Anchorage

Of the car rental destinations that have been researched for Carornocar (but not actually visited in person), Anchorage in Alaska is undoubtedly one of the most interesting. This is because the natural assumption for any first-time visitor might well be that because Alaska has so much big open country, the obvious choice here would be […]

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Atlanta

Of the various cities reviewed and featured in Carornocar, Atlanta is one of the ones that leans most heavily towards getting a rental car, even despite having a token metro system. There are two main reasons for this, and they are closely related – firstly, because Atlanta is such a major air hub, it makes […]

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Baltimore

Do I need a car in Baltimore? Note that this Baltimore car hire advice is aimed primarily at visitors arriving at Baltimore-Washington airport (BWI). It also may be useful for visitors arriving into downtown Baltimore by train. For visitors arriving into BWI, but planning primarily to visit Washington DC, please see our Washington DC car […]

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Boston

Should you rent a car in 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, and the city has a good network of […]

Chicago

Should I get a rental car in 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 […]

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Dallas

Should I rent a car in Dallas? Dallas really is one of those cities where the natural assumption is that a car is necessary to get around, and over 90% of journeys within the city are made this way. Although Dallas does have a small element of light rail, connecting through as far as the […]

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Denver

Should you rent a car in 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, […]

Hilo

Do I need to rent a car in 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. […]

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Houston

Do I need to rent a car in 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 […]

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Kauai, Hawaii (Lihue)

Do I need a car on Kauai? 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 […]

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Key West

Should I rent a car in 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 […]

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Knoxville

Should I rent a car in 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 […]

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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 […]

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Las Vegas

Do I need to rent a car in 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 […]

Los Angeles

Should I hire a car in Los Angeles? Los Angeles is known to many people as one of America’s great car cities, although this is not always the same thing as being completely car dependent, a label that would be far more easily applied to any of the Sunbelt cities like Phoenix or Houston. City […]

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 […]

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Miami

Do I need to rent a car in Miami? Miami to us is the real Florida, a simmering melting pot of cultures that is a complete contrast to the theme park land of Orlando. These different cultures have created many cities within the city, so the question is what is the best way to get […]

Nashville

Do I need a rental car in 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 […]

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New York

Should I rent a car in New York? New York, New York — the city that is so good, they named it twice — but what is it like to get around? New York’s world-famous subway system has more stations than any other in the world, and many of them are actually elevated above the […]

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Niagara Falls (Buffalo)

Should I rent a car at the Niagara Falls? Buffalo car hire advice – Buffalo is the obvious gateway to the Niagara Falls, and depending on your starting point, you might be flying into Buffalo Niagara International airport, or you might also be travelling by train, in which case regional services within New York state […]

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Pensacola

Do I need to rent a car in 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 […]

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Philadelphia

Do you need to rent a car in 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 […]

Phoenix

Should I rent a car in Phoenix? Phoenix is the ultimate car dependent sprawl city, yet as it offers almost year-round sunshine it has consistently attracted more and more incomers, and has thus become even more sprawling as a result. We still have to start with the assumption that most visitors to Phoenix know that […]

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 […]

Salt Lake City

Do I need to rent a car in 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 […]

San Diego (draft)

Do I need to rent a car in 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 […]

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