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Highway 395 Road Trip- Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe

The scenic Highway 395 makes for one of the best road trips you could take in this part of California. Afterall, who wouldn’t want to drive across diverse landscapes and endless natural beauty, with two of the area’s most spectacular National Parks just a small detour away?

What car is best for this road trip?

Like any other road trip, the answer is largely subjective. If you’re a fan of sports cars, you’ll surely enjoy a lavish roadster or a classic American muscle car. No matter what car you’re after, Rentalmoose has got you covered. Browse through options from the industry leaders and ensure you get the best deal with Rentalmoose.

If you’re hesitant about renting a car for the Highway 395 road trip and would rather use your own vehicle, check out this blog post. It may just change your mind.

What to see on Highway 395?

That’s the crucial question. Some of the attractions along this road trip include Red Rock Canyon State Park, Lone Pine, Mount Whitney, Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, Bishop, and Mammoth Lakes. There are also optional detours to Death Valley and Yosemite NPs!

Without further ado, let’s dive into this Los Angeles to Lake Tahoe road trip itinerary!

Los Angeles

by David Mark

This road trip begins in the legendary City of Angels. It’s hard to think of a better place to begin a Highway 395 road trip!

For your maximum convenience, Rentalmoose recommends picking up your rental car directly from LAX. Note that airport pickup is usually subject to an extra fee added on top of your rental bill. If you want to avoid a premium location surcharge, it’s best to pick up your rental car somewhere in the city.

While Los Angeles may not be the best place to drive around, the traffic is not as bad as you may have heard. The notorious “LA Traffic” is nowhere near as bad as rush hour traffic in Paris, for example.

What are the best things to do in Los Angeles?

Despite what some first-timers may think, there is a lot more to Los Angeles than just Hollywood or the Walk of Fame. Mulholland Drive, for example, is easily one of the best driving roads in this part of California. You can spot hundreds of bikers and petrolheads enjoying this chicane-filled drive each day.

Rentalmoose insider tip: Don’t forget to stop at the Mulholland Scenic Overlook for those classic views of the skyline! Check the map for the exact location.

The two LA attractions listed below are simply ideal for fans of the outdoors. We all need a break from the hustle and bustle of the busy city every now and again.

Runyon Canyon Park

Runyon Canyon Park is the perfect getaway located in the Hills above the city. You can enjoy an early morning jog, or simply hike up to admire unbeatable views of the Los Angeles skyline.

The North Entrance of the park can be accessed directly off the Mulholland Drive. That way, you can stop for a hike while driving down LA’s favorite scenic drive. What a fun way to spend the day!

The park is open from sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week. Entrance is free of charge. Your vehicle can be parked at the North Entrance off Mulholland Drive.

Griffith Observatory & Griffith Park

Griffith Park isn’t exactly a hidden gem. In fact, you have probably already seen it plenty of times in various Hollywood blockbusters and TV shows. Nonetheless, the iconic Griffith Observatory is the place to admire those picture-perfect views overlooking the LA skyline.

You can find more great things to do in Los Angeles in this travel guide.

After a memorable night in one of the best hotels in Los Angeles (these are our favorite picks in town), it’s time to hit the road and begin your Highway 395 road trip!

Next stop on your road trip: Red rock Canyon State Park, 2 hours

Red Rock Canyon State Park

by Matthew Dillon

To be completely honest, the Southernmost tip of Highway 395 is a little underwhelming. The route starts in the town of Victorville and the first stretch isn’t exactly picture-perfect. That’s why we recommend taking the chicane-filled Angeles Crest Highway via the Angeles National Forest. You will then reach Red Rock Canyon State Park via Lancaster instead. It is a much more exciting drive.

The scenic Red Rock Canyon State Park is located roughly 2 hours north of Los Angeles. Once you’re here, you can admire jaw-dropping natural beauty. The park borders the southern tip of the Sierra Nevada, it’s filled with scenic canyons and hiking trails that overlook it all.

You can access the hiking trails via the park’s dirt road network. It’s open to any street-legal car, so you can safely drive around in your rental car!

Camping at Red Rock Canyon SP

Moreover, travelers who wish to spend the night here can set camp at one of the 50 campsites situated at the Ricardo Campground. Up to 8 friends can share one campsite at $25 per site, no campgrounds for larger groups are available.

Next on your Highway 395 road trip: Lone Pine & Mt Whitney, 1 hour 20 minutes

Lone Pine & Mount Whitney

by Khun Hans Photography

After spending some time at the Red Rock Canyon SP, it’s time to head north into the beautiful landscapes of Sierra Nevada. A short 20-mile drive up will take you to the iconic Highway 395. Follow it for around an hour, until you reach the cute town of Lone Pine.

A slight detour to Death Valley National Park is an absolute must, especially if you haven’t been to this park before. You could even extend the trip further to see the Grand Canyon over in Arizona, too!

The village is a well-known spot for fishing. It’s also surrounded by some more spectacular natural beauty, complete with winding hiking trails to take it all in. These are some of the must-do attractions in Lone Pine.

Museum of Western Film History

Movie buffs have to drop by the Museum of Western Film History. The museum gallery is full of Western memorabilia that any enthusiast will love. Visitors can get an insightful look at how some of the most iconic Western movies were made.

You can watch a Western movie at what is perhaps the world’s best Western cinema, located within the premises. The cozy theatre can sit up to 85 guests.

The museum is open 10AM to 4PM Thursday to Monday.

Fishing in Lone Pine

Like we mentioned previously, the Lone Pine area is a popular spot among fishing fans who visit Sierra Nevada. There are plenty of fishing spots to choose from in and around Lone Pine, such as:

  • Independence Creek
  • George Creek
  • Diaz Lake

Check out this blog post by the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce for a guide on fishing in the Lone Pine area.

Hiking & Enjoying The Outdoors

Without a doubt, the best thing you can do in Lone Pine is simply enjoying the outdoors. There are lots of hiking trails, such as the Mobius Arch Loop Trailhead that will take you to the iconic Mobius Arch rock formation.

The Mt. Whitney Trailhead is worth paying a visit, too. From there, you could hike over to the Lone Pine Lake, which is around 6 miles (10km).

Whitney Portal Road Scenic Drive

Don’t let the short length of Whitney Portal Road fool you, this scenic drive is an absolute must-visit! The 13-mile (19km) scenic drive will take you through the heights of Alabama Hills. Movie buffs will instantly recognize this scenery from hundreds of Western films that were shot here. This area was also featured in High Sierra, an absolute classic from 1941 starring Humphrey Bogart.

Stay The Night

Before continuing further, Rentalmoose recommends spending the night in Lone Pine. Consider checking in at the cozy Dow Villa Motel. This family owned business has been welcoming guests ever since its opening in the 50s! Make the most out of the outdoor pool while you’re here.

Next on your Highway 395 road trip itinerary: Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, 1 hour 45 minutes

Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest

by Fred Moore

Technically, the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest does require a small detour off of Highway 395. However, much like the Death Valley NP, it is highly recommended to visit it along the way. You will not regret adding merely an hour of driving, that’s for sure!

If, somehow, you’re still not convinced about adding Bristlecone Pine Forest to your road trip itinerary, you’ll definitely want to keep reading.

This precious spot is home to some of the oldest trees found on our planet. What exactly does that mean?

Well, many of the trees found in the Bristlecone Pine Forest are more than 4000 years old!

You can get more information about the area at the visitor center located at Schulman Grove. It’s open throughout the summer between 10AM and 5PM Thursday to Sunday.

After a hike through the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, it’s time to continue along Highway 395 until you reach Bishop.

Next on your road trip: Bishop, 1 hour

Bishop

by Jay Huang

Bishop is yet another cute town that’s situated along Highway 395. It makes for one of the favorite local getaways from the hustle and bustle of Los Angeles. Its beautiful surrounding area makes for a great destination to visit on your drive up to Lake Tahoe.

Climbing the Buttermilks

Those who are into climbing are probably well aware of what Bishop has to offer. The nearby Buttermilks feature some of the region’s most accessible and diverse climbing areas. Every climber can have a great time enjoying these impressive boulders, no matter the skill level.

The climbs here range from beginner-friendly ones, all the way to some of the country’s most challenging routes. The Buttermilks are located only a short drive west out of Bishop. Simply follow the appropriately-named Buttermilk Road along the McGee Creek.

You can learn more about bouldering and climbing in Bishop in this guide.

Nature in Bishop

As Bishop is famous for its scenic natural setting, it is an absolute must to visit at least a few of the best sites in the area. Hike up and down the challenging trailheads, go on a thrilling mountain biking adventure, or simply take in the views from the comfort of your vehicle. Either way,you simply have to enjoy the outdoors when in Bishop.

The Four Lakes in the Bishop Creek Basin

The scenic Bishop Creek Basin is home to four spectacular lakes. Ideally, you’d want to visit all of them as each one offers a different landscape. If you only have the time to see one of them, we recommend going to the South Lake.

  • North Lake
  • Lake Sabrina
  • Intake II
  • South Lake

Next on your Highway 395 road trip: Mammoth Lakes, 45 minutes

Mammoth Lakes

by Jeff Sullivan

A short 45-minute drive along Highway 395 will take you to the scenic town of Mammoth Lakes. Without a doubt, this may just be the most exciting stopover during this road trip. If you only had the time for one break between Lake Tahoe and Los Angeles, I’d strongly recommend to make it here.

Mammoth Mountain

Mammoth Lakes is full of attractions, no matter the time of the year. During the magical winter, you should definitely head up to the Mammoth Mountain Ski Area. This resort is often considered to be the best of its kind in all of California!

Mammoth Mountain is easily the best place to go skiing in California. First-timers, as well as experienced skiers and snowboarders are all bound to have a good time here. If you’re not particularly into skiing, you can simply take the scenic gondola ride up to the summit. The views from there are magnificent.

Mammoth Mountain is a year-long destination. During the summer, travelers can play a game of golf or try out mountain biking. You can find more details about Mammoth Mountain on its official website.

Detour to Yosemite National Park

Did you know that one of the US’ best National Parks is just a small detour away? If you haven’t been to Yosemite NP before, it is strongly recommended to add a few days to your itinerary and visit it. You will not regret it, that’s for sure.

You can check out a guide around Yosemite National Park right here. Note that reservations are no longer required to enter the park!

Play Golf High Above Sea Level

Golf enthusiasts will surely have a good time when in Mammoth Lakes, as the town is home to two spectacular alpine golf courses:

You cannot go wrong with the Snowcreek golf resort. It was the first golf course in Mammoth Lakes, and is often considered to be the best one around. However, its elevation isn’t as high above sea level as the Sierra Star course.

Travelers can enjoy a game of golf accompanied by dramatic backdrops at each of the resorts. In addition, the Sierra Star golf course is also the highest-elevation 18-hole course in the entire state. You can see a driving increase of up to 10% when playing at this altitude, according to some experts.

Next on your Highway 395 road trip: South Lake Tahoe, 2 hours 30 minutes

Lake Tahoe

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This is it, the longest driving segment of your Highway 395 road trip. Follow the road up north for a little over 2 and a half hours, all the way until you reach the spectacular Lake Tahoe. The equally-amazing drive is perhaps the prettiest part of California’s stretch of Highway 395, too.

Welcome to one of the most beautiful lakes in the West part of the US! There are so many great attractions and fantastic things to do in this part of Lake Tahoe, it’d be impossible to list them all. Nonetheless, these are our top picks.

Vikingsholm Castle

Did you know that Lake Tahoe has its very own castle? The magical Vikingsholm is tucked away in the Emerald Bay, down at the southern tip of the lake.

Emerald Bay was the first destination where wealthy Californians would build their holiday homes in the late 1800s. The land where Vikingsholm is has seen summer cabins for over two centuries, though the beautiful castle erected in the late 1920s. It still remains here today, making for a truly magnificent spot.

by Mike McBey

You’ll probably quickly realize that Vikingsholm doesn’t exactly look like your typical North American building. The unique name is another giveaway of the property’s Scandinavian descent. In fact, Vikingsholm was commissioned by Mrs Lora Josephine Knight who had been in love with Scandinavian fjords. The natural setting of Lake Tahoe reminded her of Northern Europe.

Today, Vikingsholm welcomes tourists from across the planet. You can learn more about the property and all of its secrets during a guided tour.

Note that the property is 1-mile away from the car park, it is only accessible on foot or by boat.

Swimming & Sunbathing

Unwinding at a sandy beach does sound like the ideal way to spend the day. A well-deserved afternoon of relaxation isn’t exactly a road trip essential, though it certainly wouldn’t hurt. You should make the most out of the fact that swimming is permitted in Lake Tahoe. Enjoy the crystal-clear waters and impressive alpine backdrops!

These are some of the best beaches at South Lake Tahoe.

  • Kiva Beach
  • Zephyr Cove Beach
  • Conolley Beach
  • Emerald Bay
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Where to stay in South Lake Tahoe?

Travelers who wish to stay at a fun-packed resort should certainly consider booking a room or suite at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Resort. The 3-star property features spacious and modern rooms, though those who stay here will probably hang around the casino downstairs. Moreover, you can expect tons of live shows, cool bars to spend the evening at, and much more!

Alternatively, you could opt for the waterfront Beach Retreat & Lodge. At first sight, you may mistake the sandy beach of this hotel with an oceanfront resort on a Greek island or in Costa Rica. The 3-star property boasts modern rooms that overlook the lake, three waterfront restaurants, and a marina with kayaks and boat rentals.

Drop-off

After you’re done with your Highway 395 road trip, you could drive over to San Francisco and drop your rental car off there. Alternatively, you could drive back from Lake Tahoe to Los Angeles via the scenic Pacific Coast Highway, one of the best driving roads on the planet.

Don’t forget to use Rentalmoose to find the best rental car deal for this road trip!

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Skiing In New Zealand- Your Ultimate Guide

New Zealand is a natural wonderland, though most tourists prefer to visit this country during the summer. You may be surprised to hear that New Zealand is a terrific destination for skiing and snowboarding, yet it still remains vastly underrated.

Here is your ultimate guide to skiing in New Zealand.

The Basics

Does it snow in New Zealand?

Typically, snow only falls around the mountainous parts of New Zealand’s South Island, as well as the central part of the North Island. Snow can rarely be seen outside of the mountains, though.

When is winter in New Zealand?

Winter begins around June in New Zealand and lasts until late September. Similarly, the ski season usually begins in June and lasts until the end of September.

Getting around

The best way to get around New Zealand, especially if you’re planning to visit multiple spots in different parts of the country, is via a rental car.

Book your rental car with Rentalmoose to ensure you get the best deals!

Skiing In New Zealand- The Best Resorts

Note that many of New Zealand’s best ski resorts are located on the South Island. Rentalmoose recommends flying in to either Queenstown or Christchurch. You can then pick your rental car up directly from the airport and drive up to the resorts! There are 34 of them in total, though these are the ones we consider to be must-visits.

These are the best ski resorts near Queenstown:

The best alpine resorts near Christchurch:

The North Island is home to just two ski resorts. Both of them are situated on different sides of the same mountain. Nonetheless, they are certainly worth paying a visit!

Ski resorts on the North Island:

Without further ado, let’s dive into the best ski resorts in this fascinating country!

The Best Ski Resorts in New Zealand’s South Island

Check out some of our favorite spots you need to visit when skiing in New Zealand! We’ve focused on the best alpine resorts located near Queenstown and Christchurch.

For maximum convenience, consider picking up your rental car directly after arriving in New Zealand. Don’t forget that airport pick-up usually means having to pay an extra premium location surcharge on top of your rental bill.

Coronet Peak

Coronet Peak is one of the most famous ski resorts in New Zealand, located around half an hour out of Queenstown in the South Island.
Chris Counsell/Flickr

Summary

Nearest airport- Queenstown Airport (NZQN)- 30-minute drive

Day-pass- around $150 per adult, 50% reduction for children

Coronet Peak is easily the most popular ski resort around Queenstown, and it’s easy to see why.

As it’s the most famous alpine resort in the region, prepare to see lots of fellow riders. Especially during the peak season. If you’re looking for a serene spot, this is definitely not it.

Nonetheless, Coronet Peak is an absolute must on the itinerary of any skiing aficionado. The resort is made up of 3 different chairlifts and a variety of exciting trails to ride down. In addition, Coronet Peak is home to 2 restaurants, 2 bars, and a cafe to wind down after a joy-filled day.

What makes this alpine resort special is definitely its signature night time skiing sessions. That way, riders can enjoy the slopes even after the sun sets.

Those who are not in the mood for skiing can take the scenic gondola ride up to the summit, and simply take in the jaw-dropping views. Coronet Peak overlooks one of the most breathtaking mountain ranges in this part of the planet.

Cardrona

Skigoers enjoy a sunny winter day at Cardrona Alpine Resort, one of the best places to go skiing in New Zealand.
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Summary

Nearest airport- Queenstown Airport (NZQN)- 1 hour drive

Day-pass- around $150 per adult, 50% reduction for children

Cardrona Alpine Resort is one of the most popular ski resorts in New Zealand. Slopes are plentiful, for both beginners as well as experienced riders.

Cardrona features some of the best slopes in the country, paired with an unbeatable setting. Admire an impressive backdrop while riding down the tall mountain. After a day of skiing or snowboarding, you can unwind at one of 8 different cafes and restaurants within the resort.

Proximity to Queenstown is one of the main reasons why all ski lovers flock to Cardrona during the season. After all, the slopes are around an hour away from the heart of Queenstown. The nearest international airport is merely an hour away by car.

Rentalmoose insider tip: You can purchase a multi-day pass that can be used at both Cardrona and Treble Cone.

On the other hand, you should note that Cardrona can get rather crowded during peak tourist season. If you’re looking for a quiet ski slope with little to no tourists, this may not be the perfect pick for you.

A year-round destination

If you’re planning to visit New Zealand outside of the skiing season, you should still consider driving up to Cardrona. This action-packed resort is the ideal year-round destination.

These are just some of the things you can do in Cardrona outside of the ski season:

  • Mountain biking
  • Gondola ride up to the Cardrona Summit
  • Mountain carting
  • Visit the iconic Bra Fence
  • Stargazing

Treble Cone

Shellie/Flickr

Summary

Nearest airports- Queenstown Airport (NZQN)- 90-minute drive, Wanaka Airport (NZWF) is a 30-minute drive away

Day-pass- around $140 per adult, 50% reduction for children

Treble Cone is yet another famous ski resort near Queenstown. Unlike Cardrona, this alpine resort is not the best pick for beginners. If you’re an inexperienced skier or snowboarder, it’s probably best to skip Treble Cone.

Experienced ski and snowboard fanatics can enjoy the largest ski area on New Zealand’s South Island. In addition, the thrilling slopes get the highest amount of snow in the country!

Take a break from skiing and enjoy a meal with the view at the Allpress At Altitude bar. Alternatively, you could just grab a quick bite to eat from Grab & Go and directly head back on the slopes. The town of Wanaka is just a stone’s throw away from the ski resort.

Don’t forget that you can purchase a multi-day pass that can be used at both Treble Cone and Cardrona. Naturally, equipment rental is available directly at the resort.

The Remarkables

The Remarkables Mountain range in New Zealand is home to a wonderful ski resort.
Nick Bramhall/Flickr

Summary

Nearest airport- Queenstown Airport (NZQN)- 30-minute drive

Day-pass- around $140 per adult, 50% reduction for children

The Remarkables is the go-to alpine resort in New Zealand for beginners. This resort has earned its reputation as one of the best spots for travelers who are just starting out with winter sports. Oh, and it’s one of the top picks among snowboarders, as there are 7 parks filled with thrilling jumps and obstacles.

Riders can make the most out of the 7 different ski lifts and plenty of snowfall. It is recommended for first-timers to book guided lessons before hitting the slopes on their own.

The Remarkables- Ideal for Snowboarding

In addition to being a great spot for inexperienced skiers, the Remarkables is a top pick among hardcore snowboarders. Riders can choose from different parks, such as the Burton Stash which was designed by Jake Burton and Craig Kelly. It is one of just 6 parks designed by the legendary snowboarder, and the only one in the Southern Hemisphere!

This ski resort is easily accessible from the Queenstown Airport. In fact, it’s only a short 30-minute drive away. Remember to come prepared, as driving during the winter can turn out to be challenging.

Craigieburn Valley

Summary

Nearest airport- Christchurch Airport (CHC)- 90-minute drive

Tow price- $85 per adult, 50% reduction for children

Craigieburn Valley- Not Best For Beginners

Craigieburn may just be the most hardcore ski resort in all of New Zealand, not just the South Island. This alpine resort is infamous for having some of the craziest black runs in the country. If you’re looking for a beginner-friendly spot to ski, this is definitely not the right pick.

Certain about skiing in Craigieburn as a first-timer? Consider booking ski lessons before hitting the chutes on you own.

Skiers can make the best out of the three different ski lifts located within the resort. Then, make your way back down via the narrow chutes and steep slopes. Some of the trails are so crazy that even intermediate skiers may find them difficult.

As Craigieburn Valley is the opposite of beginner-friendly, you should not expect too many amenities. Unlike some of the other resorts on our list, Craigieburn only features one small cafe with panoramic views of the mountain range.

Broken River

A group of climbers hiking up to the summit of Broken River in New Zealand during the winter.
by Jason Blair

Summary

Nearest airport- Christchurch Airport (CHC)- 90-minute drive

Day-pass- around $85 per adult, 50% reduction for children, kids under 11 ski for free

Broken River is the polar opposite of the hardcore Craigieburn Valley. In fact, this ski resort is one of the top picks among beginners and intermediate skiers and snowboarders. What’s more, affordable prices and seasonal discounts for children all make Broken River one of the best family-friendly ski resorts in New Zealand.

Note that, much like Craigieburn Valley, Broken River does not have many amenities. You could grab a bite to eat at the local lodge, or book ski lessons directly at the resort. Don’t expect fancy cafes or crazy nightlife here, though.

Broken River is yet another ski resort in New Zealand’s South Island which is worth visiting year-round. During the summertime, travelers can hike around the wilderness or try out mountain biking. You can book one of the lodges and spend the night among breathtaking scenery, too.

Mount Hutt

Mount Hutt ski field seen on a sunny day. Mount Hutt is one of the top spots to go skiing in New Zealand.
by Geof Wilson

Summary

Nearest airport- Christchurch Airport (CHC)- 3 hour drive

Day-pass- around $80 per adult, 50% reduction for children

Mount Hutt is unarguably one of the best spots to go skiing in New Zealand. Don’t take our word for it, Mount Hutt even won the title as New Zealand’s best ski arena six years in a row!

Skiing down Mount Hutt is an absolute must-do experience. The views are out of this world, while the never-ending trails are nothing short of exciting.

Naturally, you would expect New Zealand’s best ski resort to have lots of amenities. You will find two restaurants to unwind after a day of skiing, two bars, a cafe, as well as equipment rental and extensive skiing and snowboarding lessons.

If you’re not in the mood to ski, you could always simply take the sightseeing trip up to the summit of Mount Hutt via the chair lift. The views from the top are unbeatable.

Mount Lyford

Mount Lyford is a fantastic ski resort near Christchurch, New Zealand.
by Justin McCormack

Summary

Nearest airport- Christchurch Airport (CHC)- 90-minute drive

Day-pass- around $85 per adult, $45 per child

Mount Lyford is one of the regions best-kept secrets. This alpine resort is one of the most fun spots to go skiing in New Zealand. Surprisingly, it does not draw too many crowds either, even during peak ski season!

As Christchurch is nearly two hours away, many tourists choose other resorts that are easier to access. That way, Mt Lyford remains an exceptional alpine resort that’s quite underrated.

The trails at Mount Lyford as suitable for both advanced skiers as well as first-timers. Lessons are available, along with equipment rental. If you want to spend the night at Lyford, consider booking one of the cozy mountain huts.

After a day of skiing, travelers can unwind at the cafe or spend some relaxing time at the Terako Day Lodge.

The Best Ski Resorts in New Zealand- North Island

While the North Island does not have as many alpine resorts as the South, there are still plenty of spots worth visiting in the central part of the island. That said, travelers who wish to go skiing in New Zealand will probably have a better time down on the South Island.

You’re not spoilt for choice in this part of the country-the North Island is only home to 2 ski resorts! Nonetheless, both of them are worth visiting.

Whakapapa

Snowboarding in empty Whakapapa, the largest ski resort in all of New Zealand.
by Kiwi Flickr

Summary

Nearest airport- Auckland Airport (AKL)- 3-hour drive

Day-pass- around $150 per adult, $100 per child

Whakapapa is undoubtedly the place to ski in the North Island. It’s the largest ski resort in New Zealand, and it sits atop the tallest mountain in this part of the country. What’s more, Whakapapa also features the largest beginner area in the country.

You may notice that Whakapapa looks strangely familiar. That’s because this resort was used as a filming location for one of the scenes in Lord Of The Rings! This in itself is already a great reason to pay Whakapapa a visit.

Don’t expect Whakapapa to be secluded. After all, New Zealand’s biggest ski resort does draw serious crowds, especially during peak season.

Skiers and snowboarders can make the most out of nearly 70 different trails at Whakapapa. Everyone will find a run suitable for their skill level here, no matter if you’re a first-timer or an expert.

Beginners

Rentalmoose insider tip: Consider visiting Whakapapa on a weekday if you want to avoid the crowds. A weekday pass costs nearly half the price of a regular day pass.

Looking to do some sightseeing rather than winter sport? Don’t miss the Sky Waka, a breathtaking gondola right that will take you up to the Knoll Bridge Chalet, over 2 kilometers above sea level. From there, you can take in the panoramic views. Note that Sky Waka is open all year long, not just during the winter time.

Turoa

photo courtesy of Flickr

Summary

Nearest airport- Auckland Airport (AKL)- 4.5 hour drive

Day-pass- around $150 per adult, $100 per child

Turoa is a stone’s throw away from the previously mentioned Whakapapa. In fact, this ski resort sits on the other side of the same mountain, Mt Ruapehu. Two of the best ski resorts in this part of New Zealand are both situated on the same active stratovolcano, shall we say more?

On top of all this, Turoa also features the tallest vertical drop out of any ski resort in all of Australasia. It’s a whopping 722 meters!

Every skier and snowboarder is bound to have a good time at Tuora, no matter what their skill level is. This alpine resort features a selection of challenging trails, along with a large beginner area for those who want to try out skiing in New Zealand.

If you’re not in the mood to ski, you could always simply take the country’s most technologically-advanced gondola ride up to the summit. Then, you can take in the panoramic views atop New Zealand’s highest lifted point.

As great as Tuora is, no ski resort is perfect. There are limited lodging options here, despite having both fantastic nightlife and tasty places to eat. Travelers who wish to spend the night here may want to head over to Whakapapa instead.

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Rental Cars For A Road Trip- This Is Why You Need One

Wondering whether you should get a rental car for your next road trip or vacation? Check out this blog post to see why rental cars for a road trip may be the perfect choice for you.

While prepping for a road trip may not be the most exciting part of the journey, it is certainly crucial. Afterall, you should double-check to pack all of the road trip essentials (we’ve recommended at least 30 items on our packing list!). Check out our rental car checklist that will help you plan your next adventure.

We’ve listed 10 reasons why you may want to get a rental car for your next road trip (click to jump to each section).

Without further ado, let’s jump into each one of them!

Better Fuel Economy

You may be surprised to hear that getting rental cars for a road trip can save you some money. The majority of cars offered by rental companies are modern, fuel-efficient vehicles.

Naturally, this may not apply to you if your vehicle has good fuel economy.

Booking your rental car via Rentalmoose? Check out our GoGreen filter and browse through electric and hybrid rental cars. Simply tick the green GoGreen boxes after selecting your location.

Adding Miles To Your Vehicle Lowers Its Value

If you plan to sell your vehicle soon, finding a buyer may become difficult if the car has lots of miles on the odometer. This can easily be avoided by opting for a rental car instead.

Instead of adding thousands of miles to your ride, consider getting rental cars for a road trip. That way, you do not have to worry about the resale value dropping dramatically.

Practicality- Cargo Space and More Seats

Planning to travel with many friends? Perhaps there is a lot of cargo you want to take on the road with you. Whatever the case may be, there are situations where your personal vehicle simply won’t cut it.

If your car is a 5-seater and you want to go on a road trip with 6 of your friends, consider renting a minivan. If you drive a small coupe, you may not have as much cargo space as a large SUV. The list goes on.

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Reliability

It is no secret that not all cars are created equal. Some automobiles, like a Toyota Camry or a Volkswagen Golf, are a lot more reliable than others.

If your car is notorious for reliability issues, a rental car may be the safest way to go. Afterall, the last thing you want is to cancel your road trip halfway due to a vehicle breakdown.

All Wheel Drive

An all-wheel-drive system delivers power from the engine to all four wheels of the vehicle. As opposed to rear-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive cars, AWD automobiles perform best in harsh weather conditions. If you know you’ll be driving in winter or off the beaten path, an AWD-powered car is a must.

More Miles On Your Vehicle Means More Maintenance Costs

Let’s not forget that going on a long road trip in your vehicle can generate additional maintenance costs. Using your car to drive long distances leads to an array of extra costs. Anything from frequent oil changes to fixing damages can add up to a hefty bill at the repair shop.

When booking rental cars for a road trip, on the other hand, you do not have to worry about the maintenance at all. You simply pick up the vehicle and begin your adventure. Once your rental period is over, all you have to do is return the keys to the rental car. Do not worry about the wear and tear.

Be sure to contact your rental company as soon as possible if you notice any technical problems with your rental car. Make sure to inspect the condition of the car inside and out before driving off.

You Can Begin The Road Trip Anywhere

When going on a road trip in your personal car, you do not really have much choice when it comes to picking the starting point. Sure, there are lots of different places you can go. However, every road trip will have to begin from your house, or wherever your vehicle is at the time.

However, this is certainly not the case when renting a car for a road trip.

When booking your rental car through Rentalmoose, you can pick from over 15 000 different locations worldwide. That way, your road trip can begin anywhere! From sunny Florida all the way to Bali, the possibilities are just endless.

Leased Cars Have A Monthly Mileage Limit

Let’s not forget that cars that are leased often have a monthly mileage limit. If your vehicle is leased, you may not be able to go on a long road trip due to the car’s limited amount of mileage. If this is the case, it is more convenient to get a rental car for your road trip instead.

Planning to go on a road trip in a vehicle that is leased? Ensure that you won’t surpass the monthly limit specified in your lease agreement. Otherwise, you may be subject to additional fees.

Roadside Assistance

Additional insurance packages for that extra peace of mind are another reason why you could pick a rental car for your next road trip.

rental moose mascot posing next to broken down mercedes. Dont forget to purchase roadside assistance when booking rental cars for a road trip.

Rental cars in the US usually don’t come with any additional protection. While third-party liability is included in the basic protection package, a collision damage waiver or theft protection need to be added separately.

Roadside assistance or additional protection packages can prove to be extremely useful, especially during long road trips. Double-check with your credit card company before leaving- many credit card plans include additional rental car protection. That way, you don’t have to purchase extra packages from third-party companies.

Check out this blog post to learn all there is to know about rental car insurance.

It’s Fun, Plain And Simple

Last, but certainly not least, don’t forget that renting a vehicle will enrich your adventure. Driving a rental car, especially one that you’ve never experienced before, will add up and make your road trip even more unforgettable.

No matter whether you pick an eco-friendly plug-in hybrid, or a drop-top convertible for those coastal drives, you’re bound to have fun in a rental car.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I get a rental car for a road trip?

Getting rental cars for a road trip can save you money, as a rental car can be more reliable and fuel-efficient than your personal vehicle. Don’t forget that you can rent a car anywhere and start your road trip far from home!

How much does it cost to rent a car for a road trip?

While the prices vary greatly depending on the region and car type, expect to pay between $50 and $70 per day.

What is the best car to rent for a road trip?

Don’t forget that rental cars are grouped by their ACRISS codes. In practice, it means that there is no guaranteed car model when renting a car. Hence the “or similar” phrase next to the image of the car.

Looking for more travel inspiration?

Head over to our curated travel guides, where you’ll find tens of itineraries and road trip ideas around our favorite destinations around the world. Find anything from the most Instagrammable places in NYC through to a trip around Costa Rica or Rhodes in Greece.

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These Are The 7 Longest Roads in The World

Driving down endless roads is unarguably one of the highlights of any great road trip. Check out the longest road in the world, as well as six runner-ups that are nearly as long!

Your international travel plans have probably come to a halt due to the ever-changing restrictions caused by COVID-19. However, that should not stop you from learning about potential destinations for the coming years.

Take a look at this map to see where the world’s longest roads are located.

These are the longest roads in the world (click to jump to each section):

  1. US Route 6
  2. US Route 20
  3. Golden Quadrilateral Highway
  4. Trans-Canada Highway
  5. Trans-Siberian Highway
  6. Highway One
  7. Pan-American Highway

Continue reading to find out more about each of the world’s longest roads!

U.S. Route 6

Loveland Pass historic photo from the 1960s. Loveland Pass in Colorado is a part of the US Route 6, one of the longest road in the world. It connects Long Beach in California with Princetown in Massachusetts.
Photo by Robert J. Boser

Total length: 5 100 km/3 100 miles

Starting point: Long Beach, California

Finishing point: Provincetown, Massachusetts

Road trip duration: 2 weeks+

Apart from being one of the longest roads in the world, the U.S. Route 6 is also one of the best cross-country US road trips. Afterall, is there a better way to explore the United States than by traversing the entire country?

As covering this much distance can be challenging, it is recommended to spend at least 2 weeks on the road to complete this road trip. Get on the US-6 in the small town of Provincetown, Massachusets. You will pass through nearly 15 states in total before reaching the destination in Long Beach, California.

With the Rocky Mountain National Park, Utah’s spectacular natural beauty, Nevada and its hidden gems, as well as countless other points of interest along the way, this truly makes one of the best road trips you could ever take.

U.S. Route 20

apart from being one of the longest road in the world, US Route 20 is the main driving road through Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming.
Photo by ArtTower

Total length: 5 500 km/3 400 miles

Starting point: Newport, Oregon

Finishing point: Boston, Massachusetts

Road trip duration: 2 weeks+

Looking for an alternative cross-country road trip that goes along just one single highway? The US Route 20 may just be the perfect pick for you. This journey would be 500 kilometers shorter than the previously mentioned US Route 6.

This 5500-kilometer (3400 miles) long road stretches from Newport in Oregon all the way to Boston over on the East Coast. From all the attractions that you’ll see along the way, the unarguable highlight is the Yellowstone National Park.

As this is one of the longest roads in the world, it is recommended to spend at least 2 weeks on the road to make the most out of each destination. Much like the US Route 6, GPS navigation won’t be needed for this road trip. Just follow the same road from start to finish!

Golden Quadrilateral Highway- India

Golden Quadrilateral Highway, one of the longest roads in the world, connects the four major cities in India.
Photo by Soham Banerjee

Total length: 6 000 km/3 600 miles

Starting point: Delhi, India

Finishing point: Delhi, India

Road trip duration: 2 weeks+

The Golden Quadrilateral Highway is the second-longest road in all of Asia. This road is crucial for India, as it connects the four main cities in the country- Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai.

Travelers who plan to complete the loop around the Golden Quadrilateral Highway should think twice about driving in Delhi and Mumbai, two of the largest cities in India. Each of these cities is home to around 20 million people. Can you imagine what rush hour traffic must look like in such an enormous city?

Nonetheless, driving down the Golden Quadrilateral Highway is bound to be an unforgettable adventure. Apart from seeing some of the largest urban populations on the planet, travelers will also visit landmarks such as the Taj Mahal. Be sure to stop by Belgaum and admire some of the breathtaking waterfalls around the area.

Trans-Canada Highway

Trans Canada Highway, one of the longest roads in the world, connects two ends of Canada. Spectacular scenic drive through Glacier National Park.
Photo by Mariano Mantel

Total length: 7 000 km/5 000 miles

Starting point: Victoria, British Columbia

Finishing point: St. John, Newfoundland and Labrador

Road trip duration: 2 weeks+

Although not the longest road on the planet, the Trans-Canada Highway is considered the longest national highway on Earth.

Those who decide to drive across this lengthy scenic route are in for a real treat, as the Trans Canada Highway will take them right through some of the most spectacular landscapes in the country. Don’t forget to plan stops in some of the country’s fascinating National Parks, Gros Morne and Glacier to name a few.

Expect to spend at least 2 weeks on the road to complete this road trip across one of the longest roads in the world. Accommodate some extra time for stops at scenic overlooks, as you’ll surely find yourself stopping to take in the views rather often.

Trans-Siberian Highway- Russia

Trans Siberian Highway, one of the longest roads in the world, seen in winter. Volvo driving through snowy forest in Russia
Photo by Сергей Корчанов

Total length: 11 000 km/7 000 miles

Starting point: St. Petersburg, Russia

Finishing point: Vladivostok, Russia

Road trip duration: 1 month+

The third-longest road in the world is the Trans-Siberian Highway. This 11 000-kilometer highway connects St. Petersburg by the Baltic Sea with Vladivostok, a Russian city just 3 hours north of the North Korean border.

The Trans-Siberian Highway became fully paved in 2015. However, this does not mean that crossing this route has become easy. In fact, it is quite the opposite.

Harsh weather conditions and a remote location both make passing the Trans-Siberian Highway challenging, to say the least. Parts of the road can quickly become impassable during the road, leaving you stranded in the middle of nowhere.

That’s not to say that a road trip across the Trans-Siberian wouldn’t be the adventure of a lifetime. Some of the attractions along the way include a visit to Moscow, passing Lake Baikal, and getting close to North Korea as you approach Vladivostok. You’ll drive across seemingly endless plains of Northern Asia, coniferous forests, and tall mountains.

This journey would take at least a month to complete, given that there are no delays due to unpredictable weather conditions.

Highway 1- Australia

Highway 1 in Australia, one of the longest roads in the world. Straight, empty paved road goes through green fields and trees.

Total length: 14 500 km/9 000 miles

Starting point: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Finishing point: Sydney, NSW, Australia

Road trip duration: 2 months+

Apart from being the second-longest roadway in the world, Australia’s Highway 1 takes the trophy as the world’s longest national highway! Driving down this enormous 14 500 km (9000 miles) loop is one of the best ways to see the best of what Australia has got to offer.

Australia’s Highway 1 will take you across all states of the country. You can begin the journey in Sydney and head south towards Melbourne. This chunk of the journey alone makes for a great road trip idea already, check it out.

A segment of Highway 1 just south of Sydney is named the Grand Pacific Drive. The 140 scenic coastal route is considered to be one of the most scenic driving roads in the world!

long sandy beach and wavy blue ocean off the great ocean road on a clear sunny day in victoria australia. The article is about the longest roads in the world.

You could also detour in Melbourne and head down the Great Ocean Road, which is yet another scenic coastal drive. Check out the itinerary here. All in all, there are plenty of attractions worth visiting along the way.

The recommended duration for this road trip is at least 2 months. That way you can make the most out of each stop along the way, and won’t feel like you’ve rushed through too quickly.

Pan-American Highway

pan american highway is considered to be the longest road in the world. Straight road through plains of south america.
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Total length: 48 000 km/30 000 miles

Starting point: Prudhoe Bay, Alaska

Finishing point: Ushuaia, Argentina

Road trip duration: 6months+

Driving across the Pan-American Highway is on the bucket list of travelers around the globe. Many consider the Pan-American Highway to be the ultimate road trip in the world. While we all have different visions of the perfect road trip, there is no doubt that this is the longest one of them all.

According to Guinness World Records, the Pan-American Highway is the world’s longest “motorable road”.

The entire journey from the northern tip in Alaska all the way to the south of Argentina spans nearly 50 000 kilometers (30 000 miles) in total. Those who decide to complete this fascinating journey will pass through 14 countries on 2 continents, as well as 6 different time zones before reaching the end. Although the Panamericana is considered to be the longest road in the world, not all of it can be passed by car. In fact, the road disconnects for about 100 miles nearly in the middle of the journey.

Darien Gap

There is a 100-mile stretch of remote wilderness in Panama and Colombia which is known as the Darien Gap, and the Pan-American Highway does not pass through this jungle. Instead, the road cuts off in Yaviza in Panama and resumes in Turbo, Colombia. There have been plans to build a road through the infamous Darien Gap, though with no success yet.

The Darien Gap is widely regarded as one of the most remote locations on the planet, even though it’s only around 60 miles long. This stretch of vibrant jungle doubles as one of the most dangerous places in the world, thanks to both dangerous wildlife as well as criminal activity.

As the jungle is the only way to cross from Colombia to Panama by land, Darien Gap has become the road of choice for illegal immigrants who want to get to North America. Add in the lack of law enforcement that makes the spot ideal for cartels and other criminals, and you end up with a quite dangerous area.

The dangerous Darien Gap does not mean that completing this road trip is impossible. In fact, most travelers choose to ship their vehicles over from Panama City to Cartagena and resume the road trip from there. There used to be a ferry crossing, though it is no longer in service.

As the two roads aren’t connected to one other, it is debatable whether the Pan-American Highway can really be considered as the world’s longest road.

Discussions aside, crossing the Pan-American Highway would definitely make for a long adventure! Most travelers need at least half a year to complete this journey.

Have you driven on any of these roads? Post photos from the longest road you’ve seen on Instagram using #Rentalmoose for a chance to have your work featured in our upcoming articles!

Don’t forget to check out our curated travel guides for more travel inspiration. You don’t have to drive the longest road in the world to have an unforgettable adventures!

The Best Instagrammable Places in NYC- Local Guide

Looking for the best spots to step up your photo game? Check out our comprehensive guide around our favorite instagrammable places in NYC.

New York City is filled with great photo opportunities that are scattered all over the city. Our list consists of 30 of our favorite picks. These are both well-known landmarks, as well as the not-so-famous spots in The Big Apple.

These are our top picks for the 30 best Instagram spots in New York City (click to jump to each section):

Manhattan

  1. Guggenheim Museum
  2. Central Park
  3. Radio City Music Hall
  4. Top of The Rock- Rockefeller Center
  5. Times Square
  6. Grand Central Terminal
  7. The Vessel at Hudson Yards
  8. Empire State Building
  9. High Line
  10. Flatiron Building
  11. Greenwich Village
  12. Washington Square Park
  13. L’Appartement Sézane
  14. Pietro Nolita
  15. NoMo Soho
  16. The Crown
  17. Doyers Street
  18. Staple Street Skybridge
  19. One World Observatory
  20. The Oculus

Brooklyn:

  1. Brooklyn Bridge
  2. Jane’s Carousel
  3. DUMBO
  4. Brooklyn Bridge Park
  5. 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge
  6. Domino Park
  7. Westlight Rooftop
  8. Luna Park in Coney Island
  9. TWA Hotel

Queens:

  1. Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Check out this interactive map of all of these photo opportunities in NYC.

Keep reading to learn more about the best places to take pictures in NYC!

Best Instagrammable Places in NYC- Manhattan

Manhattan is home to the vast majority of Instagrammable places in the Big Apple. Take a look at some of our favorite picks!

The Guggenheim Museum

You cannot miss the iconic Guggenheim Museum! It is hard to find a museum that gets better than this. Travelers are in for a double-treat, as the building itself is just as spectacular as the art inside.

The stunning state-of-the-art architecture draws in thousands of visitors every day. The unique building, designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is beloved among both tourists and locals alike.

It is no surprise that the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Address: 1071 5th Ave, New York, NY 10128, United States

Hours: 11AM to 6PM Thursday-Monday

Central Park

Central Park is perhaps the most recognizable park in the entire world. We have all seen it, either in blockbuster movies or on social media. Now is the perfect chance to see Central Park in real life.

There are so many places to see within the park that it would require an entire blog post to cover them all. Wherever you go in Central Park, you’re bound to see amazing photo opportunities to step up your Instagram game.

Why not drop by the Sheep Meadow for a picnic while you’re at it, too?

Address: Heart of Manhattan. You can enter the park at 59th Street, for instance

Opening hours: 6AM-10PM, 365 days a year

 
 
 
 
 
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Radio City Music Hall

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Once you’re in front of the iconic Radio City Music Hall, you’ll feel as if you’ve traveled back in time. The exterior of this building is nothing short of spectacular. What’s more, you can always book tickets and step inside to catch a live gig.

The fascia of the Music Hall is best admired after dusk falls, as the neon lights create a spectacular backdrop for your photos.

Address: 1260 6th Ave, New York, NY 10020

Hours: Temporarily closed due to the pandemic. Best admired from across the street after sunset.

Top of The Rock- Rockefeller Center

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Remember the Christmas Tree scene from Home Alone 2? The enormous tree can be admired every year at the Rockefeller Center, yet another Instagrammable landmark in NYC.

The seasonal Christmas tree display is far from the only reason to visit the Rockefeller Center. The Top Of The Rock offers unforgettable views of the city’s legendary skyline. Not to be missed when in New York City!

Out of all the viewpoints in NYC, this could very well be our favorite one. Afterall, when you’re at the Top Of The Rock you can still admire the Empire State Building, as well as the One World Trade Center.

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, New York, NY 10112

Opening hours (Top of the Rock): Sunday-Saturday 11AM-7PM

Times Square

Times Square needs no introduction. It makes for one of the instantly-recognizable landmarks of NYC, along with the Statue of Liberty and perhaps Central Park, too.

If you post a photo taken here, there will be no doubt that you are indeed in The City That Never Sleeps.

Expect tons of tourists from all corners of the planet squeezing through this iconic intersection, all while being entertained by street performers. Love it or hate it, you have got to visit Times Square at least once during your NYC trip.

Address: Manhattan, NY 10036

Best time to visit: After sunset

Grand Central Terminal

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The Grand Central Terminal is as iconic as a train station can possibly get. The history of it dates back to 1913 when Grand Central Terminal first opened its doors to the public.

Step inside the station’s Main Concourse, which you’ve definitely seen in at least one movie before. The station’s jaw-dropping interior makes for a perfect backdrop for portrait photography. Filmmakers can set up a timelapse capturing the as the crowds go by during the afternoon.

Address: 89 E 42nd St, New York, NY 10017

Best time to visit: Midday for the crowds or late at night to avoid them.

The Vessel

Want to feel as if you are in a science-fiction movie? Be sure to drop by the Vessel at Hudson Yards, one of the most famous instagrammable places in NYC.

Some of your followers may even think that this futuristic structure is photoshopped.

Travelers can climb the stairs to the top of the tower and enjoy a whole different perspective of the Vessel. What’s best, free entry tickets are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Get there early to make the most out of this spectacular location!

Address: 20 Hudson Yards, New York, NY 10001

Opening hours: Closed (as of March 2021) due to COVID-19.

Empire State Building

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Visiting the observation deck at the top of the Empire State Building is a must-do when in NYC, no doubt. From a photographer’s point of view, however, there are better spots to see the city.

The largest issue when you’re at the top of the Empire State Building is that the majestic tower is not a part of the skyline anymore.

While it’s worth visiting the top strictly for the bragging rights, you may want to head to the Top of The Rock for a better photo.

Address: 20 W 34th St, New York, NY 10001

Opening hours: 12-9PM daily

The High Line

by Brandon W.

Apart from being one of the best Instagrammable places in NYC, the High Line is also one of the best free attractions in town!

The High Line connects the Meatpacking District to Hudson Yards. Once a busy train line, the High Line hosts art exhibits and colorful plants today. Expect some of the best views of NYC stretched across this 1.45-mile long attraction.

Address: enter at Gansevoort Street, 23rd Street, or 30th Street

Opening hours: 7AM-7PM on weekdays, 10AM-6PM on weekends. Reservations are required to enter on the weekend.

The Flatiron Building

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The Flatiron Building is yet another iconic landmark in The Big Apple. Once again, if you post a photo of this building on your Instagram feed, your followers will instantly recognize that you are indeed in New York City.

Step across the street from the Flatiron Building, or grab a shot as you’re crossing the junction directly in front of it. Beware of oncoming traffic!

Address: 175 5th Ave, New York, NY 10010

Greenwich Village

 
 
 
 
 
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Greenwich Village is a quite part of the Big Apple that sits north of Lower Manhattan. It is quite a contrast from the hustle and bustle of its neighboring districts, to say the least.

This cute part of the city is home to beautiful residential buildings made from iconic red brick. You’ve definitely seen Greenwich Village in some of your favorite films, perhaps without knowing where it was. Now’s the perfect chance to see them in person!

You can continue strolling over to West Village, which is arguably just as scenic yet nowhere near as popular among travelers. Treat it as somewhat of a hidden gem, if you will.

The next spot sits in the heart of Greenwich Village!

Washington Square Park

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This is the spot to go if you want to fool your friends and followers that you’re in Paris. The Washington Square Arch overlooks Washington Square Park, right in the heart of Greenwich Village.

On a sunny day, you can get an awesome shot of the Empire State Building seen through the arch. Give it a try! Don’t forget to post your photos online using #Rentalmoose.

Great photos aside, this park is the ideal place to watch the daily life of New York City. If people-watching is your thing, you’ll love hanging out here.

Address: Washington Square, New York, NY 10012

Opening hours: 6AM-12AM

Renwick Triangle

If you’re looking for a photo opportunity that’s a lot less common than the landmarks such as the Empire State Building or the Flatiron, the Renwick Triangle may be the ideal spot for you.

This cute Instagrammable spot in NYC lays on the corner of Stuyvesant & East 10th streets. The townhouse situated between the trees makes for a year-round backdrop, ideal for your photos.

Address: 100-138 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

L’Appartement Sézane

L’Appartement Sézane is a cute store located just a few blocks away from Greenwich Village. The facade of this shop has become a favorite among photographers and influencers from across the globe.

You can always pop inside and pick out some new clothes, too.

Oh, the fun Museum of Ice Cream is just a stone’s throw away! It is quite literally the Instagram haven of NYC.

Address: 254 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10012

Pietro Nolita

 
 
 
 
 
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If we had to pick the most Instagrammed restaurant in NYC, Pietro Nolita would certainly take the crown.

This trendy Italian eatery is a must-visit for any fan of pink. It is filled with pink-colored decor both inside and out. Bring a matching outfit!

After a photoshoot outside of this bright eatery, why not step inside for a delicious meal? Choose from a selection of Italian dishes, or order a refreshing cocktail.

Address: 174 ELIZABETH STREET NEW YORK, NY 10012

Opening hours: Thursday-Saturday 12pm–11pm Sunday 12PM–close

NoMo Soho

Similar to Pietro Nolita, this is yet another trendy eatery that doubles as a famous Instagrammable place in NYC. NoMo Kitchen is a spectacular restaurant located within the NoMo Soho hotel.

The restaurant features vivid greenery that serves as a perfect photo backdrop. Guests can dine both inside and outdoors, though even the indoor area feels like a forest.

Don’t miss NoMo on your tour of New York City, especially if you enjoy taking photos in a beautiful setting.

Address: 9 Crosby St, New York, NY 10013

Opening hours: until 9PM on weekdays, 10PM on weekends

The Crown Rooftop Bar

There are tons of different rooftop bars in NYC that offer jaw-dropping views, though only a handful are as spectacular as The Crown. Afterall, what could be as Instagrammable as the skyline of New York City?

Enjoy an upscale night out with your friends, all while admiring the bustle of Manhattan from above. Indoor dining is available too, with an equally unbeatable view of the city.

Address: 50 Bowery, New York, NY 10013

Opening hours: Wednesday-Sunday 4-11PM

Doyers Street

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While Chinatown is home to many underrated Instagrammable places in NYC, Doyers Street remains the most iconic spot in this part of Manhattan.

Don’t let the photos fool you- Doyers Street is merely 200 feet (60 meters) long!

While the street is favored among photographers and influencers alike today, it certainly wasn’t the case in the early 20th century. Back then, Doyers Street was actually infamous as the “Bloody Angle” where countless killings among the Tong Gangs took place.

Despite a spooky past, there is no need to worry about the safety of Doyers Street in the 21st century. It’s just a stone’s throw away from The Crown over at Bowery.

Staple Street Skybridge

This is a real gem for photographers, which is surprisingly easy to miss when walking around the Tribeca. You have to know what you’re looking for, otherwise you could end up missing this marvelous photo opportunity!

The charming cast-iron bridge connects two buildings over Staple Street. Back in the day, the bridge would connect two different buildings that made up the New York Hospital back at the beginning of the 20th century.

Today, the hospital is gone, yet the cute bridge remains. In fact, it was once listed for sale for a whopping $35 million around two years ago. Fancy a new place to stay in the heart of NYC?

Address: 9 Jay St, New York, NY 10013

One World Observatory

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This is the creme de la creme of all observation points in New York City. One World Observatory is in fact the highest of them all. Note that there is no outdoor deck here, though.

Just like the top of the Empire State Building, however, the biggest downside of the One World Observatory is that the iconic structure will not be in your photos taken here. If you want to capture NYC above the heart of it all, this is the place to go.

Address: One World Trade Center 117 West Street New York, New York 10007

Opening hours: check official website

The Oculus

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If you’re already at the One World Observatory, don’t miss the Oculus. Much like the Grand Central Terminal, the Oculus is a busy transit hub. Its unique architecture makes the Oculus one of the best Instagrammable places in NYC.

The spectacular structure was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, and it is supposed to resemble a dove leaving a child’s hands.

The impressive train station cost $4 billion dollars to build, making it the most expensive one in the whole world. Yet another reason to pay it a visit!

Address: 4-minute walk from the 9/11 Memorial. New York, NY 10007

Best Instagrammable Places in NYC- Brooklyn

After making the most out of the best photo opportunities in Manhattan, it’s time to cross the Brooklyn Bridge over to Brooklyn! Check out our favorite photo spots in Brooklyn below.

Brooklyn Bridge

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Virtually anybody who has been to New York City will have posted a photo of the famous Brooklyn Bridge. Afterall, this piece of architecture is easily just as much of a landmark as the Statue of Liberty. The bridge connects Manhattan and Brooklyn, and crossing it on foot is one of the must-do things in NYC.

Once you’re on the Brooklyn Bridge, you may seem overwhelmed with incredible photo opportunities to step up your Instagram game. Portraits of you and the bridge in the background, capturing the Manhattan skyline from the bridge, or grabbing shots of the Statue of Liberty. The possibilities here are simply endless, so get creative!

As this is one of the most famous places to visit in NYC, expect tons of like-minded tourists to be there too. Getting a shot with virtually no other people, like the photo above, is a difficult task. Especially when traveling during the peak season.

Address: Brooklyn Bridge, New York, NY 10038

Jane’s Carousel is yet another spectacular Instagrammable place in Brooklyn, just a short walk away from the Brooklyn Bridge.

This vintage carousel dates back to 1922 when it was first opened, and its waterfront setting makes for a scenic backdrop for your pictures.

Make sure to stroll around the surrounding area to find even more photo opportunities! One of the most iconic spots, Dumbo, is just a short stroll away.

Address: DUMBO section of the Brooklyn Bridge Park

Opening hours: Temporarily closed due to COVID-19

Dumbo

by Leonhard Niederwimmer

Looking at the amount of people who take pictures at Dumbo, you may think that it is a legal requirement to post a photo taken here. If there was an Instagram rulebook for New York City, a stop at Dumbo would likely land in its first section.

It is easy to see why so many aspiring Instagrammers choose this location. The symmetrical shot you can capture here is nothing short of legendary, even if it is slightly overdone by now. Nonetheless, Dumbo is another must-visit in Brooklyn.

Where is that iconic Manhattan Bridge photo spot?

All of these photos are taken on Washington Street. Here, the Manhattan Bridge is perfectly framed by NYC’s iconic red brick buildings.

If you’re an early bird and want to avoid the crowds while getting that sweet golden hour look, consider coming to Dumbo during sunrise.

Address: 39-21 Washington St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Brooklyn Bridge Park

by Uwe Conrad

After a visit to Jane’s Carousel and Dumbo, why not head to the waterfront Brooklyn Bridge Park? This location is full of wonderful photo opportunities, where you can capture the Manhattan skyline with the East River in the foreground.

Consider coming here after the sun sets, as the lights from Manhattan’s skyscrapers will illuminate the water. It’s truly magical!

Address: 334 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Opening hours: 6AM-1AM, 365 days per year

1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge

If you’re looking for a hotel in New York City that offers some of the best views in town, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge may be the perfect pick for you. This trendy property features rooms with tremendous views of the Manhattan Skyline. You can also head up to the rooftop pool to get your one-of-a-kind photo of Lower Manhattan.

Don’t want to splash out on a room here? Well, you can always head up to the Harriet’s Rooftop that’s located within the hotel. This bar is known for its outdoor seating area that opens up to spectacular views of Manhattan. Indoor seating is available, too.

Address: 60 Furman St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Opening hours (Harriet’s Rooftop): Tuesday-Friday 5PM-2AM, Saturdays 12PM-2AM, Sundays 12PM-12AM

Domino Park

Domino Park is one of those up-and-coming Instagrammable places in NYC. It is nowhere near as popular as the park near Brooklyn Bridge, hence it is also not as crowded.

Domino Park is the place to go for photos of the Manhattan skyline from a slightly different perspective. If you crave a lesser-known location, this is it!

The waterfront greenery is perfect for a picnic.

Address: 300 Kent Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Opening hours: 6AM-1AM all week long

Westlight

Westlight is a trendy rooftop bar in Brooklyn that is known for beautiful views of the Manhattan skyline.

This is the perfect spot to get your sunset photos of NYC, as the bar features 360 degree views from 22 floors above ground level.

A wide selection of refreshing drinks only make the experience more worthwhile. Indoor seating is available, too.

Address: 111 N 12th St 22nd floor, Brooklyn, NY 11249

Opening hours: 5-11PM weekdays, 1-11PM weekends

Luna Park in Coney Island

by Bruce Emmerling

Coney Island offers many unique photo opportunities, hence it lands on our list as one of the best Instagrammable places in NYC. The Luna Park here is simply iconic.

The 100-year-old Wonder Wheel makes for a great backdrop, especially when taking pictures from the sandy beach.

After you’re done taking in the atmosphere, feel free to step inside Luna Park and enjoy some of the thrilling rides! Don’t miss the legendary wooden coaster, one of the oldest in the country!

Address: 1000 Surf Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11224

Opening hours: Vary depending on the weather. Check the official website for details

TWA Hotel

The TWA Hotel is the only on-airport hotel at the NYC JFK Airport. However, it is far from your regular airport hotel!

Once you step inside, you’ll be transported back to the 1960s. The interior design is one-of-a-kind, featuring a display of classic art exhibits, vintage cars, and more. You’re bound to be mesmerized by this incredible property. There’s even a restored TWA jet here!

You can book your room at the TWA Hotel and enjoy the best of what this unique property has to offer, including a rooftop pool or the airplane-turned-cocktail lounge.

Don’t skip this place, as it’s truly one of the most amazing Instagrammable places in NYC.

Address: John F. Kennedy International Airport, JFK Access Road, One Idlewild Drive, 11430

Best Instagrammable Place In Queens- Bonus

While many of the best Instagrammable places in NYC are scattered around Manhattan and Brooklyn, there are quite a few of them in Queens as well. We’ve picked Flushing Meadows as our go-to spot in this part of town.

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

by Robert Jones

Though this park is far from the most famous in NYC, you’ve probably seen its highlight at least once in an American movie. The Unisphere is a 140-foot high globe that is a perfect photo oppportunity, and one of our favorites in this part of the city.

The spacious park is full of other, lesser-known Instagrammable places as well. Don’t miss them!

Address (unisphere): Avenue of the Americas, Flushing, NY 11354

Opening hours: 6AM-9PM all week long

There you have it, these are the 30 best Instagrammable places in NYC! Are you going to see them all on your next trip to The Big Apple?

Don’t forget to tag your New York City photos on Instagram using #Rentalmoose. Some of our favorites may even make it on our list!

Check out other curated travel guides around the US.

20 Of The Best Driving Roads In The World

Scenic drives are the core of any great road trip. Check out 20 of the best driving roads ever. How many of them are on your travel bucket list already?

We’ve compiled a list of 20 of our favorite roads in Europe and the US. Some of them offer spectacular views along the way, while others are simply a joy to drive on.

Check out the map below to see exactly where each road is located. That way, you can easily plan your next road trip around these locations. Take a look at our travel guides for more travel inspiration around some of the best locations worldwide.

The list goes as follows:

10 Best Driving Roads In Europe

  1. Furka Pass
  2. Stelvio Pass
  3. The Ring Road
  4. Atlantic Ocean Road (Norway)
  5. Transfaragasan
  6. Gorges du Verdon
  7. Route Napoleon
  8. North Coast 500
  9. Schwarzwaldhochstrasse
  10. Nurburgring

10 Best Driving Roads In America

  1. Going To The Sun Road
  2. Pacific Coast Highway
  3. Million Dollar Highway
  4. Overseas Highway
  5. White Rim Road
  6. The Tail of The Dragon
  7. Mulholland Drive
  8. Pikes Peak
  9. Artists Drive
  10. Monument Valley

Without further ado, let’s jump into each one of the best driving roads in the world!

The 10 Best Driving Roads in Europe

Picking just one as our favorite driving road would be nearly impossible, let alone sorting them from best to worst. Instead, the roads below are listed in random order.

Furka Pass- The Best Mountain Pass in Europe

Furka Pass mountain pass seen from a nearby highway. Furka in Switzerland is one of the best mountain passes in the Alps.
by Jason Parker

Picking the best mountain pass in Europe is a difficult task, as there are so many jaw-dropping drives to choose from.

The Swiss Furka Pass, however, has got to be one of the best mountain passes in the entire world. The 35-kilometer road will take you along tens of chicanes, all while overlooking the Swiss Alps.

abandoned Belvedere Hotel in Furka Pass, Switzerland. The hotel located at a hairpin turn is an eerie photo opportunity for those who drive down Furka.
by Maartenpinj

One of the highlights of the Furka Pass is the abandoned Belvedere Hotel which sits at one of the hairpins. Over the last years, this eerie structure became favored among photographers. Don’t forget to stop and take a photo of this hotel!

Length: 35km/22miles

Location: South of Switzerland, near Andermatt

Stelvio Pass

Scenic mountain road in the Dolomites. Stelvio Pass is a famous driving road that you can see during our Italy road trip.

We consider the famous Stelvio Pass to be an absolute must-visit point on any road trip around the North of Italy.

This Italian mountain pass features a continuous 25-kilometer long climb. When driving here, you’ll see many cyclists who challenge themselves to make it all the way to the top.

Stelvio Pass is ideal for fans of tight hairpins, as there are 48 of them in total! Expect beautiful scenery along virtually the entire journey.

Length: 25km/15miles

Location: North of Italy, Eastern Alps

Iceland’s Ring Road

A road in iceland through the endless plains, snowy mountains in the distance. The Ring Road loops around the beautiful country of Iceland.

Iceland is a truly fascinating country. The landscapes found here are unlike any other in the world, hence Iceland should definitely land on the bucket list of any traveler.

The best way of getting around the country is by car, as it’s the most convenient way to access all parts of the island. Some of the must-visit natural beauty here is rather remote, and it is barely possible to get around without a private car.

The main road in Iceland, also known as the Ring Road, will conveniently take you around the best spots in the country. Expect absolutely jaw-dropping natural beauty. The landscapes will be spectacular nearly every single kilometer of the journey, and there are over 1300 of them in total.

Once you visit Iceland for the first time, you’ll definitely keep coming back for more. You have been warned.

Check out our curated Iceland road trip itinerary around the Ring Road.

Length: 1300km/800miles

Location: Iceland

Atlantic Ocean Road

Atlantic Ocean Road in Norway is one of the most scenic drives in the world. Cars crossing a bridge over the ocean, with greenery in the distance and some tourists on the coast in the foreground.
by Hay Smits

The Atlantic Ocean Road in the northern tip of Norway is the shortest road on our list. In fact, it is merely 8 kilometers long. Don’t underestimate it based on its length, as it is nothing short of astonishing!

This scenic drive is a part of County Road 64, the rest of the route features great views of lush greenery and cute villages, while also opening up to the ocean practically the entire time. The Atlantic Ocean Tunnel is further down the road, too.

The surrounding area is worth a visit, too. Once you’re here, be sure to keep driving along the coast for some more unforgettable scenery.

Length: 8km/5miles

Location: North of Norway, near Elnesvagen

Transfagarasan

transfaragasan highway, one of the best driving roads in the world, seen from above. The hairpins and tight chicanes surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges are a favorite among travelers in Romania.
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Until recently, the Transfagarasan was very underrated. Afterall, most travelers head to the Alps to drive down the most spectacular mountain passes. Believe it or not, one of the best driving roads in the world is actually located in Romania.

This mountain pass rose to fame after being featured in 2009 in BBC’s Top Gear. The hosts actually praised the highway and dubbed it the best driving road in the world.

Unsurprisingly, the Transfagarasan quickly became one of the most frequently visited destinations in the country.

The Transfagarasan is the ideal extension of a Balkan road trip. We happen to have a travel guide around the Balkan coast, curated for those who travel by car.

Length: 150km/95miles

Location: Central Romania, 3 hours away from Bucharest

Gorges du Verdon

Gorges du Verdon, often called the European Grand Canyon, is a beautiful national park in the south of france. Turquoise water in France, green trees and large mountains.
by Tom und Nicki Löschner

Gorges du Verdon is often referred to as the Grand Canyon of Europe. In reality, its landscape is very different from the one in Arizona.

This national park in the South of France is known for its turquoise-colored water and vibrant greenery, all situated between dramatic cliffs and mountains. These are not the views you’d expect in the South of France, that’s for sure!

You can expect jaw-dropping views of endless natural beauty, at some points 800 meters below the road you’re driving on. Not the best place to be if you fear heights!

What’s best, the next road is just a drive away from Gorges du Verdon. This means you can see 2 of the best driving roads in Europe in one day.

Length: 100km/60miles

Location: South of France, 2 hours 20 minutes from Nice

Route Napoleon

scenic driving road outside of nice, cote d'azur, france. Single-lane paved road with a right-chicane, surrounded by low trees and green bushes, cliffy mountain in the background. clear, sunny day in the french riviera.

The famous Route Napoleon is perhaps the most famous driving road in France. It has earned a spot on our list, as it is one of the best drives in Europe.

Back in 1815, Napoleon Bonaparte took this exact route when returning from Elba. He had 1200 soldiers with him, ready to conquer Paris and to be ruled by Napoleon once again. 

This chicane-filled drive spans 315 kilometers in length, beginning right outside of Cannes. Continue driving uphill all the way until Grenoble. From there, you can either head back to the coast or continue deeper into France. You may also head East into the Swiss Alps for a total change of scenery.

Length: 315km/195miles

Location: South of France, begins outside of Cannes

North Coast 500

the NC500 is a famous driving road in Scotland. The 500-mile route loops around the Scottish Highlands.

It goes without saying that Scotland has to land on the bucket list of any traveler. The North Coast 500 is just another reason to visit this magical land. Oh, and this road happens to be one of the best driving roads in the world, too!

This scenic drive will take you on a 500-mile long journey around the Scottish highlands, accompanied by waterfront views for a large chunk of the journey.

It’s best to begin the trip in Inverness, as you can enter the road there. Go in either direction, and you will end up back in Inverness 500 miles later.

Length: 830km/500miles

Location: Northern tip of Scotland

Schwarzwaldhochstrasse

motorcycles parked in front of wooden hexenlochmuhle building restaurant famous in black forest germany

Good luck typing in the name of this street into your GPS app. Surely, The Black Forest High Road is easier to remember than the lengthy Schwarzwaldhochstrasse.

This scenic drive, just like the entirety of The Black Forest, remains massively underrated. While the majority of the tourists flock to Bavaria, this beautiful forest is often overlooked.

The recommended way to drive down the B500 is by starting in the spa town of Baden-Baden. Then, make your way uphill and continue through the hairpin-filled High Road.

Check out this guide to find out the best places to visit in the Black Forest. You’ll also see some must-visit spots in Strasbourg and Northern Switzerland, too.

Length: 40km/25miles

Location: South-west Germany, near Strasbourg

Nurburgring

race cars driving down the Nurburgring Green Hell race track on a cloudy rainy day. Porsche 991 GT3 in front, followed by a BMW M4 and a BMW Z4.
by Mibro

I know what you’re thinking- isn’t the Nurburgring a race track?

Well, it is theoretically classified as a one-way toll road. At least by insurance companies.

The Nurburgring may not have the panoramic views as the other roads on this list. However, it is one of the best driving roads on the planet. Given that you classify it as a road and not a race track, that is.

The Nurburgring hosts frequent Touristenfahrten, or public track days. On those days, virtually any driver can test their skills on this challenging track.

Many insurance companies don’t cover driving on the ring. Double-check before coming on the track, as crashes here happen rather frequently.

Length:20km/12miles

Location: 1 hour South of Cologne, Germany

Are you looking for more of the best driving roads in Europe? Check out our short guide on Instagram, where we showcase a different selection of our favorite drives in The Old Continent!

 
 
 
 
 
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The 10 Best Driving Roads in America

The USA is filled with scenic driving roads scattered essentially all over the country. Once again, the roads below are listed in random order. Decide which one is your favorite.

Going To The Sun Road

natural tunnel in a mountain road. Going to the sun road, in Glacier national Park in Montana, is considered to be one of the best driving roads in the world.
by Mcfisher

A drive-through National Park? This sounds like one of the best National Park road trip ideas, and it is just that!

This otherworldly scenic drive will take you right through the very heart of the Glacier National Park in Montana. The Going To The Sun Road is actually one of the best attractions in this park, and the main route that connects the must-see points in Glacier NP.

Expect wonderful scenery that will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to the heart of the Alps, all while actually being in Montana.

Don’t miss the cute Red Jammers. This fleet of red buses from the 1930s continue to offer guided tours of the road. You’re bound to see them as you drive along.

You simply cannot miss the Going To The Sun Road, as it’s one of the best scenic drives in the US.

Length:80km/50miles

Location: Glacier National Park, Montana

Pacific Coast Highway

Bixby Creek Bridge is an iconic Big Sur bridge along the iconic Pacific Coast highway. This coastal drive in California is one of the best driving roads in the US.
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You will have definitely seen the Bixby Creek Bridge in at least one Hollywood movie. Afterall, this part of the Pacific Coast Highway in California was the shooting location for countless films, including Iron Man or the Fast & Furious.

No wonder this coastal highway is considered by many, including us, to be one of the best drives in the US. It should come as no surprise that we’ve included it on our Ultimate California Road Trip guide.

The entire Pacific Coast Highway is actually over 1000 kilometers (600 miles) long, making it the longest state route in all of sunny California.

Renting a convertible and driving off into the sunset as you watch the Pacific Ocean is surely a mesmerizing experience, no doubt.

Length:1000km/600miles

Location: Coast of California

Million Dollar Highway

The Million Dollar Highway is a scenic route that takes you up to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in the heart of Colorado. It’s easily one of the most beautiful roads in America.

No wonder it is a must-visit point on any Colorado road trip.

When passing the town of Durango, turn into the US 550 and head north up towards Montrose. You’ll drive along the 25-mile Million Dollar Highway.

Once you’re in Colorado, don’t forget to drop by Mesa Verde and the Rockies. We consider this to be one of the best national park road trip itineraries in the country!

Length:40km/25miles

Location: Western Colorado

Overseas Highway

The road that connects the scenic Keys to the rest of Florida is simply breathtaking.

Take the US1 south from Homestead and continue down the Overseas Highway. You’ll see turquoise water, scenic Keys, and the iconic 7-Mile Bridge. Key West lays at the end of the road, which is the Southernmost point of the Continental US.

We believe this magical drive deserves a spot as one of the best roads in the US. Naturally, we’ve included it in our Florida road trip itinerary.

Length:170km/105miles

Location: South of Florida, 1 hour from Miami

White Rim Road

White rim road is an off-roading trail that spans 160 kilometers in Canyonlands National Park, Utah. It is one of the most scenic drives in the world.
by Mike Goad

Utah is quite a dramatic change of scenery from the coast of Florida, that’s for sure. If you haven’t seen these kind of landscapes before, you may feel as if you were on the surface of another planet.

The White Rim Road should land on the bucket list of any off-roading enthusiast. This 100-mile (160km) long trail will take you around the natural beauty of Canyonlands National Park. Expect to stop nearly all the time, as the photo opportunities are just endless.

Visitors who obtain permits can spend multiple days on the trail and camp at the designated campgrounds along the White Rim Road. Spend up to 3 days to explore this region to the fullest!

The unique natural beauty of Utah is unlike any other place in the world. There are tens of parks worth visiting scattered around the state. Check out this curated travel guide and plan your ideal Utah road trip, seeing the best of what the state has to offer along the way.

Length:160km/100miles

Location: Canyonlands NP, Utah

Tail of The Dragon

This road is an absolute treat for any petrolhead visiting the Great Smoky Mountains. This exciting driving road is only a short drive away from the Smokies!

The Tail of The Dragon (US129) is praised as America’s #1 driving road for sports cars and motorcycles. It packs a whopping 318 curves in total along the 11-mile route. Expect to see hundreds of fellow petrolheads roaming up and down the road, especially during peak season.

Length: 160km/100miles

Location: west of The Great Smoky Mountains NP, NC

Mulholland Drive

 
 
 
 
 
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Mulholland Drive is the ideal getaway for a scenic joyride away from the hustle and bustle of Hollywood. One of the best driving roads in this part of California also doubles as a great tourist attraction, as there are plenty of overlooks that offer panoramic views of the Los Angeles skyline.

Mulholland Drive is only around 35 kilometers (21 miles) long and it is the perfect spot to spend an hour or two. Don’t forget to take your camera as you enjoy the views at one of the overlooks!

As far as the driving itself goes, expect a ton of chicanes and a couple of switchbacks. Perhaps it’s not as extreme as the White Rim Road in Utah, but it can still offer plenty of fun within the LA area.

Length: 34km/21miles

Location: Los Angeles, California

Pikes Peak

Chicane at pikes peak overlooking Colorado. Pikes Peak highway is an intesne uphill driving road in Colorado. The annual Hill Climb motor racing event is held right here.
by Mike Goad

Pikes Peak is a well-known name for any car freak. Every year, the world-class Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is organized on this road. Hundreds of racing drivers attempt to drive up to the peak as fast as possible, every year since 1916.

The route winds around over a hundred curves before making its way to the summit, some 31 kilometers (19miles) later. The majority of the Highway remains open-year round, depending on the amount of snow.

Driving up the Pikes Peak Highway is a must-do on any Colorado road trip.

Length: 31km/19miles

Location: Colorado, 2 hours south of Denver

Artists Drive

Artists Drive scenic drive in Death VAlley, California, considered to be one of the best driving roads in the world.

The Artists Drive in Death Valley National Park is yet another chance to witness absolutely otherworldly landscapes, somewhat similar to the ones you can find in Utah.

While Artists Drive is nothing short of an amazing attraction, it is certainly worth visiting for the panoramic views. It may not be as good of a driving road as The Tail of The Dragon, as it’s a one-way 10-mile long road with a low speed limit. The road lacks tight chicanes that are adored by motorcyclists and sports car owners alike.

Star Wars fans may recognize this area. Parts of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope were filmed within this National Park.

We recommend paying Artists Drive a visit during a road trip around Death Valley. No matter whether you choose to drive further into California or explore the beauty of Nevada, Death Valley is an absolute must.

Length: 16km/10miles

Location: Death Valley National Park, California

Monument Valley Scenic Drive

Monument Valley is an iconic road in the US. Straight road on a cloudy day, surrounded by the Arizona wilderness with large orange boulders in the background.
by Christoph Partsch

Highway 163 that cuts through Monument Valley could be the most iconic road in the country, perhaps except for the historic Route 66. The seemingly endless straight road is a far cry from the mountain passes of Europe or winding Colorado hill climbs. Instead, this road is all about the views.

Monument Valley is one of those places that you have to visit to really grasp their enormous scale. The desert-like landscape is nothing short of monumental, and the large boulders that dominate the skyline simply complete the experience.

Expect dramatic views and not many corners.

Monument Valley is a must when passing through Arizona and Utah.

Length: 100km/60miles

Location: Utah, Arizona

There you have it! Those are the 20 best driving roads in the world. Looking for more travel inspiration? Be sure to check out this blog post on 7 of the longest roads on the planet.

Be sure to add them to your travel bucket list!

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30 Road Trip Essentials- Do Not Forget These Items

Planning a road trip can get tremendously overwhelming sometimes. Afterall, there are lots of different things that have to be planned out prior to leaving. Packing your road trip essentials is one of the last things you do before setting off, but it cannot be overlooked.

We’ve compiled a handy list of X items you have to take on your next road trip. They’re split into the following categories:

It may seem like common sense to take all of the items listed below. The stress of planning a road trip can make us forget the most basic stuff.

Check out this blog post to make sure you take all of your road trip essentials!

13 Road Trip Necessities

The items below are your absolute essentials for your next road trip. Make sure you don’t forget any of them!

Driving License & ID

First and foremost, you have to make sure that you packed your driving license and ID. A driver must be able to provide a valid driver’s license and proof of identity. Any passengers in the vehicle need to have their IDs, as well.

Note that some countries require foreign drivers to have their passports with them at all times, too. Check the local regulations before departing to avoid any mishaps during the journey.

Car Documents & Insurance

The paperwork of your vehicle is just as important to have as your driver’s license and ID.

If you’re traveling by rental car, the car’s paperwork will either be in the glove compartment or handed to you when picking up the vehicle. Always double-check before setting off.

Different types of car insurance may be obligatory, depending on the region you’re driving in. Rental cars in America, for example, will typically only come with a very basic protection plan. Check with your credit card company, as they may offer additional insurance.

When traveling by rental car, it is crucial to have the vehicle properly insured. You can check out this blog post to learn more about rental car insurance.

International Driving Permit (if necessary)

Driving abroad? Some countries may require the driver to have an International Driving Permit or IDP for short.

Remember that you have to obtain an IDP before leaving your home country. There is no way to get an International Driving Permit while you’re already in a foreign country.

You can learn all you need to know about IDPs in this blog post.

Roadside Emergency Kit + First Aid Kit

A roadside emergency kit is crucial to have on a road trip. Hopefully, you’ll never have to use it. Unexpected accidents could happen, hence it’s best to have one laying around just in case. The same goes for a first aid kit.

A roadside emergency kit should have the following items:

  • first aid kit
  • jumper cables
  • tow strap ropes
  • warning triangle
  • a set of tools, including screwdrivers and sockets
  • seatbelt cutter
  • window breaker
  • blanket
  • electrical tape
  • high-visibility vest
  • whistle

As you can see by its components, a high-quality roadside emergency kit will keep you prepared for any unexpected scenarios. You’ll be able to deal with technical breakdowns, dead batteries, medical emergencies, and any other situations that could happen during your road trip.

Flashlight

A flashlight should be a part of your roadside emergency kit. If it is not, then ensure you pack at least one working flashlight. It is one of the must-have road trip essentials, that’s for sure.

Don’t forget spare batteries!

Face masks

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the way we travel. Depending on the region you’re going to, face masks may be required indoors as well as outside.

Make sure you take enough masks. Don’t forget to pack spare ones, too!

Hand Sanitizer

Any traveler going on a road trip in 2021 should take a bottle of hand sanitizer.

While many local businesses set up hand sanitizers near the entrance to their premises, it could turn helpful to have your own bottle.

Protective Gloves

Not all surfaces you’ll come across are going to be particularly clean. What’s more, you may have to open the hood of your car to check the oil levels.

You’ll definitely end up having to go to the bathroom at a gas station. Taking a pair of gloves with you certainly won’t hurt. It could save you from coming in contact with some disgusting surfaces.

Emergency Contact Numbers

Ensure that you have the emergency contact numbers saved on your phone, or written down on a piece of paper. Ensure you have the contact details for roadside assistance, too.

Don’t forget that the emergency numbers can change depending on the region you’re in!

You can check out this Wikipedia page to see emergency telephone numbers in different countries.

Cash

Not all local businesses will accept payment by card. It’s always good practice to have some local currency on hand at all times, hence we recommend cash as another thing to take on a road trip. You never know when a small purchase may come up!

Naturally, you don’t want to take too much cash with you either. An amount that will be enough for the duration of the trip, plus some more just in case anything happens, should be sufficient.

Remember to take the money with you, and not leave it in a car unattended.

Engine Oil

This is crucial if you are going on a long-distance road trip in your own vehicle. Regularly checking the engine oil level is a must. Otherwise, you could risk damaging the powerplant of your car.

I cannot stress this enough. Having a bottle of engine oil in the trunk is extremely convenient. Some local gas stations may sell the right type of engine oil, though it is not guaranteed.

Credit Card (if necessary)

A credit card may not be a road trip essential for everyone unless they’re renting a car.

If you are traveling by rental car, you’ll need to take your credit card (with enough funds to cover the security deposit) and present it when picking up the vehicle.

Note that the credit card has to be under the same name as the renter. Click here to learn more about the pick-up process.

Water Bottles

It goes without saying that water is an absolute necessity. While any local grocery shop or gas station will sell water, it’s always a good idea to have a few bottles in the car with you whenever you get thirsty. Especially if you’re traveling in rural areas.

Water bottles could come in handy if you go on a hike, or in case of a breakdown in the middle of nowhere.

Comfort- Pack These On Your Road Trip

Although the items below are helpful to take, we don’t qualify them as absolute road trip must-haves. Nonetheless, consider packing these convenient items to make your road trip more comfortable.

Bug Spray

Insects of all sorts can be annoying, especially when hiking out in the wild or trying to enjoy a barbecue with friends. Don’t even get us started on mosquito bites. Yikes!

Pack some bug repellent and you’ll spare yourself from

Shovel

A shovel is a great multi-purpose tool you should definitely pack with you on your next road trip.

You’ll surely find it useful if your car gets stuck in mud or snow.

Ice Scraper

An ice scraper is a must for any driver during the winter time. It’s the most efficient way to remove ice and snow from your car’s windshield and mirrors.

Some people attempt to save time by pouring boiling water directly on the windshield. Do not do that. The temperature difference could cause your windshield to shatter to a million pieces.

Going on a winter road trip? Check out this guide for more helpful tips.

Painkillers

Headaches are never fun, but they’re even worse during a road trip. Riding in a car for hours with a constant headache can be a terrible experience.

It’s best to be prepared and take some painkillers and medication that could become useful.

Sunscreen

Yet another must-have on any road trip during the summer. Particularly handy if you’re driving down a coastal road and decide to stop at a scenic roadside beach. Perhaps you want to get out of the car and hike around the wilderness?

Sunscreen is super useful, yet it is easily overlooked and forgotten. Don’t forget to pack it!

Toilet Paper

Don’t overestimate local gas stations and small restaurants. You may often see that public bathrooms either provide rough, low-quality toilet paper, or they are out of it altogether.

It’s best to bring your own rolls with you, just in case. A roll of toilet paper could double as tissues or a paper towel for cleaning up any spilled liquids, too.

Umbrella

Ideal for protection from the rain. It can also serve as a great way to protect yourself from strong sunlight.

Sunglasses With A Polarizing Filter

Sunglasses can dramatically improve your driving experience. Being blinded by harsh sunlight is dangerous and could lead to a collision. Sometimes there’s so much light that the car’s sun visor just won’t cut it.

Instead of just any sunglasses, try to get ones with a polarizing filter. A polarizing filter will eliminate reflections, such as the ones on your car’s windshield. Trust me, you will not regret it.

Phone Charger

Speaking from experience, it’s best to pack more than one phone charger on a road trip. They can get broken, lost, or simply disappear into the “black hole” between your seat and the center console.

Despite what some people may say, it is impossible to retrieve anything once it falls in the black hole. Really.

If you’re traveling with friends, it’s safe to assume that at least one of them will forget their charger. Better safe than sorry.

Blanket & Pillow

Who would not want to enjoy a nap during an endless road trip? As long as you’re not the one driving at the moment, of course.

Blankets and pillows can easily qualify as road trip essentials. While not taking them would not affect the safety of your road trip, it is a nice touch to get a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.

AUX Cord

Experienced roadtrippers can all agree that there are some unwritten rules for every road trip. One of them states that the front-seat passenger’s main role is being the DJ for the duration of the road trip. They control the magical AUX cord and select the music played in your car.

Make sure you have a way to connect your phone to the car’s audio system. Newer cars may have Bluetooth connectivity. If you have an older vehicle, an AUX cord is your best bet.

Handsfree Bluetooth Kit

Talking on the phone while driving is not only illegal in most countries, but also very dangerous. Instead, you can connect a handsfree Bluetooth kit to safely take phone calls while behind the wheel.

Newer vehicles often have this feature as a standard option in the infotainment system.

Books

Staring at a phone screen for hours on end can drive your passengers crazy. Instead, pack a few of your favorite books that they can read through during the road trip.

Snacks

Any proper road trip begins with a shopping stop to gather snacks. When it comes to piling up road trip snacks, it is always best to come overprepared. There is no such thing as not enough snacks, that’s for sure.

Don’t just stick to junk food, purchase some healthy foods as well. Fresh fruits are both nutritious and tasty, for example.

Other Accessories

The items below are far from road trip essentials. However, it could be useful to pack them. Check out our recommendations!

Paper Map

A million things can go wrong with your phone. Anything from your battery running out to shattering the screen will leave you stranded with no map. A regular paper map is something you can always count on. Sure, it may not be as sophisticated as a fancy navigation app with real-time traffic warnings. However, a paper map will never fail you.

Take a paper map. It may just come in handy.

Pen and Pencil

Doodling, drawing, writing down any important information, or leaving a note on a car you’ve dented at a car park. Whatever the reason may be, it’s always a good idea to have a pen and pencil along with a few pieces of paper.

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Don’t have a car you can take on a road trip? No problem!

Head over to Rentalmoose and book a rental car for your next journey. Choose from the most trusted suppliers at over 15 000 different locations worldwide.

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Now Is The Best Time To Rent A Car- Here Is Why

The prices of rental cars are constantly changing. In this blog post, you’ll learn about the best time to rent a car and how to save on your next car rental.

Without further ado, let’s jump into each topic!

Rental Moose mascot happily jumping on a green field in front of a river in Estonia. Rentalmoose guides answer the question of when the best time to rent a car is.

When is the best time to rent a car for a trip?

Despite popular belief, there isn’t a “best part of the day” or “best day of the week” to book a rental car.

Naturally, this does not mean that timing is not important. In fact, it does play a crucial factor in dictating the rates of rental cars.

Booking in advance is the key to finding a great deal for your next car rental. Of course, this brings up a crucial question.

How far in advance should you rent a car for the best price?

Simply put, it’s best to book at least 4-6 months in advance to get the best deal. However, there are some exceptions to this general rule of thumb.

Is booking a rental car in advance a good idea during the ongoing pandemic? Continue reading to find out.

Booking in advance during the COVID-19 pandemic

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, major car rental companies around the globe introduced new policies to attract travelers. Afterall, the last thing they want is to lose customers.

Car rental suppliers such as Avis or Enterprise waived any existing cancellation and rebooking fees. If your trip cannot be completed due to travel restrictions, you may rebook to a later date or cancel it completely at no extra cost.

Rentalmoose insider tip: You can learn more about how COVID-19 affected car rentals in this blog post.

When booking your rental car via Rentalmoose, you can cancel free of charge up to 48 hours before the booking period begins.

Why do prices change so much?

The prices of rental cars are generally dictated by three main factors:

  1. Supply and demand
  2. Current trends on the market
  3. Currency conversion rates

Supply and demand

It goes without saying that the goal of any rental company is to rent out as many of their cars as possible.

If a rental company has an excessive number of overstocked cars, they may periodically reduce the prices to boost the bookings. On the other hand, if the supplier is running short on inventory, the rates are likely to skyrocket.

Back in the Spring of 2020, the daily rates for rental cars would drop following nationwide lockdowns and travel restrictions. Avis saw a 60%* drop in reservations in March 2020, followed by an uptrend in the following part of the year.

When people began traveling once again during the summer, the prices would surge back up. The rates for rental cars peaked around August when tourists flocked to travel by private cars as opposed to flying or using public transportation.

*Source: The Wall Street Journal

Current trends on the market

Market trends directly affect supply and demand. While rental cars don’t revolve around different times of the year as much as flights or all-inclusive holiday deals, the current trends remain a contributing factor.

The daily rates for rental cars are likely to skyrocket during the summer holidays, when the rental company expects to rent out more vehicles every single day.

Currency conversion rates

Lastly, don’t forget that the bill for your rental car has to be paid in the local currency. The conversion rates constantly fluctuate and can end up slightly affecting the final price tag.

Rental Moose mascot posing in Warsaw Old Town Square. Sunny day in the heart of summer in the capital of Poland.

Do the prices of additional extras change?

Any additional equipment will be added to your bill directly at the rental desk. As the price will be charged in the local currency, it may fluctuate slightly depending on the conversion rate. Apart from that, the price does not change.

Note that the pricing for additional equipment can vary depending on the region. Refer to the supplier’s T&Cs before booking for details.

The tricks to saving on rental cars

We’ve prepared a few tips to help you find the best deal the next time you book a rental car.

Search for the best offer

It’s always best to compare different offers before pulling the trigger. Simply search for your desired location using Rentalmoose, and you’ll see a list of rental cars available for the selected dates.

Try to test different dates to see if you can score a cheaper rental, if possible. Don’t forget that the rates are likely to be higher during peak season.

Book early

Now you know that the best time to rent a car is as early as possible, ideally 4-6 months before your journey. Keep that in mind when searching for a rental car.

Don’t wait around for a last-minute rental car deal. Even if you book online just hours before your arrival, you are bound to get a better deal than arriving in person.

Learn about the hidden fees

Your rental car quote can quickly become a lot higher than you expected, all due to hidden car rental fees.

You can check out this article where we highlight the most common car rental fees, and how you can avoid them.

Skip the airport (if possible)

One of the hidden fees that travelers often forget about is the airport surcharge. Sure, picking up the rental car directly from the airport terminal is a great comfort. However, this comfort often comes at a hefty price tag.

The airport surcharge, sometimes referred to as the premium location charge, can total over 10% of the final rental bill!

It’s best to avoid airport pick-up and drop-off whenever possible.

Now that you’re all set, it’s time to book your rental car!

Use Rentalmoose for your next rental car booking. You’ll find offers from major suppliers spread across over 15 000 different locations worldwide.

You can head over to our blog for more insightful rental car know-how and curated travel guides.

The Ultimate Car Rental Checklist For Your Next Rental

You’ve decided to rent a car, that’s great! We’ve prepared a detailed car rental checklist of all the important things to keep in mind during your rental period. That way, you can focus on making the most of your trip!

For maximum convenience, consider saving the infographic below.

This car rental checklist is divided into four sections:

Let’s dive into our insightful car rental checklist!

Rental Moose Rental Car Checklist. Use this handy check list when you rent a car, infographic.

Before you collect your rental car

Booking your rental car may be overwhelming. Afterall, there are thousands of different rental stations to choose from, various suppliers, and types of rental cars.

You can learn more about the booking process in this blog post.

This section of our car rental checklist is useful prior to making your booking.

Make sure you meet the driving requirements

First, double-check that you meet all of the driving requirements. They are specified by the rental company.

These requirements vary depending on the company and the rental location. Make sure you check the ones relevant to the country you’re visiting.

Most rental companies require the renter (as well as any additional authorized drivers) to have a driving license that’s held for at least 1 year. Drivers younger than 21 may not be able to rent a car at all. 

The requirements can be found in the rental company’s terms and conditions.

Check the local traffic laws

Double-check the speed limits and other traffic regulations in the country you’re going to. If you are a young driver, make sure you are eligible to drive at your destination.

Make sure you know who has the right of way at a junction, for example. Save the phone numbers for local emergency services.

Don’t forget to check which side of the road you’ll be driving on. Otherwise, you might get surprised at pick-up.

Review the rental company’s terms and conditions

I cannot stress this enough, it is crucial to read through the rental company’s terms and conditions before even finalizing your booking.

Pay extra attention to the fine print. The T&Cs are lengthy and boring to read through, though you will find important details regarding your rental car booking within this document.

Still not convinced? Check out this blog post to see why you should always read the terms and conditions when renting a car.

Don’t forget your International Driving Permit (if necessary)

Whether or not you need an International Driving Permit depends on the country’s regulation, as well as the rental company itself.

If an IDP is necessary, you will have to obtain it before leaving your country of residence. Click here to learn all you need to know about IDPs.

Some companies can require an International Driving Permit, even if it is not obligatory in that country.

Make sure to check the terms and conditions before leaving on your trip.

Valid credit card with enough funds for the security deposit

When picking up your rental car, you will be asked for a valid credit card in the name of the renter.

If you booked a car via Rentalmoose, remember that you have only paid a fee to reserve the vehicle and will have to cover the rest at the rental desk.

Keep in mind that you will need enough funds for the security deposit as well. The amount varies depending on the company, refer to their T&Cs for more details.

Additional drivers

Don’t forget that only you can drive the rental car. Unless you have additional drivers noted in the rental agreement, don’t let anyone drive your rental car. Doing so is a serious breach of the rental agreement.

Every additional driver has to be mentioned in the agreement and approved by the car rental company.

Rentalmoose tip: Additional drivers are subject to a daily additional driver fee.

Note: Additional drivers have to meet the same driving requirements as the renter. Don’t forget to get an IDP if necessary. Make sure you have enough driving experience to be eligible to drive a rental car.

A rental car that’s driven by an unauthorized driver is considered a serious breach of the rental agreement. In effect, all of your insurance will become invalid in case of any damage. You will be responsible for covering 100% of the damage costs.

Insurance

Make sure you know what kind of protection package is included in your car rental booking.

If you want to opt for additional coverage, you can do so before setting off on your trip. You can also purchase insurance from a third-party company.

Remember that adding insurance at the rental desk will be more expensive than purchasing the same package in advance. Refer to the rental company’s T&Cs for more details.

Remember that rental cars in the US and Canada often don’t come with a Collision Damage Waiver!

Learn all you need to know about rental car insurance in this blog post.

Prepare your voucher

Lastly, get the voucher for your rental car ready.

If you’ve booked your rental car with Rentalmoose, you can find the voucher in your inbox together with the booking confirmation, or under the My Account section on our website (click at the top right corner to log in).

Download the voucher on your phone (make sure you can access it when offline), or print it out.

You will be asked to present it at the rental desk during pick-up.

It looks like you’re ready to go! Save your car rental checklist and get to your destination 🙂

At pick-up

Once you arrive at your destination, it’s time to head to the rental desk and pick up your rental car!

You can check out this blog post to learn more about the pick-up process.

This section of our car rental checklist is useful during pick-up.

Arrive on time

Are you running late?

Be sure to contact the rental desk and let them know if you can’t make it on time.

If you don’t notify the car rental company in advance, you risk being charged a no-show fee and losing your booking.

Note that a surcharge may be applied for late pick-up. If the delay will extend to the out-of-office hours, another charge may be added to your bill.

Present all the necessary documents

During the pick-up process, you will be asked to present all of the necessary documents.

Make sure you have your:

  • driver’s license
  • credit card
  • photo ID/passport
  • voucher
  • IDP (if necessary)

Once again, ensure that you have enough funds on your credit card to cover the security deposit.

Additional Extras?

Right before receiving your rental agreement along with the keys to your shiny rental car, you have the chance to add any additional services.

Some of the extras, depending on the rental company, can include:

  • premium coverage of elements of the car that are not covered by the basic insurance
  • ski racks
  • child seats
  • additional driver added to your booking

Keep in mind that all these services and items are subject to availability, it is best to book them in advance.

Planning to cross country borders?

Don’t forget to inform the rental company.

Otherwise, your insurance may become invalid. A cross-border fee may be applied.

Roadside assistance

Ask the rental desk staff what kind of roadside assistance (if any) is included in your rental package.

You may want to add roadside assistance, as breakdowns can happen and they are often impossible to predict.

The last thing you want is to be stranded on your holiday.

Write down the contact number to call in case of a breakdown, too.

Read the rental agreement & terms and conditions

If you haven’t already, be sure to thoroughly read through both the rental agreement, as well as the terms and conditions.

Don’t feel rushed and take your time to make sure you don’t miss any details.

If you’ve read the documents already, have another look as a recap.

Make sure that the rental quote matches the offer you saw online.

Point out any mishaps immediately.

Inspect the condition of the rental car

Checking the condition of the rental car before driving off is an absolute must. 

Rentalmoose strongly recommends taking check-in photos of the condition of the car both inside and out. If you booked your car with Rentalmoose, you will receive a reminder to take check-in photos.

Rentalmoose insider tip: It’s best to take check-in photos with your smartphone. They are tagged with the current time, date, and location and can serve as evidence in case of unfair damage charges.

Pay attention to any existing damage and make sure it is noted in the check-out form. Don’t forget to check the tire wear, too. Photograph the car’s current odometer reading to avoid disputes over mileage.

Any damage found at drop-off that’s not documented on the check-out form will be considered to be inflicted during the rental period. In this case, the renter is subject to pay for the repair costs, as well as an administrative fee to the rental company.

Check if the car’s safety and comfort features work

Get familiar with the rental car and its features.

Make sure that all of the lights are in order, check if the A/C works, the powered mirrors, and all of the gauges.

Make sure that there aren’t any warning lights when the engine is on.

Check the fuel gauge, the rental car should come with a full tank of gas. Double-check if your car is powered by diesel or gasoline.

Contact the rental desk staff if anything is out of the ordinary before you leave.

Once you’re sure that everything is in order, you can begin your adventure. Have fun!

Before drop-off

As your rental agreement is coming to an end, get ready to return your rental car at the desired location.

This section of our car rental checklist is useful right before dropping off your car.

Ensure the rental car is clean

Most car rental companies will allow reasonable wear and tear during the rental period.

However, it is rarely specified what that means.

Imagine the rental car was lent to you by a friend and ask yourself whether you’d give it back in its current condition. If not, you may want to visit a car wash before drop-off.

If the car is too dirty at drop-off, you may be charged a cleaning fee. Note that there will be a service fee added on top of the charge. It’s going to be cheaper if you clean the car yourself prior to drop-off.

You can add a paid cleaning service at pick-up, that way you can return the car dirty. Generally, the upfront cleaning service is cheaper than the cleaning fee.

Check the rental desk’s opening hours

If you’re returning the car outside of the rental company’s business hours, you may be subject to an additional fee.

Fill up the gas tank

Your rental car will come with a full-to-full gas tank policy unless you’ve pre-purchased another package that allows you to return the car with less gas.

Try to find the time to fill up the tank before drop-off.

Take the receipt with you, just in case.

If you return a car with less fuel, the rental company will refuel it and charge you for it.

A service fee will be added to your bill on top of the refueling fee. Once again, it’s cheaper to do it yourself.

If you know you won’t have the time to refuel the car before returning it, consider purchasing a full tank of fuel at pick-up. That way, you won’t have to worry about the fuel level when dropping off the rental car.

Check the return procedure (self-service return)

If you’ve chosen a self-service drop-off, make sure you are aware where to drop the keys off.

Where will you leave the car? Is it a safe environment (look below for details)? If you’ve added optional equipment, where should you drop it off?

Your rental agreement will have details for the self-service return process.

At drop-off

Arrive on time

Check the rental agreement to see the drop-off time. Make sure you arrive on time, similarly to the pick-up.

Inform the car rental company if you’re running late, or if you want to extend the rental period for another day or two.

Generally, car rental companies offer a grace period for late drop-off. It is up to the company how long it lasts, and it is mentioned in the T&Cs.

The grace period for late drop-off is usually 29 minutes.

Document the rental car’s condition

Once the car is returned, take another set of photos documenting the condition of the rental car inside and out.

Take a picture of the mileage, too.

If you’ve booked your rental car via Rentalmoose, you will receive a reminder to take check-out photos of the car’s condition. The check-in and check-out pictures will be stored with us in case of any disputes.

If there are any disputes regarding the damage, you can use the check-in and check-out photos as evidence, along with the check-in and check-out forms with any existing damage written down.

Check the car for your belongings

Once you’re ready to leave, check the rental car thoroughly for any belongings that you may have forgotten to take. Have a look inside of the glovebox, in the center console, under the seats, in the trunk, and in any other compartment in the car.

If you rented any additional equipment, such as a GPS satnav, return it to the rental desk.

If you’ve selected self-service drop-off, enquire about the return process for additional equipment in advance.

Consult your rental agreement for details.

Ensure the rental car is left in a safe environment

This is crucial if you’re dropping the car off outside of the desk’s business hours. In the terms and conditions, it is stated that the renter is responsible for the rental car until it is inspected by the staff the next business day.

In practice, this means that you have to leave the rental car in a safe environment (ideally a car park monitored by CCTV cameras) when dropping it off outside of business hours.

It is your responsibility as the renter.

Return the car’s keys and check the final bill

Lastly, don’t forget to drop off the key(s) to the rental car along with any additional equipment.

In some countries, you may be asked to return the car’s documents too, while in others the documents should be left in the glove compartment. Consult the rental agreement for details.

When receiving the final bill or invoice, make sure that the price matches the one you were quoted.

Consider that additional charges may be added to your final bill, click here to find out about the most common extra fees when renting a car. Inform the rental desk staff if there are any mishaps.

It may seem like a lot of points to remember, though I can assure you that the rental process will be smooth and simple if you follow the steps listed in our car rental checklist.

Don’t forget to get your next rental car from Rentalmoose, and check out our blog section for curated travel guides to explore your destination.

The Best Mexico Road Trip Itinerary

If you’re planning the ultimate Mexico road trip itinerary, you have come to the right place!

Click here for detailed directions

Cancun to Tulum- 130 kilometers (80 miles) 

Tulum to Lake Bacalar- 200 kilometers (120 miles) 

Lake Bacalar to Palenque- 650 kilometers (400 miles) 

Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas- 220 kilometers (140 miles) 

San Cristobal de las Casas to Campeche- 570 kilometers (350 miles)

Campeche to Merida- 270 kilometers (170 miles)

Merida to Valladolid- 160 kilometers (100 miles)

Valladolid to Cancun- 160 kilometers (100 miles)

2350km (1460 miles) total

Anyone should visit Mexico at least once in their lifetime. Afterall, this fascinating country truly has it all. Attractions range from postcard-like sandy beaches to Mayan ruins hiding deep in the jungle.

Mexico will amaze any kind of traveler no matter if you’re going with your family, a group of friends, or by yourself.

Road Trip Overview

This curated travel guide will take you on a 2300-kilometer long (1460 miles) loop starting in the paradise resort town of Cancun. For the best experience, we strongly recommend renting a car for this road trip.

Hesitant about renting a car for a road trip? This blog post will change your mind!

These are some of the beautiful spots you will visit during this Mexico road trip:

Road Trip Extensions

Your Mexico adventure doesn’t have to end in the Yucatan Peninsula. Check out the following possible extensions for your next trip to Mexico.

The Best Day Trips From Mexico City

Mexico City is the largest city in North America. It is a great destination in itself. However, there are tens of great spots worth visiting around the busy city.

We’ve compiled a list of our 8 favorite day trips from Mexico City in this curated travel guide.

Cabo San Lucas And The Surrounding Area

Cabo San Lucas is a lot more than an upscale resort town. Check out our curated travel guide to see the best things to do in and around Cabo.

Don’t be fooled, there’s a lot more to Cabo than just sandy beaches.

What is the best way of getting around Mexico?

Unless you’re planning to stick to just one city, the best way of getting around Mexico is by car. Click here to find the best rental car deals for your Mexico road trip.

That way, you’ll get to see scenic drives and see areas that you’d never get to visit otherwise. Not to mention the irreplaceable freedom of altering your itinerary on the go, whenever you please.

Contrary to popular belief, driving around Mexico is safe for tourists. Nonetheless, it’s best to come prepared and read through our rental car tips before the journey.

Book your car via Rentalmoose, a worldwide car rental platform with over 15 000 locations around the globe. Check out our website to compare rental car deals in Mexico.

Cancun

Beautiful seaside resort in Cancun, Mexico. Pristine sandy beach, turquoise water and an empty pool. Enjoying the beach is one of the best things to do in Cancun.
Photo by Baumhan

Your Mexican road trip begins in the spectacular coastal city of Cancun! For maximum convenience, we recommend picking up your rental car directly from the Cancun International Airport as you arrive.

Remember to check Rentalmoose for the best deals on rental cars in Mexico.

Cancun is home to some of Mexico’s best beaches, make sure to spend some time in town before setting off on your Mexico road trip.

What to do in Cancun?

Cancun is most famous for its pristine sandy beaches, don’t forget to soak in the sun before leaving town.

Playa Delfines

The wide, sandy shore seems to stretch endlessly at the Playa Delfines. This quiet beach is favored among locals, and it’s a great escape from some of the town’s busier spots.

Soft sand, turquoise water, free umbrellas, and plenty of amenities, what more could you ask for?

Cancun Playa Tortugas, white sandy beach in Mexico's Cancun. Tall palm tree can be seen in front of the calm turquoise crystal-clear ocean water, clear day in Cancun Mexico.

Playa Tortugas

Playa Tortugas could very well be the best beach in Cancun. Apart from a wide, sandy shore as well as crystal-clear water that’s perfect for swimming, Playa Tortugas offers spectacular restaurants that serve guests practically right on the waterfront.

Don’t miss the wooden pier to enjoy the best views. Adrenaline junkies can bungee-jump from the tower at the pier, too.

Cancun Underwater Museum of Art

The MUSA is a museum unlike any other. Sure, you will find sculptures here. However, that’s as far as MUSA’s similarities to other museums go.

The sculptures found at MUSA are all, as the name may suggest, at the bottom of the ocean. In fact, the only way to see them is to take part in a scuba diving tour, or snorkel beneath the surface.

Visiting MUSA is an unforgettable experience, click here to learn more.

Next on your Mexico road trip: Cancun to Tulum, 2 hours

Cancun to Tulum

Tulum Archeological Site is a must-see on any Mexico road trip in the Yucatan Peninsula. The ruins are set in a picturesque setting, on a seaside cliff. After, visit the sandy beach below.
Tulum Archeological Site

Once you’ve spent enough time in Cancun, it’s time to get in your rental car and drive along the coast down to Tulum! The drive from Cancun to Tulum will take you roughly 2 hours.

What can you see on a drive from Cancun to Tulum?

Before you reach Tulum itself, check out the following hotspots along the way.

Puerto Morelos

Puerto Morelos is a picturesque port town only around half an hour from downtown Cancun. The town is home to even more spectacular, sandy beaches that are worth at least a short visit.

What’s more, the waters off of Puerto Morelos host a great treasure, the best-preserved section of the second largest barrier reef in the world is located right here!

You can read more about diving in Puerto Morelos right here.

Playa del Carmen

Stormy day, lots of clouds above playa del carmen near cancun in mexico. Cancun to Tulum by car, playa del carmen is one of the best places to see in yucatan peninsula.
Playa del Carmen looks beautiful- even on a stormy day!

Just a stone’s throw away from Puerto Morelos is Playa del Carmen, yet another picturesque coastal town that’s home to spectacular sandy beaches, just look at the photo above!

What’s more, you can take the ferry from Playa del Carmen to the nearby Cozumel island. If you have the extra time, it can make for a great addition to your Mexico road trip!

Adrenaline junkies should definitely drop by the adventure-packed Xcaret park. Some of the attractions inside include swimming in underground rivers, raft tours, visiting a wine cellar, or a children’s waterpark filled with slides and activities.

Akumal

Akumal is yet another coastal resort that you’ll pass on a drive from Cancun to Tulum. Keep your eyes wide open, turtles can often be spotted around here!

What are the best things to do in Tulum?

Cenotes

Swimming in cenotes is likely an activity that’s worth marking down on any great Mexico road trip itinerary.

Cenotes are natural water-filled pits that are created after limestone bedrock collapses. They can be found scattered all across the region, and they make for exceptional spots for a swim.

The Cenotes Casa Tortuga can be enjoyed either on your own or during a guided tour. Either way, you will have to pay an admission fee to enter.

Note that a lifejacket and snorkeling equipment is included in your admission fee.

A great alternative is the Gran Cenote, which is perhaps even more breathtaking.

Rentalmoose insider tip: You will be asked to rinse off any makeup products and oils from your skin. Please do so carefully, in order to keep the water in the cenotes clean and crystal-clear.

Taking a boat tour through a river in the jungle, Mexico wilderness near Tulum. Stunning scenery on a cloudy day in the yucatan peninsula.

Mayan Port Ruins

It is no secret that Mexico is home to spectacular archeological sites. You’ve probably heard of the Teotihuacan near Mexico City or the Chichen Itza (which you’ll see later on this road trip). The site in Tulum may not be as monumental, yet it is still most definitely worth visiting when in town.

What makes this archeological site spectacular is its setting, the ruins are right next to the sandy beach. That means you can reward yourself with a swim in the crystal-clear water after touring the Mayan Port.

Open daily between 8AM and 5PM, admission costs 70 pesos per person.

Where to stay in Tulum?

Sophisticated travelers should consider renting a villa at The Strabon. This elegant property features luxurious villas and rooms, as well as an outdoor pool, a great restaurant, and a bar.

If you’re after a cheaper place to stay in Tulum, consider checking-in at the LiveTulum. This aparthotel features air-conditioned rooms, buffet breakfast, and a great location.

Next on your Mexico road trip: Lake Bacalar, 2 hours

Lake Bacalar

Lake Bacalar is a beautiful lagoon in souther Mexico, and a great place to see on a Mexico road trip around the Yucatan peninsula.
Photo by Marc Tran

After a night in Tulum, it’s time to hit the road for your most intense day, driving-wise of course. We recommend setting off early in the morning, as the first milestone of the day is 2 hours away.

Is Lake Bacalar worth visiting?

Most certainly! Lake Bacalar is a great under-the-radar destination that you’ll pass on your drive to Calakmul anyway, it’s definitely worth dropping by at least for a short visit.

Fuerte de San Felipe de Bacalar

Head to the center of this small town, park your rental car and explore the stunning stone fort. Fuerte de San Felipe de Bacalar dates back to 1729. Inside, guests will find a museum full of precious, local artifacts, as well as decorative murals.

The fort also has a moat built around the structure, making for a great photo opportunity.

Open all week except Mondays between 9AM and 7PM.

Afterward, why not head into the town and explore some of the local eateries?

Cenote Azul

Don’t miss the opportunity to swim at the Cenote Azul, right by the lake itself. After a dip in the cenote, you can enjoy lunch at the restaurant right by the water.

As the next point of interest is a 4-hour drive away, you may want to add an overnight stop here in Lake Bacalar. Luxury seekers should check-in at the lavish Mia Bacalar resort, while a great alternative would be the Hotel Urban Bacalar with an outdoor pool and a budget-friendly price per night.

Next on your Mexico road trip: Calakmul Archeological Site, 3 hours 50 minutes

Calakmul

calakmul archeological site, beautiful mayan ruins are hidden deep inside the jungle. Exploring them is a must on any Mexico road trip itinerary in the yucatan peninsula.

The next stop on your Mexico road trip is the spectacular archeological site of Calakmul.

The Mayan ruins of Calakmul are set deep inside the jungle. Not only does the remote location make exploring the ruins an unforgettable experience, it also lowers the amount of tourists!

Is Calakmul Worth Visiting?

Yes! As getting to Calakmul requires a lengthy hike, many tourists decide to skip these ruins. What’s more, guided tours aren’t too frequent here, Calakmul is a real gem hidden in the jungle.

Expect to walk around 1.5 miles (2.4km) to get to the Calakmul ruins.

As visiting Calakmul will likely be an all-day adventure, it’s best to set off from your hotel early in the morning.

Admission costs 80 pesos ($4) per person.

Next on your Mexico road trip: Palenque, 5 hours 40 minutes

Palenque

palenque archeological site. Large mayan pyramid is a must see in this part of mexico.
Photo by Dezalb

It’s time to leave behind the Yucatan peninsula (for now!) and head over to Palenque. As the town is almost 6 hours away from Calakmul, you may want to add an overnight stop somewhere along the way. You can spend the night at the 2-star Tutul-Ha in Escarcega, no detour required.

Unlike the Calakmul ruins, the Palanque Archeological Site is very easily accessible.

The ancient city of Palenque, together with Calakmul and Tikal, formed the three most significant cities of the Classic Maya period. The city was at its peak between 500 and 700 AD.

Due to its historical significance, the remains of the city are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Admission to the Palenque archeological site costs 80 pesos ($4) per person.

Open daily between 10 AM and 3 PM.

Where can you stay in Palenque?

Luxury seekers should spend the night at the 5-star Piedra de Agua Boutique Hotel. The property features a secluded jungle feel, spacious rooms and suites, an outdoor pool, and great staff.

Looking for a more budget-friendly stay? Spend the night at the affordable Axkan Palenque. The hotel features modern rooms, an outdoor pool, and a restaurant.

Next on your Mexico road trip: San Cristobal de las Casas, 5 hours

San Cristobal de las Casas

Agua Azul waterfalls in Chiapas, Mexico. Great sight to see on a mexico road trip.
Agua Azul Waterfalls by Nathan Pickford

The journey from Palenque to San Cristobal de las Casas will take you 5 hours in total. However, do consider adding stops at these attractions along the way:

Misol-Ha Waterfall

You can drop by the spectacular Misol-Ha Waterfalls on your way to San Cristobal.

Some of the activities here include tours to the viewing deck where you can get the best view of the area, touring the grotto or visiting the tilapia (fish) farm.

Afterward, you can grab freshly-prepared fish for lunch at the Misol-Ha restaurant.

Movie fanatics might recognize this waterfall. Misol-Ha was a filming location for the Predator movie.

water flowing down at the misol-ha waterfalls in chiapas mexico, near palenque archeological site.
Photo by Angelika Fuss

Agua Azul Waterfalls

The Agua Azual Waterfalls simply cannot be skipped when visiting Chiapas. The picturesque waterfalls are famous for the blue-colored water, hence the name which translates to Blue Water.

Admire the picturesque waterfalls or the washed-up banks of the river shaped by mother nature herself. The scenery here is an absolute paradise for photographers!

Note that the color of the water is the best during the dry season between November and May.

What to do in San Cristobal de las Casas?

Sumidero Canyon

Don’t miss the Sumidero Canyon, a monumental canyon around 90 minutes east of San Cristobal. The grand scenery is best observed from the surface of the water, hop on a guided boat tour and take in the views!

The body of water is surrounded by limerock walls that are 900 meters tall! These unbeatable views are perfect for photography.

Sumidero Canyon seen from the river on a cloudy day in Chiapas, Mexico. Sumidero Canyon is one of the best attractions to see near San Cristobal de Las Casas
Photo by Gretta Bartoli

Guadalupe Church

The Guadalupe Church is perhaps the most photographed landmark in town. Once you get here, you’ll likely find yourself taking lots of pictures as well!

This picturesque church is set atop a hill, providing a great overlook of the city after you climb up the stairs.

Later, step inside the church and admire the decorative interior. The best time to visit the Guadalupe Church is undoubtedly on Guadalupe Day (December 12th of every year).

La Maldita Restaurante

After spending a day in town, unwind at the La Maldita Restaurante. Enjoy dinner at the rooftop terrace, whilst watching the sunset.

La Maldita also offers budget-friendly accommodation where you can spend the night.

Alternatively, you can spend the night at Casa Santa Lucia. This traditional hotel offers stylish, classic rooms with free wi-fi set in a building from the 1700s. Add in the great location by the heart of town, and you have one of the best stays in San Cristobal de las Casas.

Next on your Mexico road trip: Campeche, 9 hours 50 minutes

Campeche

surfer strolling down a sandy beach at sunset, orange sky and calm waves on the ocean. Beautiful evening in Campeche, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico.
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After you’ve spent time at San Cristobal de las Casas, drive back into the Yucatan Peninsula. After a lengthy 10-hour drive, you will arrive in the scenic city of Campeche!

What can you do in Campeche?

Fuerte de San Miguel

At first, this fort was used during local conflicts throughout the 19th century. Fuerte de San Miguel is a great example of military architecture in Campeche.

Today, however, the fortification is home to Mayan relicts found in nearby archeological sites, including the ones found in Calakmul. The precious items are stored in 10 rooms within the old fort.

The museum can be accessed for just 55 pesos ($2.7) per person.

Open Tuesday to Saturday between 9 AM and 3 PM.

Malecón

After a day of driving, stretch your legs as you stroll down the Malecón waterfront promenade. The path is favored among both tourists and locals looking to get exercise or to enjoy a peaceful stroll.

The path stretches for 7 kilometers (4.4 miles) and is a great spot for a jog, or a bike ride.

At the northern tip of the Malecón, you can reward yourself with fresh seafood for dinner. Opposite of the car park, you will find a row of cozy restaurants that serve some of the best food in town.

Don’t know which eatery to pick? You can’t go wrong with Restaurant El Langostino, of the favorites in Campeche!

What are the best hotels in Campeche?

Luxury seekers should most certainly check out the Hacienda Puerta Campeche, a lavish 5-star property right in the heart of the city. The hotel is set in a restored 17th-century Hacienda and features upscale rooms and suites, great decor, two swimming pools, and a spa.

Looking for a hotel that won’t break the bank? Spend the night at the Hotel Plaza Campeche. This property features well-equipped rooms, an outdoor pool, and a great location near the heart of Campeche.

Next on your Mexico road trip: Mérida, 3 hours 20 minutes

Mérida

uxmal archeological site, mayan structures seen emerging from green  jungle rainforest. Storm and clouds in the distance. Must-see Mayan site on a mexico road trip
Uxmal photographed by Darvin Santos

On your way to Mérida, don’t miss the breathtaking Uxmal Archeological Site.

Uxmal Archeological Site

The Uxmal Archeological Site could very well be the best Mayan site in all of the Yucatan Peninsula. For this reason, we believe it’s crucial to include it in your Mexico road trip itinerary.

Visitors can admire the famous pyramids, or pay attention to the details such as the decorative facades.

In order to get the most out of your visit here, consider hiring a guide to show you around. A licensed guide will cost you around 700 pesos ($35).

The site is open all week from 8AM to 5PM, though the entrance is closed from 4PM onwards.

Admission costs 418 pesos ($17) per person.

Progreso

If you’re looking to spend some time at a sandy beach, drive up to the coastal town of Progreso.

The wide, sandy shore stretches for miles and makes for a great spot for sunbathing or swimming in the ocean.

What’s more, Progreso is full of affordable, waterfront hotels where you can unwind for a day or two. Alternatively, you can hit one of the town’s beach clubs, too.

Izamal

beautiful yellow church and courtyard with blue and white flags over green yard in the town of izamal. A must-see town on a mexico road trip.

Izamal is a scenic town, largely undiscovered by tourists, a little over an hour east of Merida.

In fact, we suggest stopping here on the way to Chichen Itza to take a few pictures of the bright yellow-colored buildings, stroll down and take in the atmosphere.

Nevertheless, the scenic architecture and an authentic vibe make Izamal a great addition to your Mexico road trip itinerary.

Next on your Mexico road trip: Valladolid, 1 hour 40 minutes

Valladolid

beautiful picture of chichen itza mayan pyramid during sunset, on a sunny day in Mexico. Chichen Itza is an absolute must see when visiting Mexico.
Chichen Itza by José Andrés Pacheco Cortés

Depart Mérida and begin the final leg of your journey before returning back to sunny Cancun. On your way to Valladolid, be sure to drop by the Chichen-Itza Archeological Site. You cannot miss it on your road trip!

Chichen-Itza Archeological Zone

The ancient city of Chichen-Itza is definitely the most famous archeological site in this part of Mexico. While the site is, without a doubt, breathtaking, keep in mind that it is usually packed with tourists.

Chichen-Itza was the capital of the region back between 987 and 1200 AD, the same period saw the peak times of the gigantic city.

The ancient city is dominated by the El Castillo Temple pictured above. Unlike some of the other sites in the Yucatan, guests are not permitted to climb the pyramid.

The site is open all week from 8 AM to 4 PM.

Admission costs 417 pesos ($20.7) for tourists.

Swimming in Cenotes

The are around Valladolid is home to some more colorful cenotes where you can go for a dip in the crystal-clear waters.

Cenote Samaal is one of the best cenotes in Valladolid. After paying an admission fee of 150 pesos ($7.5), you can swim in the crystal-clear water, while accompanied by the soothing sound of the waterfall. Adrenaline junkies can drop down into the water from the jumping area.

Cenote Samula cannot be missed on a road trip around the Yucatan Peninsula. Nearly all of this cenote is enclosed in a cave, resulting in otherworldly scenery as you swim across the water. In fact, it looks so amazing it is hard to believe that it’s not man-made!

Rentalmoose tip: If you only have time to visit one cenote in Valladolid, see Cenote Samula.

Cenote Samaal, large cenotes are sinkholes in mexico taht are popular for swimming. Swimming in cenotes is an unforgettable experience.
Cenote Samaal by Dolanh/Flickr

Zona Arqueológica de Ek Balam

Ek Balam is another Mayan archeological site that’s worth visiting when in the Yucatan Peninsula, it’s located around 25 kilometers outside of Valladolid.

The site features well-preserved structures in a beautiful, jungle setting. It may not be as spectacular as the Chichen-Itza, but it makes a great addition to the itinerary.

Ek Balam is easily accessible by car. The site is open daily between 8 AM and 5 PM, though the ticketing booth closes an hour earlier.

Admission costs 338 pesos ($17) for international tourists.

Rio Lagartos

Before returning to Cancun, make sure you stop by the Parque Natural Ria Lagartos. In this park, you’ll be able to spot thousands of flamingos in their natural habitat.

What’s more, you can take a boat tour around the area to see the spots that are otherwise inaccessible.

Don’t forget to see the beautiful pink lake, which is another highlight in the park!

Drop-Off

For maximum convenience, Rentalmoose recommends dropping off your rental car directly at Cancun International Airport.

Don’t forget to use Rentalmoose to find the best rental car deal for this road trip!

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These Are The 8 Best Day Trips From Mexico City

Are you planning a trip to Mexico? Don’t miss the best things to see around Mexico City, perfect for short day trips from the capital!

What are the best day trips from Mexico City?

  1. Teotihuacan
  2. Tlaxcala
  3. Cholula & Puebla
  4. Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park
  5. Mixquic
  6. Taxco
  7. Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park
  8. Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

Any great trip to Mexico should include at least a few days in the capital on the itinerary. Afterall, the biggest city in North America is home to numerous incredible things to do.

After you’ve seen the best of what Mexico City has to offer, arrange some extra time to visit some of the best attractions outside of town.

The area surrounding Mexico City truly has it all, from touring volcanos and visiting Mayan ruins through to exploring caves or celebrating the Day of The Dead.

The possibilities are endless! In fact, Cholula alone is famous for its 365 churches- one for each day of the year. In order to see all of these spectacular places, you’d have to move to Central Mexico.

Trip Extensions

Your Mexico adventure doesn’t have to end around Mexico City. Check out the following possible extensions for your next trip to Mexico.

Road Trip around The Yucatan Peninsula

Fly into Cancun, spend a few days at what is arguably one of the best beachfront cities in the world, and explore the Yucatan Peninsula by car.

Click here for the curated travel guide.

Cabo San Lucas And The Surrounding Area

Cabo San Lucas is a lot more than an upscale resort town. Check out our curated travel guide to see the best things to do in and around Cabo.

Don’t be fooled, there’s a lot more to Cabo than just sandy beaches.

What is the best way of getting around Mexico?

Unless you’re planning to stick to just one city, the best way of getting around is by car.

That way, you’ll get to see scenic drives and see areas that you’d never get to visit otherwise. Not to mention the irreplaceable freedom of altering your itinerary on the go, whenever you please.

Book your car via Rentalmoose, a worldwide car rental platform with over 15 000 locations around the globe. Check out our website to compare rental car deals in Mexico.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into these exciting day trips from Mexico City!

1. Teotihuacan

Large, monumental temples of Teotihuacan date back to the ancient times. The ancient city of Teotihuacan is only half an hour away from Mexico City, making it perfect for a Mexico City day trip.
Photo by German Rojas

Round-trip distance from Mexico City: 100km (60 miles)

Best time to visit: Year-round

A visit to Teotihuacan is unarguably one of the must-do day trips from Mexico City.

The ancient city of Teotihuacan dates back more than a thousand years prior to the arrival of the Aztecs, the homeless wanderers first came to the region in 1300 A.D.

If the Aztecs hadn’t arrived in Mexico at the time of the city’s construction, you’re probably wondering who built Teotihuacan.

Who built the Great City of Teotihuacan?

Back when the Aztecs first discovered this town, it had already been abandoned for centuries.

Although the Aztecs did not build Teotihuacan, they are the ones responsible for its name.

Teotihuacan translates to ‘home of the gods‘, which is precisely what the Aztecs decided to name the mysterious abandoned city.

The Great city of Teotihuacan is believed to have been a vivid center of the region, with an estimated population of 200 000 inhabitants.

Though that may not seem like much today, its population was very similar to Rome or Beijing at the time.

Following extensive destruction, looting, and chaos, the city was abandoned by 750AD. It is uncertain what caused the sudden chaos that resulted in inhabitants fleeing Teotihuacan.

Today, Teotihuacan remains one of the most significant ancient ruins in all of Mexico. Don’t miss the famous Pyramid of The Sun, the largest pyramid in the city and one of the tallest in Mesoamerica.

Admission to the Great City of Teotihuacan costs below 100 pesos (US$5) per person. Open daily between 9AM and 5PM.

Next Mexico City day trip: Tlaxcala

2. Tlaxcala

Colorful yellow facades of traditional buildings in the town of Tlaxcala, Mexico. Tlaxcala is the perfect destination for a day trip from Mexico City.
Photo by Actek10

Round-trip distance of this day trip from Mexico City: 240km (150 miles)

Best time to visit: Year-round

Tlaxcala is the smallest region in Mexico. The state’s capital with the same name is located around 120km/75miles away from the heart of Mexico City, making it the perfect destination for a day trip.

What can you do in Tlaxcala?

Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Ocotlán

The Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlan is perhaps the most well-known attraction in the town of Tlaxcala.

Located just minutes away from the center of this cute town, the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Ocotlán can be admired from both inside and out.

Step inside and take in the decorative, gold-filled interior, or appreciate the monumental architecture from the outside.

Palacio de Gobierno

Get a grasp of the regional Tlaxcalan culture as you walk inside the gorgeous Palacio de Gobierno.

This structure dates back nearly 500 years and is home to decorative murals and an unbeatable vibe.

Palacio de Gobierno is a great under-the-radar destination in this part of Mexico.

History buffs should definitely peek inside the nearby museums. Afterall, Palacio de Gobierno is right in the heart of Tlaxcala.

Firefly Sanctuary

If you’re visiting Mexico between June and August, you are in for a special treat. During those months, local fireflies put on a breathtaking light show every night.

Check out this website to learn more and book your firefly experience. It’s a half-hour drive out of Tlaxcala.

Next day trip from Mexico City: Cholula & Puebla

3. Cholula & Puebla

Monumental facade of a cathedral in Puebla. Catedral de Puebla is one of the best things to see in Puebla.
Photo by Young Shanahan

Round-trip distance from Mexico City: 280km (175miles)

Best time to visit: Year-round

A drive down to Puebla is one of the best day trips from Mexico City.

What is there to see in Puebla?

The Great Pyramid of Cholula

Did you know that the largest pyramid in the world (by area, not height) isn’t in Egypt? In fact, it’s The Great Pyramid of Cholula.

You might be surprised when you get to Cholula, as the pyramid doesn’t look like a typical Mayan structure. In fact, only a small part of it has been excavated thus far.

Back in the 1600s, the Spanish built the Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies atop the pyramid. Make sure you visit this beautiful cathedral, as it opens up to panoramic views of the surrounding countryside.

The Archeological Site of Cholula is open daily from 9AM to 5:30 PM. Admission costs 80 pesos ($4).

 
 
 
 
 
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Mercado Cosme del Razo San Pedro Cholula

It should be pretty clear by now that Rentalmoose loves local fresh food markets. No matter whether you’re in Batemans Bay, Marmaris, or Malaga, we recommend visiting a local market.

We believe local markets are the perfect way to peek into the fascinating local life of any bustling town, village, or city. Mercado Cosme del Razo San Pedro in Cholula is no different.

In this traditional market, you’ll be able to find anything ranging from regional fruit and vegetables to handcrafted goods and artwork.

After spending some time in Cholula, it’s time to continue further into Puebla. This city is famous for its beautiful architecture, as well as the Puebla Cathedral and more!

Museo Amparo

Art lovers should not miss out on visiting the Museo Amparo. This museum, set inside a beautiful, colonial building, is home to one of the greatest art collections in Latin America.

Admire hundreds of Mexican artworks from different historical periods. Afterward, head up to the terrace and take in the panoramic views of the city.

The best part? Admission is completely free of charge.

Note that Museo Amparo is closed on Wednesdays. Check their website for detailed opening hours.

Catedral de Puebla

Set in the heart of Puebla’s historic center is the monumental Catedral de Puebla. This monumental Baroque church was completed in 1690.

After photographing the grand facade of the cathedral, feel free to step inside and explore the decorative interior.

Open Monday through Saturday from 9 AM to 1 PM, then 4 PM to 8 PM.

While you’re here, take a minute to stroll down Puebla’s scenic historic center.

Restaurante El Mural de Los Poblanos

No visit to Puebla would possibly be complete without indulging in the region’s traditional cuisine. Head to Restaurante El Mural de Los Poblanos, one of the top picks in town, for a delicious lunch or dinner.

This eatery serves some of the best Mexican food in town. Make sure to try the local specialty called Chiles en Nogada.

Open daily from noon to midnight, as well as 8 AM to noon for breakfast service.

Next day trip from Mexico City: Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park

4. Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park

Izta-Popo National Park near Mexico City is home to two famous volcanos. Visiting the park is a great getaway from the hustle and bustle of Mexico City.
Photo by Russ Bowling

Round-trip distance from Mexico City: 180 kilometers (110 miles)

Best time to visit: Year-round

If you drive 2 hours out of Mexico City, you will reach the beautiful Izta-Popo Zoquiapan National Park.

The park is home to 2 of the most famous volcanos in Mexico: Popocatepetl and Iztachihuatl.

Rentalmoose insider tip: Note that it can get quite cold at this altitude. Bring appropriate clothing!

Paso de Cortes

Begin your visit of the park with a drive across the scenic Paso de Cortes. This chicane-filled road is one of the best scenic drives in Mexico!

This mountain pass was named after being used by Hernán Cortés back in the 16th century. Cortés was the one who conquested the Aztec Empire back in the 1500s and claimed Mexico.

Right by the large roundabout, you’ll see the park’s museum. You can head inside and learn more about local history. Admission tickets can be purchased here, too. From here, you can enjoy unobstructed views of both volcanos.

Open daily between 7AM and 9PM.

Iztachihuatl

After viewing the volcano from the distance, it’s time to come closer to it. Drive down the unpaved road towards the Iztachihuatl volcano.

You can leave your car at the La Joyita area and continue further up on foot. The climb is challenging and only recommended for experienced hikers. However, the views from the top are absolutely unbeatable.

Cascada Apatlaco

Drive back from the foot of Iztachihuatl Volcano and turn into a small road on your left. Follow the road and after a while, you’ll be able to see the spectacular Apatlaco Waterfalls.

Quezadilla Dona Gloria

On your way back down to Mexico City, make sure you stop by to try delicious quesadillas.

Pop by the cozy Quezadilla Dona Gloria to recharge your batteries before driving back to the city. The obscure cabin serves some of the best food you can find around the park.

Guided Tours

Although you can visit the Izta-Popo National Park independently, there’s also the option to book a private tour. An experienced guide will let you in on the park’s secrets and show you the hidden gems of the park.

Consider booking a guided tour of the park with Aztec Explorers.

5. Mixquic

Cemetery full of people and illuminated by candles during the spectacular Day of The Dead Celebrations in Mixquic. Make sure you see these celebrations, perhaps on a day trip from Mexico City.
Photo by カルロスVG

Round-trip distance from Mexico City: 100 kilometers (60 miles)

Best time to visit: October 31- November 3

If you’re planning to visit Mexico City at the beginning of November, you are in for a magical treat.

The Day of The Dead celebrations are famous around the world. If there’s one place in all of Mexico that has the most spectacular, authentic celebration, it has to be Mixquic.

When is The Day of The Dead?

November 2nd

Contrary to popular belief, the celebrations begin on the 31st of October. The bells of the beautiful San Andres Apostol ring 12 times, as the souls of the children are believed to arrive.

Although the celebrations continue on the 1st day of November, The Day of The Dead is on the 2nd of November every year. Undoubtedly, the most magical time to visit Mixquic is on that day, particularly after the sun sets.

Young girl smiling in makeup and costume during celebrations of the Day Of The Dead at a cemetery in Mixquic, Mexico. The Day Of The Dead is a must-see on any Mexico trip itinerary
Photo by Jordi Cueto-Felgueroso Arocha

As dusk falls, the pantheon is illuminated by thousands of decorative candles. The families spend the night in the company of their deceased loved ones. This emotional celebration is bound to leave you speechless for the rest of your trip.

6. Taxco

Beautiful Panoramic view of Taxco. Taxco is a former silver mining town that has become a great tourist destination. Located near the capital, it makes for great day trips from Mexico City.
Photo by Laurent Espitallier

Round-trip distance from Mexico City: 360 kilometers (220 miles)

Best time to visit: Year-round

Taxco is a breathtaking town, formerly a hotspot for silver mining. Despite the fact that the mines shut down over a century ago, Taxco has remained a spectacular and populated town. It’s the ideal authentic town that makes for great day trips from Mexico City.

Note that the best way of getting around the narrow, cobblestone streets of Taxco is on foot.

It’s best to leave your car at one of the nearby car parks, such as this one.

What is there to see in Taxco?

Santa Prisca de Taxco & Plaza Borda

Begin your visit of Taxco right in the heart of town. After you leave your car at the car park, stroll down the cobblestone streets on foot.

You will soon reach Plaza Borda, the booming heart of Taxco.

Take your time to peek into the many regional eateries and shops within the authentic colonial buildings.

Unarguably, the biggest landmark in Taxco is the monumental Santa Prisca de Taxco. The history of this church dates back to the mid-1700s, back when there was lots of silver mining going on around Taxco. Admire the facade or step inside the decorative cathedral.

Mina Prehispanica de Taxco

As Taxco was once a booming mining town, you should definitely visit Mina Prehispanica. The silver mine is estimated to date back to times when Mexico was a Viceroyalty of New Spain. It was likely hidden by the locals from the Spanish.

In 2013, the mine was accidentally rediscovered during the remodeling of a local hotel. The hotel bar was quickly turned into an archeological site, and today it serves as a great spot to visit what was once common in Taxco.

Open daily from 9AM to 6PM.

Cable Car & Montetaxco

Get a panoramic view of the area around Taxco when you take the Cable Car up to the upscale Montetaxco hotel. Seeing the sunset from up here is a must when in Taxco.

A round-trip ticket for the cable car costs below 100 pesos ($5). You can extend your day trip and stay at the prestigious Montetaxco Hotel, too!

 
 
 
 
 
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Rosa Amaranto

After a day of walking up and down the winding streets, relax at one of the town’s best restaurants. Head up to Rosa Amaranto for a great dining experience accompanied by an astonishing view of Taxco.

Open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM.

7. Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park

Photo by Christian Ramiro González Verón

Round-trip distance from Mexico City: 300 kilometers (180 miles)

Best time to visit: Year-round

The Grutas de Cacahuamilpa National Park is home to one of the largest cave systems on the planet. Hence it’s one of the most popular day trips from Mexico City, and it’s easy to see why.

The caves were rediscovered by a Mexican shopkeeper hiding in them from the authorities back in the 1800s. Since then, they’ve become a famous tourist attraction.

Today, anyone can visit the enormous cave system on a guided walking tour. The system is made up of 20 large halls, reserve around 2 hours to visit them.

Travelers can visit the Grutas de Cacahuamilpa every day from 9AM to 5PM. Admission costs 90 pesos ($4.5) per person. Note that most guides only speak Spanish, an English-speaking guide will likely cost more to hire.

8. Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve

Photo by Rafael Saldaña

Round-trip distance from Mexico City: 200 kilometers (120 miles)

Best time to visit: October to March

One of the best day trips from Mexico City is a visit to the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, around 100 kilometers (60 miles) outside of Mexico City.

Click here for a detailed guide to visiting the 4 butterfly sanctuaries here that are open to the public.

Don’t miss the El Rosario sanctuary!

Angangueo

Before heading back to Mexico City, pay Angangueo a visit. This cute former mining town, although not as spectacular as Taxco, is worth at least a short peek. Unlike the Butterfly Sanctuaries, Angangueo is a year-round attraction.

Don’t skip the town’s two beautiful churches. They are facing each other, making for a great spot for photos.

You can admire a panoramic view of Angangueo and its natural surroundings from the Monumento Al Minero terrace.

Lastly, take a photo with the colorful Mural in the heart of this little town.

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