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 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

Prepping For a Road Trip Through a California State Park

California’s National Parks welcome millions of visitors every year. Whether it’s families on camping trips for college roommates out to enjoy an afternoon at the beach, these parks provide visitors with pristine open spaces, unlimited opportunities for outdoor exploration, and unparalleled scenery. And the best way to discover everything these parks have to offer? From behind the wheel of a California rent a car, of course! Make the most of the scenic views and sightseeing opportunities available at California’s National Parks by driving along one of the many scenic road trip routes. Read more

Car Seat Snafus and How to Avoid Them

Now that the kids are out of school, it’s time to start planning that long overdue family road trip. Whether you’re headed up the coast or into the city, SuperCheap Car Rental is here to help with all of your travel arrangements. Which includes the important task of outfitting your San Francisco car rental with a child safety seat.

When it comes time to hit the road this summer, make sure that safety is one of your top concerns. Avoid these 12 common car-seat mistakes and ensure a safe and enjoyable commute for everyone in your San Francisco entourage.

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What to Do If You Lose Your License

Finally, after months of planning and saving, you’ve finally done it – you’ve finally made it to the sunny shores of California for a much-needed vacation. You’ve picked up your Los Angeles rental car reservation, checked into you beachside hotel, and are about to spend the afternoon lounging next to the ocean. Until you realize something is missing. No, you haven’t forgotten your suntan lotion; you’ve gone and left your wallet somewhere. And in it is all of your identification, including your driver’s license.

So much for a relaxing vacation, right?

Losing your license can definitely put a damper on any Los Angeles rental car occasion; what’s more, a stolen license can provide a criminal with enough information to effectively steal your identity and cause you long-term trouble. So don’t waste any time feeling sorry for yourself. The faster you can take action and report your lost identification, the sooner you can get back to enjoying your Los Angeles rental car vacation.  Read more