Find the best car rental deals in Manhattan, New York City
With most Manhattanites relying on public transport, Manhattan’s roads, organised on a grid system, can be relatively easy-going, so long as you avoid rush hour – especially on the outskirts.
So, if you want to get around the borough comfortably, and check off all of the iconic New York sights – The Empire State Building, Central Park, Times Square, The Statue of Liberty – a rental car is a practical and convenient choice. There are numerous car rental firms located throughout the city, as well as at the nearest airport LaGuardia Airport, offering flexible packages, from one hour bookings to longer ones.
One of the great things about Manhattan is its location. Here are three spots to discover by car.
Take an iconic ride over Brooklyn Bridge, and venture into one of New York’s coolest boroughs. For a hip-themed experience, park your car and explore Brooklyn by foot.
Pop into Brooklyn Museum for some art. Stop by Williamsburg for a drink –cocktails at Maison Premiere – and a bite – brunch at Allswell. And wander around Brooklyn Botanic Garden, famous for its speciality gardens, including the Chery Esplanade and the Shakespeare Garden.
Journey time: Around 45 minutes
Distance: Approximately 12 miles
For an outdoorsy experience, look to the wilderness of the Catskills. Jump in your car and head north, leaving behind you the cityscape of Manhattan and wider New York.
Consider stopping off at Harriman State Park or simply continue towards your destination where you’ll find mountains to conquer, opportunities to fly fish and paddle in one of its reservoirs, and farm-to-table restaurants like Deer Mountain Inn to dine in.
Journey time: Around 2.5 hours
Distance: Approximately 130 miles
For a road trip that gets you out of Manhattan, think Philadelphia. As one of the original founding colonies and the spiritual home of American Independence, it’s perfect if you want to get a sense of modern American history.
It’s also an up-to-the-minute destination with a celebrated food scene – check out South 9th Street’s surprisingly international Italian Market – and plenty by way of culture – Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation.
Journey time: Around two hours
Distance: Approximately 100 miles