Las Vegas

Where can we even start with car-rental advice for the great enigma in the desert that is Sin city Las Vegas Nevada? Of all the different travel destinations in the world, Las Vegas is quite possibly the best and the most iconic place from which to start a road trip, essentially because you could just […]

Category: USA

Atlanta

Fly drive — Atlanta is the busiest airport in the world, and whilst the vast majority of these flights, domestic routes within the USA is still a gateway city with connections to many airports in Europe. This makes Atlanta an obvious point for picking up a rental car and going on a road trip. Poor public […]

Category: USA

Boston

The Massachusetts state capital is perhaps best known for its educational institutions, and Harvard University is even situated in the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Boston also developed the first, and still one of the best, underground systems in the USA, so is there any need to hire a car there? Leaf fall — New England […]

Category: USA

Key West

Situated right on the western tip of the Florida keys, Key West is literally situated at the end of the road, as far as driving within the United States is concerned. This might make it a natural consideration for being the start or end of some phenomenal road trip, but in reality, the chances are […]

Category: USA

San Francisco

Pacific Highway — whether you drive Northwest or Southeast toward Los Angeles, the Pacific Highway (Highway 1) is one of the great driving roads of the USA. Redwoods — carry on up the Pacific Highway towards the border with Oregon, and you can visit the dramatic redwoods National Park, where you will encounter the tallest […]

Category: USA

Anchorage

Anchorage has been one of the great surprises in doing research for Car or no Car. The natural starting point is that Alaska is a vast open state with such spectacular scenery that the only way to do it justice is by car – why even think about a yes or no question? Further research […]

Category: USA

Las Vegas Road Trip Ideas

This article is part of our list of “The World’s 10 best places to start a road trip“. It looks at a range of trip options around Vegas, rather than taking a focus on any one single route. When it comes to road trips, or in particular road trip movies, nothing gets better than Sin […]

Orlando

Orlando Vroom? Orlando is one of those popular family holiday spots where car hire is a natural addition to the flight purchase. So, is it possible to enjoy a week or so in Orlando without renting a car? Obvious isn’t it? This is the USA, and doesn’t everyone drive? This isn’t just about Orlando. There […]

Category: USA

Denver

The mile high city sits dramatically beneath the imposing peaks of the Rocky Mountains and is Gateway to some amazing skiing country, not to mention the numerous other outdoor pursuits that can be enjoyed around the year. Does that make this a pretty obvious place to get a rental car, or can you get around without […]

Category: USA

Chicago

Great Lakes — To get around the city of Chicago itself, there really is no reason to get a hire car, unless you want to behave like Ferris Bueller. To enjoy scenic areas around the Great Lakes or inland, then as with anywhere, a hire car will give you much more flexibility. Base — Chicago […]

Category: USA

Hawaii (Hawaiian Islands)

Car hire advice for visiting Hawaii is very specific to each individual island. There can be no general Hawaii car hire advice, since there are no ferry links between the island, so each time you visit a new island will need thinking about car hire options afresh. As our car hire map shows, there is huge […]

Category: USA

Yellowstone

Many visitors to Yellowstone will come here by car in the first place, either because they are driving from elsewhere in the United States and Canada using their own car, or because they are visiting Yellowstone as part of a wider road trip around America’s great west. If your plan is to do the latter, […]

Category: USA

Tampa

Of all the 300 cities featured in Carornocar, Tampa really does stand out as the one place where a rental car really is completely essential. Now there are plenty of American cities which sprawl across large areas, but which have at least made some attempt at installing a light rail system (Houston, Dallas and Denver […]

Category: USA

Seattle

On first impressions, Seattle looks like the ultimate in ultramodern cities, and the city is home to Microsoft as well as other major corporations like Starbucks and of course Boeing, who may or may not have helped you get here in the first place. The most iconic landmark in Seattle might be the Space Needle, […]

Category: USA

San Jose (California)

We trust that you know the way to San Jose, which has become more and more accessible over the years as scheduled air service has expanded, now to include daily flights from London. However, many visitors will still want to reach Silicon Valley by flying into San Francisco International airport, which has a much wider […]

Category: USA

San Diego

Just because there’s a token trolley and one particularly scenic coastal route heading north towards Los Angeles, San Diego is the sort of place that you want to visit with a rental car, unless you really are just sticking to Seaworld and staying in the downtown area.

Category: USA

Salt Lake City

Although I visited Salt Lake City way back in 1996, it was only a brief stop late at night when travelling by Amtrak train from Denver, before heading later that evening down to the sin city of Las Vegas, a passenger service that is sadly no longer operating. Salt Lake City is the headquarters of […]

Category: USA

Portland

Portland is well known for trying to combat the problems of urban sprawl which have blighted so many other large American cities, and this has meant that the city fathers have tried to make Portland expand within its existing commuter belt, rather than endlessly grow further and further out beyond it. For the visitor, this […]

Category: USA

Philadelphia

It’s fair to say that alongside Washington DC, Philadelphia tends to have a broader appeal to domestic American visitors than it might do for the international tourist, and whether you are here to see the Liberty Bell, the “Rocky Steps”, or anything else within the downtown area, it’s fairly obvious to point out that a […]

Category: USA

Pensacola

If you are flying into Pensacola, then you might well be looking to travel onwards to anywhere in the Florida Panhandle, or indeed into neighbouring Alabama or even into the eastern side of Louisiana, although generally a much wider range of flights is available into New Orleans if this is the case. We think that […]

Category: USA

Nashville

Nashville prides itself as being “Music City USA“, and with the focus being on Country and Western, there’s no shortage of live music available, and needless to say, if you are just sticking around the city centre, then local buses and taxis are fine. Nashville also has a commuter rail service under the banner of […]

Category: USA

Memphis

Memphis car hire advice – generally, we think that Memphis is the sort of place where there are just enough options for getting around the city without a hire car, that you can probably manage it. Although there is ample car parking at Graceland, you can also get there it from the downtown area in […]

Category: USA

Lihu’e

Given that there is only really one major road running in a “C” shape around only part of the island of Kauai, we don’t really think that Lihu’e is a sort of destination where a hire car is going to be particularly useful. The island is also small enough that resort transfers can easily be […]

Category: USA

Kona

The vast majority of tourist resorts on Hawaii Island (aka Big Island) are around Kona, rather than near the administrative centre of Hilo, and Kona is also where the majority of flights to Big Island arrive. Big Island, big roads – a hire car gives you the freedom to explore without being tied to a […]

Category: USA

Knoxville

Knoxville, Tennessee is the nearest large city to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, which is one of the world’s most visited scenic areas. Although a limited number of bus transfers are available from Knoxville, for example to the resorts of Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge at the base of the Great Smoky Mountains, the best […]

Category: USA

Houston

What can we really say about Houston, one of the most car -dependent cities on earth? This is a place where nearly 95% of all journeys in the city are taken by car, and anybody who has the option of driving will drive. So it almost goes without saying that a rental car in Houston […]

Category: USA

Honolulu

For any first-time visitors to (the state of) Hawaii, it is natural to get a little bit confused about what’s on offer here. The state of Hawaii is made up of multiple islands, of which the largest is also called Hawaii, and otherwise known simply as “Big Island”. Yet here is Honolulu, the state capital […]

Category: USA

Hilo

Big Island Hawaii has substantially more open roads than the more densely populated and smaller Oahu, where the state capital Honolulu is found, and this might suggest that Hilo is the sort of place where a rental car is automatically going to be the best option. We think this is certainly the case if you […]

Category: USA