Western USA Fly Drive Holiday

Filed under: Car Hire in USA,Trips — admin @ 11:33 am September 28, 2012

One of the most popular USA holidays is a fly drive to the western states of California, Arizona and Nevada taking in some lively cities, remote desert landscapes and impressive national parks.

The classic “Western Wonders” fly drive starts in Los Angeles and travels east along Interstate 10 to Palm Springs and on to Phoenix and Scottsdale in Arizona. From there north to Flagstaff then west to the Grand Canyon and on to Las Vegas, Nevada via the Hoover Dam. North of Las Vegas the trip goes through Lake Tahoe and Yosemite National Park to San Francisco before taking in the Big Sur coastal highway and Route 1 down the west coast back to Los Angeles. The journey can be comfortably completed in 2 weeks and can also be done in reverse starting in San Francisco.

With over 3000 km of roads to travel by car, choosing a suitable vehicle is essential to enjoying this western USA fly drive holiday. Driver and passenger comfort is an important factor so a standard/intermediate vehicle such as an Oldsmobile Alero or Pontiac Grand Prix is probably a minimum size to consider. Families should look at Minivans like the Chrysler Voyager or the Chevrolet Uplander. To travel in real style, drive a Ford Mustang Convertible.

Here is a suggested itinerary.

Day 1

Los Angeles

Fly to Los Angeles and pick up a car from Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Los Angeles Street SignStay 2 nights in Los Angeles and use Beverly Hills, Hollywood or on the beach at Santa Monica as a base.

Day 2

Los Angeles

There is plenty to see and do in Los Angeles and car hire is essential for getting around as public transport is very limited. Visit the theme parks such as Universal Studios in northern LA or Disneyland in Anaheim, shop in Rodeo Drive or tour the Hollywood sights.

Day 3

Los Angeles to Palm Springs (108 miles/172 km) Map

Take Interstate 10 (I-10) east and drive to Palm Springs, the original desert resort. Stop off at Joshua Tree National Park, a desert park that was used as the name of the famous U2 album. Try staying just off Palm Canyon drive which is the main strip in Palm Springs with a great choice of bars and restaurants.

Day 4

Palm Springs to Phoenix/Scottsdale (285 miles/456 km) Map

Continue east on the I-10 crossing into Arizona before arriving into Phoenix/Scottsdale. Spend an evening soaking up the wild west atmosphere at Handlebar J, Scottsdale’s last authentic Western Style Steak House and Saloon or visit the Six Gun Theatre for a wild west show at Rawhide (shows Wednesday to Sunday) just south of Phoenix Airport.
Tip: Sunsets over the desert in Arizona are often spectacular so aim to arrive just after dusk.

Day 5

Phoenix to Grand Canyon via Sedona (244 miles/390 km) Map

Take the I-17 north towards Flagstaff, coming off after approx. 90 miles/145 km for Route 260 West towards Cottonwood.
Join Arizona State Route 89A N and visit Red Rock State Park before continuing on the scenic route 89A through Sedona and onto Flagstaff. Grand Canyon Arizona, USAContinue north from Flagstaff on US-180 N which joins Route 64 to Grand Canyon National Park. Tip: Although there are plenty of hotels and motels outside the gates of Grand Canyon National Park, for the best experience stay at one of the lodges inside the park. These can be booked through Grand Canyon National Park Lodges. There are plenty of places to eat inside the park including the Maswik Cafeteria, the Arizona Room at Bright Angel Lodge offering authentic Arizona cooking and fine dining at the El Tovar dining room.

Day 6

Grand Canyon

A day to enjoy one of the greatest natural wonders on Earth, take a helicopter or plane tour over the Canyon or possibly a mule ride along one of the trails.

Day 7

Grand Canyon to Las Vegas (277 miles/443 km) Map

The Western USA fly drive holiday continues south from the Grand Canyon to Williams on US-64 then west to Kingman along Interstate 40 and then northeast to Las Vegas via the Hoover Dam. Tours of the dam run every half an hour between 0930 and 1600 and cost US$30 per adult. Las Vegas USA
Accommodation in Las Vegas comes in all shapes and sizes from a basic motel room to 5 star luxury. Staying on the Las Vegas Strip will have all the best attractions and Casinos close at hand.

Day 8

Las Vegas

There are plenty of attractions in Las Vegas to entertain everyone. Try a white knuckle ride such as Big Shot at the Stratosphere Hotel, visit the Liberace museum or take in one of Vegas’s more quirky attractions like the Pinball Hall of Fame.
Las Vegas really comes to life after dark. There are plenty of shows to choose from such as magic shows, comedy shows or big productions such as Cirque du Soleil and Jersey Boys. Of course a visit to Las Vegas would not be complete without trying your luck in one of the casinos on the strip.

Day 9

Las Vegas to Yosemite National Park (407 miles/651 km) Map

Drive north from Las Vegas along US-95 N, the Veterans Memorial Highway towards Reno. Turn left at Lida Junction Airstrip onto NV-266 W. The road crosses the border with California becoming the CA-266 N before re-entering Nevada becoming the NV-264 N. At the Junction with US 6 W take a left and enter California again. Turn right onto the CA-120 W which leads into Yosemite National Park over the Tioga Pass.Yosemite National Park, California
Please note this route through the Tioga Pass is closed in winter. Depending on weather conditions this is usually from the end of October to mid-May.
Accommodation inside Yosemite National Park should be booked well in advance and choices range from canvas tents to the AAA Four Diamond Ahwahnee Hotel.

Day 10

Yosemite National Park

Spend a day exploring Yosemite whether rafting, fishing or taking a leisurely stroll. Take one of the guided bus tours to get a real insight with a professional Yosemite guide highlighting the incredible scenery and hidden secrets of the park.

Day 11

Yosemite to San Francisco (213 miles/341 km) Map

Drive west from Yosemite National Park to San Francisco via California Highway 49, historically known as the Gold Rush Trail. Visit Sonora, the once booming centre of the California Gold Rush between 1840 and 1855.
Stay 2 nights in San Francisco. Union Square and Fisherman’s Wharf are popular areas to make a base in the city, both having a good range of hotels to suit all tastes and budgets.

Day 12

San Francisco

Drive across Golden Gate Bridge, take a tour of Alcatraz or visit Chinatown, there is much to explore during a day in San Francisco.

Day 13

San Francisco to San Luis Obispo (254 miles/406 km) Map

Drive south from San Francisco as the fly drive holiday travels along the USA’s West Coast California State Route 1. Big Sur CaliforniaVisit Monterey and Carmel as the road continues along the Big Sur coast, one of the most dramatic scenic drives in the USA.
Overnight in San Luis Obispo

Day 14

San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles Airport (205 miles/328 km) Map

Continue south to Los Angeles Airport along Route 101 as it becomes Route 1 again along the coast through Santa Barbara and Malibu. Drop off the rental car at LAX Airport.
This classic Western USA fly drive holiday can be modified with nights added or removed to suit personal preferences.

See All of Orlando’s Attractions with a Hire Car

Filed under: Car Hire in USA — Tags: , , , — admin @ 11:27 am May 30, 2011

The city of Orlando in Florida is the perfect holiday destination for families. Children will love experiencing all the theme parks Orlando has to offer, and parents will love enjoying the sunshine state’s wonderful weather. In order to experience all of Orlando’s attractions during your visit, you will need car hire. Cheap car hire in Florida will enable you to quickly and conveniently see all these attractions.

•    Walt Disney World Resort
Located in Lake Buena Vista in Florida, Walt Disney World is about a 35 minute drive from Orlando. Consisting of 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, as well as some areas for adults, you will need plenty of time and energy to take it all in! Children will love seeing their favourite Disney stars in the flesh.

•    Sea World
Located 10 minutes’ drive south of downtown Orlando, Sea World offers families the chance to experience the diversity of sea life. While there, you can see some of the world’s most dangerous sharks up close, take a trip through the arctic exhibit and see walruses and polar bears, and even visit Sea World’s most famous resident, Shamu the killer whale.

•    Universal Orlando Resort
Consisting of two theme parks, Universal Orlando Resort is the perfect theme park for adrenaline junkies! Home to some of Orlando’s scariest thrill rides, a visit here is not for the faint hearted! For those who are not fans of scares, there’s still plenty to do. The recently opened World of Harry Potter is great fun for fans of the schoolboy wizard.

If you are looking for the perfect international car hire for your holiday, you should be sure to come to us here at

Exploring the Sunshine State: Car Hire in Florida

Filed under: Car Hire in USA — Tags: , , , — admin @ 10:43 am April 27, 2011

The Sunshine State is perfect for holidays, enjoying a roaring tourist trade thanks to its attractions and its mild climate. Whether you’re headed for the Walt Disney World Resort or elsewhere in the state, arranging car hire in Florida could make your holiday even more enjoyable, opening up new opportunities and freedoms for your family vacation. The peninsula is a hotspot for holidaymakers, with the good weather making it especially popular.

Organising car hire in Orlando will allow you to go a little further than the attractions of the Walt Disney World Resort and the Universal Orlando Resort. You can keep the kids happy with visits to these locations, but also offer yourself alternatives, your car providing a way to escape the tourist bustle and visit some different locations, such as the coast, too. This kind of balance is what makes a family holiday truly memorable, days in the sunshine where something enjoyable is available to everyone. Car hire in Orlando can provide the necessary flexibility to help make this possible, whilst Florida provides the good weather.

With leisurecars, obtaining this freedom and arranging car hire in Florida – whether for a stay in Jacksonville, Orlano, or Miami – is simple. We take the stress out of shopping for the best prices, allowing you to enjoy the process of organising your holiday a little more. The money that you could save is another bonus, putting a little back into the kitty which could be spent on souvenirs for the kids or next year’s trip.

Plan Your Travel Route to Get the Most from Your US Trip

Filed under: Car Hire in USA — Tags: , , , — admin @ 10:40 am March 21, 2011

The US is one of the best places in world to go on a road trip. The highways are long and straight, making them easy to drive and navigate around. And, of course, there are all those fantastic and diverse attractions to visit. The country is so diverse and encompasses desert-like terrain, wet and mild areas, uninterrupted sections of wild forest and mountains, incredible cities, theme parks and much more.

Indeed, you might not know where to start when you are organising your trip across the Atlantic. For example, should you go east to west across the great body of land, or maybe north to south?

Well, in many ways it does not matter how you travel about the country, as long as you make sure you get to see all the areas and sights of interest you wish to visit. Of course, to save money, you should plan your route logically so you do not end up doubling back on yourself and covering more miles than you need to.

Long in advance of your expedition, you should sit down with a map and mark out a course. For instance, if you are flying into the east coast, you might want to arrange car hire in Florida. There are many great deals on car hire in Miami, car hire in Orlando and other such places.

Then you should identify which areas interest you most and establish a way of getting to them. In some ways, preparing for your excursion like this is one of the most fun aspects of your whole vacation as you will be filled with excitement and suspense.

The American Road Trip with Car Hire in the USA

Filed under: Car Hire in USA — Tags: , , , — admin @ 2:50 pm February 24, 2011

The road trip across America is a dream for thousands of people, and if this has long been a dream of yours, now is the time to look into making it a reality. Thanks to some fantastic deals from Leisure Cars, car hire in the USA is now within reach of more people than ever. You’ll be even more pleased to know that when it comes to car hire, we can offer some great deals for cheap car hire in the USA.

Route 66 is the classic journey, but if you are thinking about this you’d better be prepared. While there are many sections of the original Route 66 left, there are equal amounts which have been transformed into motorway type roads, but with a little planning you can still cover a lot of the original journey which became a part of American folk lore. If you are thinking of making the most of car hire in the USA, but not sure exactly which route to take once you have booked your cheap car hire, you can get a lot of information from books such as Bill Bryson’s ‘Lost Continent’ where the author returns to his homeland to retrace the family road trips he went on as a child. Bryson didn’t bother with booking car hire in the USA before his trip, instead opting to use his mother’s ancient car. If you read the book you’ll see why this was not a good idea, so make sure you make the most of our cheap car hire in the USA offers before making your own trip!

Hire a Car and Explore Florida

Filed under: Car Hire in USA — Tags: , , , — admin @ 11:32 am February 18, 2011

Imagine the scene. You’ve been in Florida for a week, and you are completely Disneyed-out after spending hours every day queuing for the attractions. It’s been a great holiday so far, but even the kids are a little weary, so you need to have a change of scenery, see something of the real Florida. This is why people like you take advantage of the deals offered by Leisure Cars who lead the way when it comes to cheap car hire in Florida and other great deals for car hire in Orlando.

It’s easy to see why people tend to think of Florida as being nothing more than Disney, but with a little bit of research before you leave you will find there are hundreds of fascinating places you can see when you book cheap car hire in Florida. For example, the splendidly named town of Kissimee is within easy reach of the main theme parks and has plenty to offer holiday makers who have booked car hire. If you are into classic American cars, make sure you are there on Friday night when the famous weekly car cruise takes place. You will see legendary cars including Thunderbirds, Cadillacs, Pontiac Firebirds, the Chevrolet Camaro and many more. These evenings are not just about cars driving past, as a whole range of entertainment is laid on for the spectators. So if you want to be there and see it for yourself, have a look at our cheap car hire in Florida deals and get booking!

Women and Solo Car Hire: Safety Tips

Filed under: Car Hire in USA — Tags: , , , — admin @ 11:18 am January 3, 2011

With many women feeling a little uneasy about taking public transport alone in an unfamiliar place, cheap car hire presents an excellent alternative around the globe. We asked some rental agents to submit a few helpful hints and tips regarding women, safety and car hire abroad.

•    Consider the statistics. Government figures suggest most crimes against female drivers occur when they’re leaving or heading back to their parked cars; large car parks and spots hidden from view are most common so avoid dimly lit car parks and shadowy side streets.
•    Keep the car keys in a handy spot. Most car crimes are crimes of opportunity; limit the time frame, reduce the criminal’s chances.
•    Keep in touch with a friend who knows your proposed travel plans; this point is applicable to all travellers.
•    Lock the car from the inside at all times; it only takes a second and could easily save you from a crime.
•     Whether you’re looking for car hire in Italy, car hire in the USA, the UK, Australia, South Africa – anywhere – be sure to do a little research on your destination area’s crime figures, noting down any regions of instability or danger.

When travelling alone, driving is one of the safest forms of transport across the globe. If you have any questions regarding personal safety and car hire, don’t hesitate to ask our team or speak to your rental provider when you collect your hire car.