Warning: Hotel room prices have doubled in the past decade! Very few room rates under $100 per night anymore. Unique locations, wilderness views and popular destinations command a higher price. Advanced reservations are recommended.
Seek the smaller motels and cabin rentals (off the beaten path) for best deals, en route traveling, or week-long vacations. RV Parks often have small cabins available too. California National Forests, rent out remote fire lookout towers and historic cabins.