Hotel at a Glance: America's Best Value Inn & Suites
At this family-friendly inn, you can fill up on a free, piping-hot breakfast in the homey dining area, where a small chalkboard displays inspirational quotes. The lobby is just as inviting, with a crackling fireplace to warm you on cool nights. The inn's central location caters to families and business travelers alike. It's just 10 minutes from the Flint Children's Museum and downtown's shops and restaurants.
- Recent accolade: TripAdvisor's Certificate of Excellence in 2013
- Heated indoor pool and hot tub stay open year round
- Bring Fido along for an additional $25 fee.
- Business travelers can take advantage of 2,000 square feet of meeting space and audio-visual equipment.
Flint, Michigan: Historic Riverside City near Nature Parks
Best known as the birthplace of General Motors, Flint makes its home on the banks of the Flint River, near the edge of the Genesee Recreation Area—the largest county park system in the state. Here, you can hike and bike through more than 10,000 acres of woodlands and beaches. The Flint River Trail weaves along the banks of the river to Mott Lake and Stepping Stone Falls, where you can chug through the water aboard an old-fashioned paddle-wheel riverboat.
Antique malls and art galleries line downtown Flint's cobbled streets, where locals sell fresh produce and handmade crafts at the Flint Farmers' Market year round. On the north side of town, Crossroads Village re-creates life in the 19th century with old-fashioned locomotives that steam down Huckleberry Railroad and blacksmiths who forge horseshoes for Ralph Lauren's new line.