A Southern California Road Trip You Can Take On One Tank Of Gas

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Part of the fun of a California vacation is driving around and exploring new places. After all, there’s no road trip quite like a California road trip. But the cost of getting to Southern California is expensive enough without factoring in the price of gas once you’ve arrived.

Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful road trips you can take using just one tank of gas. All you’ll need to do is fill up once before you return your rental car and you’ll be good to go. Looking at Los Angeles car rental packages before your trip will help you determine the most cost effective option for you. At Super Cheap, we don’t discriminate based on your age, so you’ll find plenty of underage car rental Los Angeles options that won’t break the bank.

This road trip takes you from the Super Cheap building near LAX Airport down to coast to Carlsbad and back, stopping at many beautiful places along the way. The total duration of the trip is about 280 miles, which should be just about one tank of gas.

The Griffith Observatory

Start with a trip to the Griffith Observatory, which is about a 40 minute drive from the airport (with traffic). This iconic Southern California landmark is the perfect spot to begin a road trip. Access to the observatory is free, and nothing beats the incredible views of LA. If you have the time and want to stretch your legs, you can also take a hike through Griffith Park.

Torrance

Find I-110 South and drive 28 miles south to Torrance, a charming city in the South Bay region of LA. Walk through Wilson Park, check out the Chen Art Gallery or get a growler to go at Smog City Brewing.

Long Beach

Head south on I-405 for about 20 minutes and you’ll reach Long Beach, hopefully just in time for sunset. Long Beach has plenty to see, do and eat, so make sure you give yourself plenty of time to explore. The Pier 76 Fish Grill serves delicious seafood, while Tequila Jack’s is a great place to go for Mexican food with harbor views. If you can swing it, you’ll never forget spending the night at the Queen Mary, California’s notoriously haunted ship. There are also several budget-friendly hotels in the area if you need to save your cash.

Balboa Island

The next day, head to Newport Beach where you’ll find Balboa Island. This is the perfect destination to make you feel as if you’re truly on vacation. Take a leisurely stroll on the boardwalk, and don’t forget to ride the Ferris Wheel if it’s open.

Laguna Beach

Afterwards, cruise down to the visually stunning Laguna Beach, one of California’s most popular destinations. Over a decade ago, the Laguna Beach reality show introduced us to the cast of The Hills, but it was a popular place to see long before that. Its year round mild climate and arts-focused community make it a very desirable place. You can look through the charming shops and boutiques, or if you’d prefer to be near nature, head to the beautiful Crystal Cove State Park, where you’ll find hiking trails, tide pools and long stretches of sandy beach.

Carlsbad

39 miles south of Laguna Beach sits the lovely seaside city of Carlsbad. This area is best known for the Legoland amusement park, which can actually be a lot of fun. But if that isn’t your style, Carlsbad Village is a wonderful place to hang out and check out the shops, local art and dining options. And although it’s only open seasonally, the Carlsbad Flower Fields are absolutely stunning (and perfect for vacation selfies). Spend the night at the Beach Terrace Inn or the Ocean Palms Beach Resort.

Temecula

The next day, get on Highway 76 E and take I-15 N to Temecula, a mid-sized city that happens to be part of Southern California’s wine country. If you love wine, this is your place to taste and stock up on bottles to-go. They even offer wine tours through several privately owned companies. But you certainly don’t have to enjoy wine to enjoy Temecula. There’s also the amazing Old Town Temecula, a once sleepy part of town that has seen a revival in recent years.

Lake Elsinore

You won’t find many tourist towns on the final stretch of your road trip. But Lake Elsinore is worth visiting. The small city sits on the shores of the lake, which is a natural freshwater body of water and the largest natural freshwater lake in Southern California. The historic downtown area doesn’t have much going on, but it’s a great place to walk around before you have to climb back in the car.

Once you’re back in the Los Angeles area, you’ll want to fill up your car… if you started your trip with a full tank, it will be empty by the end. You’d be surprised by how many road trips you’re able to take on one tank of gas with proper planning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Off The Beaten Path California Destinations To Put On Your Bucket List

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Unless you’ve spent some time living in California, you probably aren’t aware of some of our most charming offbeat destinations. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with being a tourist, especially in this state, you owe it to yourself to explore a little more than a normal tourist would. The next time you visit the great state of California, go off the beaten path and try something new.

Of course, the best part of planning a road trip is figuring out which rental vehicle is right for you. Whether all you need is a compact economy car or you’d prefer something a little more spacious and luxurious, Super Cheap Car Rental has got your car rental reservations Los Angeles covered. Check out our Los Angeles car rental packages and ask us about our long-term rentals.

California is a massive state, and you’ll have hundreds of off the beaten path destinations to choose from. These 12 spots are especially recommended.

 

San Luis Obispo

Nestled in between Los Angeles and San Francisco is the quiet community of San Luis Obispo. Many tourists dismiss it as just another sleepy mission town, but if you visit, you’ll love the friendliness of the locals and the laid back vibe.

 

Temecula

You won’t have far to drive from Los Angeles if you want to check out the Temecula Valley—it’s just a short jaunt inland. If you’d love a glimpse of the Old West culture that used to dominate California, just walk down Main Street and stop at the Bank Mexican Restaurant and Bar, where you can enjoy a meal in an old safe.

 

Bodie State Historic Park

10,000 gold diggers once called this ghost town home, and large amounts of gold was mined here until 1876. Bodie became a state park in the 1960s. It’s located 20 miles southeast of Bridgeport near the Nevada border.

 

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Volcanic National Park encompasses Lassen Peak, an active volcano. From snow-covered peaks to mud pots and hot springs, you’ll be amazed by the unique scenery. The remote park is located in Northern California, so if you plan to visit, make it during an extended stay.

 

Sculptured Beach

California beaches are amazing. The crowds are not. Sculptured Beach is a remote beach in the southern part of Point Reyes National Seashore, accessible by walking or mountain biking from the Point Reyes Hostel on the Coast Trail. Between the unique rock formations and the seclusion, you’ll be in paradise.

 

The Wave Organ

Have you ever seen a huge musical instrument played by the ocean? Now you can. The Wave Organ is located on a jetty in the San Francisco Bay. It consists of more than 20 pipes that extend down into the water of the bay. When the waves roll in, the pipes resound with liquid music.

 

Arcata

You’ll find Arcata near the small town of Eureka in Humboldt County. It’s a close-knit community of very caring and passionate people—the locals go out of their way to preserve the forests and protect the wildlife. Arcata is a scenic, unique place with quiet cafes, boutiques and beautiful Victorian buildings.

 

Placerville

Most people think of Napa and Sonoma when they think of California wine country. But Placerville has rolling hills of vineyards, not to mention a fascinating gold rush history. You may not think that wines and mines would be an interesting combination, but if you like a little history with your vino, you’ll love this place.

 

Point Reyes Station

Point Reyes Station is a small town in Marin County, about an hour long drive north of San Francisco. It serves as a jumping off point for anyone hoping to explore the Point Reyes National Seashore Region. You’ll see it all here: Redwoods, hiking trails, rugged coastline and waterfalls.

 

Crystal Cove Beach Cottages

Want to feel as if you’ve gone back in time? Located in the Crystal Cove State Park Historic District on the Newport Coast, this renovated seaside colony from the 1930s now consist of the most unique accommodations you’ll find anywhere. From dorm-style rooms to private cabins, you’ll find something to suit your preference and budget. But if you’d like to stay here, plan ahead… way ahead. They typically book up seven or eight months in advance.

 

Ojai

Ojai is a small city located in Ventura County northwest of Los Angeles. From hiking at the Rose Valley Falls Trail to exploring the delicious Ojai Olive Oil Company, this place is perfect for escaping the chaos of L.A.

 

Whitewater Preserve

Located near Palm Springs, Whitewater Preserve is a hidden desert oasis in Southern California. It spans 2,800 acres and is open daily for those who want to experience the beauty of nature. Stop by the ranger station to get more information about which trails are best to take.

10 Hidden California Beaches Perfect For Escaping The Crowd

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It may be winter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy time at the beach in California. Our mild winters mean there’s never a bad time to sink your toes into the sand (though you may want to leave your swimsuit behind for a few months). And better yet, the off-season means the beach will be quieter.

But even though tourist season hasn’t officially arrived in California, you’ll still see some good-sized crowds at our beaches, especially at our most popular destinations. That’s why we’ve prepared a list of lesser-known beaches that are off the beaten path.

Of course, before you cruise to the coast, you’ll need a good car rental Los Angeles. Seeing the beach in California means doing a lot of driving, so get something reliable and comfortable. Check out car rental Los Angeles to see if you can find a deal on a more long-term car rental.

These 10 beaches may take a little more effort to find than our most well known spots, but the peace and quiet you’ll enjoy will be worth it.

Russ Cove Beach

Russ Cove Beach is hidden near Half Moon Bay on the north side of Pillar Point. It’s located near the Bay Area, and although it isn’t as warm as summertime, you’ll still be able to enjoy the coastal hiking trails the area is known for.

Seal Cove

Also known as Cypress Cove, Seal Cove sits inside the Fitzgerald Marine Reserve at Moss Beach and has amazing tide pools to check out during low tide. You’ll also see a lush forest behind the beach with plenty of hiking trails.

Carmel Meadows Beach

Located on the outskirts of Carmel, Carmel Meadows Beach is the name of the small portion of Carmel River State Beach that is adjacent to the Carmel Meadows housing community. It’s a little rocky and rugged, but it’s much less crowded than the main Carmel River Beach.

Table Rock Beach

Table Rock Beach is a tucked away, locally loved place in south Laguna Beach. Skimboarders love the shape of the waves, but you won’t find big crowds of people here.

Pirates Cove Beach

Pirates Cove is a secluded beach in a small cove on the west side of Malibu’s Point Dume. You can access it from the southern end of Westward Beach, though it can be tricky to reach during high tide. But in an often crowded area like Malibu, sometimes a little seclusion is necessary.

Hidden Beach Park

This park is a small, hard to find place in the Rio Del Mar community in Aptos. It may seem like an obscure place to visit, but it’s located in a creek ravine that empties out onto a small but pleasant sandy beach.

Pinnacle Gulch Beach

Will you be visiting Bodega Bay? Head to the Bodega Harbor housing community, find the Pinnacle Gulch, and go straight to the bottom. This beautiful beach is for sure a must go to on our list of hidden California beaches. It begins with a wide mile-long trail and stairway that begins across the road from the parking lot. After you hike down to the narrow beach, you’ll find tide pools and beautiful large rocks.

Mesa Lane

Mesa Lane is located below the tall bluffs in Santa Barbara. The beach makes up a narrow band between the cliffs and the ocean, and it takes climbing down 241 stairs to reach it. Clearly, this is a beach best explored during low tide.

Fleener Creek Beach

Fleener Creek Beach is a beautiful hiking and beachcombing spot located near the quiet coastal town of Eureka. If you’re planning to road trip way up the coast to Northern California, this beach is a must-see. The Fleener Creek Trail is a nice, short half mile hike down a hill to the beach below the bluffs. To find it, start in the town of Ferndale and turn into Ocean Avenue until it becomes Centerville Road.

South Black’s Beach

The southern section of Black’s Beach, which is also known as Torrey Pines City Beach, is accessible through a gate at the intersection of Blackgold Road and La Jolla Farms Road. The beach has long, paved trails leading to it, and while parking is minimal, it’s usually easy to find.

Gray Whale Cove State Beach

Resting between the tiny town of Montara and Pacifica’s San Pedro Point, Gray Whale Cove is often missed by the tourists who pass it on Highway 1. While the beach tends to be a bit packed with locals on a clear and sunny day, it remains largely uncrowded on overcast days. Something to be aware of: You might see some nudity at Gray Whale Cove.

Luffenholtz Beach

Luffenholtz Beach is one of Northern California’s most solitary beach environments. Best during low tide, the beach is a great place to observe the beauty of the Pacific Ocean while relaxing and enjoying some peace and quiet.

 

12 Under-The-Radar California Beach Towns To Visit This Year

12 Under-The-Radar California Beach Towns To Visit This Year

Part of the fun of a California vacation is exploring places that are off the beaten path. The tourist towns certainly have their charms, but for an authentic California experience, we highly recommend going a little off the grid. Some of our best hidden gems can be found in our less popular spots.

Before you plan your full itinerary, make sure you get into a good rental car that will go the distance. Our car rental reservations Los Angeles can get you from LAX into a brand new car in a short period of time. And since Super Cheap doesn’t discriminate based on your age, we’ll have plenty of underage car rental Los Angeles options as well.

Once you’re behind the wheel of your perfect rental car, you’re free to explore the state. Here are 12 under-the-radar towns on the California Coast we recommend visiting.

Point Arena

Point Arena is a mecca for lifelong hippies and old school Californians. Once a prominent fishing village, this sleepy little town is a charming place with a pier to the south and the Pacific Coast’s tallest lighthouse to the north. It’s located up in Mendocino County about three hours north of San Francisco, so you’ll want to plan a multi day road trip if you visit.

Pescadero

You might feel as if you’ve stepped into a little New England town when you enter Pescadero, another Northern California gem located about an hour south of San Francisco. Its 19th century buildings and white picket fences are like nothing else on the coast. Pescadero is locally famous because of Duarte’s Tavern, a 120-year-old establishment that serves some seriously scrumptious food.

Capitola

Capitola is the oldest seaside town in California, and its rows of colorful Venetian inspired bungalows give it the kind of old world charm you just don’t see anymore. It’s a lowkey place, but it has all the shops, restaurants and hotel amenities you’ll need. You’ll find Capitola in Santa Cruz County next to several other charming towns.

Davenport

Also located in Santa Cruz County, Davenport was founded in 1868 and named after a sea captain. You can taste wine at the Bonnie Doon Vineyard, taste jam at the Swanton Berry Farm, and relax on Davenport Landing Beach.

Carpinteria

Carpinteria is a delightful beach town with friendly residents, amazing scenery and arguably the best cupcakes in California (from Crushcakes). It’s only a 15 minute drive from Santa Barbara and also happens to be home to the “world’s safest beach.”

Oxnard

Oxnard is laid back, unpretentious, and beautiful. It’s located in Ventura County about an hour’s drive from Santa Monica, and it’s a great place to visit if you’re on a budget. Channel Islands National Park remains perpetually uncrowded.

Oceanside

Oceanside isn’t as “under the radar” as the rest of the places on this list—it’s the third largest city in San Diego County. But it’s lacking the hint of pretense than most modern Southern California beach towns seem to embody, but it has everything you could hope for in a coastal city. If you’re there on a Thursday evening, don’t miss the notoriously amazing Sunset Market.

Cayucos

Located off Highway 1 between Morro Bay and Cambria, Cayucos lies nestled on the Central Coast. This resort destination has somehow remained immune to overdevelopment despite its white sandy beaches and amazing wine nearby. Cass’ Wharf, the free public fishing pier, is a great place to people watch.

San Pedro

San Pedro is technically part of LA, and in fact, it’s only about 25 miles from downtown Los Angeles. It’s full of casual-fast seafood, coastal walking trails and coves, art galleries, vineyards and shops, as well as middle class locals who are living the good life without paying (quite) as much as others.

Avila Beach

In the late 90s, a disastrous oil leak forced the people of Avila Beach to bulldoze and rebuild the entire beachfront area. But this may have been a blessing in disguise, because it’s now even more appealing than it used to be. This funky Central Coast gem is full of wine bars and tasting rooms, and the Avila Pier is beautiful.

Playa del Rey

Playa del Rey (not to be confused with the more well-known Marina del Rey) is a mere 15 minutes from LAX, though you’d never know it. This coastal enclave is quiet, relaxing and fun. The 20 mile stretch of white sand beach is located just a few blocks from the restaurants, markets and shops.

Dana Point

This picturesque place has lofty bluffs, coves and stunning beaches, making it one of Orange County’s most photogenic places. The early surf mecca vibe has never quite faded from this place, and it’s got a few timeless dive bars as well as stunning mansions and yachts. Dana Point is conveniently located in between Los Angeles and San Diego, so if you go on a road trip, it’s a perfect place to stop.

17 California Roadside Attractions To Put On Your Bucket List for 2017

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Good news: It’s time to say sayonara to 2016 and welcome a brand new year. Great news: Your New Year’s resolutions can be anything you want them to be, even traveling plans. You could visit California 100 times and have 100 different experiences, so we hope that you’ll be able to join us on the Golden Coast and see some of our most beautiful attractions in the year to come.

We firmly believe that the best way to see California is by car. Look into our Los Angeles car rental packages to find the deal the best fits your needs. After all, some of the best attractions in the state are found right off our highways and freeways. Remember, Super Cheap doesn’t discriminate based on age, so this is the place to find your underage car rental Los Angeles deals.

Once your set of wheels has been reserved, you can map your route. Here are 17 offbeat roadside attractions to put on your travel bucket list for 2017.

  1. Trees of Mystery.

    This roadside attraction is located in the top left corner of the state, in Klamath. The trees there range from cathedral trees you can actually get married in front of to trees shaped like lightning bolts.

  2. Bravo Farms, Traver.

    Bravo Farms in Traver was once known as the “Hitching Post.” Over the last 25 years, it has grown into quite the destination. It’s known as a “mini Knott’s Berry Farm” and has an amazing shop.

  3. San Luis Obispo’s Bubble Gum Alley.

    This somewhat hidden spot in San Luis Obispo is a great photo op for tourists.

  4. Santa Cruz Mystery Spot.

    This is a place that really has to be seen to be believed. Is it a hoax, or is it an actual phenomenon? Stop by and find out.

  5. Winchester Mystery House.

    If you’re in San Jose, you’ll definitely want to make it a point to see the world famous Winchester Mystery House. The house was built by a team hired by Sarah Winchester, who was never the same after suffering from the loss of her infant daughter and husband.

  6. Bottle Tree Ranch.

    This might be one of the most intriguing spots on the list. Elmer’s Bottle Tree Ranch is located on Route 66 in Oro Grande, a true gem in the middle of the desert.

  7. Desert Christ Park.

    Located in the Yucca Valley, this park in the middle of the desert is an interesting roadside stop whether or not you’re a religious person.

  8. Salvation Mountain.

    Salvation Mountain is located in the lower desert of Southern California in Imperial County just east of the Salton Sea and a 90 minute drive from Palm Springs. Again, whether or not you consider yourself religious, it’s a pretty impressive sight.

  9. Charlie Brown Farms.

    There are shops, and then there is Charlie Brown Farms. You’ll find it in Littlerock on Pearblossom Highway, where you can stock up on souvenirs, tasty treats and things you didn’t know you needed.

  10. Underground Gardens.

    You can be familiar with Fresno and still not know that these underground gardens exist. Fresno’s best-kept secret includes a network of underground rooms, courtyards and passageways reminiscent of ancient catacombs.

  11. Nitt Witt Ridge.

    You’ll find Nitt Witt Ridge in Cambria, a quirky Tom Sawyer-like house you have to see to believe. Make an appointment to tour this home that has a sad and interesting history.

  12. Chandelier Drive Thru Tree.

    Located in the small town of Leggett, midway between the Canadian and Mexican border off Highway 101, this is exactly what it sounds like. Is your road trip really complete without driving through a giant tree?

  13. Toads Hollow.

    If you just happen to be driving through Davis, check out this quirky little underpass. Toads Hollow used to be a dirt road that was known by the locals to always have toads crossing. When the city decided to create a six lane highway, the locals demanded they create a way for toads to cross the street.

  14. Surfboard Museum in Taco Joint.

    This San Diego stop features a display of Taco Surf’s owner’s Sam McLarty’s personal collection of surfboards.

  15. The Queen Mary.

    If you haven’t explored Long Beach’s legendary haunted ship, The Queen Mary, make 2017 the year you check it out.

  16. Cat in the Hat Town.

    Pomona, California is known as the Cat in the Hat Town. For the 2003 version of the film starring Mike Myers, the production team transformed a few streets with bright paint and giant props. Some of the vibrant colors and accessories remain in Pomona’s antique district.

  17. Mission San Luis Rey.

    This former Spanish mission is located in Oceanside, and it has an interesting history that dates back to 1798. If you’re a history buff at all, you won’t want to miss learning more about it.

Happy New Year!

10 Places In California To Put On Your Travel Bucket List For 2017

10 Places In California To Put On Your Travel Bucket List For 2017

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? What about the much more exciting option of making travel resolutions? They’re definitely a lot more fun to plan, especially when they involve traveling to California. And if you make it a point to set a goal, you’re much more likely to actually achieve it, right?

But since our beautiful state is so vast and full of wonderful places to visit, we thought we’d help you narrow down your list by featuring some of our favorites. Of course, most of these involve driving quite a bit. Especially if you plan to explore more than one destination on your vacation. Check Super Cheap’s Los Angeles car rental packages to see our great fleet of vehicles available for low rates. And remember, we don’t discriminate based on age—so if you’re looking for an underage car rental Los Angeles deal, you’ve found the right company.

The most fun part of your trip, aside from actually experiencing it, will be choosing your destination (or destinations). And out of the dozens and dozens of dreamy destinations in California, these 10 will practically guarantee you a good time.

  1. Santa Monica

It may be located just a short drive from the LAX airport and downtown Los Angeles, but Santa Monica feels like a different world. Whether or not you’re traveling with children, a trip to the Santa Monica Pier is a must—the views are beautiful, and they’ve got plenty of fun activities for kids at heart. For a special splurge you’ll never forget, stay at the acclaimed Shutters on the Beach Hotel. Other great accommodation options are The Georgian, a historical landmark rumored to be haunted, and the Fairmont Miramar. The Third Street Promenade has wonderful shops and great restaurants, so plan to spend a full day exploring that area.

  1. Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara is known as the American Riviera, and you may very well forget you’re in California when you walk through town. Golden hills melt into sparkling seas illuminated by almost constantly sunny skies. Santa Barbara is paradise for foodies. They even offer a self-guided Taco Trail. The Hotel Milo is a wonderful and a reasonably priced hotel. While the Belmond El Encanto is a beautiful option for those able to splurge.

  1. Palm Springs

This little city in the desert is a true gem, and that’s why it’s able to uphold such an excellent reputation. Palm Springs is an oasis for the outdoor adventurer, so if you’re into hiking, you’ll love it here. The mid-century modern architecture, Native American heritage, and Hollywood legacy make it the artsy city it is today. You’ll find a wide array of first class resorts and budget-friendly accommodations here.

  1. South Lake Tahoe

Lake Tahoe is one of the largest lakes in the world, which sits in between California and Nevada. The lake activities like swimming and kayaking are amazing, but don’t think you have to visit during summer—this is a great home base for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. South Lake Tahoe is geared towards tourism, so you can expect some delicious dining options and cozy places to stay.

  1. Napa

Napa is best known for its world class wineries and vineyards, but it’s also a beautiful place to go and relax. Their award-winning spa resorts like The Meritage are perfect for a couple’s escape or a girlfriends’ getaway. Of course, if you’re a wine drinker, a wine tour is a must. You can go all out and book a limo tour or bike through the winding vineyard roads. Don’t forget to check out the neighboring Sonoma County while you’re there.

  1. Monterey

Monterey isn’t as popular of a place for out of state tourists, but that’s a good thing—if you visit at the right time, you’ll be greeted with reasonable hotel prices and smaller crowds than some of the more well-known beaches. This coastal town has a rich Mexican heritage and rugged landscapes, not to mention art galleries, museums and the world famous Laguna Seca Raceway.

  1. Fresno

Located in Central California in the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno is the largest city near Yosemite National Park. The city itself has a zoo, wine walks, Broadway shows and plenty of tasty restaurants, not to mention fun seasonal festivals. It also offers a great home base for travelers who want to see Yosemite and Sequoia National Park.

  1. Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is gorgeous and glamorous. It’s conveniently located right in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Inn at Laguna Beach, the Surf & Sand Resort and The Ranch at Laguna Beach are all amazing places to stay, and Splashes Restaurant is definitely one of the top seafood spots with a view in the entire state. Laguna Beach is the place to go to relax and pamper yourself, but you can also get plenty of outdoor exercise.

  1. Solvang

California’s charming Dutch village is a beautiful place to spend a day or a weekend. Between the excellent shopping, wonderful dining options and the wine tasting, you’ll feel miles away from the “real world.” The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is set on a 10,000 private acre ranch in the heart of Solvang, offering the experience of a true getaway.

  1. Crystal Cove State Park

If you’re more into camping and beach hikes, then you should start exploring big cities. Head to Orange County’s Crystal Cove State Park. The park features 3.2 miles of beach, an offshore underwater area and 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness. Also, a federally listed Historic District, which is an enclave of 46 rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930s. The cottages have been beautifully restored and are available to rent. Plan ahead because they are often booked about eight months in advance.

We hope your 2017 is full of exciting travels!

 

The Top 10 Places In California To Visit For The Holidays

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It’s getting cold in most parts of the country… very cold, in fact. And if another freezing holiday season seems like more than you can bear, perhaps it’s time to take it as a sign and book a little getaway this year. After all, who needs a white Christmas when you can sink your toes into the sand and bask in the sunshine?

There’s still plenty of time to make those last-minute travel reservations. And if you’re flying into San Francisco, Burbank or LAX, consider Super Cheap Car Rental for your car rental reservations Los Angeles. Our independently owned company can often beat the rates of some of our corporate competitors, and we offer deals on Orange County long-term car rental terms.

But where should you go once you’re flight has landed and you’re ready to drive off into the sunset in your rental car? That’s up to you. The 10 places in California to visit on this list are always beautiful choices. Visit one or try to explore as many as possible.

Mendocino

If you’re looking for a peaceful getaway in Northern California, look no further than Mendocino. There are no chain stores in the entire village, and every shop and restaurant in town offers something unique. If you’re there for the Festival of Lights, prepare for an unforgettable experience. The Old-Time Coastal Christmas Celebration lasts all December and includes Christmas Train rides, a seasonal Model Train Show and Christmas at the Ford House Visitor Center, with decorations, cinnamon rolls and a roaring fire.

Solvang

California’s Danish village is gorgeous during the holiday season. Their annual Solvang Julefest brings Old World traditions to the modern wine country, while the Julefest Wine & Beer Walk offers the perfect opportunity to sample local brews and vino. There’s even a living nativity reenactment.

Fresno

The charming city of Fresno is a true Christmas village thanks to the two miles of decorations along Van Ness Boulevard, better known as Christmas Tree Lane. The Fig Garden neighborhood also gets into the spirit, featuring over 140 decorated homes.

Newport Beach

If you can get to Newport Beach between December 14 and 18, you won’t be disappointed—their annual Christmas Boat Parade is a sight to behold. The tradition dates back more than 100 years and attracts people from all over the state. There are several charter boats you can take, or you can catch the sights from the shoreline.

Santa Monica

The Santa Monica community really gets into the holiday spirit, offering all kinds of craft fairs and holiday walks throughout December. Many of the local restaurants offer delicious Christmas menus, allowing you to leave the cooking to someone else. If you’re Jewish, you’ll appreciate the Menorah Lightings on the Third Street Promenade from December 24-January 1.

Big Bear Lake

Sometimes, in spite of the beautiful California sunshine, nothing but a white Christmas will do, In that case, take a few days off from the surf and sand and head to Big Bear Lake in the Inland Empire. With holiday lights glowing in the village and snow falling on the pines, Big Bear Lake makes a perfect Christmas escape just a couple of hours from Los Angeles.

Los Angeles

If you’ve never experienced LA during the holiday season, you’re missing out. The Original Farmers Market and The Grove bring out their decorations shortly after Halloween, and there are almost too many events and activities to count. From parades and tree lightings to holiday markets and plays, you certainly won’t be bored in LA in December. If you can make it to the city by December 16, head to the Music Center Plaza for their annual (free!) Holiday Sing-Along. There’s nothing like belting out “Silver Bells” with hundreds of strangers to lift your spirits.

Palm Springs

Aside from its mild climate and peaceful atmosphere, Palm Springs makes a great holiday destination because of their annual Robolights display. Robolights is an impressive 8.4 million light display that sits on four acres and impresses people of all ages.

San Diego

Head south to sunny San Diego and enjoy mild winter temperatures, a decorated downtown area and dozens of beautiful beaches to walk on. Many of the area’s top hotels, like the Loews Coronado Bay Resort, go all out with the decorating and menus. You’ll have your choice of festivals, parades and light displays, not to mention Skating by the Sea, Coronado’s outdoor rink. There is also an abundance of free family-friendly holiday activities in San Diego.

Julian

Located in San Diego County, Julian offers a hint of winter chill in a picturesque setting. The town’s 80 foot tall living Christmas tree stays illuminated from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day. The entire historic gold-mining town is decorated to celebrate as well. Though it won’t be too cold to enjoy yourself here, you’ll definitely also enjoy spending your evenings by the fireplace.

Planning a road trip down the California Coast? There’s never a bad time to explore our beautiful coastline. See our article on The Top 10 Road Trip Stops On The California Coast.

The Top 10 Road Trip Stops On The California Coast

Road Trip Stops On The California Coast

Planning a road trip down the California Coast? There’s never a bad time to explore our beautiful coastline, so if it’s something you’ve never done, consider adding it to your bucket list. Super Cheap Car Rental can take care of your car rental reservations Los Angeles needs easily if you’re flying to California or if you just don’t want to drive your own vehicle. And if you’re under 25, don’t worry—we don’t charge extra for our underage car rental Los Angeles clients.

Of course, you can’t spend every moment of your trip in your awesome rental car. The coast is full of great places to stop, and you should take full advantage of them. We consider these to be some of your best bets.

Glass Beach, Fort Bragg

Talk about finding beauty in the most unlikely of ways. Glass Beach is located in MacKerricher State Park, and it’s full of sea glass created from years of dumping garbage into an area of coastline near the northern part of town. Over the years the pounding waves cleaned up the beach and broke down everything but the glass and pottery, resulting in tiny shimmering pieces of glass that look beautiful.

Bodega Bay

This scenic fishing village was the setting for Alfred Hitchcock’s film “The Birds,” but it’s not nearly as ominous in real life. If you’ve seen the movie, stop by the 150 year old Potter School that’s located about five miles south of town behind St. Theresa’s Church. It’s a private residence, but occasionally they open for tours.

Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is located about 28 miles south of San Francisco in the westernmost portion of San Mateo County. Between its historic downtown area, charming shops and scenic stretch of beach, you may want to spend an entire afternoon here. If you’re not driving or can take a long break, taste some local wine at the Barterra Winery or the ENO Wine Tasting Room at the Ritz Carlton.

Santa Cruz

To know Santa Cruz is to love it. The area is full of hiking trails, great attractions, beaches and the famous Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. If you’re there around lunchtime, head to The Picnic Basket and enjoy a casual meal right on the beach. You’ll feel like a kid again when you visit this charming place.

Big Sur

This sparsely populated and undeveloped region is described as the “greatest meeting of land and water in the world.” It’s a breathtaking place that almost seems surreal, and to drive by without stopping and exploring would definitely be a mistake.

Hearst Castle, San Simeon

Anyone who has ever dreamed about visiting a castle but has never seen one would love the castle in San Simeon. It was designed for newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst, and it has a whopping 165 rooms along with gardens, pools and terraces.

Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve

This open space park is situated above ocean waves and has plenty of trails with breathtaking views. The trails also lead to the bluff’s edge and overlook the Carpinteria Harbor Seal Rookery, where hundreds of seals give birth to their pups along the shoreline. Pupping season is typically December through May.

Malibu

Are you hoping to spot some celebrities on your road trip? Malibu is where many of them live, and if you visit, you’ll certainly see why. This gorgeous beach town is a great place to people watch. Zuma Beach and Malibu Creek State Park are amazing, and the Malibu Farm restaurant serves incredible food.

Long Beach

Long Beach is a place where you could easily spend an entire day. Besides the beautiful beach itself, you’ll find the Aquarium of the Pacific, The Pike roller coaster, the Los Cerritos Ranch House and the infamous RMS Queen Mary in this Orange County beach town.

Lemon Grove

Have you ever wanted to take your picture in front of a giant lemon? Who hasn’t? You’ll find Lemon Grove, the world’s largest lemon, in San Diego County. If nothing else, it makes a great backdrop for a selfie.

These are just a few of the hundreds of fabulous places you’ll find in close proximity to the California Coast. Take plenty of time to stop and smell the roses (and the fresh salty sea air)… after all, it’s more about the journey than the destination. Browse the site to see more about automobile information and more related rental details.

SUPER CHEAP CAR RENTAL WINS 2016 RENTER RATED AWARD

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 11th, 2016

Contact
Steve: sf@supercheapcar.com

 

LOS ANGELES, CA — Super Cheap Car Rental, a trusted car rental company serving Los Angeles, San Francisco and Orange County, has won a 2016 Renter Rated Award from ExpressITech Inc. in the category of Most Recommended To Others. ExpressITech Inc. is a rental management system and the founder of CarRentalExpress.com.

“We are seriously honored and, while pleasantly surprised, we also completely understand how we could have won the Renter Rated award for Most Recommended to Others,” said the owner of Super Cheap Car Rental. “We work very hard to make the rental experience as pleasant and easy as possible. Being a small independent agency gives us the ability to be truly hands on with our customers. We just get it.”

Renter Rated is a program developed by ExpressITech.com that gives renters the opportunity to share their experiences. After their rental experience, the customers are encouraged to rate the agency one to five stars based on nine criteria. All the ratings are tallied, and the more ratings an agency has, the more accurate the star rating value will be.

Super Cheap Car Rental is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. Their first location opened in Los Angeles in 1996 with the goal of appealing to young and international renters by offering them flat, all inclusive car rental rates. The company began to make a name for itself right away, and by the year 2000, students, interns and foreign workers were taking the bus from Orange County and San Diego to rent through Super Cheap. There are now offices in San Francisco and Orange County in addition to the original Los Angeles location.

One thing that sets Super Cheap apart from other car rental companies is their lack of extra fees for renters between the ages of 21 and 24. Most companies will either not rent to people under the age of 25 or they’ll charge them extra fees. Super Cheap’s rates are not higher for 21-24 year old renters, and their fees for ages 20 and under are nominal.

Car Rental Express awards rental agencies annually for their excellent Renter Rated ratings. This is the first award of its kind for Super Cheap Car Rental.

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Underage Car Rental and Asterisks

Black asterisk Underage Driver Car Rentals

We were recently on the Hertz website and saw this:

It’s a common misconception that drivers have to be at least 25 years old to rent a car. The truth is – Hertz rents cars to those 20 years old and up.*

Well Hooray for Hertz! But it got me thinking – do you see that asterisk? You see it, the one right there. Well, that little asterisk is loaded time bomb. And that bomb usually goes off at the car rental counter right at the moment when you are picking up your car.

Dictionary.com defines asterisk this way:

a small star-like symbol (*), used in writing and printing as a reference mark or to indicate omission, doubtful matter, etc.

Read that again…

to indicate omission, doubtful matter, etc.”

OK so they are going to rent you a vehicle but it’s probably going to be much more expensive the quote you received. Almost all car rental agencies will charge you the dreaded Underage Car Rental Fee that could be as high as 20 to 25 (or more) dollars a day when you hire a car from them. You may also find that promotions and discounts, (mysteriously) no longer apply to you. Make sure you research vehicle information or see info about our automotive rentals.

This is from the SIXT site:

A fee* will apply for rentals at every location in the United States. Please check how much you will be charged if you are a driver under 25 at our branches across the US.

See that asterisks? While a little more specific, it still is uncomfortably vague. How much??????

Here at Super Cheap Car Rental, we do not have any asterisks. Super Cheap Car Rental prides itself on transparency. NO surprises when you rent a vehicle from us. It’s fairly simple, good drivers drive well. So again to make it perfectly clear, Super Cheap Car Rental has no extra underage car rental fees if you are renting a car and you are a 21 to 24 year old who can prove he or she can legally drive. With that said we look forward to seeing you when you hire a car or rent a car or want a car rental or whatever you call it. We will take care of you. Have fun and be safe.