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Aug
31
2016

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…

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Jul
26
2016

Grab a van in San Fran and hit the road

By United States /

San Fran is a wonderful place to visit. It’s an even better destination to hire a campervan and head out for a day trip to one of these hotspots. Santa Cruz With 46 kilometres of stunning coastline, Santa Cruz Country is the place to be if you want to experience some of California’s greatest beaches. Just under two hours from San Fran you can go surfing, play some beach volleyball, or just simply kick back and relax in the sun. There are also plenty of great beachside cafes and restaurants. Big Sur (pictured) Keep driving a bit further, for about another hour, and you’ll come to the tiny seaside town of Big Sur. This particular road trip is all about the journey. Highway 1 winds along the rugged coastline, offering spectacular views of cliffs towering over the ocean for as far as you can see. Lake Tahoe Just a four hours’ drive inland from San Francisco is the beautiful Lake Tahoe….

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Jul
19
2016

5 reasons to visit Philadelphia

By United States /

Philadelphia is known for its rich history and vibrant culture. Pennsylvania’s largest city attracts 40 million visitors a year and everywhere you turn there’s something to do. So why not organise a hire car from Philadelphia airport. While you’re at it, knock off this list of five great things to see or do in the city. Liberty Bell Centre The Liberty Bell is one of Philadelphia’s most powerful icons. At the Liberty Bell Centre, you can delve into its history. You’ll learn about how this huge bell came to become a symbol of freedom, which was used on everything from wind chimes to ice cream molds. You’ll also see X-Rays, which show an old crack through the bell. It’s a free walk through the centre. It’s also open year-round from 9am to 5pm, and there’s extended hours in the summer. Reading Terminal Market The market was established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, making it the country’s oldest continuously operating…

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Jun
28
2016

5 great self-drive journeys beyond Dallas

By Texas / United States /

Explore Dallas and beyond with these five great self-drive journey ideas. Hire a car from Dallas Airport and choose between a range of fantastic destinations, from Houston to Palo Duro. Houston Houston is only a four-hour drive from Dallas along l-45 S. It’s a very easy drive within a day, but if you’re willing to take your time and soak up as much southern culture as you can, it’s well worth stopping at a few towns along the way.  One of them should be the charming Tyler, which is the home of the annual Texas Rose Festival. Once you arrive in Houston, you’ll be blown away by the famous Johnson Space Centre and the city’s vibrant live entertainment scene. Big Bend National Park Drive seven and a half hours south west of Dallas to arrive at Big Bend National Park. This is a breathtaking region, full of dramatic mountains, rivers and desert. In this case the destination really is the prize! However, make sure you still…

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Jun
20
2016

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…

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Jun
17
2016

4 places to park your motorhome near Denver

By United States /

Denver is one of America’s most exciting destinations. Colorado’s capital city has many exciting arts, culture and sports attractions. It’s also surrounded by a beautiful landscape of snow-capped mountains. When you book your next trip to the city and hire a motorhome from Denver Airport and park it at one of these camping grounds. Moraine Park Campground This campground is set amongst pine forest in the awe-inspiring Rocky Mountain National Park (pictured), which is just over 100km from Denver. Many people head out here for a day trip in the summertime, but it’s a shame to not spend at least a night or two in this beautiful wilderness. For about $20 a night, you’ll have access to incredible views 2,4800m above sea level. It’s the national park’s only year-round campground. Lakeside Caravan Park The name says all you need to know about the location of this caravan park. Except, the exciting thing is you’re amongst five tranquil fishing lakes! This means you’ll…

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May
30
2016

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….

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May
19
2016

Fabulous festivals in Seattle and surrounds

By United States /

Seattle is one of the most exciting and colourful destinations. In this world-class city, fabulous festivals running almost every weekend. When you touchdown at Seattle Airport, grab a hire car and explore these exciting festivals this July. Fourth of July in Bainbridge Fireworks, parades, street fairs, car shows, kids activities… you name it! Fourth of July celebrations are huge across the United States. It’s definitely worth spending this year’s national holiday on Bainbridge Island. Other highlights include live music, a classic car show, foot race and a beer garden. Bainbridge Island proves there’s something for everyone on the Fourth of July! Seattle International Beerfest From July 8 to 10 you can choose from 220 beers at Fisher Pavillion at Seattle Centre. This event specialises in unique and hard-to-find beers. It also aims to encourage visitors to try something they’ve never tried before. Organisers go to a lot of trouble to source the very best exotic drinks “that you’ve never heard of”…

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