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Car hire in the USA

Hiring a car in the USA

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 hire car to suit you needs. If you planning on starting and finishing your holiday in different locations you can even pick up your hire car from one location and drop off at another.

Where to pick up your car hire

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).

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Where to go

Many car hire 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.

Car hire in the USA

Visitors will have to drive on the right hand side 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 in the UK & Europe, so make sure you know 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.

Top attractions to visit in the USA

California

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. Many visitors to Cali avail of one way car hire. This means you can pick up your hire car in one city and drop it off in another.

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.

Florida

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.

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