Country Inns & Suites By CarlsonSM today launches the 'Hit the Road Country' sweepstakes, reminding travelers that a road trip is the perfect way to celebrate summer. 'Hit the Road Country' showcases a series of pre-planned routes that capture the history, beauty, and spirit of notable destinations across the country. Rolling out in three phases, 'Hit the Road Country' gives contestants three chances to enter to win a grand-prize package including a three-night stay and $3,000 in spending money. Each contest phase will highlight a different region of the country, showcasing top spots in that area for the ultimate road trip.

Hosted on 'Talk of the Country,' the official Country Inns & Suites blog, an interactive map will highlight the three different regions over the summer, revealing fun-filled itineraries that allow travelers to explore top destinations before planning a getaway. Recommended road trips will include: Cruise the Cascades with a stop at Seattle's Pike Place; Hills and Horizons amid Texas-sized scenery; and Cheesesteaks and Chocolate for flavors of the Northeast.

Each custom-curated itinerary will also correspond with a blog post on Talk of the Country, where travelers can get more information on top travel spots, including an exclusive road trip route from celebrity interior designer and television personality Genevieve Gorder.

To enter the 'Hit the Road Country' sweepstakes, individuals must visit Talk of the Country and choose their favorite itinerary.  Entrants login using Facebook and must 'like' the Country Inns & Suites Facebook page before exploring the map and selecting their favorite route.  Participants can share the sweepstakes with their network to increase their chances of winning.

After a day of adventure, touring, and discovering, Country Inns & Suites offers guests a caring, consistent, comfortable hospitality experience delivered with a touch of home. Complimentary amenities include high-speed Internet, hot breakfast, fitness center access, swimming pools, warm welcome cookies, and the signature Read It & Return It Lending LibrarySM.

Visit http://blog.countryinns.com/hit-the-road-country for official sweepstakes rules. For reservations and more information, visit www.countryinns.com.