So perhaps this July 4th you'll head, say, to Post Falls, along Idaho's Spokane River, where you can check yourself into a waterfront stay at the Red Lion's Templin on the River (above.)
On the river and smack dab in the middle of a majestic mountain view (without the snow caps now), this is one hotel where you can really kick back during the summer.
Yes, there's still Internet access for all you Blackberry types. There's also a private beach, tennis and volleyball courts, indoor pool and whirlpool, fitness center and a full-service marina where you can rent paddleboats or and pontoons, or take a sunset river cruise.
The hotel's award-winning Mallards Restaurant serves up classic Americana cuisine with a regional twist morning to night. Or grab a burger with a view at Templin's River Grill which is open throughout the summer.
The hotel's special July 4th Package includes overnight accommodations (sure, you can stay longer), breakfast for two and 2 tickets for a July 5th cruise on the Red Lion River Queen. Package prices start at $169.95.
And while you may think you're in the middle of your own private Idaho, there's airport shuttle service to/fro the hotel and free parking on site.