10 Reasons To Visit Los Angeles This Fall

There’s truly never a bad time to visit Los Angeles. With our perpetual sunny weather, constant influx of entertainment, classic attractions and, of course, our Los Angeles cheap car rental services, the City of Angels is enticing in any season.

But believe it or not, autumn might actually be the best time to check out all that L.A. has to offer. After the summer madness winds down and the temperatures start to cool (slightly), everything continues to heat up in the City of Angels. And if you’re considering a visit this fall, we hope these 10 reasons can convince you.

Remember, Super Cheap Car Rental doesn’t discriminate based on your age. If you’re under 25, check out our underage car rental Los Angeles specials. And if you’d like to stay in L.A. longer than a week (which we hope you will), ask us about our Los Angeles car rental packages.

Here are a few good reasons to book your flight, hotel and rental car in Los Angeles this fall:

  1. You may find better deals.

It’s no secret that travel in the United States is at its peak in the summertime. Prices on hotels, flights and other activities are often at their highest. Waiting until the month of October to travel could actually save you quite a bit of money. And if you come to L.A., you won’t have to worry about the weather being too cold.

  1. But speaking of the weather, L.A. autumn temperatures are pretty pleasant.

You won’t see the scorching 100+ degree days of summertime, but you won’t have to bring many sweaters to LA in the fall. The average temperatures in the month of October range between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and it isn’t unheard of to enjoy an 80 degree day even in November.

  1. The Santa Monica Pier is the perfect place to spend a fall day.

Santa Monica is amazing in any season, but it remains perpetually packed all summer. But when the crowds die down and the weather cools off, a visit to the historic pier is the best experience ever. See why this remains Santa Monica’s hot spot as you explore all it has to offer, from panoramic Pacific Ocean views to carnival rides and ice cream treats from Soda Jerks.

  1. Get in on the fun fall traditions in L.A.

The Feast of San Gennaro, an Italian tradition that began in 1926, is held on the last weekend of September every year. It’s a great chance to celebrate Italian culture (and eat delicious food). Locations are still being determined for this year’s feast. This is one of many annual fall festivals and activities you’ll be able to find in L.A.

  1. Sipping your way through wine country is especially beautiful in the fall.

Most people think of Northern California as wine country, but Southern California has plenty of coastal tasting rooms worth checking out. Malibu Family Wines, for example, is open daily through Halloween weekend and has live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Park half a mile away and ride the free shuttle or trolley to the property for your tasting adventure.

  1. Two words: Fall fashion.

Why not do all of your fall shopping in Los Angeles this year? L.A.’s Fashion Week takes place in early October at Union Station, featuring four consecutive days of runway shows, presentations and parties. But even if you can’t be here for Fashion Week, you can keep up on the current trends from afar and find them in our massive department stores and local boutiques. Imagine having a wardrobe that came straight from Melrose Avenue and Beverly Hills shops.

  1. The lines at our theme parks will probably be shorter.

If you think Hollywood and our local beaches are crowded during the summer, you should see the likes of Disneyland and Universal Studios. But when the students return to school, you’ll have a better chance of enjoying our theme parks with shorter lines and smaller crowds. Your best bet is to come on a weekday in late September or early October before the holiday rush begins.

  1. Celebrate Oktoberfest right here in Los Angeles.

There are numerous fun Oktoberfest events in the greater Los Angeles area, and they range from family-friendly fun to adult-oriented beer-drinking entertainment. If you love German culture, come to L.A. in late September or early October. Or, just head to Alpine Village in Torrance – their Oktoberfest celebration lasts a full two months.

  1. You can still dine outdoors… yes, even on Thanksgiving.

If you’re from most other parts of the country (and the world), September brings a chill to the air that makes dining alfresco rather unpleasant. But not in Los Angeles – we dine outdoors all year here. The temperatures do cool, but nearly every restaurant in the area has patios equipped with heat lamps and blankets to ensure you stay comfortable during your meal.

  1. Halloween in Los Angeles is amazing.

Whether you have young children and want to treat them to a once-in-a-lifetime Halloween celebration (like Disneyland or Knott’s Scary Farm) or you’d rather put on a costume and enter a contest at a bar or club, there’s truly nothing like Halloween in L.A. If you’re planning an autumn visit, make it Halloween weekend and you’ll have all kinds of amazing options. And since you’ll have your own transportation, you can make it to as many parties as you’d like.

 

10 Amazing Reasons To Visit San Francisco This Year

Super Cheap Car Rental is known as the go-to place for underage car rental Los Angeles deals. But we also have a location near the San Francisco International Airport, and we happen to be crazy about the City by the Bay.

If you’ve been considering paying the foggy city a visit, make this the year you book a vacation. We’ll be able to help you with your San Francisco cheap car rental needs—and remember, we specialize in underage car rental San Francisco specials, so if you’re under 25, you won’t have to worry about paying extra or proving yourself to us.

Here are 10 perfect reasons to make San Francisco your next vacation destination:

  1. The culture is awesome.

While San Francisco certainly has its own unique culture, it’s the fact that it’s a cultural melting pot that makes it so wonderful. A rich and diverse history has led to a city full of delicious ethnic eateries, one-of-a-kind shops and beautiful places of worship. There’s no other city like it in America.

  1. The tourist attractions are absolutely delightful.

San Francisco takes tourism seriously. From boating out to Alcatraz Island to tour the old prison to the charming and historic Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll be delighted by all there is to see and do here. Don’t miss The Exploratorium, a huge public learning laboratory with hundreds of science and art-related exhibits.

  1. The city has welcomed some delicious new restaurants in 2017.

The restaurant scene in San Francisco consists of some classic old school eateries as well as hundreds of up-and-coming dining spots. There’s truly something for every taste here. Petit Marlowe (Soma), RT Rotisserie (Hayes Valley), and El Sur (Potrero Hill) are just a few of the top-rated restaurants that opened in SF this summer.

  1. Love the theater? There are some amazing shows happening this fall and winter.

Like most major cities, SF has a great lineup of Broadway performances and other plays on the horizon. An American in Paris will be at the Orpheum Theatre September 12 – October 8, followed by Disney’s Aladdin. And while scoring tickets to The Book of Mormon is still no easy task, the show will be in the city next February 6 – March 4.

  1. The nightlife in San Francisco continues to heat up.

There’s never a bad time to visit the City by the Bay, but this year has been especially amazing for the bar scene. The new hotel across from AT&T Park, Hotel VIA, has two incredible new bars, including a gorgeous rooftop bar, Rooftop at VIA. Another new rooftop gem, Spirits in the Sky at Loews Regency, has some of the most breathtaking views of the city you’ll find anywhere. There are also plenty of new neighborhood gems for those who prefer a more casual ambiance.

  1. If you’re a nature lover, you may be surprised by how many parks and natural areas you’ll find in SF.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area is the largest urban national park in the world. Presidio National Park has about 1,500 acres of hiking and biking trail, not to mention the stunning beaches. And there are also some beautiful neighborhood gems, like Mount Sutro Forest, a historic urban oasis.

  1. The weather is actually pretty great.

While it’s true that you won’t find many of the scorching summer days you will in Los Angeles, most people who call San Francisco home love the mild climate. Despite the rumors that it’s always foggy, we do see plenty of sunny days here—and by the time the weather cools off for the season, most people are ready for the mellow temperatures.

  1. Expand your fall shopping options and pack an extra suitcase when you visit.

Not only does San Francisco have all the department stores and well-known companies you could possibly imagine, especially in Union Square, you’ll also find more local boutiques, shops and gift stores than you can ever count. And they are in every neighborhood. San Francisco is a shopper’s paradise, and with fall fashion just around the corner, this is the perfect time to visit.

  1. There are some seriously enticing local festivals happening this fall.

There’s truly something for everyone in San Francisco, and that includes plenty of free and affordable festivals. September 9 and 10 are the dates for the delicious Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival, while Chinatown has a mid-Autumn Moon Festival On September 30 and October 1. The Bay Area Blues Festival is September 23 and 24, and for the daring, the Folsom Street Fair is September 24, and it’s full of leather and fetish wear.

  1. San Francisco is close to some wonderful local attractions.

Part of the beauty of renting a vehicle from Super Cheap Car Rental is that you’ll have the ability to explore the attractions outside of the city. While public transportation can get you around the heart of the city with ease, having a rental car will allow you a lot more freedom to move. The charming beach city of Santa Cruz, the heart of wine country (Napa and Sonoma) and Monterey, just to name a few, are all reasonably short distances away. Instead of sticking to San Francisco entirely, you can see a great deal of Northern California on your trip.

We hope we have convinced you to make San Francisco your next vacation destination. Safe travels!

10 Southern California Spots To See Before Your J-1 Visa Expires

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While it seems like summer just started, the sad fact is, it will be over before we know it. If you were lucky enough to come to the Los Angeles area with a J-1 work visa this year, you’ve probably been working hard and hopefully enjoying some sunny California living. And while all good things must come to an end, we hope you’ll be able to see some of Southern California’s best places before you depart.

By now, hopefully, you’ve experienced some of the best tourist attractions in Los Angeles, like the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the Griffith Observatory. Before you leave the US, consider looking into a low cost car rental Los Angeles company and getting a vehicle so you can explore further and see some of our more offbeat and remote attractions. Super Cheap Car Rental is the top rated underage car rental Los Angeles company, so if you’re under the age of 25, you won’t have to worry about renting from us.

Once you have secured a reliable vehicle for the duration of your time here, use that time wisely and explore as many of these places as you possibly can.

  1. Sunny Jim’s Cave, La Jolla

Drive about two hours south of Los Angeles and you’ll be in the beautiful San Diego County. Sunny Jim’s Cave is located in La Jolla, and it’s one of the few sea caves that is accessible by land. You’ll start at The Cave Store and go down a hand-dug tunnel into the cave, which is pretty amazing to see in person.

  1. The Whaley House

Do you believe in ghosts? The Whaley House, which is located in Old Town San Diego, is thought to be one of the most haunted places America. It’s now a museum that is open to the public by day—and if you’re feeling very brave, you can schedule a private tour at night.

  1. Solvang

Solvang is is located 155 miles north of Los Angeles, near the picturesque community of Santa Barbara. It’s a Danish-style town complete with authentic architecture and delicious bakeries, not to mention some of the finest wine in the region. If you can get the time off work, try and spend a couple of days exploring this charming town.

  1. Ojai

If you want to see quirky California culture at its finest, drive your affordable Los Angeles car rental about two hours north of L.A. to Ojai. Ojai is home to some pretty great attractions, from the breathtaking St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel to the one-of-a-kind Bart’s Books, the largest independently owned outdoor bookstore in the country. And if you like wine tasting and fine dining, you’ll love it here.

  1. Laguna Beach

Hopefully anyone who spends a summer in Los Angeles is able to experience some of the area’s best beaches, like Santa Monica and Malibu. But if you get the chance, head to Laguna Beach, which is undoubtedly the gem of Orange County. There’s a reason the charming beach town and pristine stretches of sand are favorite celebrity hangouts.

  1. Knott’s Berry Farm

Disneyland and SeaWorld are both great. But if you can only make it to one theme park this summer, make it this one. Knott’s Berry Farm has been drawing crowds for almost a century. They have something for everyone, and people who go tend to genuinely enjoy themselves. For $70, you can get a ticket to both Knott’s Berry Farm and Knott’s Soak City, so you can enjoy two parks for one price.

  1. Joshua Tree National Park

Located in the desert about 140 miles east of Los Angeles, Joshua Tree National Park is an iconic destination for Californians and tourists alike. Go hiking, go rock climbing, take beautiful nature photos or just enjoy the unique scenery you won’t find anywhere else.

  1. Palm Springs

Palm Springs is another iconic vacation destination for Americans, and it has been a popular place for movie stars to “get away from it all” since the 1920s. If you like to golf or you’ve ever wanted to try, this is definitely the place to do it. Take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the Chino Canyon summit for life-changing views of the desert landscapes.

  1. Catalina Island

Catalina Island is one of California’s Channel Islands, and it’s known for its wildlife, camping, and luxurious resorts. The Catalina Island Ocean Runner tour goes out into the Catalina Channel on a speedy Ribcraft, giving you the chance to see dolphins and sea lions while breathing in the ocean air. That’s one of many fun things you’ll find to do on this island.

  1. The RMS Queen Mary

Located in Long Beach, the Queen Mary is a historic hotel that was once a beautiful British ship. In 1936, the Queen Mary departed from Southampton, England, for her maiden voyage, full of rich and famous passengers. Her last cruise in 1967 was to Long Beach, where she remained. The Queen Mary is said to be the most haunted hotel in the state.

Enjoy the remainder of your California stay!

10 Reasons To Book A Last-Minute Los Angeles Getaway

Perhaps you have a few vacation days you need to use or lose, or maybe you’re desperate for a change of scenery but you’re not sure where you can go on short notice. When you need a last-minute getaway, we happen to think Los Angeles is always the answer.

Summer is really just getting started, so you’ve got plenty of time to plan. That being said, summer is also often unpredictable, with last-minute plans popping up left and right. So instead of locking yourself into set travel dates, simply take advantage of any free time you may have in the near future and fly yourself to sunny Los Angeles. We’ll give you 10 good reasons why.

 

  1. No matter what part of the country you call home, you can nearly always find an affordable flight to Los Angeles.

LAX is a major hub, meaning you can typically find good deals, even for last-minute trips. Sites like Kayak and Expedia are great, especially if you can be a little flexible with your dates. And if you’re able to drive to another major airport like Sea-Tac in Seattle or O’Hare in Chicago, your odds are even better.

 

  1. Once you land, you’ll have an affordable rental car waiting for you.

If you’re looking for an inexpensive car rental Los Angeles deal, look no further than Super Cheap Car Rental. Our company is always willing to accommodate last-minute rentals as best we can. Look up our Los Angeles car rental packages or give us a call. We’re always happy to help.

 

  1. The beach culture in the Los Angeles area is the absolute best.

The Los Angeles area is home to some truly incredible beaches and beach towns. Visit Venice Beach, Santa Monica, Laguna Beach, Long Beach and Huntington Beach just once and you’re sure to fall in love. From the fun youthful surf culture to the beachside entertainment (much of which is free), there’s a lot to love about L.A. beaches.

 

  1. There’s so much to do in Los Angeles that you’ll never need to make plans in advance.

You can travel to L.A. 100 times and have 100 completely different vacations. Saying there is a lot to do in the City of Angels is an enormous understatement. That means that if your “Plan A” doesn’t work out, you can immediately make plans B, C, and D.

If the concert you were hoping to see at the Hollywood Bowl sells out, you can see live music from an up-and-coming band at the venue of your choosing, head to a hot nightclub and dance the night away, or go in an entirely different direction and head to Disneyland. You get the drift.

 

  1. The nightlife is amazing.

L.A. is full of people of all ages who love to have a good time. You’ll find everything from trendy clubs to laid back dive bars and swanky martini lounges. Even if you don’t think you enjoy going out, you’ll probably love it in L.A. You just have to find the right place.

 

  1. The food and wine are wonderful. 

You could spend a few days in L.A. simply eating and drinking in restaurants and you’d still leave saying it was one of the best vacations you’ve ever had. The patio brunches are legendary, the fine dining is unreal, the happy hour deals are unbeatable, and thanks to the location, the wine lists are always full of local gems.

 

  1. You’ll be close to some of the world’s best theme parks.

The iconic Disneyland is one of several amazing theme parks you can visit on an L.A. getaway. Universal Studios, Knott’s Berry Farm and Six Flags are wonderful too, and so is Magic Mountain. And if you’re up for a drive, you can head down to Carlsbad and check out Legoland.

 

  1. If you need to be pampered, you’ll have your choice of world class spas to choose from.

You’ll find everything from classic deep tissue massages to out-of-this-world spa packages you’ve never heard of in L.A. The Korean Wi Spa on Wilshire is open 24 hours a day, because sometimes you just need a good soak and salt sauna at 2 AM. The Now on Beverly Boulevard offers good and reasonably priced massages, and the 8,000 square foot spa at the Ritz-Carlton is fancy and fabulous. You might even spot a celebrity.

 

  1. There are so many scenic natural wonders.

Even if the glitz and glamour of Beverly Hills and Hollywood doesn’t impress you, the surrounding natural beauty surely will. California’s scenic coastline is breathtaking, and you’ll find waterfalls, hidden caves, tranquil gardens, shimmering lakes and inviting hiking trails all around you. There are even some natural escapes that are right there in the city, such as Griffith Park and Runyon Canyon.

Also worth mentioning: There is absolutely nothing like a California coast sunset. Don’t take our word for it… it’s something you’ll have to see for yourself.

 

  1. There is a good possibility that you’ll see a celebrity.

Seeing celebrities in person may or may not impress you. But even if it doesn’t, where else in the country could you choose for a last-minute getaway knowing you might be brunching next to Ellen DeGeneres or relaxing on the beach by Leonardo DiCaprio? You never know, and that’s part of the fun of coming to L.A.

 

 

 

7 Tips For An Amazing Budget-Friendly Los Angeles Vacation

7 Tips For An Amazing Budget-Friendly Los Angeles Vacation

Los Angeles, California is one of the best vacation destinations on Earth. People come from all over the world to get glimpses of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, Santa Monica and the hundreds upon hundreds of tourist attractions. Visiting the City of Angels is an experience like no other.

But it’s well known that Southern California is not always an affordable place to visit. While Super Cheap Car Rental definitely has the Los Angeles inexpensive car rental you’ll need while you’re here, there are plenty of other ways to save your cash during your vacation. Check out our Los Angeles car rental packages to find the right ride, then use some of our other tips to ensure your vacation stays budget-friendly.

 

  1. Consider AirBnB, VRBO or HomeAway for your accommodations.

While it’s not impossible to find budget-friendly hotels in the Los Angeles area, you can often save more money if you consider renting someone’s private apartment or guesthouse instead. Companies like AirBnB offer some very impressive rentals, including luxury beachfront condos and high rise apartments in the heart of Beverly Hills.

But if housekeeping services are a must, sites like Hotwire and Kayak will save you money on hotel rooms. And remember, booking rooms during the week will probably get you a lower rate than a weekend stay.

 

  1. Plan ahead and make a budget.

Before you begin your trip, research the Los Angeles area and decide what you’d really like to do. By prioritizing your must-see attractions versus things you would enjoy but that aren’t mandatory, you’ll be able to budget accordingly. Knowing where to splurge and where to save is important.

 

  1. Save money on your meals by researching neighborhood happy hours and specials.

Los Angeles restaurants and bar have some excellent happy hours. If you’re near the beach on a Taco Tuesday, you can enjoy a taco feast for a fraction of the normal cost. The best part of planning ahead is that you will be able to research the restaurants in your neighborhood of choice. You may find that a breakfast joint near your hotel offers a weekly all-you-can-eat pancake feast that your whole family can enjoy.

Also, check the events calendar on a site like Discover Los Angeles for food festivals and events. For example, DineL.A. is a 15-day event that takes place twice a year and is meant to showcase some of L.A.’s finest restaurants by offering a reduced price prixe fixe menu.Over 300 local restaurants participate, and the next DineL.A. event is July 14-28.

 

  1. Prepare your own food when you can.

Another benefit to renting an AirBnB is the full kitchen you’ll have. Dining out is part of the Los Angeles vacation experience, but the cost of three restaurant meals a day can really add up. Go grocery shopping and buy the basics, and check out the neighborhood Farmers’ Market for local meats and fresh fruits and vegetables.

If you’re staying at a hotel, fill your mini fridge or cooler with fruit, veggies and yogurt, and stock up on easy to store snacks like popcorn. Treating yourself to a few nice meals is essential when you visit L.A., but it will be much easier to stick to your budget if you have snacks on hand and eat at “home” a few times.

 

  1. Embrace all the free attractions around you.

It seems that the phrase “the best things in life are free” is especially true in Los Angeles. Some of L.A.’s top free attractions include Griffith Park and the infamous Griffith Observatory, The Getty Center, cruising down Rodeo Drive and walking down the Santa Monica Pier.

Some of Hollywood’s top attraction, like the Walk of Fame, require nothing more than your own two feet to enjoy. Runyon Canyon Park is a great place to go to get a little free exercise. Unless you want your Los Angeles vacation to be nothing but theme parks, the entertainment should be the most affordable part of your trip.

 

  1. Hit the beach.

By law, the beaches in California are all public. And by luck, Los Angeles County has a few that are spectacular. The Venice Beach and Santa Monica communities each have their own unique character, and Malibu is laid back and stunning. Hermosa Beach, Long Beach and Manhattan Beach are also beautiful options.

While you’ll find gift shops, restaurants and other attractions in every beach town, spending time on the beach itself doesn’t cost a thing. And since part of the point of taking a vacation is having some downtime, we highly recommend staking out a spot by the ocean and spending a day by the sea sunbathing, reading a good book or playing some beach volleyball. Just don’t forget to invest in some sunscreen.

 

  1. Experience the arts.

Los Angeles is a mecca of arts and culture. And believe it or not, most of their museums are affordable to explore – some, like the Getty Center and the Hollywood Bowl Museum, are free. Others have discounted dates or at least one free day per month.

Los Angeles might be the land of the rich and the famous, but it’s entirely possible to enjoy a luxurious vacation here without breaking the bank. We look forward to helping you make that happen.

 

 

Our Top 10 Tips For International Visitors Traveling To Southern California

At Super Cheap Car Rental, we welcome visitors from all over the country and all over the world. We know that international travel is a bit more intimidating than visiting more familiar places, especially when any kind of car rental reservations Los Angeles are involved.

But visiting California from a foreign country should never be scary. In fact, we love showing off our state, and we encourage anyone who wants to visit to do so. We hope these 10 tips will help our customers have a wonderful experience.

  1. Make sure you have all of your required documents early. This could simply mean having a current passport and an up-to-date ID. But if you’re coming to California on a Temporary Worker’s Visa or you will be an international student, you’ll have a lot more paperwork to worry about. Plan ahead to make sure everything goes smoothly.
  2. Follow the six month passport rule. If your passport is less than six months from expiring, you might want to consider updating it before you visit. The USA lets you use your passport until the day it expires, but there are a few countries who will deny travelers entry if the passport expires soon in case they get stuck overseas longer than expected. And even though that won’t happen here, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. And yes, we do think it’s possible that you will fall in love with California and extend your trip. It happens!
  3. Do a little research. Some spontaneity when you’re traveling is great, but you should still look at maps of the Los Angeles area and familiarize yourself as much as possible. Decide what your must-see attractions are as soon as you can, then figure out exactly where they are. Getting familiar with the area you’re visiting will help ease some of the anxiety you might feel about traveling to a foreign country.
  4. Remember: The longer you stay, the more discounts you can receive. It may seem counterproductive, but sometimes extending your vacation can actually make your trip more affordable. Many hotels and other vacation rentals offer long-term discounts. Check out our Los Angeles car rental packages or call our office and ask about our long-term rentals for international guests.
  5. Don’t try to do it all. California is a massive state, and there are beautiful things to see in every county. If seeing San Francisco and San Diego are both on your list of places to see, you’ll either need to stay for quite awhile or plan a second trip. Don’t worry, we will always welcome you back.
  6. Choose your beaches wisely. When you’re visiting the Los Angeles area, spending some time at a beautiful beach is a must. Santa Monica and Venice Beach are both gorgeous, but they also get very crowded, especially during the summer. To avoid the massive crowds and experience an authentic California beach experience, head to Manhattan Beach, Malibu or Long Beach.
  7. Go hiking in the city. Not only will you get some great exercise, but you’ll see some of the best views of the Los Angeles area. Griffith Park is one of the best places to hike, especially with their amazing observatory. Runyon Canyon is another popular place for locals to go—you might even see a celebrity sweating next to you on the trail.
  8. Expect to eat a little differently here. No trip to Los Angeles is complete without a trip (or several) to In N Out, their most famous chain. Food trucks are very popular here, especially if they serve street tacos. The city always seems to be testing the limits with unique and exciting restaurants. Some of these dining experiences may seem strange at first, but don’t be afraid to be adventurous. The food here is delicious.
  9. If you want to visit one of Southern California’s theme parks, plan ahead and prepare to spend more time and money than you’d anticipated. There’s a reason so many Southern California locals have annual passes to Disneyland. It’s truly the “happiest place on Earth.” But it can also be very expensive and crowded. Avoid peak times, like weekends and school holidays, and see if it would be more cost effective to buy a multi-day pass. Do the same for SeaWorld, Universal Studios or any other park you’d like to see.
  10. Speaking of spending money, always look for free activities. From parks and Farmers Markets to shows and lectures, the Los Angeles area is full of ways to entertain yourself without spending any money. As a first-time visitor who will be trying to do as much as possible, finding a few free activities will definitely help you save some cash.

Coming to California might seem a little intimidating at first, especially Los Angeles. But the entire West Coast is full of notoriously laid back locals, not to mention millions of international visitors and expats. Most people who visit end up falling in love with it.

 

The Top 10 Family-Friendly Attractions In The Los Angeles Area

School is nearly out for the summer all across the country, and that means both tourists and locals will be out and about in Southern California with their families. Whether you have children of your own or you’re a grandparent or a nanny in charge of little ones, you’re about to have some energetic young people in your care all day who will be ready to have some fun.

There are so many amazing things for families to experience in the greater Los Angeles area. From our beautiful beaches to our internationally known theme parks, the children in your life will never be bored when you’re here. We’d like to suggest a few of our favorite family-friendly attractions, all of which are less than an hour from downtown Los Angeles.

Of course, in order to experience L.A. at its finest, you’ll need reliable transportation. Super Cheap Car Rental’s Los Angeles car rental packages are affordable and convenient, helping you get to where you need to go. If you’re a nanny or an au pair, you’ll be happy to know that our company has many underage renters as customers. In fact, we are the best company for underage car rental Los Angeles deals.

When you and your little ones are ready to explore LA, start with a few attractions from this list.

  1. The Santa Monica Pier

Kids of all ages (and kids at heart) love the Santa Monica Pier. While it definitely gets crowded, especially during the summer, you can avoid long lines and a packed boardwalk if you go during the week and get there earlier in the day. And even if you have to share the space with many others, you’ll still enjoy the carnival rides, carousels, arcade games, ice cream and people-watching.

And when the kids have had enough (ha!), you can take them down to the beach to run off some of their energy or enjoy a nice picnic. Santa Monica is a beautiful little city, and the beach is the perfect place to be on a hot day.

 

  1. El Matador Beach

If you’re looking for something a little more secluded than Santa Monica, you’ll love the vibe at El Matador Beach. Located in Malibu just north of Zuma, this spot is known for its sea caves and unique rock formations. It does get pretty popular here during the summer months, but it’s nowhere near as packed as Venice or Santa Monica. The kids in your care will love being able to roam free and explore.

 

  1. The California Science Center

The California Science Center is full of interactive exhibits, live demonstrations and rotating displays, all meant to awaken children’s interest in Science and support learning. Kids love the IMAX theater, but the biggest draw is the space shuttle Endeavor, which is on display in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.

The science center is open daily from 10 AM until 5 PM, and believe it or not, admission is free.

 

  1. Griffith Park

Most people have heard of the Griffith Observatory, which is amazing—but there’s so much more to Griffith Park. You can hike to the Hollywood Sign, explore the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, or ride a historic merry-go-round.

But the best part of this park for children has to be the Griffith Park Pony Rides. For just $3 each, the kids can ride a slow, medium or fast pony. The park also has three different train rides and a tasty sandwich shop, the Trails Cafe.

 

  1. Kidspace Children’s Museum

With more than three acres of interactive exhibits that include a huge ant colony climbing structure and an interactive greenhouse, Pasadena’s Kidspace Children’s Museum is one of the top destinations for LA youngsters. The highlight of the museum has to be the Arroyo Adventure area, where the kids can learn about ecosystems in the best way: By building dams and getting dirty in a mud kitchen. Needless to say, it’s best to bring each child a change of clothes if you visit.

 

  1. Grand Park

You’ll find Grand Park on Grand Avenue in downtown LA between the Music Center and City Hall, and this urban oasis is a great place to cool off on a hot day. There’s plenty of green space, fountains and a splash pad here, plus a perfect playground.

 

  1. Descanso Gardens

Some days, it’s nice to just relax and let your kids roam free and explore. You can do that at Descanso Gardens, which is located in Flintridge (near Glendale and Pasadena). Not only does this urban retreat have gorgeous gardens you’ll surely appreciate, but it also has events and attractions for little ones.

Don’t miss the Enchanted Railroad, daily story times and the live musical performances that are always family-friendly. Music on the Main takes place on Thursdays from June 15 – August 3 at 6 PM.

 

  1. La Brea Tar Pits & Museum

Located in Beverly Hills, the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum has the world’s most famous fossil site from the Ice Age. Children can take an excavator tour of the tar pits to check out the things that scientists are digging up, then explore the museum. There’s even a fossil lab here where your little scientists can see what happens when fossils are found in the tar.

They’re open daily from 9:30 AM until 5 PM. Admission is $12-$19 for adults and $5-$11 for kids, depending on how much you’d like to see.

 

  1. Bob Baker Marionette Theater

Since 1963, LA families have enjoyed coming to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, which is the oldest ongoing puppet theater in the country. The show features hand-crafted puppets your kids are sure to love.

 

  1. Disneyland

Sorry, parents, nannies and au pairs… we could never leave the Happiest Place on Earth off this list. It may be chaotic, crowded and expensive, but Disneyland is amazing. Taking your little ones to the Magic Kingdom is a rite of passage, and they’ll never stop thanking you for it.

Super Cheap Welcomes International Guests With Temporary Worker Visas

Summer is on its way, and that means people from other countries will be coming to the United States (especially California) to work with their temporary worker visas. Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wants to enter the United States must first obtain a temporary visa. Once the visa has been approved, the foreign citizen will be free to stay in our country for a season to work and enjoy life.

Of course, getting to and from work often requires reliable transportation. Also, we highly encourage our foreign visitors to do some traveling while they are with us. After all, California is a big, beautiful state with a lot to see and do. Super Cheap Car Rental welcomes our friends here with temporary worker visas, and our goal is always to make it as easily as possible for them to rent our vehicles.

Here at Super Cheap Car Rental, we have extremely competitive underage car rental Los Angeles rates. We do not charge extra for people who are 22-24 to rent cars from us, and our rates for 20 and 21 year olds are still very low. The rates for our Los Angeles car rental packages include all taxes and fees so our customers are never surprised. We believe in keeping things simple, so you’ll never feel like you’re getting tricked when you rent from us.

Most of our foreign visitors who come here on temporary worker visas stay for the summer and do some local traveling until it’s time for them to return home. And while it would be impossible for them to see everything Southern California has to offer, we do have some suggestions on things they should see while they’re here. These are a few of our favorite spots, loved by tourists and locals alike.

 

Hollywood

No matter what country you’re joining us from, you’ve probably seen plenty of Hollywood films, so visiting Hollywood is a must while you’re in California. Walk the Walk of Fame, taking pictures of your favorite celebrities’ stars, visit the Chinese Theatre and snap some photos of the famous Hollywood sign.

 

Long Beach

Long Beach is located about 45 minutes south of LA, and it’s called an urban waterfront playground for a reason. From the Aquarium of the Pacific to the Long Beach Museum of Art, you’ll find all kinds of activities, shopping, restaurants and bars right on the waterfront. Don’t pass up the chance to tour the Queen Mary, the legendary haunted ship that’s now a beautiful hotel.

 

Griffith Observatory

There’s no better way to see the Los Angeles skyline than from the top of the Griffith Observatory. This free planetarium and museum is located in the heart of the city, and the views are incredible. The observatory is owned by the city, and they’re always hosting free or almost free events.

 

La Brea Tar Pits 

The La Brea Tar Pits happens to be the world’s only active, urban ice age excavation site. At the park, you can follow one of the suggested itineraries, visit the museum or just take a look at the pit.

 

The Santa Monica Pier

Santa Monica is a beautiful beachside community with all the amenities of a big city and the atmosphere of a small town. It’s just a short drive from downtown Los Angeles, but it feels like a different world. The pier itself has a theme park, souvenir shops and an old-fashioned soda fountain with a carousel.

 

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree National Park is a vast protected area located in southeast California near Palm Springs. The park itself is slightly bigger than the state of Rhode Island. A large part of it is a designated wilderness area, and there are plenty of beautiful places to explore. The Little San Bernardino Mountains run through the southwest edge of the park.

 

The Getty Center

This massive museum is dedicated to the presentation, conservations and interpretation of the world’s largest artistic legacy. Through the collective work of some constituent programs like the Getty Foundation, this Los Angeles landmark stays pristine and full of art, architecture and gardens on display. We recommend making multiple visits to the Getty Center during your stay in California.

 

San Diego

Take a road trip to San Diego (about two hours south of Los Angeles) and you’ll be treated to relaxing beaches, a bustling downtown area, beautiful historic hotels and some of the most magical sunsets you’ll ever see. Plan to spend a few days in the city so you can eat plenty of street tacos and seafood, visit the San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park and SeaWorld, and enjoy the historic feel of Old Town San Diego.

The Top 10 Places In Southern California You Need To See This Summer

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The most wonderful time of the year, summer vacation, is quickly approaching. Whether you’re an international student or someone who hasn’t been in school for 30 years, there’s something special about that time of year when the days get longer and the nights get warmer.

Even though Southern California’s weather stays pleasant all year, summer is still the perfect time to go. Between the perpetual sunshine, the constant events and the miles and miles of white, sandy beaches, you’ll never want to leave.

We’ve compiled a list of, in our opinion, the top 10 places in Southern California everyone should see. And if you rent a car from Super Cheap, you’ll have time to see quite a few of them. Just look up our Los Angeles car rental reservation packages to see what’s right for you. And remember, Super Cheap Car Rental specializes in underage car rental Los Angeles packages, so you’ll never be discriminated against due to your age.

 

Santa Monica

Santa Monica is one of California’s most charming beach cities, and it’s also extremely popular—about seven million people visit every year. Between the beautiful pier and its amusement park and activities, the shops on the Third Street Promenade and the sophisticated dining scene, you’ll never run out of things to do. Santa Monica also offers some of the best sunset views on the coast, so time your trip accordingly.

 

San Diego

Located about two hours south of Los Angeles, San Diego is arguable one of the most visually stunning places in the world. If you can take a break from the pristine beaches that border the city, you’ll discover a beautiful downtown area and a well-preserved historic district, Old Town San Diego. There are also some beautiful parks and a major tourist attraction, SeaWorld, so allow yourself plenty of time to explore.

 

Channel Islands National Park

Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, Channel Islands National Park encompasses five ecologically rich islands. From sea caves to seals and rate Torrey pines, you never know what you might see here. While the mainland visitor centers in Ventura and Santa Barbara are accessible by car, you can only reach the islands by park concessionaire boats and planes or by private boat. Advanced planning is always recommended.

 

Universal Studios

Whether you’re enjoying California for the first time or you’re a veteran traveler, a trip to Universal Studios never disappoints. There’s a huge theme park, tons of attractions and a large plaza of shops and restaurants called City Walk, so allowing yourself more than one day to enjoy the studios is a good idea.

 

Solvang

A word of caution: You just might fall in love with Solvang at first sight. You’ll find California’s little Danish village about 33 miles north of Santa Barbara, meaning it’s right in the heart of wine country. Between all the tasting, hiking and boutique shopping, you’ll be charmed by this historic place.

 

Ojai 

Speaking of charming, make sure you allow a day to spend in the beautiful city of Ojai. Located about 83 miles from downtown Los Angeles, this quirky city is perfect for anyone who loves art and wine. Indie markets and vintage finds are big here, so if you’re interested in checking out an entirely upcycled “anti-mall,” this is definitely the place for you.

 

Catalina Island

No trip to Southern California should be completed without a day-long visit to Catalina Island. Known for its wildlife and outdoor activities, you can truly choose your own adventure here. Of course, if relaxing is all that appeals to you, you can always rent a cabana on the lovely Descanso Beach.

 

Hollywood

There’s no place in the world like Hollywood, and that’s exactly why we love it. Walk the Walk of Fame, take a tour of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and see if you spot any celebrities. And don’t forget to take plenty of pictures of the iconic Hollywood sign.

 

Runyon Canyon

Runyon Canyon Park is located just a few blocks from Hollywood, but when you get there, you’ll feel like you’re in another world. This 130 acre “urban wilderness” has plenty of paths to choose from, all with equally stunning views of Hollywood and the city of Los Angeles.

 

Huntington Beach

Ready to surf? If you’re curious at all about catching a wave (or if you’re a seasoned surfer), you won’t find a better beach than this one. Dubbed “Surf City USA,” this is a very board-friendly place. But even if you have no interest in surfing, you should still check out this friendly beach city. The oceanfront dining, surfer shops and gorgeous sunsets alone make it worth the trip.

These are just a few of the many, many tourist attractions and hidden gems you’ll find in Southern California. With thousands of places to see and things to do at your disposal, you’ll be planning your next vacation before you leave your first one.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Reasons International Visitors Should Rent From Super Cheap Car Rental

10 Reasons International Visitors Should Rent

Visiting or relocating to a foreign country can be intimidating. Whether you’re coming to the USA on a temporary worker’s visa or as an international student, you’ll have a lot of things to do before you even land on US soil. And one important thing you’ll want to take care of is securing a rental car, especially when you’ll be staying in the state of California.

We happen to think, of course, that Super Cheap Car Rental is the best place for an international visitor to rent from. Our Los Angeles car rental reservation packages are very generous for long-term car rentals, and the longer you rent, the better the deal is that we can offer you.

But you don’t have to take our word for it. We’ll give you 10 good reasons why you should rent a vehicle from Super Cheap Car Rental if you’ll be visiting from a foreign country.

  • If you can prove that you can legally drive in your own country, then that’s good enough for us. You do not need an international driver’s license or a special United States driver’s license to rent a car from Super Cheap.
  • Age is just a number at Super Cheap Car Rental. Many car rental companies won’t rent to anyone under the age of 25, at least not for a hefty fee. But we provide underage car rental Los Angeles services to ensure that everyone who wants a rental vehicle can have one. There are no extra charges for anyone 21 and over. If you are 19 or 20, you can still rent from us, and the fee will be minor (for insurance purposes).
  • We want to communicate with you any way we can. We know that English probably isn’t your first language if you’re an international visitor. In addition to our English site, we also have websites in Korean, Japanese, Chinese Simplified and traditional Chinese. All of these sites are extremely easy to navigate and they include plenty of great information you’ll be glad you have.
  • You don’t have to worry about hidden costs or charges. Your quoted price always includes taxes and insurances. Super Cheap Car Rental has a business philosophy that not only allows them to keep business costs economical, but to also deliver full honesty to their customers. We do not want you to feel tricked or get an expensive surprise on your bill.
  • We love our international travelers. We see customers all the time with H1B visas, temporary workers visas, and international students here to learn. We appreciate your presence here in our country and we want to make things as easy for you as we can.
  • Our vehicles are very dependable. The United States is one of the largest tourist nations in the world, attracting visitors from nearly every country. At Super Cheap, we understand how important having a safe, reliable vehicle is to get you where you need to go. We take excellent care of our fleet so that our customers only drive the best cars.
  • Our prices are unbeatable. Super Cheap Car Rental is the most affordable car rental company in California for those who do not have car insurance in the US. You might see a competitor offer a lower base rate, but most base rates do not include taxes, mandatory fees and insurance costs. When you factor all that in, you’ll find that our “what you see is what you get” rental rates are actually significantly more affordable than our competitors.
  • We offer plenty of help with student resources. We have a page on our website dedicated to student resources. And beyond that, our team is always available to answer any questions you may have about temporarily relocating to California.
  • We know California well. We love it, and we hope you will too. Super Cheap has locations in both Los Angeles and San Francisco, two of our finest cities. You’ll find some information about these beautiful places on our website, but if you don’t see what you’re looking for and you think we can help, please don’t hesitate to ask.
  • We only buy vehicles that are known for their safety and reliability. The last thing you should ever have to worry about is having your car break down in a country that you’re not familiar with. We only invest in good quality cars and we maintain them well. Your safety is our top priority.

Super Cheap has been in business for over 20 years. Since we opened, our company has helped hundreds upon hundreds of international students, international workers, foreign tourists, au pairs and foreign businesses with their rental vehicle needs. We are proud to have earned the trust and respect of our clients, and that means the world to us. If you’ll be visiting the United States anytime soon, we would love to help you find the right rental car for you.