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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 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.

 

 

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.

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

Super Cheap Welcomes International Guests With Temporary Worker Visas

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

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

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

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

 

Hollywood

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

 

Long Beach

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

 

Griffith Observatory

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

 

La Brea Tar Pits 

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

 

The Santa Monica Pier

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

 

Joshua Tree National Park

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

 

The Getty Center

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

 

San Diego

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

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

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

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

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

The Griffith Observatory

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

Torrance

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

Long Beach

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

Balboa Island

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

Laguna Beach

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

Carlsbad

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

Temecula

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

Lake Elsinore

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Point Arena

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

Pescadero

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

Capitola

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

Davenport

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

Carpinteria

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

Oxnard

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

Oceanside

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

Cayucos

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

San Pedro

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

Avila Beach

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

Playa del Rey

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

Dana Point

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Trees of Mystery.

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

  2. Bravo Farms, Traver.

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

  3. San Luis Obispo’s Bubble Gum Alley.

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

  4. Santa Cruz Mystery Spot.

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

  5. Winchester Mystery House.

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

  6. Bottle Tree Ranch.

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

  7. Desert Christ Park.

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

  8. Salvation Mountain.

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

  9. Charlie Brown Farms.

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

  10. Underground Gardens.

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

  11. Nitt Witt Ridge.

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

  12. Chandelier Drive Thru Tree.

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

  13. Toads Hollow.

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

  14. Surfboard Museum in Taco Joint.

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

  15. The Queen Mary.

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

  16. Cat in the Hat Town.

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

  17. Mission San Luis Rey.

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

Happy New Year!

The Top 10 Places In California To Visit For The Holidays

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

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

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

Mendocino

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

Solvang

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

Fresno

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

Newport Beach

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

Santa Monica

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

Big Bear Lake

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

Los Angeles

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

Palm Springs

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

San Diego

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

Julian

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

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