Is REI a part of your future? Then it is a good idea to start developing a relationship with a local bank. That will come in handy in the future.
Or... if you will be doing a lot of traveling, a larger national bank can be nice.
We have different bank accounts - some locally and some "national" banks - for the reason mentioned above.
Most banks have free checking - and some offer interest. Don't open an account where you have to pay a monthly fee, because there are plenty out there where you don't.