For travelers exploring Los Angeles, car rentals are the perfect
way to see the sights across sprawling, spectacular southern California.
Here are some tips on checking out the Los Angeles area from behind
the wheel of a rental car.
Although public transportation is available in Los Angeles, car rentals
are your best option for getting around. So to start things off, visitors
can hop in the car and strike out for Hollywood, where they'll get their
celebrity fix along the Sunset Strip and the Walk of Fame and or from
the handprints in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre.
Car rentals are plentiful in downtown Los Angeles, where visitors will
discover a cultural crossroads featuring world-class art museums, the
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Staples Center and the LA Convention Center.
No car rentals tour of Los Angeles would be complete without a visit
to Beverly Hills, home to designer boutiques along Rodeo Drive, swank
hotels, celebrity-filled restaurants and tony spas. Visitors can tour
the stars' homes (outside only!) and see the renowned J. Paul Getty
This Los Angeles car rentals journey continues south to Long Beach
and San Pedro, launching points for cruise ships that are worth exploring
in and of themselves. Visitors can tour the Queen Mary, visit the Aquarium
of the Pacific, or take the ferry to Catalina Island for swimming, snorkeling
The South Bay beaches south of Los Angeles are great for sunbathing,
swimming and surfing, and each has its own personality. Easily navigated
-- even for out-of-state drivers with car rentals -- Manhattan Beach
is more upscale, Hermosa Beach attracts post-collegiate partiers, and
Redondo Beach has a more reserved atmosphere.
Closer to central Los Angeles, and just a short drive for those with
car rentals, is popular Santa Monica. The Pier offers family fun with
its roller coaster, Ferris wheel and aquarium. The Third Street Promenade
is known for shopping, dining and entertainment, while the Venice Boardwalk
is great for people-watching.
For the third day of the Los Angeles car rentals tour, travelers can
head north to Burbank, corporate home of Disney, Warner Brothers, NBC
and fun studio tours. In Pasadena, visitors can see beautiful turn-of-the-century
architecture and the world-famous Rose Bowl.
Before turning in their car rentals, visitors should consider a drive
up to Santa Clarita and Valencia, which are about 35 miles from downtown
Los Angeles. The big draws there are shops, restaurants, golf courses,
and Six Flags Magic Mountain, along with fishing, boating and swimming
at Castaic Lake.