge flooding has hit home with the Red Roof Inn family.

The General Manager of our Baton Rouge property has some employees who are now homeless from the flooding. They’ve been helping out in their community and now, Red Roof Inn Corporate is jumping in to do what we can to back them and everyone in Baton Rouge.

The General Manager has kept us informed, letting us know that there are many people in need. There have been so many people walking around with nothing. No shirts, clothing, food etc.

And this is where our shirt donation idea came from. We looked around and saw what we hand on hand. We had plenty of t-shirts lying around here, and there are so many people in Baton Rouge who could use them more than we can. So we packed them all up, and now 100+ shirts are on their way to those affected by the floods in Baton Rouge.

Stay strong Baton Rouge!

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UPDATE: Our guests were so happy and grateful  to receive the T-shirts provided to them by our awesome corporate office team.  RRI Baton Rouge was able to join together with the neighboring church to service hot meals to all the displaced families on property.

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Introducing Red Roof PLUS+ Poughkeepsie, NY

Experience Red Roof PLUS+ and discover an enhanced experience. The newest PLUS+ Property in the Red Roof family, Red Roof PLUS+ Poughkeepsie, is located in the historic Hudson Valley near the Franklin D. Roosevelt Museum & Library, Vassar College, and Walkway over the Hudson State Historic Park. Whether traveling for business or pleasure we are close to everything the area has to offer. Check out all the great attractions listed below:

  • While in Poughkeepsie check out a show at Bardavon Opera House (4.7 miles). Click here for the calendar of events to see what is happening while you are in town.
  • Visit the Walkway over the Hudson (7.7 miles), the longest elevated pedestrian bridge in the world at 1.28 miles long. Click here for more information and experience the walkway!
  • Cool off with a visit to Splashdown Beach (7.6 miles) when it is opens for the season!
  • FDR Presidential Library and Museum (9.2 miles) has permanent exhibits that explain the story of Roosevelt’s presidency as well as Franklin & Eleanor Roosevelt’s relationship with the American People. When staying with Red Roof, visit two other pieces of history in the area: Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site (9.7 miles) and Vanderbilt Mansion National Historic Site (11.2 miles).
  • Not sure where to eat when staying with us? Check out Red Lobster, Umberto’s of Mamma Marisa, Five Guys Burger and Fries, and Red Robin – all under 1 mile. Then there is Olive Garden (1.8 miles) and Bonefish Grill (2.5 miles). Eat well, sleep well when you come to visit!
  • Come for an event at the Mid-Hudson Civic Center (4.8 miles). Upcoming events include the Hudson Valley Freestyle Jam 8/27. Grab tickets and then book with us!
  • Are you traveling to the Poughkeepsie area to check out the campus of one of the nearby colleges or universities? Stay with Red Roof Plus+ Poughkeepsie and save time on the commute! We are located near Vassar College (4.5 miles), Marist College (5.9 miles) andThe Culinary Institute of America (7.5 miles). BOOK NOW.
  • Ready for a round of golf? Come out to Casperkill Golf Club, we are located less than a mile away from the course. Book a tee time, then book your stay. Book today.

This 100% Smoke-Free inn features rooms with spa-inspired bathrooms, new beds by Serta, plush bedding, modern flooring, flat-screen TV, refrigerator, microwave, coffee maker & hair dryer. Continental breakfast every morning! Experience more in Poughkeepsie by staying at our budget friendly, pet friendly location. BOOK NOW.

Safe travels and happy adventures.

-Katie

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#GoMoreGoBetter Summer 2016

 

summer 2016 #gomoregobetter contest

Summer may be almost over, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t still #GoMoreGoBetter with Red Roof!

Share with us your favorite travel memory so far from summer 2016 and use the hashtag #GoMoreGoBetter for a chance to win 1 of 3 prize packs. The prize packs include a $500 Visa Gift Card and 5 free nights at any Red Roof nationwide!

Here’s how you enter:

  1. Follow @redroofinn on Instagram
  2. Share your favorite summer 2016 photo with #gomoregobetter in the post
  3. Winners will be chosen at random and announced on or around August 31st.

Dates: August 10th-31st, 2016

Click here for contest rules and more information.

Good luck to all and happy Summer 2016 Adventures!

-Katie

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Experience Clearwater, FL

White sand beaches, gorgeous sunny weather, endless entertainment and outdoor activities can be found in Clearwater, FL. You won’t want to miss out on the miles of crystal clear waters and mild, temperate climate. Clearwater is celebrating its 100 years of existence this year, so be sure to visit this ultimate destination.

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There are many outdoor activities that visitors can do, whether you are feelings adventurous or just want to relax:

Dining, shopping, outdoor excursions, vibrant activities and more – there is something here for everyone and every budget. No matter what time of the year it is, with its beautiful beaches, year-round warm climate and limitless activities, Clearwater is the perfect vacation spot. Make sure to stay at one of these budget-friendly and pet friendly Red Roof Inn locations when in town so you can get the most out of your travel experience!

Safe travels and happy adventures!

-Katie

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