City Spotlight: Why Everyone Should Visit San Francisco In Their 20s (And Beyond)

City Spotlight: Why Everyone Should Visit San Francisco In Their 20s (And Beyond)

Ah, San Francisco. It may be known more for its fog than its sunshine, but there are plenty of beautiful days in SF (just please don’t call it “San Fran” or “Frisco” around the locals). Whether you live for the excitement of the big city or you prefer a quieter vibe, you’ll love paying a visit to the Golden City. Believe it or not, there’s something for everyone here, and we happen to believe everyone should see San Francisco in their 20s (and after).

Super Cheap Car Rental has a San Francisco location, so if you’re tight on time, you can fly into San Francisco International Airport and pick up your underage car rental San Francisco there. However, if you’ve got a few extra days, we highly recommend flying into LAX and picking up an underage car rental Los Angeles. That way you can get a little LA time in before heading north… and if you take Highway 101, you’ll get to pass through some of California’s finest beach towns. Just look up Los Angeles car rental packages to find the best deals.

So, why should you visit San Francisco, and why should you do it while you’re young? Here are eight good reasons to explore the City by the Bay and eight life lessons you just might learn from doing so:

The Walking

Having a rental car will give you excellent freedom to be able to explore the area. That being said, San Francisco is definitely a walking city. Come prepared to hike uphill to the park, venue or restaurant you want to see, and don’t forget to bring comfortable shoes.

Life lesson: You’re capable of pushing yourself further than you think.

The Food

San Francisco has one of the most amazing, expansive and diverse food scenes in the country. It’s a top leader in culinary discovery. You can find a restaurant that highlights almost any cuisine in the world, and they’re almost guaranteed to do it well. And if American classics are what you’re craving, you’ll find plenty of those too.

Life lesson: Try new foods, always. You never know what you might end up loving. Always be willing to be a little adventurous with your cuisine.

The Culture

San Francisco is a melting pot of culture. From aging hippies to tech geniuses, American-made hipsters and people from other countries, you’ll find it all. If you’ve never experienced true cultural diversity, you owe it to yourself to immerse yourself in it.

Life lesson: You can learn a lot from people who have different life experiences and from stepping outside of your comfort zone.

The Entertainment

With its sporting events, concerts, live music venues and Broadway shows, the Golden City is a mecca of first class entertainment options. Some of them, like the Fillmore and the Golden Gate Theatre, have a long history that make them extra-special destinations. Shows and concerts are fun at any age, but experiencing new music and performances while you’re young can really shape your tastes as you age.

Life lesson: Expose yourself to new genres of music or shows you may not have otherwise considered. You just might be pleasantly surprised.

The Shopping

You might think of Los Angeles as California’s shopping capital, but San Francisco can really hold its own. The Union Square area is one of the largest shopping neighborhoods in the country, and you’ll find tons of obscure but amazing boutiques in the city’s neighborhoods like the Mission District or Pacific Heights. Save room in your suitcase for some new finds, because you’re going to want to do some browsing.

Life lesson: You’re never too young or too old to reinvent yourself. Find your personal sense of style by experimenting with new colors, textures and silhouettes.

The Bookstores

Whether you’re an avid reader or you haven’t seen the inside of a book in ages, surely you can appreciate a good read. Like most major cities, San Francisco is home to a plethora of wonderful bookstores. City Lights, a landmark independent bookstore and publisher, specializes in world literature, the arts and political publications. It was founded in 1953 by poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Peter D. Martin, and it’s a real gem in the North Beach area.

Life lesson: Read. Expand your mind, and discover new authors and new points of view. You’ll carry the perspective with you.

The Attractions

Golden Gate Park. Alcatraz Island. Fisherman’s Wharf. Pier 39. Dolores Park. San Francisco has so many quintessential spots, you could stay for months and not see them all. Their popular tourist attractions are fun and always worth exploring. For a fun look into the city’s hippie past, sign up for the Magic Bus Tour (1-855-969-6244).

Life lesson: We have a lot to learn from history, including the history that is all around us.

The Day Trips

San Francisco is surrounded by some seriously amazing small cities and towns that are worth checking out. You’ll be close to wine country, and you can designate a driver for your rental car and sip vino in Napa or Sonoma. You’ll also be within easy driving distance of the much-loved Santa Cruz, which has a beautiful boardwalk full of family-friendly fun your inner child will adore. There are many other options for exploring the outskirts of San Francisco, all you have to do is decide what you’re in the mood for.

Life lesson: Go off the beaten path once in awhile. You just might love it.

Enjoy the City by the Bay!

 

 

 

Los Angeles Tourist Off The Beaten Path

Echo Park Los Angeles Tourist Off The Beaten Path boat ride

What do you think of when you think of LA? If you’re like most tourists, Hollywood and Beverly Hills come to mind, not to mention Burbank and Studio City. And while those famous haunts are perfect spots for a first-time visitor to check out, there’s a lot more to Los Angeles than the Walk of Fame. In fact, some of the city’s best gems are hidden in its lesser known neighborhoods.

While Los Angeles is amazing in a lot of ways, it doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to public transportation. The most convenient option—and the best for your budget—is to rent a car. Look up Los Angeles car rental packages and decide what will work best for your trip. Remember, Super Cheap is your number one resource for underage car rental Los Angeles deals. If you’re 25 or under, you don’t have to worry.

Once you have your transportation squared away, all you have to do is decide on the neighborhoods you’d like to get to know better. Use this lesser known neighborhood guide to help you figure out where you’ll want to be.

Echo Park

Echo Park is a historic neighborhood and the home of Dodger Stadium, where you can catch a Dodgers game if they’re in town. You’ll also find Echo Park Lake, where locals and visitors enjoy paddle-boarding and relaxing by the shore. A few neighborhood hidden gems include the Baxter Street Stairs, the Chavez Ravine Arboretum. The live music venue The Echo, a reasonably priced spot to see some occasional big names like Beck. Don’t pass up the chance to browse Lemon Frog Shop, a quirky place that carries vintage clothing and accessories from all over the world.

Los Feliz

This beautiful hillside neighborhood is home to some of the most impressive architecture in the county. Hollywood is to the west, Silver Lake is to the South and Atwater Village is to the east, so you’ll be close to most of LA’s best spot. But you can also stay in the Los Feliz neighborhood and have an incredible time. There are a ton of hidden gems, like Bar Covell, an unpretentious and wonderful wine bar. Yuca’s is a taco stand that serves some delicious carnitas and burgers! You’ll also find the infamous Greek Theatre and the Berendo Stairs to the Griffith Park Observatory. Constructed in 1924, the 181 steps will give you a workout and take you to the most scenic views in the city.

Pasadena

Pasadena is a beautiful breath of fresh air for anyone needing to escape the chaos and crowds of downtown LA or Hollywood. Get a glimpse of the sweeping mountain landscapes, enjoy viewing some stunning art collections or attend a show in Old Pasadena. This city from the past is a hidden gem itself. Don’t miss a meeting with the Melting Pot Food Tours, a company who will take you on a guided tour through Old Pasadena. Treat you to Oaxacan nibbles and Italian gelato, tastes of other international cuisines. Pasadena is the hold of the Rose Bowl stadium, which is famous for its Tournament of Roses football game and the where the UCLA Bruins play.

Silver Lake

This neighborhood is diverse, even by LA standards. It’s a community that always seems to be in transition, but that keeps things exciting. Though it doesn’t get a lot of mainstream press, it’s actually one of LA’s most popular neighborhoods. Some of its hidden gems include Akbar, an exciting hetero-friendly gay bar, Cafe Tropical and the Broome Street General Store. Music fans should check out Rockaway Records, which has a huge collection of rare vinyl including some from the Beatles.

Hermosa Beach

Hermosa means “beautiful” in Spanish, and this beach town certainly lives up to its name. Often overlooked by tourists who prefer Venice Beach and Santa Monica for the beach fix, Hermosa Beach is just as charming. Don’t miss checking out The Comedy & Magic Club, where Jay Leno and some other local celebrities are known to perform. Tickets should be purchased well in advance since the shows often sell out. Enjoy a tapas feast with a view at Mediterraneo, which is located right on the pier. It has some impressive happy hour sips and bites.

There are 114 neighborhoods in Los Angeles, and that doesn’t even include the unincorporated territory surrounding it. While some of them are mostly residential, there are plenty that have all kinds of things for visitors to see, do, eat and drink. You owe it to yourself to step off the beaten path when you see LA. Our popular tourist attractions are amazing, but experiencing some of the less popular neighborhoods will allow you to see what life is like for locals. Just be careful, because you just might fall in love with the City of Angels.

Independence Day In CA: Our Tips For A California Fourth Of July

Independence Day In CA: Our Tips For A California Fourth Of July

Summer is finally here and it’s time to make your plans for the biggest holiday of the season. The Fourth of July is a time to be with family and friends, celebrating freedom, culture and, of course, fireworks. If you’ll be in the Los Angeles area for Independence Day this year, you’ll have some wonderful options for enjoying the day.

Look into your car rental reservations Los Angeles as early as you can. LA is an area where it’s best to have a car for getting around, especially if you’d like to take some day trips to other parts of the state. Super Cheap Car Rental specializes in underage car rental Los Angeles deals, so if you’re not 25 yet, that’s not a problem for us. You won’t be charged more for being young.

Once you’ve made your reservations, it’s time to decide where you’ll be driving that car on the big day. The Fourth of July is on a Monday this year, so you can take an extra-long weekend for your vacation—and whether or not you’d like to stay in the city itself, you’ll have plenty of options for fun.

Here are some ideas for celebrating a Southern California Fourth of July:

The AmericaFest at the Rose Bowl

The party at the Rose Bowl kicks off long before the 9:05 PM fireworks show, so get there early and enjoy your day. The stadium opens at 6 PM, the food court opens at 2 PM and the parking lot opens at 10 AM. $13 will get you a GA ticket, and it’s $25 to park your car (pretty average for Los Angeles). Experiencing the Rose Bowl fireworks is a quintessential LA experience. But if you’d rather not pay the stadium prices, you can catch the show for free at the Levitt Pavilion.

The Three Day Celebration at the Hollywood Bowl

The Fourth of July shouldn’t be limited to just one day, right? From July 2-4, you can celebrate with music at the Hollywood Bowl. Chicago is headlining, and best of all, you can enjoy finishing the party with fireworks each night.

Mr. and Mrs. Muscle Beach at Venice Beach

Looking for something a little unorthodox? Venice Beach is vibrant, eccentric and beautiful. This body building pageant goes down on the beach each year from 9-5 at the Venice Recreation Center, and it’s free to watch. Afterwards, you can enjoy a fireworks show on the Venice Pier.

The Fourth of July Barbecue at the Aquarium of the Pacific

This is a fun, family-friendly way to spend Independence Day. The Aquarium is open from 9 AM – 10 PM, and from 5-10 they’ll be hosting a delicious BBQ. Combination tickets ($29.95 for adults) include admission to the Aquarium and the BBQ buffet with grilled entrees and desserts. Best of all, you’ll get a great view of the Queen Mary Fireworks.

Fourth of July Fun in Culver City

For a laid back day, cruise to Culver City. For just $5 admission and $10 to park, you’ll enjoy live music, food trucks, midway games and an evening fireworks display at West LA College.

Balboa Island Celebration

Balboa Island is just a five minute ferry ride from the mainland of Newport Beach, and it’s a perfect place for a day trip from the heart of LA. Every Independence Day the island hosts the American Legion 4th of July Boat Parade, California’s largest patriotic boat display. Whether or not you’re into boats, you’ll definitely be into this experience.

Head South to Pacific Beach

San Diego is one of the most beautiful cities on Earth, and it’s only a two hour drive from LA. Pacific Beach is where the twentysomethings tend to gravitate, but it’s fun for all ages. If you want to shy away from the traditional Fourth of July festivities but still have an amazing time, this is your spot. And if you decide you just have to have some patriotic music and classic American food in your life, head to the San Diego County Fair to catch the 9 PM fireworks display.

Fourth of July Fireworks Show in La Crescenta

If you’ll be in the La Crescenta area, you can relive your childhood all day. This event has music, carnival rides and a delicious lineup of food trucks, all culminating in a fireworks show at 9 PM. General admission is just $7, or $10 at the gate.

Disney’s Celebrate America! Fourth of July Concert in the Sky

Speaking of reliving your childhood, sometimes only a trip to Disneyland will do. Disney spares no expense for celebrating Independence Day, and they’re geared up for an epic fireworks display at 9:30 PM. Disneyland is both expensive and crowded, so if you want to go, plan ahead and get there as early as you can. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but it usually takes some strategizing (and some patience).

However you end up celebrating the Fourth of July in Los Angeles, remember to allow plenty of time for traffic. If you’re making alternative transportation arrangements so you can enjoy some adult beverages, come up with a plan for a place to safely park your rental car. Stay hydrated, use sunscreen and have an amazing time.

The 10 Best California Road Trips To Take In Your 20s

The 10 Best California Road Trips To Take In Your 20s

Your 20s go by fast, so make sure you enjoy them to the fullest. One way to do that is by going on as many adventures as possible. Since the mid-90s, Super Cheap Car Rental has specialized in underage car rental Los Angeles deals. This means that even if you’re under 25, you can rent a car with us without being penalized for you age.

Whether you live in the Los Angeles area or you’re flying in and want to explore the state, renting a car will ensure you’ll have a reliable vehicle to get you where you need to go. But where should you go, exactly? Here’s a list of 10 easy road trip you can take from Los Angeles. And while they’ll be fun at any age, they’ll be exceptional in your 20s. Just search our site for Los Angeles car rental packages and start making your plans.

  • San Diego. Grab your friends, put on a beachy playlist and cruise three hours down the coast to San Diego. Stop in Carlsbad for lunch at Dini’s by the Sea, where you can enjoy a casual seafood meal with a beautiful view. Once your arrive in San Diego, you can shop at the trendy Fashion Valley, hang out at North Park and enjoy the slightly younger crowd that usually gathers at Pacific Beach. Pacific Beach is full of affordable boutiques and great brunch spots (think bottomless mimosas). Be sure to stop by the Cedros Design District in Solana Beach for cafes, trendy shopping and people watching.
  • Palm Springs. Located about 107 miles from sunny Los Angeles, Palm Springs is a playground for the rich—but that doesn’t mean you can’t do it on a budget. The Los Arboles Hotel has affordable rooms, and the suites are big enough to share with your entire party. Hit up the happy hours and find the free entertainment (like sitting by the hotel pool) and you’ll live the good life on a 23 year old’s budget.
  • Santa Cruz. This magical Northern California beach town is a five and a half hour drive from LA, and it’s incredible. The drive itself can be a bit dull, so put together a perfect playlist and choose your road trip companions wisely. Once you’re there, enjoy the beautiful boardwalk and live like a kid again. When night rolls around, park your rental car at your hotel and head to Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room for tropical drinks or Boardwalk Bowl for karaoke (and bowling, if that’s your thing).
  • San Francisco. There’s a little bit of a No-Cal vs. So-Cal rivalry, but even most LA locals can agree that San Francisco is a fun city to visit. Weather wise, it’s cooler than Southern California, so pack accordingly. It’s also about a six hour drive from LA, and that’s if you take I-5. Our advice: Take the Pacific Coast Highway. It’s a longer trek, but it’s so much more scenic and wonderful. Plus, you can stop in Pismo Beach or Monterey for a meal and a beach stroll. Once you arrive in the foggy city, check out Dolores Park, break out your smartphones and just try to figure out where you’ll be eating and drinking during your stay. San Francisco is a foodie and cocktail lover’s paradise, so be prepared to be overwhelmed in the best way.
  • Half Moon Bay. If you enjoy being physically active, you’ll love Half Moon Bay—and if you don’t, you might learn to love it when you visit. It’s a good 380 miles away from LA, and it looks like a different world. Aside from the breathtakingly beautiful beaches, you should definitely stop by Harley Farms at some point. It’s a 1910 dairy farm that has been restored, and it’s home to over 200 alpine goats, which are amazing whether you’re 5 or 25. Ketch Joanne’s Restaurant and Harbor Bar is a great place to enjoy an evening.
  • Head about 150 miles north of LA (take Highway 101 for the most scenic route) and you’ll find “California’s Little Denmark.” Aside from being absolutely adorable, this little city, which was founded by Danish settlers in the early 1900s, has some of the best bakeries and little shops in the state. It also has more than a dozen wine tasting rooms, so if you have a designated driver, you can party with class.
  • Big Sur. Are you and your friends more of the camping type than the hotel type? Big Sur is one of California’s most beautiful areas. Make the 350 mile drive, pitch your tents and get the party started. You’ll love bonding with your best friends over campfire cooking and good beer while looking up at the stars.
  • Long Beach. This is a super-quick drive from LA—it’s only 25 miles south of the city, and even with traffic, you can get there in an hour or less. Long Beach has a much more relaxed vibe than LA, but there’s still plenty to do. The famously haunted RMS Queen Mary is there, and the Catalina Express will take you out to the gorgeous Catalina Island and back.
  • Carmel-by-the-Sea. This small beach town is about 330 miles north of LA, and at first glance, it might not seem like a great place to explore in your 20s. But if you enjoy art galleries, wine, beaches and being surrounded by gorgeous architecture, you’ll be in the right place.
  • San Jose. San Jose can certainly hold its own when it comes to things to do. It’s about a five hour drive from LA and while it’s not a coastal town, it’s close enough to give you a beach fix if you need one. Don’t miss touring the Winchester Mystery House, a historic site with quite the back story. Then catch up on life over cocktails at Haberdasher, a speakeasy.

Enjoy this decade of adventure!

 

Not So New Car Give Away Selfie Contest

Not So New Car Give Away Selfie Contest

Not So New Car Giveaway! Selfie Photo Contest

Are you in love with Super Cheap Car Rental? We feel the love of our loyal customers, and we think it’s time to show just how much we adore you too. Super Cheap Car Rental would like to introduce the Not So New Car Give Away Selfie Contest. At Super Cheap, we are head over heels for cars, and we know you are too. That’s why we want to offer you the opportunity to win a used car and – here’s the kicker! – all you have to do is send a selfie with a caption about why you love Super Cheap. Sounds pretty easy, right? Read on to find out how you can enter for a chance to win.

What’s the prize?
What’s in a good car? Reliability, good gas mileage, sleek style, comfort? Smooth ride? Our prize car encompasses all of that and more. We’ll be offering a 2004 to 2006 4-door 5-passenger Toyota Corolla.

We take cars very seriously. That’s why we’ve chosen a car that has great gas mileage – roughly 40 highway MPG and 32 city MPG – with a positive record in performance and a long-lasting life span. This is the little Toyota that could, with regular reviews by customers who have had their Corollas for 200,000 miles and still driving. Best of all, Corollas are low-maintenance and fun to drive!

What are the rules?
To enter the contest, all you have to do is be 18 years of age or older, fill out our application form, and upload your selfie with a brief caption explaining why you love Super Cheap Car Rentals. Make sure to enter by the deadline of March 31, 2015 to avoid missing out.

It must be an original selfie created by you alone, so get creative with your entry! Show your personality through pixels. When it comes down to the contest, you want your unique entry to blow the socks off of voters. We want all of our contestants to have fun with their selfie, so that’s why we ask that all images uphold the Facebook Terms of Service. As an inclusive contest, we ask that you leave out obscene, defamatory, derogatory, or inappropriate content. To make sure no one is hitting the spotlight who doesn’t want to, your selfie may not infringe on another individual’s copyright, privacy, publicity, or trademark rights.

Voting begins on April 1, 2015, and will be based on the number of Likes your picture receives in our contest Facebook group. No one likes a cheater! Don’t ruin the fun with multiple Facebook accounts to boost your vote count. The best way to get your votes is have fun, be imaginative, and share our contest page with your friends on Facebook. Voting ends on August 15, 2015 at 11:59 PM, so share, share, share on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to get all the votes you can.

In the event of a tie…
It’s up to Super Cheap Car Rental. Once the public has voted, officials at Super Cheap will have their hand at voting for the winner out of the photos that tied.

Counting the results
Results are based on Facebook votes. Whoever has gotten the highest number of votes and has remained in compliance with the rules above, wins! The lucky Super Cheap customer will be announced on Facebook on September 2, 2015. Once you’ve won, you have 7 days to respond to notification and collect your prize Corolla!

A couple things to remember
Keep in mind that once you’ve entered the contest, Super Cheap Car Rental has gained rights to use, reproduce, distribute, and display your photo.

Employee’s family or residential partners are prohibited from the contest, so you know you won’t be competing with any person who has ties to the company! In a Super Cheap contest, it’s all fair and square.

Are you 18 years or older, a legal resident of the United States, and a loyal customer of Super Cheap Car Rental? Then what are you waiting for! Start planning your selfie for a chance to win this incredible contest.

Enter here >>

 

Hot Tips for Summer Driving

The barometer has been consistently rising here in sunny California over the past few weeks, a clear indication that the summer road trip season is in full swing. And while you might be anxious to hit the gas in order to get to your destination quicker, it’s important that California car rental drivers take the proper precautions before making their way to the freeway.

When it comes to busy travel seasons, summer takes the traffic cake, as practically every family in the area decides to pack up and head out for an exciting on-road adventure. And while these excursions are always a source of memories and enjoyment, they can too often result in tragedy due to negligence or driver error.  Read more

The Dangers of Leaving Your Child in a Hot California Car Rental

When it comes to warm weather, we Californians know a think or two about heat. Summer sunshine is what we do best, after all. That being said, there are plenty of dangers that come hand-in-hand with a West Coast summer. Sunburns, heatstroke, water shortages – it’s not all about bikinis and surfboards unfortunately. The summer heat causes preventable injuries and even deaths every summer. According to the organization Kids & Cars, an average of 38 children die in hot cars each year. The worst part? Many of these deaths are completely accidental. Read more

San Francisco Goes Bananas Over Parking App

As a long-time customer of our San Francisco car rental agency, you know how difficult it is to find a parking spot in the city’s busy urban areas. Which is why innovative parking apps have become such a lifesaver. Simply whip out your cell, fire up the app and presto-changeo, you’re given access to real-time stats on spots that are available in your area.  Read more

Plan Like a Pro: Road Tripping in L.A.

So, you’re thinking about hitting the road for a good old-fashioned L.A. road trip. What a great way to see the sights and explore one of the state’s most vibrant cities. But don’t let the promise of new adventures and attractions lull you into a state of complacency – tackling this type of road trip will require a high-quality survival guide.

So, before you gas up your Los Angeles car rental and hit the road, make sure to prep your self and your passengers for a rigorous adventure. The following are some tips collected from some of our very own Super Cheap road tripping car rental masters. Read more

The Dangers of Driving in Dry Conditions

We’ve all heard of the driving hazards associated with icy and snowy roads. What’s more, there’s a common understanding that driving conditions worsen whenever the skies cloud over and rain begins to fall. But what about dry road conditions. Should our California car hire travelers ever worry about the pavement beneath them when the sun is shining and the skies are clear?  Read more