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These are the best roadside motels in the U.S.

During the early years of the 20th century, Americans took to the nation’s brand new highways, and roadside motels (a portmanteau of “motor hotel”) popped up to accommodate these travelers.

Many of these historic properties have gotten retro-chic makeovers, blending their vintage charm with modern amenities. Here are the 10 best in the country, according to our readers.

10. The Sandman - Santa Rosa, California

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Roadside inn meets Wine Country hotel at The Sandman. This affordable hotel just off US-101 has 135 rooms, each with free Wi-Fi, a flat screen TV, kitchenette amenities and bath products from Malin & Goetz.

9. The Astro Motel - Santa Rosa, California

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This motel was built in 1963 during the golden age of the American motor lodge. The recently remodeled property features 34 rooms with original mid-century modern furnishings.

8. Hotel Palms - Atlantic Beach, Florida

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Originally built in 1947 as a motor court inn, this property has been renovated to its full retro chic glory. It features 11 guest rooms, just three blocks from the beach.

7. Blue Swallow Motel - Tucumcari, New Mexico

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This motel has been welcoming travelers along Historic Route 66 since 1939. The family-owned and operated motel boasts restored rooms equipped with a desk, vintage lamps and rotary dial phones.

6. The Vagabond Hotel - Miami, Florida

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This newly renovated hotel features a retro lobby and 42 retro-chic guest rooms, with in-room amenities like free Wi-Fi, 1950s-inspired furniture and oversized walk-in showers.

5. Roadrunner Lodge - Tucumcari, New Mexico

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This restored motel on Route 66 blends mid-century style with modern conveniences, like premium mattresses, plush towels, free Wi-Fi and HD TVs with more than 120 channels.

4. Wigwam Motel - Holbrook, Arizona

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Wigwam Village #6 has long been one of the most recognizable landmarks along Historic Route 66. The motel opened in 1950 but has since been renovated with a host of modern amenities.

3. The Sunset Motel - Brevard, North Carolina

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The Sunset Motel celebrates the allure of the open road by providing clean, comfortable rooms and friendly service to visiting guests. Amenities include free Wi-Fi and cable.

2. Lincoln Motor Court - Mann's Choice, Pennsylvania

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The Lincoln Motor Court celebrates the golden age of automobile travel with its classic tourist cabins. Each cottage features vintage decor and cable TVs.

1. Coachman Hotel - South Lake Tahoe, California

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The newly renovated Coachman Hotel celebrates the natural beauty of nearby Lake Tahoe with features that invite guests to enjoy the outdoors – a swimming pool for summer and a hot tub for winter.

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