Dallas activities you must experience in Texas

By Texas / United States /

There are plenty of Dallas activities suitable for all travellers. This city continues to amaze millions of tourists every year. The stadiums, the museums, the food portions in the restaurants – everything is so big! If you’re heading to the deep south, make sure you find yourself a great car hire deal before checking out some of the best Dallas activities on offer.

Join a JKF history tour

One of the must-do Dallas activities is a history tour that’s all about one of US history’s most famous presidents, John F Kennedy. Dealey Plaza is perhaps the most famous site, as it’s where he was shot dead in 1963. There are other significant sites as well, such as the theatre where assassin Lee Harvey Oswald fled to after the shooting. Hire a local guide who can fill you in on the grim but fascinating history.

Dig in with a food tour

Explore some of the most trendy restaurants and bars that Dallas has to offer. The Dallas Uptown Food Tour is one of the stand outs. It takes you to the trendy West Village, before you venture on foot to off-the-beaten-path eateries. Other tours take you to chocolatiers, wineries or popular eateries that serve up a traditional Texas BBQ. It’s just a matter of hopping online and seeing what type of food tour suits your taste buds!

Saddle up at Texas Horse Park

This will probably be one of the best Dallas activities for travelling families. You’ll find yourself in the heart of the Great Trinity Forest where people of all ages can get a taste of Texas ranching. Learn the basics of  horse riding on more than 300 acres of natural forest landscape. The great thing about this destination too is that it’s only minutes from Downtown Dallas.

See the Dallas Cowboys in action

In Dallas, footy isn’t just a game or entertainment. It’s almost a religion within itself. If you want a true Dallas experience, then make sure you visit the city during footy season to catch hometown heroes the Dallas Cowboys in action. The team’s home ground, the AT&T Stadium, is just a 20 minute drive from the city centre. It’s a modern jewel with one of the world’s largest scoreboards and luxurious suites.


Californian dreaming on the road to Sonoma County

By California / United States /

SO you’ve flown into San Francisco, picked up your California car rental and not sure where to go? We say “not far at all” if you underline the words “Sonoma County” on your itinerary. We’ve tapped into the Sonoma County Tourism latest news to give you the lowdown on what makes it special, so read on.

Sonoma County

Located in Northern California just a 50km drive north of San Francisco, Sonoma County offers a blend of incredible scenery, urban sophistication, agriculture, small-town charm, outdoor adventure, and, of course, the food and wine that make this region famous. Sonoma County boasts more than 425 wineries, 100-plus organic farms, and 80km of stunning Pacific Ocean coastline.

Whether your goal is to savor food and wine pairings at renowned wineries, explore the more than 50 miles of spectacular Pacific coastline, picnic under towering redwood trees, shop unique local galleries and boutiques, or discover other Sonoma County delights, here are a few things you might want to know before visiting Sonoma Wine Country.

What to pack

Sonoma County’s moderate temperatures rarely dip below freezing, even in winter. The county typically gets about 25 to 30 inches of annual rainfall, mainly from November through April.

However, microclimates are part of what make Sonoma County such a great place to grow wine grapes, and some areas of the county can be much cooler, warmer, or windier than others. When the inland areas heat up in the summer, the coastal regions can remain cool. The weather can be changeable, and a chilly, foggy summer morning anywhere in the county can heat up to 80 degrees Fahrenheit (or more) by 2pm.

It’s best to wear layers. Jeans, khakis or shorts, T-shirts, comfortable walking shoes, a sweater, and a medium-weight jacket are good for daytime sightseeing. Wine Country casual — like business casual, but with the laid-back, country feeling of a vineyard — is typical for evenings out.

Getting to Sonoma County

For those flying into other airports, Sonoma County is about 75 miles north of either San Francisco International (SFO) or Oakland International (OAK) airports, or about 120 miles west of Sacramento International (SMF). When traveling by car from San Francisco (and points south of there), cross the Golden Gate Bridge and head north on Highway 101. From Sacramento, go west on US-80, then west on Highway 12/121. From Seattle/Portland, go south on Highway 101 or US Interstate 5.

Visit a winery or ten

Home to more than 425 award-winning wineries, Sonoma County barrels a varietal for nearly every palate. Taste by region or varietal, tour vineyards, barrel rooms, and wine caves. Savor delicious food-and-wine pairings, or learn how to blend wine. “Sparkling” isn’t just about wine in Sonoma County. The area’s artisan breweries, cider houses and distilleries offer tours as well. Be as active or as laid back as you wish, Sonoma County has a winery experience that’s right for you.

Get outdoors

Stroll through ancient redwoods; or soar through the forest on a zip line. Hike remote trails through more than 60 state and regional nature parks. Paddle a canoe through various rivers, lakes, and even an ocean. Cycle backroads easy enough for a beginner or challenging enough for the pro cyclists who compete in Amgen Tour of California or the Gran Fondo. Golfers can tee off at one of 20-plus stunning courses. Go horseback riding, take a ride in a hot-air balloon, observe wildlife, or simply sit back and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Explore the coast

The stunning drive along Highway 1 unveils the rugged cliffs, pristine sand beaches, stunning vistas, whale watching, and small towns nestled along more than 50 miles of coastline. The area is dramatic, yet approachable. Trails and beaches beg travelers to stop and explore on foot. State and regional parks dot the coastline, tempting with hiking, beaches, fishing, camping, water sports, and horseback riding. Or simply relax at a beach for the day, enjoy a romantic picnic, or go all-out on a camping trip. While the coast is beautiful to explore at any time, be aware that the weather can turn windy or foggy any time of year, so always bring along a windbreaker and cap.

For a free visitors guide or information on hotels, wineries, events, spas, attractions, and dining in Sonoma County, visit www.sonomacounty.com or call +1-707-522-5800.


Unforgettable Chicago restaurants while on the road in the US

By United States /

Chicago’s foodie scene is full of twists and surprises. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, the Windy City treats you to another set of incredible Chicago restaurants to choose from.

Pick up a great Chicago Airport car hire deal and then choose from one of these five amazing Chicago restaurants for your next meal.


Alinea (pictured) consistently rates at the top of food reviewers’ lists. It’s held the title of Best Restaurant in America a number of times. Many people also know Alinea for its innovative approach to modern cuisine. The venue features three distinct experiences. The Alinea Kitchen Table is the most intimate setting, giving your small group a private area to sample different flavours. There’s also The Gallery, which offers a multi-sensory 16 to 18-course menu. The Salon provides a 10-14 course tasting menu that’s sure to leave you more than satisfied

Bavette’s Bar and Boeuf

This amazing venue is a bit of a detour from what you’d consider your traditional steakhouse. It also serves as proof that you can enjoy top quality steakhouse meals in a dazzling venue. Bavette creates the perfect balance of French fine dining in a fun atmosphere. You’ll pick up a delicious ribeyes, seafood towers along with scrumptious homemade deserts. Then just add in some Jazz music, chandeliers and award-winning international wines and you have yourself a winner!

The Purple Pig

A top notch Mediterranean feast awaits at the Purple Pig. It’s one of the best Chicago restaurants you’ll come across. Rising Star Chef 2014 Jimmy Bannos Jn. is on the team, bringing years of knowledge handed down to him as a fourth generation restaurateur. Why not relax and order a glass of Greek Santorini, milk braised pork shoulder or a house made veal Mortadella sausage? Anything on this impressive menu will go down easily. It can be hard to find a set at this venue, although it’s well worth the wait.


Chef Sarah Grueneberg blends traditional Italian cuisine with influences from around the world. The Texan-born talent proudly creates food that is “soulfull, surprising and filled with storytelling.” She draws on her international travels to offer pasta, kraut, Japanese yellowtail and grilled Texas redfish all on the same menu! You’re spoiled with choice at Monteverde and the combinations are surprising. Not to mention, there’s an interesting story behind each and every dish.


5 Great Ways To Discover The Napa Valley

By California / United States /

So you’ve left your heart in San Francisco after jumping in a car rental and wondering which direction to head? The answer is obvious, especially for those who don’t mind a tipple or two – head for Napa Valley and park your wheels at these five hotspots to continue some serious Californian dreaming. And it’s not all about the wine, as you’ll discover.

One … Napa Valley Wine Train

It’s time to journey back in time as you discover the Napa Valley in the comfort of a train with all the trimmings. The Napa Valley Wine Train, echoing the days of yesteryear when train travel was the luxurious way to experience a journey, is not only a charming mode of transport but also a restaurant on the tracks. With 100-year-old railcars and a 150-year-old rail corridor, the Wine Train retains railroading traditions that are disappearing on the American landscape, all within the stunning setting of Napa Valley and its treasured wineries. More: winetrain.com

Two … Lavender Inn

Lavender, a Four Sisters Inn, is a touch of Provence in the Napa Valley and is renowned for its cosy, homely accommodation offering in a setting that blends a little bit of the old with a little bit of the new. Gorgeous guestrooms features a fireplace, a king-sized bed heaped with pillows and many feature large brilliantly painted bathrooms with double sinks and contemporary benchtops. The good news? You can leave your Napa Valley car rental at home as there are superb wineries within walking distance including Hope & Grace, Somerston, Hestan Vineyards and Cornerstone Cellars. More: lavendernapa.com

Three … The Hess Collection Winery

Not just a mere winery, this one’s a museum as well, so you get the wine-art combo treatment located on the volcanic slopes of Mt Veeder. Hess Wines are legendary in these parts, the Cab Sav a favourite for many, and while there’s opportunities to do the cheese and wine pairing experience or straight up tastings, it’s essential you visit the contemporary art museum featuring works from the private collection of proprietor Donald Hess. It’s open daily and FREE. Self-guided iPod audio tours are available, too. More: hesscollection.com/visit-us

Four … Safari West

There’s plenty of reason to go wild in the Napa Valley, just ask the resident animals at this place, a 400-acre wildlife sanctuary. Safari West offers guided, open-air jeep tours daily. It’s an attraction with a real point of difference and a great place to take the family or wander through and talk to the animals. More: safariwest.com

Five … Napa Valley Bike Tours

Leave your car behind and spin your wheels on a bike tour of the Napa Valley. Join one of the company’s Guided Bike Tours, hosted by someone in the know, or go Self-Guided or Rent Bikes with the assistance of customised route maps and expert advice from the locals. This month (September 2016) is a chance to experience the new 12km stretch of the Napa Valley Vine Trail, connecting Napa to Yountville, offering a beautiful and relaxing bike ride with all the sights. More: napavalleybiketours.com





5 ways to play in Houston

By United States /

During your next visit to Texas, make sure you stop over in Houston. Pick up your hire car from Houston Airport. Then just make your way to these exciting destinations.

Space Center Houston (pictured)
This is Houston’s most popular attraction for international tourists. The Space Center houses a collection of 400 artefacts from space. This includes spacecraft and the largest public display of moon rocks. You’ll also learn about the country’s fascinating space history and the technological advances. You can also take a behind-the-scenes look at NASA with the Level Nine Tour.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Centre
This 155-acre nature sanctuary teaches you about past and current efforts to protect the city’s native animals and plants. The non-profit sanctuary offers free interactive exhibits. There are also several trails, which are perfect for nature lovers. Learn about how the developing city is threatening the survival of endangered animals, and discover how you can help protect them.

Houston Zoo
Admire more than 6,000 animals at Houston Zoo. You’ll come across animals from all corners of the globe – from chimpanzees and rhinos to jaguars and tortoises. Other highlights include the red panda exhibit and live shows for children. The zoo is also home to the beautiful, rare okapi giraffe, which is only found in Central Africa’s remote rainforests. This is a must-see during your trip to Houston.

Kemah Boardwalk
The Kemah Boardwalk is only a short drive from downtown Houston and sits along the gorgeous Galveston Bay. This exciting destination has everything you need – rides, shops, music and live entertainment in the summertime. Jump on board a thrilling roller coaster, or admire the city views from the top of the ferris wheel. The double-decker carousel is always a hit with the kids.

Gerald D Hines Waterwall Park

This feature sits adjacent to The Galleria and is surrounded by magnificent oak trees. It’s a beautiful 64-foot fountain, which is known as the “horseshoe of rushing water”. Every minute, 11,000 gallons of water flow down this towering work of art. It was designed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee more than 20 years ago. Today, it’s still a popular spot for couples – and many proposals are made here!



5 random things to do in Seattle

By Seattle / United States /

Picking up a car rental in Seattle is your easy first job once lobbing in the Emerald City, and next comes the exciting part. What to do once you’ve got your wheels sorted! Try these five random ideas for a little fun in America’s gem of a West Coast seaport city.

1. Go for a paddle. It’s summertime in Seattle, so there’s no better cruisy activity than to go kayaking on Lake Union. The atmosphere is gorgoeus as you pass by a few sail boats, watch a few seaplanes rise up and land, and enjoy the serenity of a gentle paddle in a big patch of calm water. A little more adventurous at heart? Then test your abs with a Stand Up Paddle (SUP) experience. For more check out http://www.nwoc.com/rental

2. Explore South Park’s art scene. The locals will tell you the arts community is a ripper in the South Park area, one that nurtures its artists and embraces creativity. You won’t be disappointed and you can start with national icon on the stone sculpting front, Jesus Bautista Moroles, and the generous donation of “Musical Steles,” comprised of three musical basalt columns fabricated in the South Park neighborhood. Tap a rock on the sculptures to whip up your own musical treat. There’s also River City skate murals to discover,  the artwork at South Transfer station, and the very noticeable Cloverdale banners on South Park’s main thoroughfare.

3. Visit Archie McPhee. A novely shop like no other! Rubber hands, rubber chickens, devil baby dolls, a bucket of doll parts, tentacle finger puppets, world’s largest underpants (100 inch waist) with matching lollipop … I’m not saying any more because the nightmares will begin again! More http://archiemcpheeseattle.com/

4. Explore a museum with music at its heart (pictured). Hendrix, Foo Fighters, Macklemore, grunge music – EMP (Experience Music Project) is a nonprofit museum to rule them all, “dedicated to the ideas and risk-taking that fuel contemporary popular culture”. With its heart in rock ‘n’ roll, EMP is a museum that reaches and connects with all ages through collections, exhibitions and educational programs, “using interactive technologies to engage and empower our visitors”. More http://www.empmuseum.org/

5. Hit the road. Olympic National Park is beautiful and no more than a two and half road trip away. Discover everything from mountains, lakes, beaches to hotsprings and rainforests. A gorgeous part of the world only a short drive out of Seattle.



Top eats in Washington DC

By United States /

Heading to Washington DC for your next holiday? Visiting the capital city of the United States is an incredible opportunity which every traveller should experience. Even more important is the need to explore the city’s best restaurants while you’re there.

Hire a car from Washington DC Airport and explore these top eats in Washington DC.


Through blending centuries old tradition with modern, cutting-edge creativity, Ambar proudly serves up the “flavour of the Balkans”, which tempts all your senses. It’s held the number one spot on TripAdvisor for some time now, which means a night out at Ambar should be at the very top of your to-do list in Washington. The restaurant features smaller servings, giving you all the more opportunity to sample different flavours and textures from the Balkans.


This trattoria opened in 2011 and has since become renowned as the place to go in Washington DC whenever you want exquisite, delicious Italian. Tender pappardelle with bolognese sauce is just one of the popular dishes on the menu, with pizza, seafood and also desserts highly regarded on the menu. It’s clear that chef Fabio Trabocchi definitely knew what he was doing when he opened Fiola. No doubt he’ll continue warming the hearts and stomachs of thousands of diners for years to come.

Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab

The restaurant has an interesting history, which you can hear all about when you next visit. The first legendary restaurant opened in Miami Beach in 1913 and it consisted of eight tables on the front porch of Joe Stone’s house. in 2014, Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak and Stone Crab premiered in the nation’s capital on 15th Street NW in Washington DC, only a few steps from the White House. Diners keep returning in droves, saying they’ve never tasted seafood or prime steak quite like Joe’s.


Rasika is where upmarket Indian cuisine meets Washington DC. It’s arguably the best Indian restaurant in the entire city and you’ll find plenty of scrumptious meals for vegetarians and meat-lovers alike. Tandoor fanatics will think they’ve gone to heaven at Rasika while the aroma of fresh herbs and spices fill the air. Rasika’s signature dish is crispy baby spinach leaves smothered in mouth-watering yoghurt, which diners say literally melts on their tongues.

Rose’s Luxury

At Rose’s Luxury you won’t be able to book a reservation, which means you’ll have to line up for a table. For a 5.30pm seating on a weekend, it’s not uncommon for a line to already be forming and hour and a half earlier! However, when you sit down at Rose’s Luxury and enjoy a dish for the first time, you’ll understand why the restaurant is so popular. You have your choice between Jewish, Japanese, French and Thai food, to name a few options. No matter what, you’ll always discover something you love at Rose’s Luxury.