We Found the Best Holiday Events in Orange County

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to visit Southern California. Not only is it warmer than most of the country, but there are plenty of exciting events and holiday happenings worth checking out.

The most wonderful time of the year is especially magical in Orange County. From the first breakfast with Santa Claus to the final New Year’s Eve countdown, you’ll find all kinds of exciting ways to celebrate the season here. And when you let Super Cheap handle your Orange County car rental reservations, you know you’ll end up in a reliable vehicle that will help you experience it all.

Spend as much time as possible as you can soaking up the sunshine (we’ve got some great Orange County long-term car rental terms) so you can check out plenty of the holiday festivities. These are a few of our favorites.

 

Breakfast with Santa, Children’s Museum at La Habra

If you’ll be bringing little ones on your Orange County vacation, this is one event you won’t want to miss. From 8:30 – 11:30 AM, you can bring your children to the museum for a continental breakfast, a colorful craft for each child, a classic photo with Santa, and best of all, free admission to the museum. Call 562-383-4240 to make reservations (they’re required). This is a fundraising event, with all proceeds going to the Children’s Museum at La Habra.

 

Irvine Park Railroad Christmas Train to Santa

From December 1-23, you can take a beautiful night ride through the historic Irvine Regional Park in Orange to meet Santa Claus himself. The train departs from the twinkling train station, dropping the kids off at the North Pole. The cost is just $15 per person, with 2-year-olds (and younger) riding free.

Irvine Regional Park is always a beautiful place to visit for people of all ages, with pony rides, paddle boat rentals and the Orange County Zoo.

 

The Christmas Boat Parade, Newport Beach

The annual Newport Beach Christmas Boat Parade and Ring of Lights is an amazing experience, and this year’s event will be the 109th. Over a million viewers gather to watch the decorated yachts, boats, kayaks and canoes sail along the harbor. The dates for this spectacular event are December 13-17.

You can view the parade from anywhere on the shore free of charge. However, for comfort’s sake, many people prefer to view it from one of the local restaurants or from a rented boat. Click here for a list of restaurants that offer views of the boats.

 

Cruise of Lights, Huntington Beach

Huntington Beach’s Cruise of Lights is also an incredible event. This year’s dates for the festivities are December 15-18 and December 21-23, so if you’re in the area, you can see this illuminated parade as well as the Newport Beach display. Park in the Huntington Harbor Mall lot and hop on a designated bus that will take you to the boat launch areas to view.

Tickets start at $19 ($12 for children). Call 714-840-7542 to get yours as soon as possible.

 

Breakfast with Santa at Downtown Disney

Join Santa and his elves at Catal Restaurant in Downtown Disney for a fun family-friendly event that includes breakfast, children’s activities, carolers, elves, ice skating, and of course, Santa Claus. Dates for this year’s Breakfast with Santa are December 9, 10, 16, 17, 21, 22 and 23 from 8-11 AM.

 

Knott’s Merry Farm

Knott’s Berry Farm goes all out for the holiday season. From now until January 7, Knott’s Merry Farm celebrates this merry time of year with special attractions, live entertainment, a Christmas crafts fair, holiday decor, festive food, and even a nightly “snow” in Ghost Town.

Admission is as little as $49, with special ticket packages being offered on their website.

 

Nutcracker Christmas Tree Lighting and Holiday Village, Downtown Anaheim

If you’ll be in the Anaheim area on December 2, skip Disneyland that morning (really!) and head to the downtown area by 10 Am for the tree lighting. You’ll also see a performance of the Nutcracker, a “snow” play area, an international food frenzy, pictures with Santa and more. Best of all, everything (except the food and souvenirs) is free.

 

Dana Point Winter Festival and Tree Lighting

This gorgeous tree lighting also takes place on December 2, with festivities from noon until 5 PM. Aside from the lighting of the spectacular tree, you can decorate cookies, shop for crafts, check out a petting zoo, visit Santa, and so much more. Everything takes place at La Plaza in Dana Point, and almost everything is free.

 

Sawdust Art Festival’s Annual Winter Fantasy, Laguna Beach

Every weekend from now through December 17, the Laguna Beach Sawdust festival grounds transform into a winter wonderland with a whopping 175 artists selling their original creations. The Winter Fantasy offers the most original holiday shopping in Southern California, so if you’re looking for unique gifts, you won’t want to miss it. You may want to bring an extra carry-on for the plane just for your new creations.

 

Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade, Crown Valley Parkway

On December 9 at 10 AM, the Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade will once again dance down the streets of Laguna Niguel. This is a time-honored tradition with more than 3,000 parade participants and too many guests to count, so you’ll want to arrive early to get a good view.

 

 

We Found the Best Places in Los Angeles County to Spend the Holidays

The Grinch Christmas Best Places in Los Angeles County to Spend the Holidays

The holiday season is upon us once again, and it’s not too late to book a fun, festive getaway. Los Angeles may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a winter wonderland, but you’d be surprised by how well we get into the holiday spirit here. This year, skip the cold winter weather and treat yourself (and your family) to a relaxing, sunny vacation.

But where should you go, you might be wondering? Your options are practically unlimited, and you’ll want to see as many light displays and other holiday happenings as possible. Check out Super Cheap’s car rental reservations Los Angeles packages to find your best deal. In a place as vast as Los Angeles County, having a rental car is essential.

Once you’ve got your cheap car rental Los Angeles reserved, all you have to do is create a special holiday itinerary. These are some of the best hotels in Los Angeles County to celebrate the magic of the season.

 

Where to stay

 

Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills

If you’re able to splurge this year, the Beverly Wilshire Hotel is especially spectacular this time of year. The lobby is transformed into an art-deco inspired winter wonderland, and the onsite restaurant, THE Blvd, serves special Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve menus. This is a luxurious experience you won’t want to miss.

 

The Langham Huntington, Pasadena

This hotel goes all out for the holidays, so you’ll be able to celebrate in style. And in addition to the decor, the onsite restaurant will ensure that you’ll have an experience to remember.

The Langham is hosting a series of holiday events, including a Teddy Bear Tea in the lobby lounge where children can take pictures with Santa, listen to holiday stories, and donate toys to charity. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can enjoy a special dinner to the sounds of a live jazz trio, and the New Year’s Eve dinner has two seatings with either four or six courses.

 

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Riverside

Technically, this hotel isn’t in Los Angeles. But once you see it, especially during the holiday season, you’ll understand that it’s totally worth the drive. The Festival of Lights is a free six-week long extravaganza that was named the Best Public Lights Display in the Nation by USA Today.

Needless to say, The Mission Inn has plenty of exciting holiday events to look forward to as well. On Sundays in December, you can enjoy a champagne brunch with Santa himself, and on Christmas Day, they’ll serve the most elaborate brunch in Southern California (with more champagne, of course).

 

Where to eat

 

1 Pico, Shutters on the Beach, Santa Monica

The beautiful onsite restaurant at Shutters on the Beach will be serving a multiple course pre-fixe menu on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. And while this experience isn’t cheap (dinner costs $110 per person), the menu is amazing (slow baked pears with champagne and grilled prime beef tenderloin, for example).

 

Boxwood, West Hollywood

The signature restaurant at The London West Hollywood is serving dinner on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. The newly renovated space is beautiful, and the menu is a foodie’s dream. The only thing better than spending the holidays in the sunshine is not having to cook.

 

The Pikey Cafe and Bar

The Pikey offers their guests a very merry British Christmas dinner inside their 82-year-old space. And if the Chestnut Bread Sauce, Sausage Stuffed Onion and Roast Potatoes doesn’t sound appealing, they’ll be serving their regular menu as well.

 

What to do

 

Christmas Tree Lane

Drive to Santa Rosa Avenue between Woodbury Avenue and Altadena Drive to see one of the best light displays in the city. The mile-long cruise is full of cedars blanketed in lights, transforming into Christmas Tree Lane.

 

The Venice Canals

Head to Venice Beach and check out the Venice Canals. Between the boat parade on December 10 and the Christmas lights that line its bridges, it’s especially charming this time of year.

 

Wild for Lights, Los Angeles Zoo

Located at Griffith Park, the Los Angeles Zoo’s Wild for Lights Display is pretty impressive. From now until January 7, you can check it out from 6-10 PM. And if you’re able to go on a weekend, you can see Santa.

 

Snow Day LA

This event gives you a rare opportunity to go sledding in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Open on evenings from Friday to Sunday until December 17, synthetic snow made with a biodegradable non-toxic blend fills a hill near Dodger Stadium. This “pop-up park” also has an ice skating rink, games, food trucks and a penguin-animated holiday light path.

 

Universal Studios

This year’s holiday theme at Universal Studios is “Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” and fans of the wizard will love seeing Hogsmeade village transformed into a magical land of Christmas cheer. One of the highlights is a daily animated light-projection show at Hogwarts Castle. The park’s annual “Grinchmas” will also be there, complete with his dog, Max, and the Who-ville carolers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do In San Francisco

10 Things You Never Knew You Could Do In San Francisco

San Francisco is an amazing city, and it happens to be full of famous attractions. But while everyone knows about Alcatraz and Fisherman’s Wharf, you’ll also find plenty of hidden gems that most tourists—and even some locals—don’t know exist.

And San Francisco is more than the city itself. The San Francisco Bay Area includes the surrounding areas of San Pablo and Suisun Estuary, not to mention the charming beach towns and neighboring cities you’ll want to see and explore. In other words, when you visit the City by the Bay, you’re going to want to look up San Francisco car rental packages.

Renting a car to explore San Francisco is the best way to make sure you see as much as possible. And with Super Cheap’s inexpensive car rental San Francisco deals, you don’t have to worry about blowing your budget on your ride.

You’ll find dozens of off-the-beat attractions in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you have time, these 10 are definitely worth seeing.

 

The 16th Avenue Mosaic Steps

The 16th Avenue Tiled Steps project has been a local collaboration of more than 300 people from the neighborhood. The resulting visual is amazing, with the 163 steps being decorated in tiles of different colors and patterns. It definitely makes for a perfect San Francisco photo op.

 

“Rock City” Mount Diablo

Mount Diablo State Park is about an hour away from San Francisco, and it’s definitely worth taking a day trip to see. The “rock city,” unique sandstone formations, is located at Live Oak Campground. There are also plenty of hiking trails and picnic spots.

 

The San Francisco Cable Car Museum

It has been said that tourists ride the cable cars, but locals visit the Cable Car Museum. Cable cars had their first run in San Francisco in 1873, and you can learn all about their heritage here. The museum is open every day except for a few major holidays, and Admission is free.

 

Gondola rides in Oakland

Pretend you’re in Venice and enjoy an authentic gondola tour on Lake Merritt in Oakland. The boats are located at the historic boathouse on Lake Merritt, right next to the Lake Chalet Seafood Bar and Grill.

Prices for cruises start at $60 for two, and you’re allowed to bring a bottle of wine or your beverage of choice.

 

Heart’s Desire Beach

To find Heart’s Desire Beach, head to Tomalas Bay State Park, which is about 45 miles north of the city. Its low key vibe, crystal clear waters, and picnic areas make it a perfect place to spend an afternoon. If you’re feeling active, there are a few hiking trails in the area with breathtaking views.

 

Albion Castle

Despite its long local history and six-story structure, plenty of people who live in San Francisco drive by this castle daily without realizing it’s there. It was built in 1870 by an English immigrant named John Hamlin Burnell who used the property’s underground aquifer to brew the perfect beer.

Unfortunately, the castle is private property, so you’ll have to admire it from a distance. That’s a shame because there are underground caves from its early days that would be fascinating to explore.

 

Magowan’s Infinite Mirror Maze 

The Mirror Maze is located on San Francisco’s Pier 39. A labyrinth of mirrors are illuminated by black lights, causing you to lose track of where you are. Luckily, you’re allowed to stay as long as you’d like.

Admission to the maze is only $5, and it’s appropriate for all ages.

 

Beach Blanket Babylon 

If you have time to see a show while you’re in San Francisco, you may as well make it the city’s longest-running musical. The performance is a piece of pop culture satire that, after all these years, is still considered a must-see. You can catch the show at Club Fugazi in the North Beach district from Wednesday – Sunday.

 

The Magic Bus Tour

Even if you’re not normally a fan of tours that are, well, touristy, you’re sure to love the Summer of Love Magic Bus Experience. It’s a one-of-a-kind tour you can only take in San Francisco, and it’s packed full of fascinating historical facts and little-known tidbits. Also, you get to take fake LSD.

 

The Fairmont Hotel Roof Garden

Located in the Nob Hill neighborhood at 950 Mason Street, the Fairmont Hotel has a beautiful rooftop garden that happens to be open to the public. To access it, enter through the Fairmont’s Cafe Cento at 950 Mason Street and take the long hallway to the elevator. Go to the Lobby, turn right, and follow the corridor past the gift shops. There will be signs for the rooftop garden.

Not only will you see amazing views of the city skyline, but you’ll notice citrus trees, edible herb planters and even bees making honey in the garden.

These are just a few of the many quirky and off-the-beaten-path attractions that await you in San Francisco. Needless to say, you’ll probably be planning your next trip while you’re still there.

 

10 Off The Beaten Path Attractions You Must See In Orange County

Located just south of Los Angeles, Orange County includes some of Southern California’s most visually stunning spots, like Dana Point and Laguna Beach. It’s no wonder the tourism industry here is thriving—between the legendary theme parks, historic sites, and picturesque beaches, “the OC” instantly envelops you in a classic California lifestyle.

But there’s more to see in the OC than just Disneyland… much more, in fact. If you’re willing to go off the beaten path, you’ll find beloved local gems and underrated attractions. Make sure you choose the right Orange County inexpensive car rental to take you from point A to point B (and C… and D…). Ask us about our Orange County long-term car rental terms.

Once you’ve got the keys to your rental car, you’ll be free to explore one of the most beautiful parts of Southern California. We highly recommend visiting as many of these 10 spots as possible. Not only are they often less crowded than the more well-known places, but they’re amazing.

 

  1. Crescent Bay Beach

Crescent Bay Beach is located in northern Laguna Beach, and it’s surprising how quiet it is given the fact that it’s so easily accessible. You can park on the North Coast Highway and then walk down to Cliff Drive, following the path to the beach. There you’ll find peace and quiet (and sometimes total solitude) and surf, sand and sky.

 

  1. California Citrus State Historic Park 

Technically this park is in Riverside County, but it’s worth the drive. You’ll find this historic park in the city of Riverside, and it’s a beautiful place to spend an afternoon. The property reminds us of a time when orange groves were abundant in the region, and there are plenty of walking trails and places to have a picnic.

 

  1. Fullerton Arboretum

Need to relax and reconnect with nature? Drive straight to Fullerton and pay the $5 suggested admission to enjoy the arboretum. The facility has plant collections that represent species from all over the world. Plus, it’s just plain pretty.

 

  1. Cameo Shores Beach

This serene beach sits nestled below the Cameo Shores community in Newport Beach. To reach it, you’ll have to walk along a rocky shoreline from Little Corona Del Mar Beach. But because of this, the area remains delightfully uncrowded.

 

  1. Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Buena Park

This is a dinner show like no other, and many tourists don’t even know it exists. Kids of all ages as well as kids at heart will be in awe watching the show (and the menu isn’t too bad, either). Medieval Times was popular decades ago, and now the same people who enjoyed it as children bring their own kids to experience it.

 

  1. Mission San Juan Capistrano

This old Spanish mission dates back to 1776, when it was founded by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order. These days it’s a beautiful part of our history you can visit daily from 9 AM – 5 PM for $9.

 

  1. The Hobbit Restaurant, Orange

Vacations are really mostly about eating, right? Since 1972, this unbelievably elegant eatery has been serving seven-course, prixe-fixe dinners in a refined setting. This spot is on many a Californian’s bucket list, and since you’ll be saving so much money on your rental car, you’ll be able to indulge.

 

  1. The Lido Theatre, Balboa

This flamingo-pink venue dates back to Old Hollywood… rumor has it that Bette Davis herself designed the bathrooms. You’ll mostly see live performances here now, along with newly released films and the occasional festival screening. Grab your seats in the balcony simply because you can.

 

  1. Crystal Cove State Park

Located in Newport Beach, visiting Crystal Cove feels like going back in time. You can easily spend an entire day there enjoying the beach, and with a little proper planning (they book fast), you can spend the night at one of the vintage beach cottages tucked away on the coast.

 

  1. Balboa Island Fun Zone

We’re not sure which is better, the Fun Zone itself or the ferry ride to and from the island. The Balboa Island ferry has been in operation since 1919, and these days, it carries passengers by foot or car to the Balboa Island Fun Zone.

The Fun Zone was built in 1936 by Al Anderson, featuring a small beach and a Ferris Wheel as the main attractions. It has since been rebuilt several times, but it maintains its old-fashioned charm, especially the arcades on the boardwalk. Kids and kids at heart love this place.

And remember, it’s always worth making the effort to see some of Orange County’s more popular attractions as well. Knott’s Berry Farm, Long Beach, the Queen Mary, Newport Beach and the Aquarium of the Pacific are just a few options. Needless to say, you may want to consider extending your vacation.

 

 

 

 

When To Visit: We’ve Discovered The Best Times To See Los Angeles (And How Long To Stay)

You may have heard that there is no “bad” time to visit Los Angeles, and you’d be absolutely correct. For the most part, LA stays beautiful all year long, with sunshine in every season. And no matter what your tastes and preferences may be, you can count on plenty of attractions and events awaiting you.

But if your plans are flexible and you want to know what your ideal dates could be, read on, because getting hooked up with a cheap car rental in Los Angeles is only part of the equation. There are other ways to ensure you’re getting the most value and enjoying your vacation to the fullest.

 

Why summer isn’t always the best

Many people assume summer is the best time to visit LA. And while that’s when you’ll find the hottest temperatures and the most action, you’ll also find the beaches and theme parks crowded with visitors. Summer is peak tourist season in LA, so if you’d rather not deal with excessive crowds, come during a cooler time of year.

 

Two peak “seasons”

The best times to visit Los Angeles might surprise you: Statistically that would be between September and November and March and May. Surprised? If you think about it, it makes sense.

Average temperatures during these months range from the high 50s to the low 80s, which makes walking around outdoors much more comfortable than the 100-degree days of summer. Also, the air tends to be more breathable during these months, which is an added bonus. Finally, crowds are less intense during these months, meaning you’ll have better luck finding secluded spots at the beach or scoring deals on hotels.

 

Why not winter?

Of course, if it’s especially cold and dreary where you live, you’ll love planning a trip to LA for the winter. You’ll find incredible deals on hotel rooms and packages in LA County. Just make sure to pack an umbrella—while we don’t see much rain in the area, the rainfall we do experience tends to happen in January and February.

 

Life’s other certainty: Traffic

The harsh reality is, you’ll have to deal with LA traffic no matter when you visit. So browse through our Los Angeles car rental reservation packages and choose something you wouldn’t mind spending a lot of time in. Driving a rental car for your trip will save you time, money, and the hassle of constantly calling cars. Super Cheap makes it simple.

Don’t plan your vacation around crowds and traffic entirely. There’s no avoiding them—but they’re so much more manageable when you’re behind the wheel of a reliable car you love.

 

How much LA is enough LA?

Once you experience LA for the first time, no vacation here may ever seem long enough. And while there’s no exact correct duration of time you should always spend in the city, if it’s your first LA trip, try to stay for at least a week. Between the beautiful beaches, fabulous restaurants, top attractions, shopping and numerous events, the week will pass faster than you think.

Use these examples as guidelines when planning your visit:

  • If you only have a weekend in Los Angeles, plan your trip around one major event or activity you’d like to do. If you’re coming for a concert or a day at Disneyland, that’s a no-brainer, otherwise, you can make one neighborhood your focus. Who wouldn’t love spending two days exploring downtown LA?
  • If you have three or four full days, you can take a day trip somewhere. Cruise down the coast to Orange County and see Long Beach, charter a boat to Catalina Island, or spend a day exploring the quirky Venice Beach. The choice is yours.
  • If you have a full week to spend in Los Angeles County, you can take two side trips or do a day trip and a show. Check the Hollywood Bowl for upcoming concerts or look up the schedule at the Greek Theatre. You never know who will be performing.
  • And if you have even longer than a week, spend every day getting to know LA to the fullest. Definitely, take a day trip or two and sink your toes into the sand at our beautiful beaches (like Laguna Beach or Santa Monica), but save some room in your schedule to simply explore. Rent an AirBnB, reserve a long-term car rental package, and get comfortable in our beautiful city.
  • No matter how long you have, allow yourself a little bit of downtime to relax. LA is amazing, but trying to cram in too much activity is a good way to leave your vacation feeling more stressed than when you arrived.

 

Other LA travel hacks

Still wondering when would be the best time to book? Just take a look at your list of must-do activities, and go from there. For example:

  • Disneyland and other local theme parks will be packed all summer as well as very crowded during school holidays. If you have the option to avoid peak times, you’ll spend a lot less time waiting in line.
  • For overall tourist activity, January – April is the least busy time. This is often a time when you can find great deals on airfare and hotels, not to mention Super Cheap’s affordable car rental in Los Angeles However, be mindful of the big events that do draw crowds, like the Rose Bowl Parade on January 1 and the annual LA Marathon in February.
  • If you have little ones, consider a trip to LA after Thanksgiving and before Christmas. The holiday events in the City of Angels are spectacular.

 

 

 

 

 

The Best Things You Never Knew You Could Do In Los Angeles

What comes to mind when you think of visiting Los Angeles? The Hollywood Walk of Fame, Beverly Hills, Universal Studios, Disneyland? Our popular attractions are wonderful and definitely worth seeing. But there’s so much more to the greater Los Angeles area.

Since Super Cheap Car Rental is located in LA., we’re lucky enough to have a local’s perspective on things to do here. And there are plenty of things most tourists don’t know about that happen to be fantastic.

Once you get behind the wheel of your Los Angeles cheap car rental, you’ll easily be able to travel to Los Angeles County to see the sights. And remember, our company specializes in underage car rental Los Angeles packages, so you never have to worry about being punished for your age.

In our opinion, these are some of the best little-known attractions Los Angeles has to offer. We hope you enjoy as many as possible on your next visit.

 

Visit Barnsdall Art Park

Located in East Hollywood, this world-class art gallery is a beautiful place that only locals seem to know about. Not only is it full of local culture, but you’ll be able to take in views of LA and the infamous Hollywood sign.

 

Check out the Highland Park neighborhood

Highland Park is a historic neighborhood in northeast Los Angeles—and, in fact, it was one of LA’s first subdivisions. You’ll find some seriously swanky bars here, not to mention amazing Mexican food and plenty of people watching. Spend an evening in this neighborhood for a true taste of LA culture.

 

Take a relaxing drive down the Angeles Crest Highway

Prepare to be amazed by the Angeles Crest Highway, a two-lane highway that runs from La-Canada Flintridge to Wrightwood. You’ll be wondering if you’re really still in LA throughout the entire 66-mile stretch.

 

Wander through The Last Bookstore

Located on Spring Street, this iconic bookstore will impress any reader (and if you’re not one, you may become one after seeing it). The building is an old bank, and the marble pillars and mile-high ceilings remain. Best of all, this bookstore specializes in books that are reasonably priced, old and new.

 

Go roller skating in Glendale

Moonlight Rollerway sits in a building from the 1940s that was used to make airplanes for World War II. This is one of the hippest spots in town, often hosting disco nights and other throwbacks (like David Bowie tributes). Celebrities like Eva Mendes and Kris Jenner have been spotted lacing up their skates at this retro spot.

 

Go to a movie in Los Feliz

Los Feliz borders East Hollywood, and it’s home to the glamorous Vista Theater. Catch a newly released film here, but pay close attention to the schedule—this theater only shows one movie at a time.

 

See the Venice Canals

No, we’re not suggesting you hop a flight to Italy. Just go to Venice Beach and explore the network of canals that pay homage to the real canals in Italy. This is one of the most scenic spots in LA for a leisurely stroll.

 

Visit the sunken city

In 1929, a landslide caused several beachfront homes in San Pedro to slide into the ocean. The site was dubbed the “Sunken City,” and it’s now a popular spot to go hiking. Just take the 110 freeway to the Gaffey exit, turn left, turn right at Paseo Del Mar, and stop at the 600 block. You can climb over a cement fence and a metal fence to see the debris up close, but be aware that it is considered trespassing.

 

Check out the Miniature Garden of Whimsy

This attraction is as amazing as it sounds. Located just beneath a Japanese Restaurant, Yamashiro Hollywood sits an enchanting collection of eclectic figurines among tropical flowers and driftwood sculptures. The garden is a passion project of a neighborhood resident, so the decor is ever-changing.

 

See a real abandoned Nazi campground

Murphy’s Ranch is located just minutes away from the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica. It was built during World War II by a wealthy family of Nazi sympathizers who wanted it to be a base camp for Hitler. It was promptly raised by LAPD and shut down, but the creepy structure still remains. You’ll just have to take a two-mile hike into the woods to see it.

 

Shop at the Melrose Trading Post

You’re probably aware that LA has some of the country’s best shopping. But this flea market is one of the city’s best secrets. Every Sunday from 9-5, a high school on Melrose and Fairfax turns into a giant shopping center. You never know what, or who, you might see.

 

See the animals at the Wildlife Learning Center

If zoos seem a little unethical to you, you’ll love this beautiful animals sanctuary. The animals here were all rescued from zoos that couldn’t keep them or from owners who abandoned them. The Wildlife Learning Center is located in Sylmar, which is a little north of downtown LA. They offer some programs that let you interact with rare animals like sloths and prairie dogs, so if you love animals, you should add it to your must-do list.

We Found The Best Fall Events In The Los Angeles Area

Fall has officially arrived, and even in Southern California, the changes are noticeable. While the days here are still sunny and beautiful, there’s no denying that the leaves are changing color and the air feels a little crisper.

Autumn is an amazing time to visit Los Angeles, especially if you’re in denial about the end of summer and want to stay in the sunshine. Every year, the City of Angels and its surrounding suburbs host some impressive fall events you won’t want to miss. So book your flights, take a look at Super Cheap’s Los Angeles car rental reservation packages, and get ready to greet the new season LA-style.

Here are a few of the amazing autumn events that await you:

 

Music Tastes Good, September 30 and October 1

The annual Music Tastes Good Festival is taking over downtown Long Beach on September 30, and this year’s lineup is, as usual, spectacular. Hear some excellent music and indulge in a farm-to-table dinner, Bloody Mary brunch, and countless other culinary delights. Get your tickets here.

 

Alpine Village Oktoberfest, until October 28

Torrance is the place to be for Oktoberfest in the LA area! Southern Californians have been celebrating Oktoberfest here for almost 50 years, and USA Today once named it one of the best Oktoberfests in the world. The festival is held on seven consecutive weekends, but you can expect (fun) crowds whenever you’re there. Tickets cost between $5 and $20 depending on when you go.

 

Los Angeles Dragon Boat Festival, October 7

If you’ve ever been curious about paddling, or if you just want to watch the lion dancers on the sidelines and crazy outfits on the teams (there’s a costume competition), head to the LA Dragon Boat Festival at Whittier Narrows Recreation Area in El Monte on October 7. This is a unique festival you won’t want to miss.

 

Manhattan Beach Street Fair, October 7-8

LA’s beach cities are beautiful and unique, and Manhattan Beach is no exception. At their street fair, you can shop from over 200 artists and vendors, drink at the beer and wine garden, enjoy food from nonprofit groups, and visit a kids’ area at Live Oak Park. Best of all, it’s all free.

 

Joshua Tree Music Festival, October 5-8

Joshua Tree is about a two-hour drive from LA, but luckily you’ll already have your inexpensive car rental Los Angeles already covered. If you’ll be in town on these dates, head to the desert for a music festival like no others. This party features over 30 bands who are not yet household names (but just as talented), yoga classes, and free water for all.

 

Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, October 14

Will Rogers State Historic Park hosts the annual Veuve Clicquot Polo Classic, a celebrity favorite (Gwyneth Paltrow, Mandy Moore and Isla Fisher love to go). Make sure you wear your wide-brimmed hat and fancy attire for this polo match, which is led by Nacho Figueras, an Argentine polo star. Get your tickets here.

 

Off the Hook Seafood Festival, October 14

If you’d rather dine on oysters and shrimp on the Santa Monica Pier on October 14, the Off the Hook Seafood Festival may be more your style. This event features some of the city’s best restaurants and seafood dishes, and they’ll also have cocktails, cooking demos and live music.

 

Boo at the LA Zoo, October 1-31

If you’re traveling to Los Angeles with children (or you’re just a kid at heart), head to Boo at the LA Zoo on any date in October. Adventures will include special animal feedings, pumpkin carving, and live performances, just to name a few. On October 28 and 29, they’ll also have trick-or-treating.

 

Day of the Dead at the Cemetery, October 28

Hollywood Forever Cemetery is always a popular tourist attraction, and they host a few spooky events in October. Their Day of the Dead celebration features costumed crowds, ornate altars, live music, and Mexican food.

 

West Hollywood Halloween Carnival, October 31

On Halloween, Santa Monica Boulevard will be closed between La Cienega Boulevard and Doheny Drive for the annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnival. This free event is open to people of all ages, though it’s definitely best suited for adults. The all-night celebration includes music stages, a parade, and plenty of other excitement.

 

Knott’s Scary Farm, through October 31

From late September through Halloween, Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into something a little more sinister. The entire theme park gets in on the action, making it the most haunting Halloween event in Southern California. From haunted houses to mazes to wandering monsters and even haunted midway rides, you should come expecting to scream (especially when you see the creepy clowns). Admission starts at just $40, which isn’t outrageous considering all the costs of production.

 

 

 

 

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!