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Car hire in the USA

Hiring a car in the USA

The USA is one of the largest and most influential countries on earth. Boasting 50 states, when it comes to holidays, America has it all, from city breaks to beach holidays and adventure trips.

America is huge, which is why the country is known as one of the best in the world for road trips and for tourists who just want to get out there and explore the open road. Taking a long drive is one of the best things to do in america - small quirky towns, all-American folk, spectacular scenery and a multitude of delicious things to eat will be your reward.

What you need to know

Wherever you’re heading in the USA, the options you have when it comes to car hire are endless. With thousands of car hire companies dotted all over America, you’ll be sure to find the company and vehicle to suit you needs. If you planning on starting and finishing your holiday in different locations you can even pick up your vehicle from one location and drop off at another.

Holiday Autos compares prices from 1,500 suppliers by working with many major car hire companies and alongside independent local suppliers, so that you can rest assured that we will find the best car hire deal for you.

Our booking tool is straightforward and easy to use. In addition to this, to avoid any problems, we offer free cancellation and amendment and we never charge transaction fees.

Where to pick up your car

There are many different options when it comes to collection points for your hire car, but the easiest and most convenient is to pick it up from the airport that you’re flying into.

This will depend completely on which state you chose to visit first, but some of the more popular airports include [John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)], Los Angeles International (LAX) and Orlando International Airport (SFB).

The majority of car hire desks are located off the main airport sites so companies provide free shuttle services to their vehicle terminals. Once you’ve picked up your luggage, just lookout for the car hire signs outside the baggage reclaim in the arrivals hall.

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  • “The pick-up was easy, it took 5 minutes from arriving at the desk to driving out the car, and the return took even less time.”
    Diane T

Where to go

Over five million travellers have explored new places thanks to Holiday Autos, with the freedom of a hire car nowhere is out of bounds, so where you want to go is down to you. Once you’ve packed up the car boot and jumped in, America is waiting to be explored.

As the USA is one of the largest countries in the world, planning your route is mostly advised, to save time and to ensure that you make the most of your trip. The route you take depends entirely on how much time you’re spending in the states.

Most drivers will encounter Route 66, one of the first numbered highways which features local roads, private drives and beautiful open spaces. For those wanting to experience a more coastal drive, take the US Route 20 which is the longest road in the country stretching 3,365 miles.

Driving in the USA

Driving in America can be a dream for many visitors, with its wide highways, open spaces and roads that stretch for thousands of miles between states. By hiring a car, tourists can get the best of both worlds when it comes to experience and scenery.

Visitors will have to drive on the right hand side and in some states, there are specific rules that tourists must learn before they set off, so it’s a good idea to look into this, depending on which states you intend to visit. Drivers are advised to carry their licence with them at all times, as well as any insurance documents from the car hire company. Speed and drink driving limits in the USA are lower than here in the UK, so make sure you get used to them before you set off, avoiding all alcohol if possible when driving.

Longer drives

If you want to explore the USA by car and are looking for a variety of different scenery then head to the Grand Canyon in Arizona. One of the seven wonders of the natural world, the Grand Canyon is a once in a lifetime experience, with an average depth of one mile and an average width of ten miles.

Heralded as one of the top ten construction achievement of the 20th Century, the iconic Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California, dates back to 1937 and is a must see for visitors.

For those looking for somewhere a little more modern, the Las Vegas strip, in Nevada, boasts a collection of the finest restaurants, the biggest casinos and the best parties in the whole of America. To fully embrace the American culture, take a drive down the strip which has been dubbed the ‘All-American Road’ offering stunning scenes, especially at night.

Top attractions to visit in the USA

It's impossible to fit every attraction in the USA into your trip, but you can certainly try when you hire a car in this amazing country.


California has it all. Whether you’re looking to enjoy the beaches that Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara provides, or see for yourself one of the highest waterfalls in the world at Yosemite Falls, or if you’re a film buff and fancy a bit of star-spotting in Hollywood, the Cali state has it covered.

This part of America prides itself in its diversity, with huge ethical and cultural cities such as San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles, the latter alone the size of Belgium.

If you’re hiring a car, go for a roadtrip along the coast on California State Route 1, which many claim is the most scenic in the world.

New York

On the other side of the country, on the east coast of the USA, you will find the state of New York. Every year, millions of tourist flock to New York to see the state's endless tourist attractions and to get a taste of the Big Apple. No trip to New York would be complete without a trip to Manhattan where you will find attractions known all over the world, including the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty and the electric Times Square.

If you’re looking for a natural wonder, then head to Niagara Falls in Buffalo, a collection of three thundering waterfalls which straddle the international border between the USA and Canada.


Head down the coast from New York and you will find the most southerly state in America, and arguably the sunniest as well. Nicknamed the ‘Sunshine State’, if you’re looking for beaches, sun and a lot of fun, the Florida is definitely worth a visit. For thrill seekers and film fanatics, Florida boasts more theme parks than anywhere else on the globe, including the world famous Disney World, Universal Studios and Busch Gardens, to name just a few.