10 Cities Near The San Francisco Bay You Have To Visit

Did you know Super Cheap has a location near the San Francisco International Airport (SFO)? Super Cheap Car Rental San Francisco is located right across the street from the BART and CalTrain Stations, meaning you’ll have easy access to some of the most beautiful cities in Northern California if you use one of our affordable car rental San Francisco specials.

Since there’s so much to see, renting a vehicle is definitely the best option when you visit the San Francisco area. We have plenty of San Francisco car rental packages available to suit your travel needs. And once you’re behind the wheel, you’ll have hundreds of miles of beautiful destinations to explore. We recommend starting with these 10 cities.

 

  1. Half Moon Bay

Half Moon Bay is a small coastal town that’s about a 50-minute drive from San Francisco, and it’s absolutely idyllic for anyone looking to relax and enjoy the scenery. From the wildflowers to the art to the oceanfront trails, this is the perfect spot to slow down your pace and live in the moment.

Catch a perfect sunset from the Ocean Terrace Bar at the Ritz Carlton, which has delicious specialty cocktails to go with the stunning views. Or schedule a tour with Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and explore the tidepools with the pros.

 

  1. Carmel-By-The-Sea

Speaking of charming beach towns, Carmel-By-The-Sea is a nice, romantic spot about 120 miles south of San Francisco. This sweet little city will give you a small taste of all the best things Northern California has to offer: White sandy beaches, excellent restaurants, European-style streets, a thriving art scene, and even celebrity sightings.

 

  1. Sonoma

In just under an hour, you can drive from San Francisco to one of our most famous wine country spots. While there are plenty of smaller and less touristy towns in the area with some wonderful wineries, Sonoma truly is worth the hype.

Even if you don’t drink vino, you’ll love the other attractions like the historic Sonoma Plaza, the Jack London State Historic Park, and Safari West, an African-inspired safari and nature preserve with 900 exotic animals.

 

  1. Mendocino

Known for its cliffside hiking trails, unique beaches, and Victorian homes, this little coastal city is absolutely magical. This is truly a Northern California destination—it’s a good 160 miles north of San Francisco, but it sometimes takes close to four hours to drive there because of all the winding roads and mountain passes. But once you arrive, you’ll fall in love.

 

  1. Sebastopol

Looking for something quirky and a little unconventional? Sebastopol is a small town in Sonoma County surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards, but it’s far from traditional. Take in some unusual street art, pick your own apples, or check out Aubergine Vintage Emporium, where you truly never know what you’ll find.

 

  1. Gilroy

Who wouldn’t want to visit a place that has proclaimed itself to be the Garlic Capital of the World? Gilroy is about 78 miles away from San Francisco, but you’ll feel like you’re in a completely different world. California’s largest state park, Henry Coe State Park, is here, offering 250 miles of trails. We weren’t kidding about the garlic, either… there’s a Garlic Festival in July and a store called Garlic World.

 

  1. Santa Cruz

In some ways, Santa Cruz is the quintessential beach town―it’s got the classic Beach Boardwalk, the long stretches of shoreline, and some tasty eateries with world class views. It also happens to have a thriving indie music scene and a few impressive historic hotels that date back to the 1800s.

 

  1. Sausalito

Sausalito is a mere 30-minute ferry ride away from San Francisco, and some would say it’s one of the best little seaside towns in the world. Although it’s small in size, Sausalito has everything you could want: wine tasting, art galleries, shops, walkable neighborhoods, and great waterfront dining options.

 

  1. Los Gatos

Located near San Jose, Los Gatos is a small upscale town with plenty of shops and eateries to explore. The Town Plaza is charming and often bustling, making a perfect starting point for a self-guided walking tour. The town is well-known for its enjoyable Farmers Market, which is held on Sundays from 8-12.

 

  1. Capitola

This historic resort town is quite a charmer, and it’s only about 76 miles from San Francisco. Its unusually pleasant weather, natural beauty and atmosphere led to it being a designated resort town called Camp Capitola in 1869, making it the oldest seaside resort town on the Pacific Coast. Capitola Beach is right in the middle of town, and it has a pleasant Mediterranean vibe you won’t find anywhere else.

Capitola is more of a getaway spot for California locals than tourists, so you won’t find as many attractions as you will in other nearby coastal cities. But it has so much natural charm that it doesn’t need them.

 

 

 

 

7 Amazing Day Trips From Los Angeles

Los Angeles is an amazing city, and if you’re visiting soon, you’re very lucky. However, there’s so much to discover in Southern California that it would be well worth it to take a day trip or two out of the city while you’re here. We’ve got plenty of charming small towns and picturesque places that will make you feel like you’re on another planet… but you’ll be back in LA by dinnertime.

Of course, finding the perfect inexpensive car rental Los Angeles deal is the first step to planning any day trip. You’ll be glad you have a rental car during your visit—Los Angeles is much better explored that way. But if you want to escape the city, it’s essential.

Luckily, Super Cheap Car Rental has plenty of Los Angeles car rental reservation packages to choose from. You’ll have your choice of our fleet of reliable vehicles.

Once your car rental reservation is made, all that’s left to do is hit the open road. These destinations are all within a two-hour drive from LA, and they’re all exceptionally fun.

 

Temecula

If lush green hillsides and an abundance of wineries sound like your idea of a good time, you’ll love the Temecula Valley. If you don’t hit traffic (meaning you should leave early), you can get there in less than two hours. Learn about the local history by visiting the Temecula Valley Museum, or go all-out and book a ride on a hot-air balloon with Magical Adventure Balloon Rides.

Of course, the wineries are worth seeing here, so make sure you have a designated driver. Leoness Cellars is a local favorite (mainly for their award-winning restaurant) and Monte De Oro Winery is another top choice.

 

Ojai

Ojai is just a 90-minute drive from downtown LA, but you’ll feel like you’re in another world. You’ll find a lot of charming antique shops and boutiques on Ojai Avenue, and the nearby trails of Los Padres National Forest will bring out your inner adventurer. You can even tour a citrus grove or take a guided horseback tour of some of the top nature spots.

Of course, if you’re looking to relax, Ojai is the perfect place for you. The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has every spa treatment imaginable, and Meditation Mount is the perfect place to catch a sunset.

 

San Juan Capistrano

Want to see an impressive piece of California history? San Juan Capistrano is a 90 minute drive from LA and makes a beautiful off-the-beaten path day trip. The Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776 by Father Junipero Serra and is arguably one of the prettiest missions in the country.

Once you’ve explored the mission, check out the nearby Los Rios Historic District and take yourself on a walking tour. You’ll have plenty of options for delicious food, too—Five Vines is a wine bar with sandwiches and small plates, and Ramos House is a charming and romantic spot serving mouthwatering meals.

 

Joshua Tree National Park

Joshua Tree is about a two-and-a-half hour drive from LA, but you may want to find overnight accommodations if you go. This is truly one of the most incredible places in California (and possibly the world), and you’ll want to explore as much as possible. Between the ancient Joshua trees, giant boulders, desert land, mini mountains and looming cacti, you’ll feel like you’re on another planet (a good one).

 

Palm Springs

Palm Springs is an easy and beautiful two-hour drive from LA. It’s well known as the ultimate vacation destination for those seeking relaxation, culture, and laid-back entertainment, and it lives up to its reputation.

From poolside hangouts to trendy restaurants and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, Palm Springs has everything Los Angeles does, but it’s smaller and more laid back. If you’re a golfer, you’ll love the legendary golf courses here… and if you need a luxurious spa day, you’ve come to the right place. Palm Springs is the perfect place to pamper yourself.

 

Long Beach

Long Beach is a mere 45 minute south of LA, although you’ll want to take traffic into consideration. This charming coastal city has an abundance of tourist activities, ranging from the famous (and haunted) Queen Mary to the Aquarium of the Pacific, you’ll find plenty of attractions, shops, and eateries right on the waterfront.

If you find the Naples neighborhood, be prepared to fall in love. The Italian-inspired community was developed to be the “Dreamland of Southern California,” and it’s hard not to feel dreamy when you’re on an authentic gondola ride.

 

Los Alamos

Located about 140 miles north of LA, Los Alamos was once a major stagecoach stop. It has maintained a charming Old West theme, and it’s so small that it’s still a single stoplight town. Known for its wine tasting rooms, antique shops and art galleries, this is the perfect town to spend a laid back day.

 

10 Good Reasons To Visit San Francisco This Spring

10 Good Reasons To Visit San Francisco This Spring

Depending on what part of the country you call home, you’re either seeing the first hints of spring weather or you’re still stuck under a few feet of snow. Either way, it won’t be long before the weather warms up and the sun emerges—and that means it’s a great time to visit San Francisco.

While the weather in San Francisco isn’t quite as warm as Southern California, April and May are usually sunny and pleasant. Besides, there are plenty of spring events to entice you to book your trip. We’ll give you 10 good reasons to reserve your low-cost car rental San Francisco and visit The Golden City before summer.

 

  1. Check out The California Artisan Cheese Festival in Santa Rosa

Here’s one of the top reasons to check out our San Francisco car rental reservation packages: You can make the hour-long drive to Santa Rosa and enjoy the best cheese of your life, not to mention chat with over 100 artisan cheese and food producers, winemakers, brewers, and chefs. This year’s dates are March 23-25, and tickets cost between $45 and $135, depending on how much you want to see and taste.

 

  1. Three words: Giants baseball games

Whether you’re a diehard baseball fan or you barely know what a strike means, you should still try to see a Giants game while you’re in San Francisco. The energy at AT&T Park is palpable, and you just might leave the stadium a Giants fan. Either way, you’ll have a blast at the game.

 

  1. Taste a bunch of wine in Mendocino…

On Saturday, April 7, more than 30 local wineries will be pouring at A Taste of Mendocino, an upscale tasting event that also features delicious bites from artisanal food producers. And if you like what you taste, you can buy wine, cider, craft spirits and food to take home with you. The cost of this event is $60.

 

  1. … or, visit this actual farmers market for wine.

On April 7 and April 8, the San Francisco Vintners Market will set up at City View at Metreon to connect with other wine lovers. Try a few samples, then buy wine from over 200 wineries, including some small family-owned places you may never be able to buy from otherwise. You’ll want to bring an extra suitcase if you plan to attend this event.

 

  1. Take in some beautiful spring cherry blossoms (for free)

From April 14-April 22, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be celebrating the gorgeous blooms in Japantown. The event is also a celebration of Asian traditions, with food booths, live music, martial arts, and a big parade on April 22. The cherry blossoms alone are totally worth the visit.

 

  1. Celebrate Earth Day San Francisco-style

It should come as no surprise that Earth Day is a special day in this hippie-friendly city. On April 21, celebrate with the Earth Day street fair that runs from 11 AM – 7 PM. Between the live music, keynote speakers, organic food vendors and the eco-fashion show, it’s easy to spend hours at the Civic Center Plaza. Also, the event is free.

 

  1. Check out Opening Day on the Bay

Opening Day on the Bay is a long-standing local tradition, marking the official arrival of “boating season.” There’s a parade of boats you can see from the waterfront, and plenty of boats you can buy tickets to board. This year’s Opening Day will be April 22.

 

  1. Dance your way through the city

If you have a dance background or you just love it (or want to learn), visit San Francisco between April 27 and May to take advantage of Dance Week. The event is free and includes 700 performances, classes and workshops. The Bay Area has one of the largest and most active dance communities in the country, so this is a great opportunity to learn.

 

  1. Experience the infamous Bay to Breakers

The Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers 12K is San Francisco’s craziest foot race. And whether you go with the intention of exercising or just to observe and cheer on the runners, you’ll want to wear some kind of costume. This year’s race is on May 20.

 

  1. Connect with other cultures at Carnaval

Can you tell San Francisco is a city that loves its festivals? On May 26 and 27, Harrison between 16th and 24th Streets converts into Carnaval, the city’s most festive multicultural celebration. Enjoy cuisine from around the world, a wide variety of music, and the Grand Parade (on May 27). Best of all, admission is free.

Of course, you’ll find plenty of other spring events and activities in San Francisco, not to mention the classic amenities that make the city so famous. Super Cheap Car Rental San Francisco has a location directly across the street from the BART and CalTrain Stations at SFO.

 

5 Reasons Why Rental Cars Are Better Than Ride Shares

There is no denying that Uber, Lyft, and other rideshare companies have changed the landscape of ground transportation. Yet, while ride-hailing services have nearly replaced old-school taxis and shuttles, this does not mean that they’re always the smartest option. Renting a car in states like California where travelers cover a lot of ground is often the best route, especially for active travelers who seek greater independence.

Here are just a few advantages that renting a car offers:

Cost
Do the math—often times, it is less expensive to rent a car. If you’re traveling solo but for more than a few days, or if you’re traveling with your family, it can be much more cost-efficient to rent. Uber and other ride-hailing services are cost-efficient for short distances, but longer distances can take a toll on your wallet—especially for round trips. When you rent a car from Super Cheap Car Rental, you’ll save more than with other rental companies—even foreign and underage renters see cost savings. Scroll down to see a sample price comparison for popular routes.

Flexibility
When you rely solely on ride-sharing companies, you are at the mercy of the company when it comes to how far you can travel. For example, if you are staying in Los Angeles and spontaneously decide to take a few days to visit Palm Spring, you may find that your destination is outside of their service area. All Super Cheap Car Rental local vehicles come with unlimited miles in the area of rental, and travel cares to include unlimited miles within California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and Washington, so you will never feel limited with where you can travel.

Comfort
Renting a car is much more comfortable than traveling in a ride share. Getting into the front seats is preferred for most—definitely for those who experience motion sickness. Rental cars also work better for those traveling with their families or larger groups. You can typically rent a car big enough for everyone in your party to fit in, while you may have to split up your group if you choose to ride share. Plus, you can listen to the music you like when you rent a car.

Safety
Renting a car is by far the safest option when it comes to travel. More and more news stories have come to the surface revealing crimes against rideshare passengers. Getting into a car with a stranger is a gamble, especially when you’re coming from a different state or country and don’t already know your way around. While companies like Uber state that they screen their drivers thoroughly, it’s difficult to know how efficient and stringent their process is. When it comes to avoiding accidents, many feel safer when they are behind the wheel themselves or know the driver well.

Availability
It can be difficult or more expensive to catch an Uber or Lyft in more remote areas, during special occasions and on holidays. Sometimes urban areas have little to no availability during rush hour, early in the morning and late at night. If you’ve ever tried to hail a ride after leaving a popular destination or special event like a concert, you may have already experienced the inconvenience of waiting for extended periods for a ride. When you rent a car, you have the freedom to come and go exactly when you want to.

Trip Quality
Whether you’re on business or vacation, having a rental car at your disposal makes your trip more pleasant. It allows you to take side trips, see more sights and enjoy the perks of having your own car while you’re away. You can rent that car you always wanted but doesn’t make sense to drive at home or just enjoy driving a different type of vehicle. Always wanted a convertible? A trip to California is the perfect place to test one out.

Be sure to research your options and consider the many benefits of renting when planning your trip. Check out some of these sample Uber fares within Los Angeles and San Francisco. Note: These rates DO NOT include surge pricing (and we all know how Uber loves to surge!)

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Beverly Hills to Malibu

 

Santa Monica to San Diego

 

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San Francisco to Napa Valley

Students: Here’s Where To Go On Spring Break In Southern California

If you’re a college student, and international student, a teacher, or just someone with some vacation time saved up, the most wonderful time of the year is approaching… and we’re not talking about Christmas. Spring break is a time to set aside your troubles and travel somewhere amazing with people you love (or solo if you need some peace and quiet).

Of course, there’s really no better place on the planet to spend your spring break than Southern California. Los Angeles County and Orange County especially have some must-see spots, but you’ll find amazing attractions, resorts and dining options everywhere. And with your low-cost car rental Los Angeles option from Super Cheap, you can see it all.

These are some of our top picks for a Southern California spring break in 2018.

 

Laguna Beach

Laguna Beach is the gem of Orange County. The trendy little beach town is perfect for fashionable people who love art and culture—you’ll find quite a few art galleries, museum, shops and fine dining establishments here. There are typically a lot of spring events at Laguna too, so take a look at the local schedule.

 

Venice Beach

If you prefer more of a party atmosphere, Venice Beach is the place for you. This is, by far, the biggest party beach in Southern California, and there’s never a dull moment here. Aside from the quirky shops, beautiful beach and never-ending party, Venice Beach does have a quiet side in the form of canals, just like the ones in Italy.

Best of all, Venice Beach is close to LAX Airport, so you can drive your rental car to your hotel, park, and relax for the rest of the week. Super Cheap has plenty of Los Angeles car rental reservation packages to choose from.

 

San Diego

There’s never a bad time to visit San Diego, but springtime there is especially delightful. If you’re traveling with your family, attractions like the San Diego Zoo, SeaWorld and Legoland in Carlsbad will keep your little ones (and you) happily entertained. Pacific Beach is the place to hang out when you’re traveling with friends, and you’ll also find plenty of relaxing resorts if you’re on a couple’s getaway.

 

Santa Barbara

Looking for a relaxing retreat? Head to Santa Barbara, often referred to as the American Riviera. Here you’ll find golden hillsides that spill into the sea, red tile roofs, and perpetually sunny skies. Taste wine, check out the shops and wander the Museum Mile, which features 12 downtown museums mixed in with local cuisine and cocktails.

 

Hermosa Beach

Perhaps an active spring break is what you’re looking for. Hermosa Beach has a beautiful boardwalk and doesn’t get as crowded as some of the others in the area, so you can bike, jog or rollerblade without worry. Hermosa is also a popular place to surf.

 

Big Bear Lake

Sometimes spring break isn’t all about the sunshine. Spending your days in Big Bear gives you a “best of both worlds” experience—you’ll find snowy hills perfect for skiing or tubing, fishing, boating and other outdoor recreation. If you’re feeling especially adventurous, you can go on a zip line tour or a snowshoe tour.

 

Santa Monica

While you won’t find much solitude in Santa Monica, you will find a beautiful pier that both children and kids at heart enjoy. A ride on the Ferris wheel gives you amazing views, and we highly recommend timing your ride right… the sunsets here are breathtaking. The charming little beach town is extremely walkable, and you’ll never be far from great restaurants and bars.

 

Avalon

Cruise out to Catalina Island and spend a peaceful week in Avalon, one of the most beloved coastal communities in all of Southern California. Quaint and picturesque, this is the ultimate place to relax and enjoy the sounds of the ocean.

 

San Clemente

San Clemente is known as the Spanish Village by the Sea. This serene little Orange County hideaway is a local secret, but they won’t mind if you discover it, as long as you’re polite. Del Mar Street is a shopper’s paradise, and the San Clemente Coastal Trail is the perfect place to burn off all the calories you’ll indulge in (the restaurants here are great). And nothing tops seeing the sunset from the San Clemente Pier.

These are some spectacular Southern California destinations. If you can’t decide between them, Super Cheap Car Rental can help you take a road trip and explore them all.

 

 

 

 

10 Out-of-the-Box Adventures to Enjoy in Los Angeles

10 Out-of-the-Box Adventures to Enjoy in Los Angeles

It’s no secret that Los Angeles is an incredibly unique place. From its rich history to its Hollywood culture, theme parks and extraordinary attractions, there’s truly no other place like it in the world.

But if you’ve been to LA before—or you simply prefer a creative vacation—you might be ready to skip the standard attractions and experience something truly out-of-the-box. And luckily, there are plenty of ways to do that.

But there’s one standard vacation practice you should adhere to when you visit the LA area: Renting a car. You can count on an inexpensive car rental Los Angeles experience when you use Super Cheap Car Rental. Our rentals are much less expensive than the cost of rideshare services, and we’ll help you experience LA on your own terms. And remember, we specialize in underage car rental Los Angeles specials, so you won’t be discriminated against based on your age.

When you’re ready for a truly unique LA experience, just incorporate a few of these into your vacation. You’ll make some amazing memories and have a blast.

 

Catch a movie… at a cemetery

You’ll find outdoor movies all over Los Angeles, but not quite as interesting as the films shown at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The summer series is hosted by Cinespia, and if you’re in LA during a showing, you should definitely go. Just make sure to get there early to snag a good spot on the Fairbanks Lawn.

 

Walk through an abandoned zoo

The former Griffith Park Zoo, which opened in 1912, is now abandoned and known as the “Old Zoo.” The Old Zoo was abandoned when a larger, more modern version opened nearby, but you can still tour the old grounds, which are rumored to be haunted. The address is 5400 Griffith Park Drive.

 

Explore the weirdest museum you’ll ever see

The next time you’re in LA, go to Chinatown and find Velveteria, one of the city’s most bizarre museums. The “museum” is actually more of a gallery of one couple’s love for velvet paintings. The collection features 3,000 paintings from around the world. Admission is $10, and they’re open every day except Tuesday.

 

Speaking of museums, this one is super sinister

It takes a certain type of person to be interested in the Museum of Death, which was founded in San Diego in 1995. In 2000, James Healy moved the museum to its current LA location (on Hollywood Boulevard), where it features the largest collection of serial murder artwork, photos from crime scenes, and other creepy relics.

If you think seeing autopsy instruments, a collection of body bags and coffins, and the Heaven’s Gate Cult recruiting video sounds interesting, the Museum of Death is definitely the place for you.

 

Eat at the fanciest diner in the city

The Fountain Coffee Room is located at the Beverly Hills Hotel, and walking inside feels like stepping back in time. This classic counter-service diner has been open since 1949, and its banana leaf wall decor with blush pink accents will charm you. Marilyn Monroe used to sip milkshakes here, and Guns N’ Roses signed a contract at the diner’s counter.

 

Experience the food truck festival of your dreams

First Friday at Abbot Kinney is a must-see for all foodies. On the first Friday of every month, LA’s best food trucks gather on Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice. The event typically lasts from about 6 PM until midnight, but the earlier you can arrive, the better. There’s truly something for everyone, from short rib tacos to fancy grilled cheese creations.

 

While you’re in Venice, check out the canals

Not to be outdone by Venice, Italy, California has its own version of the Venice Canals. The peaceful canals are located just a few blocks away from the eccentric Venice Beach, offering a restful respite from the chaos. Most tourists don’t even know the canals exist, so you’ll have the pleasure of experiencing LA like a local.

 

Observe the Griffith Observatory Tesla Coil

Tesla himself designed this coil to someday transport the world’s electricity by air. While that sadly hasn’t happened, it’s still a unique and interesting sight to see. The Tesla Coil is enclosed in a newly designed alcove, and it’s free to see anytime during normal Griffith Park hours.

 

Stock up on soda

If you’re a fan of soda, you’ll be amazed by the selection at Galco’s Soda Pop Stop on York Boulevard. Not only can you find over 500 flavors here (including obscure creations like rose water), but the owner, John F. Nese, is extremely knowledgeable on matters of soda flavors. Stock up on some sweet souvenirs to take home.

 

Tour the city’s coolest cathedral

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels opened in 2002, designed to replace the Cathedral of Saint Vibiana, which was severely damaged in the 1994 earthquake. The building stands as a monument to Saint Vibiana, a third-century Roman martyr and patron saint of Los Angeles. Not much is known about Vibiana herself, as her body was laid to rest with only a vial of blood, a laurel wreath, and a tablet.

It’s possible to visit Los Angeles 100 times and have 100 different experiences. Make each of your trips unique.

 

 

 

 

The 10 Historical Attractions In Southern California You Have To See

Historical Attractions In Southern California

What comes to mind when you think of visiting Los Angeles or Orange County? While our beautiful beaches, thrilling theme parks, and shopping districts are definitely amazing, every visitor should take the time to explore some of our top historic attractions. Southern California has a rich and fascinating history, and some of that has been well-preserved and documented for your knowledge and enjoyment.

And with the right rental car, you’ll have the freedom to explore any historic sites that pique your curiosity. Check out our Los Angeles car rental packages and we’ll find you the perfect reliable vehicle for your trip. And if you’re flying into John Wayne Airport, we’ll have your affordable car rental Orange County ready and waiting.

There are all kinds of fascinating historical attractions in Southern California. But if you can find the time, we recommend these as our “top 10.” Check out as many of them as you can and you’ll have a great (and educational) vacation.

 

Mission Inn, Riverside

In 1876, Frank Miller arrived in Riverside seeking a warmer climate. He founded the Mission Inn, which started as a 12-room boarding house and is now a much more expansive space. The Spanish Mission-style architecture is beautiful, and the inn maintains much of its original charm.

There are several elegant dining options (as well as a cupcake shop and a tasting room) on the property, but if you have the time, you’ll definitely want to spend the night. The luxurious rooms as well worth the splurge.

 

La Brea Tar Pits and Museum, Los Angeles

These tar pits are interesting not only because of their history, but because they’re right in the middle of urban LA. The La Brea Tar Pits date back about 50,000 years, 65 million years after dinosaurs went extinct. The museum displays Ice Age fossils from 10,000 to 40,000 years ago, so it’s a must-see for anyone interested in our prehistoric past.

 

The Witch’s House (The Spadena House), Beverly Hills

This storybook house in Beverly Hills was designed by Harry Oliver, a Hollywood art director who went on to play a major role in Storybook architecture. The original inhabitants, the Spadina family, lent the house their name. The house has appeared in many movies over the years.

 

The Gamble House, Pasadena

Originally intended as a winter home for David and Mary Gamble (and Jeremy Case), the Gamble House is a National Historic Landmark and museum commonly described as America’s Arts and Crafts masterpiece. They offer tours any day of the week, but they’re by reservation only on some days, so check the website before you go.

 

Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, Los Angeles

Located in San Gabriel, this historic landmark was built in 1771. It’s still a fully functional Roman Catholic mission that attracts visitors from all over the world. There is even an onsite museum.

 

The San Buenaventura Mission, Ventura

San Buenaventura was the 9th Spanish Mission to be established in California, dating all the way back to 1782. Located in downtown Ventura, the property is absolutely gorgeous, and it’s often called the Mission by the Sea.

 

Beach Boys Historic Landmark, Hawthorne

If you were ever a Beach Boys fan, head to Hawthorne and check out the site of the childhood home of Brian, Dennis, and Carl Wilson. Located at 3701 W. 119th Street, the monument stands at the former location of the house, which was demolished in the mid-80s during construction of the Century Freeway. Harry Jarnagan came up with the idea, and the venture was supposed by music industry nobles like Dick Clark.

 

Avila Adobe, Los Angeles

This adobe house was built by Don Francisco Avila in 1818, making it the oldest existing house in LA. If you’re a fan of old architecture, this building will definitely impress you.

 

Merced Theatre, Merced

The Merced is the only surviving theatre building in Los Angeles County, although it isn’t the city’s first theatre. It does date all the way back to 1871, so seeing it is pretty impressive. The theatre is currently being transitioned into a home for LA’s public access cable channel.

 

Dana Point, Orange County

Named after Richard Henry Dana, who visited here in 1835, Dana Point is one of the few harbors along the Orange County coast. The cove beneath, El Embarcadero, was used in trading with Mission San Juan Capistrano. It’s the site of at least one pirate landing, in 1818, by Hipolito Bouchard.

If you can’t make it to many historic sites and attractions during your visit to Southern California, make it a point to visit one of our most famous museums, like the Los Angeles County Museum of Art or the world famous Getty Center.

 

The Ultimate Guide To Saving Money On Your San Francisco Vacation

The Ultimate Guide To Saving Money On Your San Francisco Vacation

San Francisco is one of the most popular places in the state of California to visit, and for good reason—it’s incredible. It can also be very, very expensive to enjoy, dashing the hopes of many middle-class Americans.

But it doesn’t have to be that way. San Francisco may be one of the most expensive cities in the country to live, but it is possible to enjoy a vacation there without breaking the bank. And Super Cheap Car Rental can help.

San Francisco does have a good public transportation system, but the easiest and quickest way to explore the city and the surrounding areas is by renting a car. The idea of a San Francisco inexpensive car rental might seem unrealistic, but at Super Cheap, we pride ourselves on having plenty of affordable options. And remember, we specialize in San Francisco underage car rental, so you won’t be punished for being a younger renter.

Here are our other tips for saving money on your vacation to the City by the Bay:

 

Dining Out

There’s no doubt about it, San Francisco is the perfect city for foodies. The dining scene is like no other, but unfortunately, the prices can be pretty hefty.

To save on your restaurant bills, try to time your trip around San Francisco Restaurant Week, which takes place in both January and June. When you arrive, download the Groupon and LivingSocial apps to see if there are any specials you can utilize while you’re there. And definitely, do your research on local happy hours—many of the top restaurants and bars have great food specials as long as you’re willing to eat early (or in some cases, late).

 

Accommodations

When it comes to San Francisco hotels, your best bet is to do your research. Some of them are always expensive, but some hotels offer significantly more affordable rates in the offseason or during the week. Look for places that are slightly off the beaten path or offer deals, such as free parking and free continental breakfast.

And don’t forget about vacation rental sites like VRBO and AirBnB. In a city as large as San Francisco, you’ll have plenty of options and could end up saving some serious cash.

 

Affordable Attractions

You don’t have to spend a fortune to explore the City by the Bay. Many of the top attractions are either free or very affordable. It costs nothing to take photos of Haight & Ashbury, the Golden Gate Bridge, or Fisherman’s Wharf.

If you’ll be in the city for a week or will have lots of time for sightseeing invest in a San Francisco CityPASS that’s good for admission to various attractions, unlimited ride on the historic cable car, and even a San Francisco Bay Cruise. If you want to see a show, visit the Cheap Tix booth in Union Square for same-day discounts on all kinds of local performances.

 

Free Things To Do

Want to save a lot of money? Explore one of San Francisco’s many free attractions. Here are some of our top suggestions:

  • Go for a drive in your rental car on the 49-Mile Drive, which is a fantastic way to see some of the best local sights. And all it will cost you is a little gas money.
  • Explore Chinatown on foot.
  • Walk through Golden Gate Park, one of the most iconic attractions.
  • And, of course, you can always walk across the Golden Gate Bridge for free.
  • Stroll along the waterfront, checking out Pier 39 and Fisherman’s Wharf.
  • Walk down the “crookedest” Lombard Street.
  • Simply sit and people watch in Union Square.

 

Free Tours

If you’d like to tour the City by the Bay for free, you’ll have several options. Plan and research ahead of time so you’ll have an idea of the way things work.

  • City Guides is a company that hires volunteer guides to give daily tours at locations around the city. These are often given by longtime locals who really know their stuff. Some of the most popular tours include Chinatown, the Palace Hotel, and Fisherman’s Wharf. Donations are appreciated, but they are not required.
  • Free Tours by Foot also gives free walking tours, but they’re really more of a “name your own price” company. You can get by with not paying, but it’s best to tip at least a little.
  • Urban hikes are also free, and you’ll get some great exercise to boot. The Crissy Field Walk is considered one of the best urban walks in the nation, while the Telegraph Hill Hike is slightly steeper and more challenging.

 

Free museum admission

If you want to visit the Cable Car Museum or the San Francisco Fire Museum, rejoice: Admission is always free. You can also enjoy the Wells Fargo History Museum free of charge, and while most of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art has an admission fee, you can browse the gift shop and the ground floor exhibits for free.

San Francisco is a beautiful city, and by doing your research and planning ahead, you can enjoy an affordable and fun experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Southern California Cities You’ve Never Heard of But Have to Visit

Cities like Los Angeles and San Diego are internationally known, and for good reason—they’re full of fun (and famous) things to do. But there are also plenty of mid-sized cities and small coastal towns so charming, they’re worth exploring, at least for a day or two.

If you’re planning to visit the Los Angeles area in the near future, you should stay as long as possible and check out some of the surrounding areas. Super Cheap’s Los Angeles car rental packages make it easy—we want you to stay and explore as long as you’d like. And with plenty of budget-friendly car rental Los Angeles options to choose from, you’ll have plenty of cash leftover to help you enjoy your trip to the fullest.

If you’re not familiar with the Los Angeles area, you’ve probably never heard of these 10 Southern California spots. These are just a few of the cities and towns we highly recommend visiting on your next vacation here.

 

  1. Balboa Island

Newport Beach is a charming nautical town about 45 miles south of Los Angeles, and it makes for a great day trip. Balboa Island is accessible by car or by ferry, and it’s a truly magical place that everyone should experience at least once. Everything seems frozen in time here, from the candy stores and swimsuit shops to the old Bay Arcade and the Balboa Fun Zone.

 

  1. Solvang

To those from out of state, Solvang may be a mystery. But to those who call Southern California home, it’s the perfect tourist destination. This old world Danish community is really something special, and if you like wine, it’s even better. We highly recommend making an overnight trip to Solvang from Los Angeles—it’s about a two-hour drive, and there’s enough to see that you’ll want to spend a night.

 

  1. Encinitas

Surf’s up! This little beach town has a claim to fame: It’s home to Swamis Beach, the surf spot the Beach Boys sang about in their song “Surfin’ USA.” The surfing here is, obviously amazing. But even if you’d rather not try it, you can check out the beach views from the nearby meditation garden. The botanical gardens and ecological reserve here are also not to be missed.

 

  1. Los Olivos

Los Olivos is a tiny town in the Santa Ynez Valley, located about 130 miles north of Los Angeles. And what it lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in beauty and charm. In the downtown area, you’ll discover wine tasting rooms, upscale restaurants, craft breweries, boutiques and galleries for browsing.

 

  1. Morro Bay

If you decide to visit Morro Bay, plan on spending the night in the area—the drive from Los Angeles takes about four hours. Famous for Morro Rock, an enormous volcanic plug that sits right on the beach, this is a total Instagram-worthy spot. And if you love the outdoors, check out the many coastal hikes and bird-watching spots at the Morro Bay Estuary.

 

  1. Solana Beach

Located slightly north of San Diego, Solana Beach is often overshadowed by the neighboring town of Del Mar, but it can certainly hold its own. The Cedros Avenue Design District is home to dozens of retailers and art galleries, and the streets are lined with tantalizing restaurants and craft breweries. Solana Beach is also a great place to go vintage shopping.

 

  1. Coronado

The main attraction of San Diego’s neighbor, Coronado, is definitely the impressive historic Hotel Del Coronado. Built in 1888, this impressive structure just gets better with age. Spend the day relaxing on the property and enjoying the beautiful beaches that surround it.

 

  1. Wrightwood

Peaceful and picturesque, Wrightwood is located a mere hour from Los Angeles, but you’d never know it. Featuring amazing mountain views and a laid-back vibe, this town is mainly known as a ski destination, but there’s plenty to explore in the offseason as well.

 

  1. Torrance

Torrance is actually located on the outskirts of LA, and it’s one of the city’s best-kept secrets. Filled with leisurely shopping spots, delicious cuisine, craft breweries and remarkably uncrowded beaches, it’s perfect for those who desire a more laid back vacation while being close to the excitement of Los Angeles.

 

  1. Santa Margarita

Santa Margarita is the tiny town located just north of the more popular city of San Luis Obispo. The main attraction here is the Margarita Adventures zip lines, which allow you to fly right over pinot noir vineyards. This “only in California” experience is an absolute must, as is soothing your nerves afterward at the ranch’s Ancient Peaks Winery tasting room.

 

 

 

Here’s Everything You Need To Do In Orange County In 2018

Here’s Everything You Need To Do In Orange County In 2018

Orange County is one of the most beautiful parts of California (and the United States). While most first-time Cali visitors tend to stick to LA, there’s a lot to be seen in the county that lies just south, and we’re not just talking about Disneyland. Make 2018 the year you book a flight, secure your car rental reservations Orange County through Super Cheap Car Rental, and explore this amazing area.

Of course, a weekend in beautiful Southern California isn’t enough… and sometimes, even a full week is too short to see everything you’re hoping to see. Luckily, Super Cheap has some excellent Orange County long-term car rental terms to ensure you’ll have your perfect vehicle for as long as you need it.

If you’re coming to Orange County this year, enjoy this list of must-see attractions. While you could come to the OC a dozen times and never see everything, these spots will give you an incredible start.

 

Laguna Beach

Without a doubt, Laguna Beach is the absolute gem of Orange County. Located halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego, it’s a true year-round paradise. The little oceanside town is downright charming, and the beach itself is beautiful.

Aside from long beach walks (which you’ll want to enjoy frequently), a few of the best things to do in Laguna Beach include whale watching, shopping, the Laguna Art Museum and the Pacific Marine Mammal Center. There are also plenty of tasty restaurants to enjoy.

 

Long Beach

Long Beach is basically one giant playground with something for everyone. Home of the historic (and haunted) ship, the Queen Mary, this tourist-friendly town is a must-see. Check out the Aquarium of the Pacific, stroll along the pier, and catch a show at the Art Theatre of Long Beach. You’ll never be bored here.

 

Sherman Library and Gardens

Located in Corona del Mar, the Sherman Library and Gardens is a 2.2-acre horticultural retreat. You’ll discover a museum of living plants, breathtaking gardens, and conservatories linked together by brick walkways lined with flowers. Frequent events, such as movie nights an afternoon tea services, are also a big draw.

 

Huntington Beach Pier

Huntington Beach captures the spirit of “Surf City,” and the pier is a local icon. The structure dates all the way back to 1904 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. A severe storm in the 1980s tried to take it out, but it was quickly rebuilt and now stretches 1.850 feet into the ocean. That makes it the longest pier on the entire West Coast.

 

Fullerton Arboretum

For a mere $5 donation, you can spend an afternoon relaxing in nature. The Fullerton Arboretum is open daily from 8 AM until 4:30, and it’s full of beautiful gardens and exhibits. If you can bear to be away from the beach for a day, these sights will make it all worth it.

 

Mission San Juan Capistrano

If you’re a history buff, you’ll definitely want to see San Juan Capistrano’s mission. Founded by Spanish Catholics of the Franciscan Order in 1776, it’s incredible that the majority of it is still standing. You can take a guided tour here for a mere $3, or wander around yourself and explore the beautiful grounds.

 

Crystal Cove State Park

Visiting Crystal Cove State Park, which is located off the Pacific Coast Highway between Laguna Beach and Corona del Mar, feels a bit like going back in time. As one of Orange County’s last remaining examples of open space and natural seashore, it features over three miles of beach and a whopping 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness. Make sure you check out the Historic District, a cluster of 46 vintage cottages built in the 1930s and 40s that are available for rent (but tend to be booked almost a year in advance).

 

Balboa Pier

If you get the chance to check out Newport Beach, head to the iconic Balboa Pier to catch the sunset. Constructed in 1906 as a sister project of the Balboa Pavilion, it has attracted multitudes of beachgoers over the years. If you’re hungry, enjoy a meal and a milkshake at Ruby’s Diner, which sits right on the pier.

 

Fashion Island

If you love shopping (or if you just forgot some vacation essentials and you need a few things), you’ll love Fashion Island, Orange County’s largest shopping center. Not only will you find some great familiar stores, but if you have time, you can even enjoy the wardrobe and styling experiences of your own personal shopper. Fashion Island is located at 01 Newport Center Drive in Newport Beach.

 

Bolsa Chica State Beach

Located in the beautiful Huntington Beach community, Bolsa Chica State Beach is known as a nirvana for newbies. Known for welcoming novice surfers, swimmers and fisherman (due to the shallow water and small waves), this is a great place to visit if you’re curious about surfing… or if you’d just like to watch others attempt it. The beach has outdoor showers, public restrooms, volleyball courts and basketball courts, and the 200 fire rings are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

 

Disneyland

This one goes without saying… but we had to mention it. After all, how can you visit Orange County without going to the Happiest Place on Earth? Disneyland remains just as magical as it always was, and now there are plenty of other nearby theme parks to choose from should you decide that the Magic Kingdom isn’t for you.

Maximize your Disney time by visiting in the offseason (avoid holidays and school vacations). Buying tickets online will save you from waiting in line, and if you pack in your own picnic food, you’ll save both money and time.