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.
- 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.
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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.
There’s truly never a bad time to visit Los Angeles. With our perpetual sunny weather, constant influx of entertainment, classic attractions and, of course, our Los Angeles cheap car rental services, the City of Angels is enticing in any season.
But believe it or not, autumn might actually be the best time to check out all that L.A. has to offer. After the summer madness winds down and the temperatures start to cool (slightly), everything continues to heat up in the City of Angels. And if you’re considering a visit this fall, we hope these 10 reasons can convince you.
Remember, Super Cheap Car Rental doesn’t discriminate based on your age. If you’re under 25, check out our underage car rental Los Angeles specials. And if you’d like to stay in L.A. longer than a week (which we hope you will), ask us about our Los Angeles car rental packages.
Here are a few good reasons to book your flight, hotel and rental car in Los Angeles this fall:
- You may find better deals.
It’s no secret that travel in the United States is at its peak in the summertime. Prices on hotels, flights and other activities are often at their highest. Waiting until the month of October to travel could actually save you quite a bit of money. And if you come to L.A., you won’t have to worry about the weather being too cold.
- But speaking of the weather, L.A. autumn temperatures are pretty pleasant.
You won’t see the scorching 100+ degree days of summertime, but you won’t have to bring many sweaters to LA in the fall. The average temperatures in the month of October range between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and it isn’t unheard of to enjoy an 80 degree day even in November.
- The Santa Monica Pier is the perfect place to spend a fall day.
Santa Monica is amazing in any season, but it remains perpetually packed all summer. But when the crowds die down and the weather cools off, a visit to the historic pier is the best experience ever. See why this remains Santa Monica’s hot spot as you explore all it has to offer, from panoramic Pacific Ocean views to carnival rides and ice cream treats from Soda Jerks.
- Get in on the fun fall traditions in L.A.
The Feast of San Gennaro, an Italian tradition that began in 1926, is held on the last weekend of September every year. It’s a great chance to celebrate Italian culture (and eat delicious food). Locations are still being determined for this year’s feast. This is one of many annual fall festivals and activities you’ll be able to find in L.A.
- Sipping your way through wine country is especially beautiful in the fall.
Most people think of Northern California as wine country, but Southern California has plenty of coastal tasting rooms worth checking out. Malibu Family Wines, for example, is open daily through Halloween weekend and has live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Park half a mile away and ride the free shuttle or trolley to the property for your tasting adventure.
- Two words: Fall fashion.
Why not do all of your fall shopping in Los Angeles this year? L.A.’s Fashion Week takes place in early October at Union Station, featuring four consecutive days of runway shows, presentations and parties. But even if you can’t be here for Fashion Week, you can keep up on the current trends from afar and find them in our massive department stores and local boutiques. Imagine having a wardrobe that came straight from Melrose Avenue and Beverly Hills shops.
- The lines at our theme parks will probably be shorter.
If you think Hollywood and our local beaches are crowded during the summer, you should see the likes of Disneyland and Universal Studios. But when the students return to school, you’ll have a better chance of enjoying our theme parks with shorter lines and smaller crowds. Your best bet is to come on a weekday in late September or early October before the holiday rush begins.
- Celebrate Oktoberfest right here in Los Angeles.
There are numerous fun Oktoberfest events in the greater Los Angeles area, and they range from family-friendly fun to adult-oriented beer-drinking entertainment. If you love German culture, come to L.A. in late September or early October. Or, just head to Alpine Village in Torrance – their Oktoberfest celebration lasts a full two months.
- You can still dine outdoors… yes, even on Thanksgiving.
If you’re from most other parts of the country (and the world), September brings a chill to the air that makes dining alfresco rather unpleasant. But not in Los Angeles – we dine outdoors all year here. The temperatures do cool, but nearly every restaurant in the area has patios equipped with heat lamps and blankets to ensure you stay comfortable during your meal.
- Halloween in Los Angeles is amazing.
Whether you have young children and want to treat them to a once-in-a-lifetime Halloween celebration (like Disneyland or Knott’s Scary Farm) or you’d rather put on a costume and enter a contest at a bar or club, there’s truly nothing like Halloween in L.A. If you’re planning an autumn visit, make it Halloween weekend and you’ll have all kinds of amazing options. And since you’ll have your own transportation, you can make it to as many parties as you’d like.
Los Angeles, California is one of the best vacation destinations on Earth. People come from all over the world to get glimpses of Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Venice Beach, Santa Monica and the hundreds upon hundreds of tourist attractions. Visiting the City of Angels is an experience like no other.
But it’s well known that Southern California is not always an affordable place to visit. While Super Cheap Car Rental definitely has the Los Angeles inexpensive car rental you’ll need while you’re here, there are plenty of other ways to save your cash during your vacation. Check out our Los Angeles car rental packages to find the right ride, then use some of our other tips to ensure your vacation stays budget-friendly.
- Consider AirBnB, VRBO or HomeAway for your accommodations.
While it’s not impossible to find budget-friendly hotels in the Los Angeles area, you can often save more money if you consider renting someone’s private apartment or guesthouse instead. Companies like AirBnB offer some very impressive rentals, including luxury beachfront condos and high rise apartments in the heart of Beverly Hills.
But if housekeeping services are a must, sites like Hotwire and Kayak will save you money on hotel rooms. And remember, booking rooms during the week will probably get you a lower rate than a weekend stay.
- Plan ahead and make a budget.
Before you begin your trip, research the Los Angeles area and decide what you’d really like to do. By prioritizing your must-see attractions versus things you would enjoy but that aren’t mandatory, you’ll be able to budget accordingly. Knowing where to splurge and where to save is important.
- Save money on your meals by researching neighborhood happy hours and specials.
Los Angeles restaurants and bar have some excellent happy hours. If you’re near the beach on a Taco Tuesday, you can enjoy a taco feast for a fraction of the normal cost. The best part of planning ahead is that you will be able to research the restaurants in your neighborhood of choice. You may find that a breakfast joint near your hotel offers a weekly all-you-can-eat pancake feast that your whole family can enjoy.
Also, check the events calendar on a site like Discover Los Angeles for food festivals and events. For example, DineL.A. is a 15-day event that takes place twice a year and is meant to showcase some of L.A.’s finest restaurants by offering a reduced price prixe fixe menu.Over 300 local restaurants participate, and the next DineL.A. event is July 14-28.
- Prepare your own food when you can.
Another benefit to renting an AirBnB is the full kitchen you’ll have. Dining out is part of the Los Angeles vacation experience, but the cost of three restaurant meals a day can really add up. Go grocery shopping and buy the basics, and check out the neighborhood Farmers’ Market for local meats and fresh fruits and vegetables.
If you’re staying at a hotel, fill your mini fridge or cooler with fruit, veggies and yogurt, and stock up on easy to store snacks like popcorn. Treating yourself to a few nice meals is essential when you visit L.A., but it will be much easier to stick to your budget if you have snacks on hand and eat at “home” a few times.
- Embrace all the free attractions around you.
It seems that the phrase “the best things in life are free” is especially true in Los Angeles. Some of L.A.’s top free attractions include Griffith Park and the infamous Griffith Observatory, The Getty Center, cruising down Rodeo Drive and walking down the Santa Monica Pier.
Some of Hollywood’s top attraction, like the Walk of Fame, require nothing more than your own two feet to enjoy. Runyon Canyon Park is a great place to go to get a little free exercise. Unless you want your Los Angeles vacation to be nothing but theme parks, the entertainment should be the most affordable part of your trip.
- Hit the beach.
By law, the beaches in California are all public. And by luck, Los Angeles County has a few that are spectacular. The Venice Beach and Santa Monica communities each have their own unique character, and Malibu is laid back and stunning. Hermosa Beach, Long Beach and Manhattan Beach are also beautiful options.
While you’ll find gift shops, restaurants and other attractions in every beach town, spending time on the beach itself doesn’t cost a thing. And since part of the point of taking a vacation is having some downtime, we highly recommend staking out a spot by the ocean and spending a day by the sea sunbathing, reading a good book or playing some beach volleyball. Just don’t forget to invest in some sunscreen.
- Experience the arts.
Los Angeles is a mecca of arts and culture. And believe it or not, most of their museums are affordable to explore – some, like the Getty Center and the Hollywood Bowl Museum, are free. Others have discounted dates or at least one free day per month.
Los Angeles might be the land of the rich and the famous, but it’s entirely possible to enjoy a luxurious vacation here without breaking the bank. We look forward to helping you make that happen.
At Super Cheap Car Rental, we welcome visitors from all over the country and all over the world. We know that international travel is a bit more intimidating than visiting more familiar places, especially when any kind of car rental reservations Los Angeles are involved.
But visiting California from a foreign country should never be scary. In fact, we love showing off our state, and we encourage anyone who wants to visit to do so. We hope these 10 tips will help our customers have a wonderful experience.
- Make sure you have all of your required documents early. This could simply mean having a current passport and an up-to-date ID. But if you’re coming to California on a Temporary Worker’s Visa or you will be an international student, you’ll have a lot more paperwork to worry about. Plan ahead to make sure everything goes smoothly.
- Follow the six month passport rule. If your passport is less than six months from expiring, you might want to consider updating it before you visit. The USA lets you use your passport until the day it expires, but there are a few countries who will deny travelers entry if the passport expires soon in case they get stuck overseas longer than expected. And even though that won’t happen here, it’s always a good idea to plan ahead. And yes, we do think it’s possible that you will fall in love with California and extend your trip. It happens!
- Do a little research. Some spontaneity when you’re traveling is great, but you should still look at maps of the Los Angeles area and familiarize yourself as much as possible. Decide what your must-see attractions are as soon as you can, then figure out exactly where they are. Getting familiar with the area you’re visiting will help ease some of the anxiety you might feel about traveling to a foreign country.
- Remember: The longer you stay, the more discounts you can receive. It may seem counterproductive, but sometimes extending your vacation can actually make your trip more affordable. Many hotels and other vacation rentals offer long-term discounts. Check out our Los Angeles car rental packages or call our office and ask about our long-term rentals for international guests.
- Don’t try to do it all. California is a massive state, and there are beautiful things to see in every county. If seeing San Francisco and San Diego are both on your list of places to see, you’ll either need to stay for quite awhile or plan a second trip. Don’t worry, we will always welcome you back.
- Choose your beaches wisely. When you’re visiting the Los Angeles area, spending some time at a beautiful beach is a must. Santa Monica and Venice Beach are both gorgeous, but they also get very crowded, especially during the summer. To avoid the massive crowds and experience an authentic California beach experience, head to Manhattan Beach, Malibu or Long Beach.
- Go hiking in the city. Not only will you get some great exercise, but you’ll see some of the best views of the Los Angeles area. Griffith Park is one of the best places to hike, especially with their amazing observatory. Runyon Canyon is another popular place for locals to go—you might even see a celebrity sweating next to you on the trail.
- Expect to eat a little differently here. No trip to Los Angeles is complete without a trip (or several) to In N Out, their most famous chain. Food trucks are very popular here, especially if they serve street tacos. The city always seems to be testing the limits with unique and exciting restaurants. Some of these dining experiences may seem strange at first, but don’t be afraid to be adventurous. The food here is delicious.
- If you want to visit one of Southern California’s theme parks, plan ahead and prepare to spend more time and money than you’d anticipated. There’s a reason so many Southern California locals have annual passes to Disneyland. It’s truly the “happiest place on Earth.” But it can also be very expensive and crowded. Avoid peak times, like weekends and school holidays, and see if it would be more cost effective to buy a multi-day pass. Do the same for SeaWorld, Universal Studios or any other park you’d like to see.
- Speaking of spending money, always look for free activities. From parks and Farmers Markets to shows and lectures, the Los Angeles area is full of ways to entertain yourself without spending any money. As a first-time visitor who will be trying to do as much as possible, finding a few free activities will definitely help you save some cash.
Coming to California might seem a little intimidating at first, especially Los Angeles. But the entire West Coast is full of notoriously laid back locals, not to mention millions of international visitors and expats. Most people who visit end up falling in love with it.
School is nearly out for the summer all across the country, and that means both tourists and locals will be out and about in Southern California with their families. Whether you have children of your own or you’re a grandparent or a nanny in charge of little ones, you’re about to have some energetic young people in your care all day who will be ready to have some fun.
There are so many amazing things for families to experience in the greater Los Angeles area. From our beautiful beaches to our internationally known theme parks, the children in your life will never be bored when you’re here. We’d like to suggest a few of our favorite family-friendly attractions, all of which are less than an hour from downtown Los Angeles.
Of course, in order to experience L.A. at its finest, you’ll need reliable transportation. Super Cheap Car Rental’s Los Angeles car rental packages are affordable and convenient, helping you get to where you need to go. If you’re a nanny or an au pair, you’ll be happy to know that our company has many underage renters as customers. In fact, we are the best company for underage car rental Los Angeles deals.
When you and your little ones are ready to explore LA, start with a few attractions from this list.
- The Santa Monica Pier
Kids of all ages (and kids at heart) love the Santa Monica Pier. While it definitely gets crowded, especially during the summer, you can avoid long lines and a packed boardwalk if you go during the week and get there earlier in the day. And even if you have to share the space with many others, you’ll still enjoy the carnival rides, carousels, arcade games, ice cream and people-watching.
And when the kids have had enough (ha!), you can take them down to the beach to run off some of their energy or enjoy a nice picnic. Santa Monica is a beautiful little city, and the beach is the perfect place to be on a hot day.
- El Matador Beach
If you’re looking for something a little more secluded than Santa Monica, you’ll love the vibe at El Matador Beach. Located in Malibu just north of Zuma, this spot is known for its sea caves and unique rock formations. It does get pretty popular here during the summer months, but it’s nowhere near as packed as Venice or Santa Monica. The kids in your care will love being able to roam free and explore.
- The California Science Center
The California Science Center is full of interactive exhibits, live demonstrations and rotating displays, all meant to awaken children’s interest in Science and support learning. Kids love the IMAX theater, but the biggest draw is the space shuttle Endeavor, which is on display in the Samuel Oschin Pavilion.
The science center is open daily from 10 AM until 5 PM, and believe it or not, admission is free.
- Griffith Park
Most people have heard of the Griffith Observatory, which is amazing—but there’s so much more to Griffith Park. You can hike to the Hollywood Sign, explore the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens, or ride a historic merry-go-round.
But the best part of this park for children has to be the Griffith Park Pony Rides. For just $3 each, the kids can ride a slow, medium or fast pony. The park also has three different train rides and a tasty sandwich shop, the Trails Cafe.
- Kidspace Children’s Museum
With more than three acres of interactive exhibits that include a huge ant colony climbing structure and an interactive greenhouse, Pasadena’s Kidspace Children’s Museum is one of the top destinations for LA youngsters. The highlight of the museum has to be the Arroyo Adventure area, where the kids can learn about ecosystems in the best way: By building dams and getting dirty in a mud kitchen. Needless to say, it’s best to bring each child a change of clothes if you visit.
- Grand Park
You’ll find Grand Park on Grand Avenue in downtown LA between the Music Center and City Hall, and this urban oasis is a great place to cool off on a hot day. There’s plenty of green space, fountains and a splash pad here, plus a perfect playground.
- Descanso Gardens
Some days, it’s nice to just relax and let your kids roam free and explore. You can do that at Descanso Gardens, which is located in Flintridge (near Glendale and Pasadena). Not only does this urban retreat have gorgeous gardens you’ll surely appreciate, but it also has events and attractions for little ones.
Don’t miss the Enchanted Railroad, daily story times and the live musical performances that are always family-friendly. Music on the Main takes place on Thursdays from June 15 – August 3 at 6 PM.
- La Brea Tar Pits & Museum
Located in Beverly Hills, the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum has the world’s most famous fossil site from the Ice Age. Children can take an excavator tour of the tar pits to check out the things that scientists are digging up, then explore the museum. There’s even a fossil lab here where your little scientists can see what happens when fossils are found in the tar.
They’re open daily from 9:30 AM until 5 PM. Admission is $12-$19 for adults and $5-$11 for kids, depending on how much you’d like to see.
- Bob Baker Marionette Theater
Since 1963, LA families have enjoyed coming to the Bob Baker Marionette Theater, which is the oldest ongoing puppet theater in the country. The show features hand-crafted puppets your kids are sure to love.
Sorry, parents, nannies and au pairs… we could never leave the Happiest Place on Earth off this list. It may be chaotic, crowded and expensive, but Disneyland is amazing. Taking your little ones to the Magic Kingdom is a rite of passage, and they’ll never stop thanking you for it.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
San Luis Obispo’s Bubble Gum Alley.
This somewhat hidden spot in San Luis Obispo is a great photo op for tourists.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Do you make New Year’s resolutions? What about the much more exciting option of making travel resolutions? They’re definitely a lot more fun to plan, especially when they involve traveling to California. And if you make it a point to set a goal, you’re much more likely to actually achieve it, right?
But since our beautiful state is so vast and full of wonderful places to visit, we thought we’d help you narrow down your list by featuring some of our favorites. Of course, most of these involve driving quite a bit. Especially if you plan to explore more than one destination on your vacation. Check Super Cheap’s Los Angeles car rental packages to see our great fleet of vehicles available for low rates. And remember, we don’t discriminate based on age—so if you’re looking for an underage car rental Los Angeles deal, you’ve found the right company.
The most fun part of your trip, aside from actually experiencing it, will be choosing your destination (or destinations). And out of the dozens and dozens of dreamy destinations in California, these 10 will practically guarantee you a good time.
It may be located just a short drive from the LAX airport and downtown Los Angeles, but Santa Monica feels like a different world. Whether or not you’re traveling with children, a trip to the Santa Monica Pier is a must—the views are beautiful, and they’ve got plenty of fun activities for kids at heart. For a special splurge you’ll never forget, stay at the acclaimed Shutters on the Beach Hotel. Other great accommodation options are The Georgian, a historical landmark rumored to be haunted, and the Fairmont Miramar. The Third Street Promenade has wonderful shops and great restaurants, so plan to spend a full day exploring that area.
Santa Barbara is known as the American Riviera, and you may very well forget you’re in California when you walk through town. Golden hills melt into sparkling seas illuminated by almost constantly sunny skies. Santa Barbara is paradise for foodies. They even offer a self-guided Taco Trail. The Hotel Milo is a wonderful and a reasonably priced hotel. While the Belmond El Encanto is a beautiful option for those able to splurge.
This little city in the desert is a true gem, and that’s why it’s able to uphold such an excellent reputation. Palm Springs is an oasis for the outdoor adventurer, so if you’re into hiking, you’ll love it here. The mid-century modern architecture, Native American heritage, and Hollywood legacy make it the artsy city it is today. You’ll find a wide array of first class resorts and budget-friendly accommodations here.
South Lake Tahoe
Lake Tahoe is one of the largest lakes in the world, which sits in between California and Nevada. The lake activities like swimming and kayaking are amazing, but don’t think you have to visit during summer—this is a great home base for skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling. South Lake Tahoe is geared towards tourism, so you can expect some delicious dining options and cozy places to stay.
Napa is best known for its world class wineries and vineyards, but it’s also a beautiful place to go and relax. Their award-winning spa resorts like The Meritage are perfect for a couple’s escape or a girlfriends’ getaway. Of course, if you’re a wine drinker, a wine tour is a must. You can go all out and book a limo tour or bike through the winding vineyard roads. Don’t forget to check out the neighboring Sonoma County while you’re there.
Monterey isn’t as popular of a place for out of state tourists, but that’s a good thing—if you visit at the right time, you’ll be greeted with reasonable hotel prices and smaller crowds than some of the more well-known beaches. This coastal town has a rich Mexican heritage and rugged landscapes, not to mention art galleries, museums and the world famous Laguna Seca Raceway.
Located in Central California in the San Joaquin Valley, Fresno is the largest city near Yosemite National Park. The city itself has a zoo, wine walks, Broadway shows and plenty of tasty restaurants, not to mention fun seasonal festivals. It also offers a great home base for travelers who want to see Yosemite and Sequoia National Park.
Laguna Beach is gorgeous and glamorous. It’s conveniently located right in between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The Inn at Laguna Beach, the Surf & Sand Resort and The Ranch at Laguna Beach are all amazing places to stay, and Splashes Restaurant is definitely one of the top seafood spots with a view in the entire state. Laguna Beach is the place to go to relax and pamper yourself, but you can also get plenty of outdoor exercise.
California’s charming Dutch village is a beautiful place to spend a day or a weekend. Between the excellent shopping, wonderful dining options and the wine tasting, you’ll feel miles away from the “real world.” The Alisal Guest Ranch & Resort is set on a 10,000 private acre ranch in the heart of Solvang, offering the experience of a true getaway.
Crystal Cove State Park
If you’re more into camping and beach hikes, then you should start exploring big cities. Head to Orange County’s Crystal Cove State Park. The park features 3.2 miles of beach, an offshore underwater area and 2,400 acres of backcountry wilderness. Also, a federally listed Historic District, which is an enclave of 46 rustic coastal cottages originally built as a seaside colony in the 1930s. The cottages have been beautifully restored and are available to rent. Plan ahead because they are often booked about eight months in advance.
We hope your 2017 is full of exciting travels!
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