What you should know before you rent a car
Where to rent a car in the USA?
There's nothing quite like the all-American road trip, and renting a car is one of the best ways to experience this rite of passage. Sure, you could travel by bus, plane or train – but what could be better than creating your own playlist, stocking up on snacks, and exploring the country on your own terms?
Renting a car in the USA couldn't be easier: from its capital city of Washington, D.C. to west coast cities like Los Angeles, there are plenty of places from which to rent your dream drive. Airports in cities across the country offer car rental services from companies including National Car Rental, Thrifty, Dollar Rent a Car, Hertz, Avis and Advantage. Los Angeles International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, and Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport are just a few of those at which rental cars can be found.
What are the driving rules in the USA?
For a successful road trip in the USA, there are a few road rules to be aware of. It is also worth noting that while some rules, such as driving on the right and never driving while under the influence of alcohol, apply across the entire country, there are others which differ depending on the state – such as speed limits. The majority of car rental companies in the US will require drivers to be at least 21 years old before renting a car, while a surcharge may apply to drivers under the age of 25. When it comes to parking, different cities and states may have different regulations. On-street parking will often be indicated with signs or colored lines on the curb, and there are also plenty of secure parking lots available.
Road trips in the USA
Thanks to the sheer size of the US, traveling by plane is the fastest way to get from A to B. However, while in the air chances are you'll miss much of the country's beauty on the ground. From stunning national parks to vibrant, bustling cities, traveling by rental car is a great way to see the sights and enjoy that all-American road trip.
Road trips around New York
One of the most prolific cities in the US, New York has gained a reputation as the City That Never Sleeps - and for good reason. Its vast array of sights and attractions include Times Square, the Statue of Liberty, Central Park, and the Empire State Building. There are also plenty of opportunities to rent a car in New York, providing the chance to explore some of the areas surrounding the city. Cold Spring, Saratoga Springs, Cape Cod and Philadelphia are just a few of the destinations accessible by rental car from New York.
Possibly the most iconic road trip in the US, Route 66 has been featured in a number of movies and TV shows. Known for being one of the first highways in the US, it stretches across the entire country from Santa Monica to Chicago. Driving the entire route in one go would take a number of days, however those looking for a shorter road trip can travel along smaller sections of the world famous highway. Popular sights along Route 66 include the Grand Canyon National Park, the Twin Arrows Trading Post, and the town of Oatman.
Around Los Angeles
Located on the west coast, Los Angeles is known as the home of Hollywood and the American film industry. The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Universal Studios, and the iconic Hollywood sign are just a few of the top sights in the city. California is known as a beautiful state in which to take a drive, with awesome coastal roads and beaches to discover, so use Los Angeles as a starting point from which to rent a car and hit the open road. Palm Springs, Napa and San Francisco are just some of the destinations waiting to be explored.