Author: Rentalmoose

long sandy beach and wavy blue ocean off the great ocean road on a clear sunny day in victoria australia

Australia Road Trip Itinerary- Great Ocean Road

Australia’s Great Ocean Road by car, a road trip itinerary in Australia.

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Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Melbourne to Torquay- 100 kilometers (60 miles)📍  

Torquay to Lorne- 50 kilometers (30 miles)📍 

Lorne to Kennett River- 20 kilometers (12 miles)📍 

Kennett River to Apollo Bay- 20 kilometers (12 miles)📍 

Apollo Bay to Twelve Apostles- 90 kilometers (55 miles)📍 

Twelve Apostles to Colac- 80 kilometers (50 miles)📍 

Colac to Melbourne- 150 kilometers (95 miles)📍 

510 kilometers (320 miles) in total

Tags: Travel guide, Scenic Road, Australia, Short Distance

Drive down one of the most scenic roads on the planet. The Great Ocean Road will take you along the dramatic coast of Western Victoria, located in South Australia. Experience the surf culture, fly in a World War 2 airplane, spot koala bears and admire spectacular natural wonders. This Australia road trip truly has it all!

This travel guide takes you on a South Australia trip starting in Melbourne. Drive southwest until you get to Torquay, the country’s surfing capital. 

Catch the waves at Bells Beach and hop on the Great Ocean Road to Apollo Bay through Lorne and Kennett River, where you might just spot furry koala bears. 

Next, make your way to the spectacular limestone pillars named the Twelve Apostles. After a helicopter tour of the coast, drive inland across volcanic landscapes until you get to Colac, a quiet countryside town. Relax at the lakes, climb the Red Rock for the best view and head back to Melbourne.

Without a doubt, this is one of the best road trips in Australia you can take.

Planning- Before You Leave

Before setting off on your South Australia road trip, take a look at some of the essential information listed below.

How long does it take to complete this road trip?

The total driving distance of this South Australia road trip is around 500 kilometers (310 miles) and can be covered in two days, with one overnight stop in Apollo Bay.

Of course, if you want to thoroughly explore each town consider adding extra overnight stops in Torquay and Colac.

Personally, I found one overnight stop to be sufficient for this trip.

When is the best time to visit Australia?

Keep in mind that the seasons in Australia are switched (Summer is between December and February).

It’s best to go to South Australia right before the summer or directly after it finishes, when the weather is still warm enough to swim in the ocean, yet the crowds are smaller compared to the summer when the tourist season peaks.

Go during the Easter Weekend if you’re planning to attend the Rip Curl surfing championship in Bells Beach near Torquay.

Extend your Australia road trip to Sydney and New South Wales

Your Australian road trip doesn’t have to finish after driving down the Great Ocean Road. Why not see the East Coast of Australia, too?

In fact, Rentalmoose recommends adding a few extra days to drive up Princes Highway all the way to Sydney in New South Wales. That way, you can see the spectacular East Coast of Australia.

Admire more of the spectacular natural beauty in New South Wales, enjoy whale watching tours or lap a racetrack.

There are plenty of attractions waiting for you, click here for our Sydney to Melbourne travel guide and extend your road trip to see the East Coast.

Why should I book a rental car in Melbourne?

A rental car is the definite go-to means of transport for this trip. The Great Ocean Road is considered one of the absolute best scenic driving roads in the entire world, providing absolutely spectacular views practically anywhere along the way.

Road trips in Australia are great, you will find yourself stopping at overlooks and pullouts practically nonstop along the spectacular coastal roads.

There are various viewpoints where you can stop that would have been impossible to access without a car. Not to mention the ability to alter your itinerary, detour or extend the trip whenever you please, which is only possible when traveling by car. The best way to see Australia is during road trips by car.

For extra peace of mind during your road trip, Rentalmoose recommends adding excess coverage when booking your rental car.

Once you’ve picked up the car, don’t forget to take photos of the car to qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee.

Can tourists drive in Australia? 

Yes! You can drive with your foreign driver’s license for up to 3 months in Australia, as long as it’s in English. If your driver’s license is not in English, you need to obtain an International Driving Permit prior to leaving.

Where can you get an International Driving Permit? How long is it valid for? Check out this blog post on International Driving Permits that answers any questions you might have about this document.

The traffic laws in Australia are strictly enforced. Driving under influence is completely unacceptable and can land the offender in jail. 

In terms of speeding penalties, the Department of Transport and Main Roads claims that the average speeding ticket is $210, which equals just below 130 euros. Going less than 13km/h over the limit will cost you $177 (105 EUR).

Traffic in Australia is on the left-hand side of the road.

Now that you’re all set, it’s time to jump into this exciting South Australia road trip itinerary!


melbourne skyscrapers modern architecture and trees seen from across river with three parked boats during sunset

Photography by Alf Scalise.

What is Melbourne known for?

Welcome to one of the largest cities in the country and the capital of Victoria, Melbourne! Melbourne is a great starting point for different road trips in Australia.

The vivid city is known for its cultural scene, multicultural diversity, vibrant nightlife, and trendy vibe. Pick up your car directly from Melbourne Airport and begin exploring this fascinating city.

Queen Victoria Market

Observe the daily life of Melbourne at Queen Victoria Market. Wander around the busy stalls selling anything from fresh produce to antiques and precious collectibles, all while catching a glimpse of the historical venue.

COVID-19 Update: The Winter Night Market may return in June 2021.

If you’re in town around the summer, attend the seasonal Night Market held every Wednesday from 5 PM onwards.

Queen Victoria Market is open until 3 PM on weekdays and 4 PM on weekends, closed on Mondays and Wednesdays.

A car park is available along Queen Street between Therry and Victoria streets.

Melbourne’s trendy laneways and arcades

Melbourne is packed with cool laneways and shopping arcades lined with local bars, restaurants, and shops, all of which are just begging to be explored.

Wander around the glamorous shops in The Block Arcade or step inside one of the grungy cafes at Centre Place.

No matter which laneway you stumble upon, you will experience the trendy vibe of Melbourne.

Royal Botanic Gardens

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of the city in Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens.

Stroll down the colorful gardens, admire the diverse and exotic flora or go for a picnic in the vibrant green lawn. In the summer, catch a movie at the outdoor cinema or dive into the local art scene when you examine pieces at an outdoor exhibition.

Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens are open daily between 7:30 AM and 6:30 PM.

Admission to the gardens is free.

Looking for more attractions in Melbourne? Check out the Sydney to Melbourne Travel Guide, where I highlight some of the best Greek cuisine in town as well as Melbourne’s best hotspot for art lovers.

Melbourne will surely keep you busy for a few days, that’s why Rentalmoose recommends spending at least one night in town before setting off on your road trip.

Where to stay in Melbourne?

Luxury seekers should consider spending the night at the 5-star Park Hyatt Melbourne. The elegant hotel offers over 200 stylish rooms and suites overlooking Fitzroy Gardens, as well as luxurious amenities such as an indoor pool and a spa and wellness center. The hotel’s location in the heart of Melbourne makes it the perfect spot to set out and explore the city. A private car park is available at an extra cost.

If you’re looking for a hotel that offers panoramic views and luxurious facilities without breaking the bank, consider checking into the Imagine Marco Hotel.

The resort features modern serviced apartments with panoramic city views, a convenient location near the city center and extra amenities such as an outdoor pool and barbecue equipment.

A private car park is available at an extra cost.

Next on your Australia road trip: Torquay, 1 hour 20 minutes


torquay long sandy beach bright blue calm ocean natural beauty of australia. See it from the Great Ocean road during this Australia road trip itinerary around Victoria.

Your first stop is a coastal town around an hour west of Melbourne. Torquay is one of the country’s hotspots for surfing, and the watersport culture has become a crucial part of the local heritage. It is also the beginning of the Great Ocean Road.

Australian National Surfing Museum

Torquay is known as the country’s capital of surfing, be sure to pay a visit to the Australian National Surfing Museum. Discover the history of Australia’s surfing and beach culture, examine historical surfboards or walk down the Hall of Fame.

The museum is open between 9 AM and 5 PM all week. Admission costs below $15 AUD (8.4 EUR).

Scenic flights

Adrenaline junkies should go to Torquay Airport, where they can book thrilling Adventure Flights over the coast in a vintage WW2 open-cockpit airplane.

Admire the coast from above or get spun around during an aerobatic flight. No matter which flight you pick, it will surely be an unforgettable experience.

Browse through available packages on the Adventure Flights website.

Bells Beach

Head out of Torquay and continue along the coast. After just a couple of kilometers, you will reach the famous Bells Beach.

The beach is a well-known surfing spot, if you’re an experienced surfer you will absolutely love it. The beach is surrounded by cliffs, providing a spectacular backdrop to admire.

Visit Bells Beach during the Easter weekend when the Rip Curl Pro surfing event takes place and spectate as the world’s best surfers ride the enormous waves.

Next: Lorne, 50 minutes 


lorne crystal blue ocean view and nearby tree branches seen from viewing point above a cliff. See it from the great ocean road during our australia road trip itinerary.

Drive along the absolutely breathtaking Great Ocean Road, there are plenty of lookouts on the way where you can carefully watch the dramatic coastline.

After around 40 minutes, you will reach the seaside town of Lorne. This tiny town only has around a thousand inhabitants, but during the peak of the tourist season those numbers rise up to over ten thousand.

Guests can feel the ocean breeze at the outdoor seating area or listen to live music on weekend nights.

Open daily from 12:30 PM.

Teddy’s Lookout

As you drive out of Lorne and get back on the Great Ocean Road, be sure to drop by Teddy’s Lookout.

The viewpoint offers panoramic views of the dramatic coastline, the turquoise ocean and Lorne’s Scenic beach. Drop your car off at the nearby car park and hike for just a couple of minutes to the viewpoint itself. 

Next on your Australia road trip: Kennett River, 30 minutes

Kennett River

cute smiling koala sleeping on a tree in Kennett river, australia. It is one of the must-see spots along the great ocean road in victoria.

Continue along the Great Ocean Road for another half hour until you reach Kennett River. Although not the biggest town along the coast, the area is a popular stop among tourists for one specific reason: wild koala bears.

Where can you see Koala bears in Kennett River?

Spotting wild koala bears is, much like seeing kangaroos, an absolute must if you’re planning one of the best road trips in Australia.

Kennett River is the best place along the Great Ocean Road where tourists can spot koala bears in the wild. The region’s large population of furry koalas can be spotted just a hike away from the main road.

Stroll down the Grey River Road, walk across the Manna Gum forest as the bears will likely be sleeping up in the gum trees. What’s more, the forest is packed with all kinds of exotic birds and colorful parrots that are worth mentioning as well. 

Continue up the Grey River Road, after roughly 5 kilometers you will reach a scenic picnic ground in the Grey River Reserve. The grounds are equipped with wooden barbecues where you can grill your meat.

Keep an eye on the nearby trees, you might spot more furry koalas! The picnic ground itself is often visited by fascinating wildlife, get ready for unique encounters.

Relax after the hike at Kafe Koala, a local cafe near the coast and just off the Great Ocean Road. Enjoy freshly-made delicacies, an affordable and tasty lunch, or an aromatic coffee in the colorful outdoor garden frequently visited by exotic parrots.

Open all week from 7 AM to 7 PM.

Next on your Australia road trip: Apollo Bay, 30 minutes

Apollo Bay

car on scenic coastal road near beach and blue ocean in australia great ocean road apollo bay in background. See the scenic great ocean road during our australia road trip itinerary.

Follow the twists and turns of the Great Ocean Road for another 30 minutes until you reach Apollo Bay, the final stop for the day.

Great Ocean Walk

Hikers will surely enjoy their stay here, as Apollo Bay is the beginning point of the 91-kilometer Great Ocean Walk. The trail leads all the way to the monumental 12 Apostles and takes hikers across sandy beaches, bushlands, and rainforests with spectacular views at every step of the way.

Those who want to experience the walk without dedicating 6 days to hike the entire trail can try out shorter segments.

Cape Otway Lightstation

Be sure to drop by the Cape Otway Lightstation. The station was built back in 1848 and remains the oldest surviving lighthouse in all of Australia.

Learn about the lighthouse’s fascinating history, including why it was named “The Beacon of Hope”, during a daily history talk at 11 AM, 2 PM and 4 PM.

Then, photograph the spectacular views of the ocean from atop the tower.

Book your tickets online right here.

The tower is open daily from 9 AM to 5 PM.

Before you decide to call it a day, go to La Bimba for dinner. The restaurant strongly supports local produce, essentially anything on the menu is locally-sourced, freshly-prepared and absolutely delicious.

La Bimba serves dinner from 6 PM to 9 PM, closed on Tuesdays.

Where to stay in Apollo Bay?

Spend the night at the beachfront Seafarers Getaway. The beachfront resort features 20 lodges and units with spectacular ocean views, an outdoor deck, barbecue facilities, and beach access. The convenient location right by the Great Ocean Road is worth mentioning, too. Plus, a free car park.

When you stay in Apollo Bay, you can enjoy the perks of a beachfront location without breaking the bank.

Travelers on a budget should check-in at the Apollo Bay Waterfront Motor Inn, a beachfront resort that features oceanview rooms and villas. A car park is available at no extra charge.

Next on your Australia road trip: Twelve Apostles, 1 hour 20 minutes

Twelve Apostles

twelve apostles limestone cliffs near ocean coast small waves on a clear summer day in australia

Make your way down the Great Ocean Road for a little over an hour until you reach the main highlight of any road trip in Australia, the magnificent Twelve Apostles.

The natural wonder is best admired during the sunrise and sunset when the dramatic light adds to an even more magical experience. During that time you might be able to spot little penguins as well, if you’re lucky.

Admire the Apostles from the main viewing platform and observe as the water crashes into the massive limestone pillars. Some travelers might be surprised when they start counting the Apostles, as only eight of the pillars remain today.

Photographers looking to get the perfect shot will be happy to hear that the viewing platform can be visited nonstop 365 days per year. Admission is free of charge.

12 Apostles Helicopter Tours

Get a view from above during a scenic helicopter tour. Head to the heliport near the Twelve Apostles Visitor Centre just across the road from the viewing platform and book your sightseeing helicopter flight.

Guests can choose from a selection of different packages that vary in flight length, the longer tours offer more sightseeing opportunities along the coast such as the Otway Lightstation or the Moonlight Head. Check the official website and book your unforgettable tour.

Port Campbell

As you continue along the Great Ocean Road, stop for lunch at 12 Rocks in Port Campbell, just 10 minutes from the Twelve Apostles.

The family-run bar offers some delicious meals made from local ingredients, a cozy and welcoming atmosphere, and panoramic views of the Port Campbell Foreshore.

Open daily from 9:30 AM, lunch service begins at noon. 

London Bridge

Don’t miss some out on some of the other landmarks around the Twelve Apostles, such as the famous London Bridge.

Drive a few minutes west of Port Campbell to see the monumental landmark. Originally a natural bridge connected to the mainland, the London Bridge collapsed in 1990. In effect, two tourists were stranded on the just-formed island and had to be rescued by air.

Photograph the formation from the viewing platform 24 hours per day, all year. Admission is free of charge.

Next on your road trip in Australia: Colac, 1 hour


panoramic view of colac lakes and fields in australia on a cloudy day

Photograph from Wikipedia/Wikimedia Commons.

Get off the Great Ocean Road and head inland on your way back to Melbourne. This part of the journey, although not as dramatic as the coastal road, is a fascinating look inside the Victorian countryside among volcanic plains and lakes.

Alternatively, you can travel back to Melbourne via the Great Ocean Road once again and revisit some of your favorite attractions along the coast.

What is Colac known for?

Colac, a small town around 150 kilometers south-west of Melbourne, is known as “the gateway to the Otways” surrounded by volcanic landscapes.

Lake Corangamite

Be sure to visit Lake Corangamite, the largest salt-water lake in the country. The natural setting is completely different from the dramatic coastline along the Great Ocean Road, hence it is definitely worth a visit for the total change of scenery. Admire the views, observe as local fishermen try to catch fish or go for a dip in the lake.

Red Rock Scenic Lookout

Admire the panoramic view of 30 volcano crater lakes from the Red Rock Scenic Lookout. The green lake-filled landscape makes for a perfect backdrop for photos. There are also BBQ facilities and a children’s playground near the lookout, where you can unwind before continuing on to Melbourne.

Post your pictures from the lookout with #Rentalmoose for a chance to win a rental car free of charge! Click here for details! The lookout is open to the public 24 hours a day, there is no admission cost.

Lake Colac

Relax at Lake Colac, a large lake right by the town itself. The lake is the center for fishing and water activities of all kinds. Swim in the lake (the average depth is below 2.5 meters), sunbathe on the shore or have a go at fishing. The shore near the town is the busiest, head away from Colac to find more secluded parts of the lake.

Colac Botanic Gardens

Wander around the vibrant Colac Botanic Gardens. Hike down the trails, examine the colorful flora or have a picnic in the green lawns. Take your kids to the local playground, spend time with friends at the barbecue area near the east end of the gardens or go to the local Botanic Cafe located inside the historic curator’s cottage from the 1920s. 

The park is open daily between 10 AM and 4 PM.

Next: Melbourne, 1 hour 50 minutes


For maximum convenience, drop your car off directly at the Melbourne Airport when leaving. Lots of car rental companies support airport drop-off, browse through available options via Rentalmoose

Road Trip Extension

Your Australian adventure doesn’t have to finish here! Extend your trip and continue along Princes Highway up to Sydney, seeing the picturesque East coast of Australia along the way. Click here for the Rentalmoose travel guide from Melbourne to Sydney.

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wooden pier at secluded sandy beach and calm blue ocean in key west florida during sunset

The Sunshine State- Florida Road Trip Itinerary

Pristine beaches, vibrant cities, and prestigious resorts all prove that you can’t go wrong with a road trip in The Sunshine State. Read this travel guide to plan your dream Florida road trip.

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Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Miami to Key West- 170 miles📍 $6 Toll

Key West/Miami to Daytona Beach- 430 miles📍 $25 Toll

Daytona Beach to Orlando- 60 miles📍 $5 Toll

Orlando to Tampa- 90 miles (145km)📍 $5 Toll

Tampa to Naples- 170 miles (274km)📍  

Naples to Everglades National Park- 90 miles (145km)📍 

Everglades National Park to Miami- 30 miles (48km)📍 

1040 miles (1674km) in total

Tags: Travel guide, Florida, Beaches

This travel guide takes you on a road trip across the Sunshine State starting in the bustling city of Miami. Drive south across the scenic Florida Keys to the Southernmost Point in the Continental US before making your way up north to Daytona Beach, a city known for its motorsport heritage and “The World’s Most Famous Beach”.

Then, enjoy an adventure-packed day at one of Orlando’s theme parks and head to the state’s west coast, stopping in Tampa and Naples. After a night in a prestigious resort, admire the world’s biggest reptiles in Everglades National Park and return to Miami.

Planning- Before You Go

Here is all you need to know before you set off on your unforgettable Florida road trip!

How long does it take to complete this road trip?

This Florida road trip is a little over a thousand miles in total. As there is a lot of driving ahead, Rentalmoose highly recommends going to Key West on a day trip from Miami.

As you get on the road, spend at least two nights in Orlando and Naples respectively.

In order to get the most out of each destination, allocate at least 7 days for this exciting road trip around Florida.

When is the best time to visit Florida?

The best time to go on a road trip in Florida is anywhere between late November through the middle of May, when the average temperature during the day is around 20-25 Celsius (68-77 Fahrenheit).

Keep in mind that the tourist season tends to peak between late December and May.

If you want to avoid the biggest crowds consider booking your trip outside of said months.

Why book a rental car in Florida?

Scenic driving roads, well-developed infrastructure, cheap petrol, and a large distance to cover all make a private car the perfect means of transport for a road trip in Florida. Not to mention the freedom to alter your itinerary on the go that can only be achieved when traveling by car.

Miami has a wide variety of rental cars from numerous companies available for pick-up directly at the airport. Alternatively, you can always go on a Florida road trip in your own car.

Find the perfect rental car for you via Rentalmoose, whether that means a budget-friendly hatchback, a large comfy SUV, or an exciting drop-top muscle car.

For extra peace of mind during your road trip, Rentalmoose recommends adding excess coverage when booking your rental car, just in case anything happens during your Florida road trip.

Once you’ve picked up the car, don’t forget to take photos of the vehicle using the Rentalmoose app to qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee.

Can tourists drive in Florida? 

Absolutely! Tourists with domestic driver licenses issued outside of the US may drive in Florida without an International Driving Permit for up to one year.

However, some car rental companies may require extra documentation, be sure to check with the company prior to leaving to make sure what paperwork is necessary. 

Are you looking for more information about International Driving Permits? Read this blog post to find out when you need an IDP, how to obtain it, and more! It will surely come in handy for your other road trips.

Remember to keep your passport with you when driving in Florida, as it is required for identification alongside your foreign driver’s license.

If you do happen to get stopped by the police during your Florida road trip, be sure to stay calm. Put both hands on the steering wheel, avoid sudden movements, and present your license when the officer tells you to do so. 

Be careful not to pass the speed limits when driving in Florida! If you’re caught going just 6MPH (~10km/h) over the limit, you can be fined around $150 (137 EUR).

Driving under influence, or DUI in short, is a serious crime in the US. Police enforce drink-driving related rules very strictly. Do not drink and drive, offenders can even land in prison.

How do toll roads work in Florida?

Keeping up with all the toll roads in Florida can get tricky, especially for tourists and short-term visitors. Most rental companies will automatically add any toll fees to your credit or debit card, that way you won’t have to worry about paying the fees in cash, it’s best to contact your rental company to make sure.

Paying by cash? You can check the SunPass Toll Calculator for the most recent toll fees.

Florida, like all of the United States, has right-hand side traffic.

Now that you’re all set, it’s time to begin your exciting Florida road trip!


miami beach skyscrapers city skyline and water in foreground during colorful sunset in florida. See this coastal city during a Florida road trip

Photography by MustangJoe.

Welcome to Miami, one of the most famous cities in the entire world! For maximum convenience, pick your rental car up directly from Miami International Airport as soon as you arrive. Find companies that support airport pick-up via Rentalmoose.

What is Miami best known for?

Miami is one of the world’s most popular getaways, and after a day in town it’s easy to see why. The city’s pristine coastline and miles of sandy beaches are absolutely perfect for sunbathing, swimming, watersports and diving. Once dusk falls, you can head to the heart of Miami Beach and indulge in one of the planet’s most exciting nightlife scenes. What more could anyone ask for?

Miami Beach

Cross the bridge from mainland Miami to Miami Beach and enter the city’s tourist and nightlife hotspot. Drive down the spectacular Ocean Drive, lined with all sorts of bars and restaurants.

Try to find an on-street parking spot as you make your way down to South Beach, arguably the best (or at least the most popular) beach in town.

You may be out of luck on weekends or during the holiday season. In that case, drop off your car at this car park along Collins Avenue.

Expect to pay up to $5 per hour for parking in South Beach.

Art Deco Historic District

After relaxing by the ocean, go for a stroll in the Art Deco Historic District. The neighborhood is known for its picturesque architecture and is loved by photographers. Admire the colorful buildings or take part in an insightful walking tour.

Looking to gather even more knowledge about the architecture of Miami Beach? Visit the Art Deco Museum situated along Ocean Drive.

Enjoy a trip back to the 80s when you visit The Anderson. This trendy neighborhood bar offers artful drinks and a casual, welcoming vibe. The 80s-inspired interior makes for a perfect backdrop for your insta pics, too.

Where to party in Miami

A trip to Miami wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the city’s vivid nightlife scene. What is the best club in Miami? Which club do the celebrities visit?

The best spot to party in Miami has got to be the vibrant Club Space. Get on the dance floor at The Terrace at Space or have fun at a live concert at The Ground downstairs. 

If nightclubs are not your thing, consider heading to a beach club instead. Visit the world-class Nikki Beach Miami for an unforgettable, exquisite beach club experience.

Sunbathe on the day beds, order a delicious lunch, or simply sip on a cocktail while listening to the music and admiring the Atlantic Ocean.

Where to eat in Miami

Once you get hungry, make your way to Pura Vida Miami. The cozy restaurant features some of the best healthy dishes in town and beautiful, bright decor. Open daily from 7 AM to 10 PM.

Try local, fresh seafood at The River Oyster Bar. The venue, considered one of the best eateries in town, offers a wide selection of seafood dishes. An absolute must-try is the stone crab, a regional delicacy.

The best hotels in Miami

Luxury travelers will find themselves in paradise, as there are countless prestigious hotels and resorts scattered all around Miami.

If you can’t take your pick, consider booking a room at The Miami Beach Edition. The 5-star beachfront hotel features rooms and suites with either ocean or city views, and a selection of luxurious facilities including a pool, a nightclub, a fitness center, and an open-air cinema.

There are plenty of attractions in Miami to splash out on.

If luxury accommodation isn’t your main priority, Urbanica The Meridian Hotel might be the perfect fit for you. The stylish hotel features well-equipped, modern rooms as well as an outdoor pool and a unique decor, all at a price tag that won’t break the bank.

Once you’ve spent enough time in Miami, head south towards the scenic Florida Keys. It’s the first driving segment of your Florida road trip!

Next: Key West, 3 hours 30 minutes $6 Toll

Key West

wooden pier near clean sandy beach palm trees and calm blue ocean in key west florida. See it on a road trip with Rentalmoose

Photography by Don Stelmaszek.

Here it is, the first leg of your Florida road trip!

Make your way down to Key West along one of the most scenic driving roads in the entire country. The Overseas Highway is a mix of bridges connecting tiny islands (Florida Keys) that makes for absolutely spectacular views.

As Key West is below four hours away from Miami, Rentalmoose recommends making a separate day trip there before setting off on your road trip up to Daytona Beach.

Is Key West worth visiting?

Absolutely! Unlike most of the Sunshine State, Key West may not be popular for its beaches. It still is worth at least a quick visit, at least to drive down the scenic Florida Keys. Here is why you should visit Key West.

The Southernmost Point of the Continental United States

Begin your Key West adventure with a photo by the Southernmost Point of the Continental US, located at the corner of Whitehead Street and South Street.

The iconic spot is a must-see when in town, and is situated just 90 miles north of Cuba. Post your photos online using #Rentalmoose to stand a chance to win a Rentalmoose discount or even a free rental car!

Ernest Hemingway’s Home

Find out about the region’s most famous artist, Ernest Hemingway. The artist’s Key West Home is situated within the Old Town and is open to visitors daily between 9 AM and 5 PM.

Inside, guests can find all kinds of Hemingway memorabilia. As the house does tend to get crowded, it is highly recommended to visit around the opening time or late in the afternoon. Guided tours are available, too.

Mallory Square

Don’t forget to pay a visit to Mallory Square, a vibrant seafront plaza in the heart of Key West’s Historic District.

Mallory Square is especially worth visiting right before the sun sets, as the Sunset Celebration takes place every evening.

Watch as the street performers try to catch tourists’ attention, grab a snack at one of the eateries and admire the magnificent sunset.

As Key West is situated less than a hundred miles north of Cuba, Rentalmoose recommends trying out Caribbean and Latin cuisine.

One of the best Caribbean eateries in Key West is Bien, a cozy restaurant a short walk away from Mallory Square. Pick from a selection of affordable sandwiches and seafood.

Next, it’s time to drive up north to Daytona Beach!

Next: Miami and then Daytona Beach, 7 hours 20 minutes $25 Toll

Daytona Beach

wide sandy beach small waves clean blue water and hotels in background in daytona beach florida

Daytona Beach photographed by Paul Brennan.

Depart Miami and head north towards Daytona Beach, a city most praised for its motorsport heritage and home to “The World’s Most Famous Beach”. If you’re driving from Key West, the journey will take around 7 and a half hours.

What can you do in Daytona Beach?

The famous Daytona International Speedway

When in Daytona Beach, you can’t skip the Daytona International Speedway. The iconic track has become the city’s symbol and is a fascinating attraction no matter if there are ongoing events.

Petrolheads can purchase tickets to one of the races that take place on the track, check the official event calendar for more details.

Even if there are no events, visitors can take part in guided tours of the speedway and explore the Motorsports Hall of Fame museum.

Daytona Lagoon

Adrenaline junkies, as well as families with kids, can spend a day at the Daytona Lagoon waterpark. Dare to ride down the thrilling slides or relax in the gentle Lazy River.

No matter how old you are, you will find a fun attraction in this waterpark.

Do you prefer “dry” attractions?

Head to the park’s dry section, where you can find go-karts, an arcade, laser tag, and much more.

The World’s Most Famous Beach

Don’t forget to visit the beach itself, dubbed the “World’s Most Famous Beach”. The 23-mile long, wide beach used to be the racing ground for motorsports in the early 1900s.

Today, tourists can follow in motorsport pioneers’ footsteps and drive their own cars across the beach, as long as the weather allows it.

You can always go for a dip in the ocean, stroll along the beach or head to the busy waterfront pier filled with eateries and bars.

When you get hungry, head to Caribbean Jack’s waterfront restaurant, one of the favorites in Daytona Beach. Head to the stunning outdoor deck, where you can have a delicious Caribbean lunch while enjoying panoramic views of the ocean.

The next stop on your Florida road trip is a city known for its theme parks and a vibrant art scene.

Next: Orlando, 1 hour $5 Toll


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Disney World in Orlando photographed by HenningE.

Orlando is home to some of the best theme parks in the country that successfully steer most tourists outside of the city itself. That’s why Rentalmoose suggests exploring at least a bit of the city as well as the famous theme parks during your Florida road trip.

Orlando’s famous theme parks

Walt Disney World has indubitably become a symbol of Orlando, and not paying it a visit is essentially like going to New York City without seeing Times Square or the Statue of Liberty.

Park guests can choose from 4 theme parks and 2 water parks within the massive complex, as well as countless shops and restaurants on the premises.

If you would rather go to a different theme park, consider spending the day at Universal Studios Orlando instead, where you can pick from two theme parks and a water park to spend your day. 

What is there to do in Orlando except for theme parks?

Kennedy Space Center

Don’t forget to visit the Kennedy Space Center outside of the city, where you can learn all about NASA and the US space programs, both past and present. Visitors can admire rockets and explore interactive exhibitions, or even go on a tour guided by astronauts.

If you’re lucky, you can even catch a rocket launch live. Check the launch schedule here.

The Orlando Museum of Art

Head to the Orlando Museum of Art to get a break from all the theme park craze.

Guests can pick from a selection of temporary and permanent art collections presented at the venue. Learn about the region’s underrated local art scene.

Open until 4 PM all week except Mondays and holidays. Purchase your tickets to skip the queues right here.

The Mall at Millenia

Shopping freaks shouldn’t miss The Mall at Millenia. The large shopping venue is Orlando’s go-to spot for the best luxury and upscale goods. The entire complex is indoors, making it perfect for a rainy day.

Getting hungry? Consider going to Prato for lunch or dinner. Although not exactly regional, this restaurant offers a modern interpretation of traditional Italian cuisine, with a truly delicious outcome. Some specialties include Italian meatballs, a selection of pasta and pizza, of course.

Luxury seekers will most definitely enjoy their stay at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando. The picturesque 5-star resort features spacious rooms and suites with balconies, as well as luxurious amenities such as 3 heated outdoor pools, a golf course, and countless activities in the resort’s scenic surroundings.

Traveling on a tighter budget? Consider checking into the affordable Surestay Plus International Drive. The 3-star hotel offers cozy rooms, as well as facilities such as an outdoor pool and a bar.

The next leg of your exciting Florida road trip is a drive down to the west coast of the state!

Next: Tampa, 1 hour 20 minutes $5 Toll


two modern glass residential skyscraper buildings and three green palm trees on a clear summer day in tampa florida

Photography by Chalo Garcia.

Leave Orlando and make your way to the west coast of Florida. After around an hour and a half, you will arrive in Tampa, the biggest city in the Tampa Bay area.

Where to go in Tampa?

Busch Gardens

Tampa’s most famous tourist attraction is the Busch Gardens park. The park is a combination of theme park roller coasters and rides, an exotic zoo and live performances.

Adrenaline junkies will find themselves at home, as the park is famous for its adventure-packed roller coasters.

There is also a wide selection of kiddie rides, water rides, animal viewing platforms and a night safari that welcomes guests in the evenings.

More details on the live performances and shows can be found here.

The Tampa Theatre

Art enthusiasts should definitely visit The Tampa Theatre for a unique cinematic experience.

Rentalmoose loves one-of-a-kind art venues. That’s why I consider the Astor Film Lounge a must-see when in Berlin, read about it in The Heart Of Central Europe travel guide.

Similarly to Berlin’s Astor Film Lounge, the Tampa Theatre is a glamorous movie palace in the heart of the city. Catch the latest Hollywood production or travel back in time when you watch a timeless classic from the fifties. The cinema’s decor makes for an unforgettable vibe.

Check the current film schedule here.

Ybor City

Head to the historic Ybor City, the neighborhood is the center of Tampa’s Latino community. Learn about the district’s history at the Ybor City Museum, or stroll around the area during a guided tour.

Columbia Restaurant

In the historic Ybor City neighborhood, even the foodies can get a taste of the local heritage. Go for lunch at the Columbia Restaurant, Florida’s oldest continuously-operated restaurant.

The eatery has been serving guests for over a century and is the city’s favorite Latin food heaven.

Rentalmoose order tip: Try anything from a wide range of regional delicacies, including what could very well be the best Cuban Sandwich in the entire state.

Next: Naples, 2 hours 30 minutes


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Naples Pier photographed by Waldo Malan.

Continue south along the west coast until you reach the upscale city of Naples, a must on any Florida road trip itinerary. The city’s beach is often ranked as one of the best in the state, don’t miss it!

What is Naples known for?

The Naples Pier

Begin with a visit to the Naples Pier (pictured above). The pier, located just a stone’s throw away from downtown, is a picturesque spot perfect for a sunset stroll, people-watching or simply relaxing after a lengthy drive.

You should be able to find an on-street parking spot for below $3 per hour, pay at the nearest parking meter.

Naples Beach

Walk down from the pier and turn onto Naples Beach, repeatedly ranked as one of the best beaches in the state.

Go for a swim in the breathtaking emerald-green Gulf of Mexico, stroll on the pristine white sand, soak up the sun (remember to put on sunscreen!) or watch the local fishermen as they fish from the historical Naples Pier.

Make sure you stay to watch the sunset, too!

Tin City of Naples

Go for a unique shopping spree at the waterfront Tin City of Naples, a selection of quirky locally-owned shops and eateries. Visit one of the many businesses selling clothing, jewelry, toys and all sorts of accessories.

Open Monday through Saturday until 9 PM and Sundays till 5 PM.

Enjoy a Cuban meal at the Van Van Cuban Cafe, located along Tamiami Trail in the north of the heart of Naples. Choose from a selection of Caribbean dishes on either the lunch menu or the all-day dinner menu.

Rentalmoose order tip: Don’t know which Cuban dish to pick? Give the Ropa Vieja a try, it’s a shredded flank steak covered in tomato sauce.

Where to stay in Naples?

For your night in Naples, consider checking in at the Inn On Fifth. The stylish hotel features elegant, well-equipped rooms and suites, as well as luxurious amenities such as a spa, an outdoor pool and an ideal location in the heart of Naples.

Naples’ upscale and prestigious reputation is reflected in the town’s hotels and resorts. However, it certainly does not mean that Naples has zero affordable accommodation options. Travelers on a tighter budget can stay at the Gulfcoast Inn. The 2-star hotel features spacious rooms and a heated outdoor pool and is conveniently located just a few blocks away from the local beach.

Rentalmoose insider tip: Spend the night in Fort Myers, a city less than an hour north of Naples. The average hotel price is lower than in Naples, and the city is equally beautiful.

Next: Everglades National Park, 1 hour 30 minutes

Everglades National Park

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Photography by Skeeze.

As you make your way back to Miami on the eastern side of the state, be sure to drop by the Everglades National Park. The most popular National Park in the Sunshine State, and one of the iconic symbols of the United States, is home to fascinating wildlife such as alligators and crocodiles. You don’t want to miss it during a road trip in Florida.

Iconic airboat tour

Arguably, the best way to explore the Everglades wetlands is on a guided airboat tour. There are various tour operators to choose from, Rentalmoose recommends going with Coopertown Airboats. The operator has been welcoming guests since the 1940s and has earned its reputation as the go-to Everglades airboat operator. Get a first-hand look at both crocodiles and alligators during a private airboat tour.

Go for lunch at the Coopertown Restaurant following your airboat tour. Inside, you can enjoy Floridian delicacies, including alligator tail and frog legs. Incredible and welcoming service is included with every order. 

Cycling in Everglades National Park

You can rent a bicycle through Flamingo Adventures and explore Everglades’ best cycling trails. The detailed biking guide around Everglades can be found on the park’s official website.

Next: Miami, 30 minutes


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Are you driving in Poland? Check out these useful tips

Are you renting a car in Poland? Check out these useful tips when driving in Poland.

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Downtown Warsaw photographed by Rudy and Peter Skitterians.

Poland is the perfect under-the-radar tourist destination in Central Europe, and the ideal place for a road trip. Learn all about the official driving laws in Poland, including regulations, speed limits and the tolling system on highways, as well as insider tips.

Poland has nearly everything you can expect from a road trip destination: scenic roads, dramatic and diverse landscapes, historic cities and modern highway connections to other European nations. Not to mention the affordable eateries of all kinds and budget-friendly accommodation options scattered around the nation.

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Before you begin driving in Poland, there are some important tips you should be aware of.

Do you need an International Driving Permit to drive in Poland?

First of all, let’s establish what kind of documents tourists need to obtain in order to legally drive and rent a car in Poland.

The case is very simple for travelers who are holders of EU-issued driver’s licenses or licenses issued in EFTA member states (European Free Trade Association, list of members here), as they can drive in Poland without any limitations. This includes drivers whose driving licenses were issued in countries such as Germany, Italy or Norway.

If your driving license was issued in one of the countries that signed the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic (check the list here), you can drive with your domestic license up to 6 months in Poland, as long as you are over 18 years old. Additionally, Poland recognizes domestic licenses issued in Japan and South Korea.

Tourists who have a domestic driving license issued in a different country will need to obtain an International Driving Permit in their home country prior to leaving. 

Check out this blog post to learn more about IDP’s. Remember that an International Driving Permit is only valid alongside your driving license, keep both documents on you at all times. This includes drivers whose driving licenses were issued in countries such as the United States of America or China.

What are the speed limits in Poland?

In the past, I’ve had misinformed friends who believed that highways in Poland don’t have speed limits. The confusion likely comes from the fact that some segments of the Autobahn, highways in Germany, are unrestricted. However, this is not the case in Poland. Polish highways have a speed limit of 140 kilometers per hour (87 mph).

When it comes to urban zones such as cities or small towns, the speed limit is 50 kilometers per hour (31 MPH). On some roads within urban areas, the speed limit is raised to 60 km/h (37 MPH) between 11 PM and 5 AM. 

If a road sign informs that you’ve entered an urban zone (the sign shows a city skyline, click here to see it), you can drive up to 60 kilometers per hour between 11 PM and 5 AM, unless other signs state otherwise (i.e. a 50km/h speed limit sign).

Roads close to schools or around city centers have a speed limit decreased all the way to 30km/h (19 MPH) or in some cases even 20 kilometers per hour (12 MPH). On the other hand, some multi-lane roads in large cities will have a speed limit increased up to 70 or 80 km/h (43 or 50 MPH). Pay attention to road signs at all times.

Outside of urban areas, the general speed limits are:

  • 90 km/h (56 MPH)- single-lane roads
  • 100 km/h (62 MPH)- multi-lane roads
  • 100 km/h (62 MPH)- single-lane express roads
  • 120 km/h (75 MPH)- multi-lane express roads
  • 140km/h (87 MPH)- highways

Keep in mind that some areas could have lower speed limits, for example due to construction work or pedestrian crossings. Always pay attention to the road signs to avoid speeding.

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Cracow’s Old Town photographed by Konrad Krajewski.

Are roads in Poland good?

Poland is still behind other European countries in terms of road infrastructure. The highway network is a fraction of the Autobahn network in Germany, and some of the backroads are in absolutely terrible condition.

That said, the last decade has seen lots of improvement across the country. Most of the main cities are now conveniently connected by either highways or multi-lane expressways, significantly cutting down travel times. 

Backroads, especially around the countryside and less-popular areas, are still narrow and filled with potholes, but they can now be avoided in favor of the recently-built roads. If you do have to drive along the less-than-ideal backroads, be extra cautious. Look out for potholes and do your best to avoid these types of roads at night, as they’re often not illuminated at all.

Are there toll roads in Poland?

Most of the roads in Poland are free to use, except for some segments of the major highways. As of 2020, there are 3 paid highways in Poland.

The first paid highway is the A2, specifically the stretch starting in Łódź and continuing west all the way to the German border. Keep in mind that there are two separate companies that own the toll booths. Check the current fees for the A2 between Świecko (German border) and Konin here. The fees can be paid by cash or card directly at the toll booths.

The A1 highway is paid as well, specifically the sector between Rusocin and Nowa Wieś. The fees can be settled by cash or credit card directly at the booths. You can find the current fees on the official website.

The final paid highway is the A4. Similarly to the A2, there are two different segments operated by two companies. The fees for the first stretch between Kraków and Wrocław can be found here. The fee calculator for the segment between Wrocław and Sośnica can be found on this website, below the A2 fees. Once again, fees can be paid directly at the toll booths using cash or credit cards.

Keep in mind that you can experience long queues at the A1 toll booths near Gdańsk during the summer peak times (July, August), especially on weekends. Expect to wait as long as 2 hours during peak hours. 

Can you turn right on red in Poland?

In the United States, drivers are allowed to make right turns at intersections unless there are signs that don’t permit it. In Poland, similarly to the rest of Europe, that is not the case.

Turning right on red is only allowed on one specific condition. First of all, there has to be a green arrow located directly on the right-hand side of the traffic lights. Once the green arrow lights up, drivers are allowed to turn right. Expect traffic coming from both sides and pedestrians or cyclists at the crossings. In Poland, pedestrians and cyclists have the right of way at crossings, be sure to let everyone through before you turn right. 

Keep in mind that drivers are required to stop and check for oncoming traffic and pedestrians before turning right whenever the green arrow is lit-up. You can get a ticket if you turn right without stopping to check for traffic. If the green arrow is not illuminated, you may not turn right on a red light.

Are Polish traffic laws strict?

Poland has one of the highest traffic accident rates in all of Europe. Therefore, the government is continuously introducing new, strict traffic laws. This includes penalties for speeding and reckless driving as well as drink-driving. How strict are they exactly?

Penalties for drink-driving in Poland

To start with, there are lots of accidents caused by motorists driving drunk or under the influence of drugs. Drivers will be fined if the alcohol level in their bloodstream exceeds 0.02%. If it’s more than 0.05%, an appearance in court and a prison sentence is quite likely. Don’t drink and drive at all.

Penalties for speeding in Poland

Poland is infamous as the European hotspot for reckless and dangerous driving. While the number of reckless drivers has gone down in the last years, speeding is still a very common occurrence and the government keeps fighting it by introducing strict laws year by year.

On top of hefty tickets that have to be settled on the spot, drivers can lose their license for 3 months if they are caught exceeding the speed limit by 51 km/h and above in urban areas. It doesn’t matter whether you are a Polish citizen or a foreign tourist, your driving license will be taken away on the spot and you won’t be able to drive for three months. Driving licenses issued outside of Poland are then forwarded to relevant authorities in other countries.

If you do happen to lose your driving license in Poland due to speeding, the police will give you a special document that allows you to drive for 24 hours from the moment you have lost your license.

Did you receive a traffic ticket during your trip in Poland? 

You have to settle the fine on the spot, unless you are a resident of Poland. From my own experience, I can confirm that the police are following these regulations very strictly and will not hesitate to write a hefty ticket on top of the driving license suspension.

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Tatry Mountains photographed by Tadeusz Dziedzina.

What are some of the most common tourist scams in Poland?

Poland is generally safe for tourists, as long as you are aware of the common scams that often target tourists. Here are the most common scams you might fall victim to when driving in Poland:

The Parking “Assistants”

Trying to find a free parking space around the Old Town in Kraków or near the trendy stores at Mokotowska in Warsaw isn’t easy. It can get very frustrating, especially during peak hours and weekends. You might come across people guiding you to a free parking spot. If you park at the spot you were shown (in most cases it’s clearly visible from the street, hence their “help” isn’t exactly useful), the person will then demand payment for their services.

The Fake Police

This scam is thankfully nowhere near as popular as it was a decade ago, though it can still occur in some places around Poland. How does it work? Scammers will pull you over to the side of the road, convince you that you’ve broken some law and demand payment. The more sophisticated scammers can wear uniforms similar to those worn by law enforcement. 

What else should you know about driving in Poland?

Your car lights need to be on at all times, during both day and night. Most rental cars come with daytime running lights, such lights are sufficient during the day. If your rental car doesn’t have daytime running lights, you always have to drive with your dipped beams.

When driving on a highway or multi-lane expressway, make sure to stay in the right lane. The left lane is strictly for overtaking. Drivers can get a ticket for driving on the left lane if the right one is free.

Be cautious when approaching pedestrian crossings and intersections. Pedestrians have the right of way on all pedestrian crossings and the same goes for cyclists at bike crossings.

All cars driving in Poland must have a fire extinguisher and an emergency warning triangle inside of the vehicle. Rental cars come equipped with both of them, but be sure to double-check before you set off, just in case.

Seatbelts are mandatory for all occupants in a vehicle. Children below 150 centimeters tall need to have a child seat to ride in the front seat. Children above 135 centimeters who weigh over 36 kilograms don’t need a child seat when riding in the back seats. Occupants less than 135 centimeters tall need to have a child seat, regardless of which seat they’re riding in.

It is illegal to be on your phone while driving in Poland unless you are using a hands-free Bluetooth kit.

Don’t leave any valuables when you leave your car at public car parks. Poland is safe for tourists, but thefts do happen, just like in any other country. Especially in large cities and touristy areas.

Traffic in Poland is on the right-hand side of the road.

What are you waiting for? Check out one of the Rentalmoose Travel Guides in Poland and plan your next road trip.

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The Ultimate California Road Trip Itinerary

The ultimate road trip around California, Nevada, and Arizona.

Click here for detailed directions

Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Los Angeles to Santa Barbara– 100 miles (160 km) 📍 

Santa Barbara to Monterey– 230 miles (370 km) 📍

Monterey to San Francisco– 120 miles (190 km) 📍

San Francisco to Yosemite & Death Valley– 520 miles (840 km) 📍

Yosemite & Death Valley to Las Vegas– 130 miles (210 km) 📍

Las Vegas to the Grand Canyon– 130 miles (210 km) 📍

The Grand Canyon to San Diego– 450 miles (720 km)📍

San Diego to Los Angeles– 120 miles (190 km) 📍

1800 miles (2900 km) in total

Tags: Travel guide, Long Trip, USA, California

Planning- Before You Go

What is the best road trip in the Western US?

North America’s West Coast is one of the world’s most iconic hotspots for an epic road trip. There are tons of attractions across California, Nevada, and Arizona. 

The best California road trip begins in Los Angeles, going along the Pacific Coast Highway up until San Francisco. 

Then, continue south-east through Yosemite and Death Valley until you get to Las Vegas. After a memorable night in Vegas drive, a stop at the Grand Canyon is an absolute must. Later, head back to Los Angeles through San Diego.

The length of this California road trip is just below 2000 miles, or 3000 kilometers, in total.

How much does a California road trip cost?

There are a couple of factors worth considering when budgeting your ideal California road trip. A rental car in California can cost as little as $40 per day. 

Gas prices in the US, compared to Europe, are rather affordable. California, Nevada, and Arizona have some of the highest prices in the US at roughly $3 per gallon (a gallon is 3.785l), which equals to about $0.79 per liter. 

Current gas prices can be found here.

The average daily cost for a California road trip that includes a rental car, fuel, accommodation, food and beverages, and attraction tickets will be around $200.

Of course, the prices will rise depending on the amount of luxury you desire during the road trip.

How long does it take to complete this California road trip?

This ultimate California road trip is rather long, at around 2 000 miles (3200km) in total.

The route is divided into segments between 100 and 520 miles (160km and 840km) each, there is a lot of driving ahead. 

In order to have enough time to discover each of the stops along the way, Rentalmoose recommends dedicating 7 days for this road trip at the very least.

Don’t forget to take a look at our guide on renting a car in California before setting off.

When is the best time to visit Western USA?

The US West Coast is famous for its beaches and sunny cities. If you want to be able to go for a swim in the Pacific Ocean, it is best to visit between June and August. The weather is still more moderate between April and June as well as September and October.

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Sandy beach in Big Sur, right off the Pacific Coast Highway

Why should I book a rental car in the US?

 The United States of America is perfect to be discovered via a rental car. The country is full of beautiful, scenic driving roads and well-developed road infrastructure, making it ideal for a road trip.

Petrol is cheap compared to Europe, the US has the absolute perfect conditions for a rental car.

For extra peace of mind during your road trip, Rentalmoose recommends adding the excess cover when booking your rental car.

Once you’ve picked up the car, don’t forget to take photos of the car to qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee.

Road Trip Extensions

Why not extend your road trip even further? Consider adding a few days to your road trip and driving over to explore the scenic states of Nevada, Utah, or Colorado.

As far as extensions go, consider adding a day to spend some time at the Joshua Tree National Park.

Can tourists drive in the USA? 

Yes! Tourists are allowed to drive in the United States using a foreign driving license as long as they are at least 18 years old, and the license covers the type of vehicle they are driving. 

It is recommended to get an International Driving Permit if your driving license is not in English. For more info regarding IDP’s, check out this blog post.

While driving around California, you will soon realize that practically nobody follows the speed limits strictly. Going 5-10 MPH over the limit is common on freeways, for example.

Keep in mind that the police can still pull you over, even if you are caught going just a few miles per hour over the limit.

If you do happen to get stopped by the police during your trip, be sure to stay calm. Put both hands on the steering wheel, avoid sudden movements, and present your license when the officer tells you to do so. 

Driving under influence, or DUI in short, is a serious crime in the US. Police enforce drink-driving related rules very strictly. Do not drink and drive, offenders can even land in prison.

The US has right-hand side traffic.

Now that you’re all set, it’s time to dive into this exciting California road trip itinerary!

Los Angeles

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Your California road trip begins in one of the most iconic travel destinations in the world, known as the city of angels. 

I recommend picking up your rental car directly at the LAX Airport and driving into town. If you are planning to stay in LA for a few days consider renting your car a day before leaving the city, as Los Angeles is infamous for notorious traffic jams. 

What is LA famous for?

Los Angeles, specifically Hollywood, is the heart of the American film and entertainment industry. Begin your US adventure with a drive to Hollywood, where you can spend some time at the Hollywood Boulevard, stroll down the Walk of Fame or drive up the hills to get panoramic views of the city.

What are the best attractions in Los Angeles?

Universal Studios Hollywood

Adrenaline junkies can enjoy a visit to Universal Studios Hollywood. This attraction first opened in the 60s as a studio tour, a first-hand look at real film sets for Universal Studios productions. 

The studio tour has gained lots of popularity over the years and has developed into a full-size adventure-packed theme park, filled with roller coasters and rides for all ages. 

The iconic studio tour still remains as one of the highlights of the park. Admission tickets start at $109 and can be purchased here.

Santa Monica Pier

Don’t forget to visit the famous Santa Monica Pier. You have probably seen it at least once in a Hollywood blockbuster or TV show. 

The pier is one of the vibrant hotspots of LA. Park your car and stroll along the vivid pier, go inside one of the restaurants, enjoy a hot dog, or ride the rollercoaster (tickets between $5 to $10 per ride). 

You can use the Spot Angels app to find the cheapest car parks in the area. After the Santa Monica Pier, walk over to the next attraction.

Venice Beach

You will find Venice Beach just a 30-minute walk away from the pier. The neighborhood is known for its artistic atmosphere, luxury shops, and delicious restaurants. 

Walk along the sandy shore, sunbathe or go for a dip in the Pacific Ocean.

Perry’s Cafe

You can also grab a bite at one of the beachfront eateries. Our top pick here is Perry’s Cafe– the best spot for burgers right on the beach. You can rent a bike here, too.

Juicy burgers served right on the beach at Perry’s Cafe in Venice Beach.

What are the best hotels in Los Angeles?

Los Angeles is packed with attractions worth visiting, I highly recommend staying at least one night in town before departing further. Spend the night at the Hollywood Roosevelt,

It’s one of the best and most famous hotels in town. Once home to the Academy Awards Gala, the Roosevelt is a 4-star hotel with various bars, a pool, and a perfect location on Hollywood Boulevard.

A more affordable alternative within Hollywood is the BLVD Hotel and Suites. The venue offers rooms and suites just a 10-minute walk away from the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

After a good night’s sleep, it is time to begin one of the best road trips of your life!

Next: Santa Barbara, 1 hour 50 minutes

Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara. Photo by Lela Khajadourian from Pixabay.

The next highlight of the trip begins as soon as you set off from Los Angeles. The route to Santa Barbara is the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway, arguably the best driving road in the US, and an absolute must-visit for your California road trip.

There are lots of panoramic views guaranteed along the way, leave LA in the morning to make sure you have enough time to discover them all. 

Is Santa Barbara worth visiting?

Santa Barbara is one of the most scenic cities in this part of the United States. It is certainly worth a visit during your road trip! The region is known for its beautiful landscapes, great weather, and local wineries. 

Stearns Wharf

Stearns Wharf is the perfect point to begin exploring Santa Barbara. Explore the vivid pier lined with souvenir shops, restaurants, and cafes. 

If you are craving local seafood, look no further. Head inside the Shellfish Company, a delicious eatery where you can enjoy grilled shrimp, crabs, and various fish. Click here for the menu.

Arroyo Burro County Park

For a relaxing hike, visit the Arroyo Burro County Park. The park is perfect for a barbecue, jogging along the shoreline, or hiking along one of the trails. You can also go for a swim in the Pacific, it’s a quieter setting than Venice Beach.

After some time in Santa Barabara, continue the road trip over to Monterey.

Next: Monterey, 5 hours 10 minutes


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Photography by Travis Wise.

Take the scenic Pacific Coast Highway for another 250 miles. The drive takes roughly 5 hours to complete, there is a faster route that will save you an hour but it’s a lot less interesting (directions here). 

The Pacific Coast Highway may seem familiar, it’s a very popular filming location for Hollywood movies. Iron Man, Fast and Furious along with many others were all filmed here.

This section of the California road trip will take you along the famous Big Sur. Tell your passenger to get the camera, you’ll be taking lots of photos along the way! There are many pullouts where you can stop by and take in the panoramic coastal views. The Big Sur is hard to miss, just follow the coastal highway.

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What is there to do in Monterey?

Monterey Car Week

Petrolheads may have heard about Monterey, as the town is home to the Monterey Car Week. Thousands of exotic cars flood the city every summer, from modern supercars to some of the rarest, multimillion-dollar classics. 

There are various events throughout the week, with a grand finale being the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance.

Laguna Seca Raceway

Another highlight for automotive enthusiasts is the Laguna Seca Raceway. The track is a historic motorsport venue that hosts races such as the MotoGP. 

You can find the event calendar here. Adrenaline junkies can even lap the track in a formula car with the Allen Berg Racing School.

The 17-Mile Drive

One of Monterey’s best attractions is the 17-Mile Drive. The beautiful coastal road will take you along monumental cliffs, mysterious forests, and at the doorstep of prestigious resorts and villas, right by the Pacific. What better way to end the day than with a spectacular, scenic drive?

 The admission costs around $10 per car and can be paid directly at the gate. If you spend over $35 at Pebble Beach Resorts restaurants, entrance is free of charge.

Monterey Harbor

Don’t forget to visit Monterey Harbor and the city’s waterfront area. Cannery Row features some of the town’s best dining and shopping venues. Head into the Chart House, a delicious seafood restaurant that offers great views of the surroundings.

Where to stay in Monterey?

Sophisticated travelers will enjoy a stay at The Lodge at Pebble Beach. The luxury 5-star lodge provides a good balance between prestige and immaculate natural beauty. The stay includes luxurious amenities such as a golf course, spa and wellness center and a beautiful seaside pool.

Another good overnight stop in Monterey is the Carmel Valley Ranch. The 4-star ranch is the perfect getaway known for its stunning location and panoramic views, as well as a beautiful golf course, a pool, and spacious suites. Free parking is available.

Next: San Francisco, 2 hours 20 minutes

San Francisco

red golden gate bridge monument in san francisco with fenced path in foreground seen during sunset

Photography by Pexels.

Drive along the Pacific Coast Highway one last time until you reach the home of the Golden Gate Bridge, steep streets, and some of the best seafood in the world. Without a doubt, this is San Francisco. It’s an absolute must-see point on any proper California road trip.

What to do in San Francisco?

Lands End

Visit Lands End park for the best views of the famous Golden Gate Bridge. Hike the trails along the rocky cliffs, explore the Sutro Baths ruins, or photograph the eerie Historic Shipwrecks. Keep an eye on the ocean, if you’re lucky you might just spot a whale!

The admission is free of charge.

Alcatraz Island

Alcatraz Island once served as a fort, a military prison, and a federal prison. It has been transformed into a museum that can be explored by visitors curious about Alcatraz’s rich history. 

The Island can only be accessed by boat (tickets here). Tours begin at Pier 33, your rental car can be left by a parking meter for up to 4 hours (tours typically take around 2 hours).

The parking meter rates are between $2 and $3.5 per hour. On busier days, try this multi-story car park across the street for around $25 per day.

Chinatown district

One of the most recognizable spots in San Francisco is the city’s famous Chinatown district.

It is, in fact, the biggest Chinatown outside of Asia.

Stroll along the streets lined with exotic shops and restaurants and indulge in the district’s one-of-a-kind vibe.

Enter the area via Grant Avenue to see the iconic Dragon Gate.

san francisco yellow 3 story home on a crooked street with two cars in the front and iconic tram route

After a day of exploring the city, treat yourself to dinner at the Waterbar, one of the best seafood restaurants in town. Delicious food aside, the venue offers absolutely breathtaking panoramic views of the Oakland Bay Bridge. Click here for the menu.

Stay the night at the Via Hotel in South Beach. The stylish boutique hotel is conveniently located near restaurants, cafes, and shops. AT&T Park is across the street. Valet parking is available at an extra charge.

After a memorable night in San Francisco, your road trip route will continue inland towards spectacular National Parks.

Next: Yosemite & Death Valley, 11 hours

Yosemite & Death Valley

death valley national park panoramic view of dry hills on a clear day, seen from artists drive scenic drive. Death Valley National Park is a must on any california road trip.

Death Valley National Park.

The longest segment of this road trip is the drive from San Francisco to Las Vegas, which takes about 11 hours to complete. 

Two of the region’s most popular National Parks are along the way: Yosemite and Death Valley, and Rentalmoose recommends making a stop at both of them for at least a short visit. Afterall, a California road trip wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Yosemite.

Can you drive your car into Yosemite National Park?

Yes, most roads within Yosemite can be accessed via your rental car! Some of the roads are closed in winter (others may require tire chains in snowy conditions), so it is certainly best to visit during the summer. 

Getting around in Yosemite and Death Valley might be tricky due to low, or sometimes non-existent, phone service.

What’s more, GPS may not always be up to date in terms of road closures, it’s best to check the official website for current conditions and closures.

Does Yosemite National Park have an entrance fee?

Yosemite is not free to enter. The park has had an entry fee since 1913, as of 2020 Yosemite National Park admission costs $30 per car.

What to see in Yosemite and Death Valley National Parks?

 Both of the parks are famous around the world, begin with a visit to Yosemite’s most popular highlight, the Yosemite Valley.

Observe the monumental mountains surrounded by dark pine trees, photograph the picturesque waterfalls, and hike around the trails spotting local wildlife along the way.

There can be heavy traffic within the valley, especially on weekends, so it is recommended to leave early in the morning to avoid crowds. There are various parking zones within the park, and you will be directed to the one with the most spots.

Before setting off for Death Valley, don’t forget to visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias. The grove is home to over 500 giant sequoia trees, the largest group in all of Yosemite. There are limited parking spaces available by the grove, it is best to visit on weekdays or early in the morning.

Death Valley is roughly 4 hours away along the 395, though if you are visiting outside of the summer there will likely be road closures. In that case, the journey is around 8 hours along the CA-99.

As of 2020, the admission fee for the Death Valley National Park costs $25 per vehicle for unlimited, 7-day access.

Once you’re inside the park, head towards the Badwater Basin first. The large salt flat is located below sea level and remains one of the hottest spots in the nation. Be sure to stay hydrated and protect yourself from the sun, especially in the summer.

Next, drive along the Artists Drive, a 9-mile long scenic one-way driving road that will take you through breathtaking scenery. If you’re a Star Wars fan, some of the spots may look familiar, as parts of “A New Hope” were filmed in the area.

Before departing for Vegas, be sure to get a good panoramic view of the park from higher ground. Visit Zabriskie Point, the park’s most popular lookout, to get a perfect perspective of Death Valley. 

death valley sandy bright hills on a clear sunny day

Where to stay in Yosemite and Death Valley?

There are various lodges and hotels between Yosemite and Death Valley parks, there are two particular lodges recommended by Rentalmoose.

The Ahwahnee Hotel is located inside the Yosemite Valley. It is hands down one of the best places to stay in the area. The lodge was what inspired Kubrick’s Overlook Hotel, a location used for The Shining. The Ahwahnee is a historic, atmospheric hotel that offers rooms and suites with retro decor and luxurious amenities.

The Oasis at Death Valley is the perfect overnight stay for sophisticated travelers visiting Death Valley. The resort consists of two hotels: The Ranch and The Inn. The Inn is a more prestigious and pricey alternative. The resort includes luxurious amenities such as a pool, spa, and wellness center and a golf course.

Next: Las Vegas, 2 hours 30 minutes

Las Vegas

the strip in las vegas seen at night aerial view of fountain show and large hotels in nevada

Photography by Young Soo Park from

What should you not miss in Vegas?

The Strip

Las Vegas, often called Sin City, comes alive once dusk falls. Any road trip to Vegas couldn’t possibly be complete without paying a visit to the famous Las Vegas Strip

The boulevard is lined with numerous casinos, hotels, restaurants and nightlife spots. The Strip itself is filled with tourists from around the world, street performers and promoters for local venues. Hate it or love it, the Strip is unarguably the top spot to visit in Las Vegas. 

The High Roller

If you want to get panoramic views of the city, visiting the High Roller is an absolute must. The enormous Ferris wheel is the go-to spot for city views from above. There are also open-bar cabins where you can begin your unforgettable night in Sin City.

World-class nightlife

Most tourists that come to Las Vegas want to experience the city’s vivid nightlife scene. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of bars, casinos, and clubs to go to every night of the week, it may be hard to choose where to start. 

One of the city’s favorites for clubgoers is the Marquee Nightclub, located inside the Cosmopolitan. If you’re looking to get the party started during the day, head to the Marquee Dayclub. Check the official calendar for upcoming events in both venues.

The Hoover Dam

The city can be overwhelming even for the wildest party animals. Visit The Hoover Dam to get a break from all the Vegas craze. The monumental dam is open for visitors daily from 6 AM to 6 PM and is a 40-minute drive away from the Strip. Rentalmoose recommends visiting the Hoover Dam on your way to The Grand Canyon, as the dam is located along the way.

Once you’re ready to jump right back in the city’s insanity, head for lunch to the Heart Attack Grill. As the name suggests, this restaurant is as crazy as food in Vegas can get. The unique hospital-like decor elements, amazing service, and a silly menu will surely make dining here a memorable experience.

Chunkier travelers who weigh 350 pounds and above can even eat for free.

Looking for more attractions in Vegas? Check out the Rentalmoose Utah Travel Guide, where you will find must-do activities in Sin City that haven’t been mentioned here. Stroll down the Old Strip, find out which hotel features a waterslide through a shark tank and more!

Click here for the guide.

What are the best hotels in Las Vegas?

Similarly to nightlife spots, picking the right hotel in Vegas can be hard as there are lots of attractive options to choose from. One thing’s for sure, you can’t go wrong with The Venetian. The luxury 5-star resort consists of two towers, a large casino, pools, and all kinds of luxury amenities you can think of. If you’re willing to splash out completely, go for one of the prestigious suites.

A more budget-friendly alternative with a great location along the Strip is The Luxor Resort & Casino. The hotel’s pyramid shape may seem kitschy and over-the-top, but isn’t that what Vegas is all about? The Luxor is a 4-star resort that offers attractive amenities such as a pool. Of course, there is a casino on the premises. 

Next: The Grand Canyon, 4 hours 30 minutes

The Grand Canyon

the grand canyon clear day red rock and tree in foreground on a clear day panoramic view

Soon after departing Las Vegas, you will enter the third state on this epic road trip: Arizona. The Grand Canyon is less than 5 hours away from Vegas.

Similarly to Yosemite and Death Valley, there is an entrance fee to get inside the Grand Canyon. As of November 2020, the admission fee for an unlimited, 7-day pass costs $35 per car. Current admission fees can also be found on the park’s official website.

Which side of the Grand Canyon is best to visit?

Begin by heading to the Mather Point along the South Rim, the most popular spot to get an amazing view of the canyon. You can grab a coffee or rent a bike at Grand Canyon’s Coffee Shop. There are four large parking areas nearby, leaving your rental car shouldn’t be an issue even on busy days.

Later, drive along the South Rim until you get to the Historic Village. Learn about the history of the area while enjoying architecture dating back to the 1900s. There are more stunning viewpoints in this part of the South Rim, too.

Next, head east until you reach Desert View. The lookouts in this part of the park offer great views of the Colorado River. The Desert View Watchtower is a historic structure built in 1932, tourists can climb atop the tower for the best views or visit the interior to learn about the local history and purchase souvenirs at the gift shop.

panoramic view of the grand canyon red rock and trees in foreground on a clear sunny day

Next: San Diego, 8 hours 30 minutes

San Diego

blue ocean waves coming to san diego shore with short cliff and bright buildings and palm trees during sunset in california

Photography by Mmorris76 from

After visiting Grand Canyon National Park, it is time to head back to sunny California. During the 9-hour drive to San Diego, you can make a detour and stop at the Joshua Tree National Park.

What to see in San Diego?

Balboa Park

Visiting Balboa Park is a must when in San Diego. Inside the park, you can find San Diego’s world-famous zoo, a vivid botanical garden and historical Spanish buildings that have been transformed into museums. There are various free car parks throughout the park.

La Jolla

La Jolla is the city’s trendy seaside district with upscale homes, restaurants, and cafes. Head inside one of the sea-view restaurants to taste delicious cuisine, swim in the Pacific or sunbathe at the La Jolla Cove.


After a long day, head to the Embarcadero harbour-front, next to downtown San Diego. The seaport village is a vivid area lined with local shops, eateries, and cafes. Stroll down the marina, feel the ocean breeze or spot the yachts parked in the port.

Once you get hungry, head to Nico’s Mexican Food on Newport Avenue. The restaurant has been blessing Ocean Beach with delicious Mexican cuisine from the 80s and is one of the best spots in town.

Rentalmoose order tip: If it’s your first time in San Diego, you absolutely need to try the California Burrito.

Where to stay in San Diego?

La Jolla is home to numerous trendy hotels and resorts, Estancia La Jolla is one of the popular choices for tourists in the area. This 4-star hotel is located in a beautiful Spanish Colonial building surrounded by colorful gardens, a spa, and a large pool.

If you’re on a tighter budget, consider spending the night at San Diego Downtown Lodge. The budget-friendly lodge features free parking and a great location in the heart of the city.

Next: Finish the trip in San Diego or head back to Los Angeles, 2 hours


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green hillside vineyards seen from Durbach Castle in Black Forest Germany

Top places to visit in the Black Forest Germany- Schwarzwald by Car

Top places to visit in Black Forest Germany

Click here for detailed directions

Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Strasbourg to Gengenbach– 40km (25 miles) 📍 

Gengenbach to Baden-Baden– 61km (38 miles) 📍

Baden-Baden to Allerheiligen Waterfalls– 45km (28 miles) 📍

Allerheiligen Waterfalls to Triberg Waterfalls– 69km (43 miles) 📍

Triberg Waterfalls to Hexenloch Mill– 23km (14 miles) 📍

Hexenloch Mill to Freiburg– 87km (54 miles) 📍

Freiburg to Basel– 70km (43 miles) 📍

Basel to Zurich– 87km (54 miles) 📍

440km (273 miles) total

Tags: Travel guide, Drop-off at another location, Germany, Schwarzwald

This travel guide takes you on a road trip starting in Strasbourg, France, going across the Black Forest region before finishing in Zurich, Switzerland. The scenic drive can be completed in less than 7 and a half hours and is divided into short segments roughly an hour each.

The recommended duration of this road trip is 2 days, with about 3 hours of driving per day. 

Planning- Before You Leave

Before setting off to explore the Black Forest in Germany, take a look at some of the essential information listed below.

What is the Black Forest? 

The Black Forest (Schwarzwald in German) is an incredible mountainous forest in Baden Württemberg in southwestern Germany. Schwarzwald is the setting of most Grimm Brothers tales and is famous for the Black Forest Cake, a local delicacy.

The Black Forest has various attractions waiting to be explored, from picturesque forests, mountains and waterfalls through to vineyards and cute historical villages with delightful local cuisine.

Best of all, this region isn’t ruined by over-tourism, so it’s the perfect place to discover an authentic part of Germany.

How did the Black Forest get its name?

 The Black Forest got its name during the times of Ancient Rome. Romans referred to the forest as “Silva Nigra” (the Black Forest in Latin) because of its density and dark color, and the name remained ever since.

Where is the Black Forest in Germany?

Germany’s Black Forest, or Schwarzwald, is located in the south-west part of Germany, in the Baden Württemberg region. Some of the towns in and around the Black Forest include Baden-Baden, Offenburg, or Freiburg im Breisgau.

When is the best time to visit Germany?

 The best time to visit the Black Forest is anytime in Spring (late March to June) and Autumn (September to November), as some of the mountain roads may not be accessible in Winter.

Baden-Baden, the B500 mountain road and Freiburg might get crowded on weekends, so go during the week when it’s much quieter.

Road Trip Extensions

Your trip doesn’t have to end in Zurich! The Black Forest is near two beautiful regions in Germany and Switzerland.

Explore the picturesque region of Bavaria, stroll around the vibrant city of Munich or dine at an old Nazi mountain summit base. Check out the Rentalmoose guide to Munich’s surrounding areas and plan your ideal trip!

Alternatively, you can continue south and discover the monumental Swiss Alps. Indulge in extreme sports in Switzerland‘s most luxurious resort, drive across exciting mountain passes or play a game of golf in Andermatt. Click here for the guide.

Why should I book a rental car in Germany?

 Germany is ideal to be discovered by a rental car. The roads are very well-maintained and stunning views along the way are guaranteed. Many rental companies in Strasbourg support drop-off in a different location, browse through available options on Rentalmoose.

 Germany, France and Switzerland are parts of the open-border Schengen Zone, which means crossing countries is quick and hassle-free.

Germany and France accept foreign driving licenses from most countries, however, if your license isn’t in English, German, French or Italian you are required to have an International Driving Permit when driving in Switzerland. 

For extra peace of mind during your road trip, add the excess coverage provided by Rentalmoose when booking your rental car.

Once you’ve picked up the car, don’t forget to take photos of the car to qualify for a 50% discount from the excess coverage fee.

When driving on the German Autobahn, remember to stick to the right lane unless overtaking. Some segments of the Autobahn have no speed limits, it is especially crucial not to block the overtaking lanes on unrestricted segments.

Speed limits are enforced quite strictly in Germany. You may come across well-hidden radars, especially in urban zones. Pay attention to road signs at all times and stay within the limit.

If you do happen to get a speeding ticket, you will be pleased to hear that the fines are rather low. Getting caught at 11-15km/h (6.8-9.3 MPH) above the limit outside of urban zones will result in a 40 Euro ticket.

 All 3 nations have right-hand side traffic.

Now that you’re all set, it’s time to begin your road trip and explore the Black Forest!


strasbourg medieval old town traditional wooden and white buildings near calm rhein river and yellow trees in france. See Strasbourg during our Black forest Germany road trip itinerary.

Strasbourg’s old town.

Your Black Forest itinerary begins over in the French town of Strasbourg. Rentalmoose recommends picking up your rental car directly as you arrive at the airport.

Getting around town is very comfortable by car, as there isn’t heavy traffic, so feel free to explore the city before continuing on to Germany.

What to do in Strasbourg?

Notre Dame Cathedral

 A must-see is the famous old town, where you will find the monumental Notre Dame Cathedral. You can go inside, visit the beautiful astronomical clock and admire the views from the viewing point for 2 and 4.6 Euros respectively.

You can park at Parking des Bateliers, just a short walk from the cathedral.

Le Gruber

 Head over to Le Gruber (click for directions), one of the best restaurants in Strasbourg, where you can try some local specialties such as tarte flambée.

Rentalmoose order tip: Be sure to try Tarte Flambee when in Strasbourg. This traditional pizza-like flatbread is a regional specialty.

Batorama Boat Tours

Afterward, take a short walk to the pier and take one of the sightseeing boat tours through the city. Cruises are operated multiple times a day by Batorama, with tickets starting at 13.5 Euros per person.

Marche de L’Esplanade

 If you happen to be in Strasbourg on a Tuesday or Saturday morning, visit Marché de l’Esplanade, a traditional French market with various local vendors and producers.

Next: Gengenbach, 40 minutes


gengenbach medieval city center traditional bavarian wooden bright buildings small square people on benches on a clear sunny day in germany

The medieval town of Gengenbach.

Cross the Rhine river into Germany and continue past Offenburg towards the fairytale-like town of Gengenbach. Don’t be fooled by the size of this town, its history dates back to the 13th century despite having just 11000 inhabitants!

Drive towards the center and continue to explore it on foot, there are a couple of car parks along Friedrichstrasse.

Why should you visit Gegenbach?

 The biggest surprise in Gengenbach is the absence of any tourists, this town is a true hidden gem! Stroll around and admire the historical architecture, step inside any of the local cafes for a slice of Black Forest Cake, after all this is what the Black Forest is famous for. 

Gegenbach Wine Festival

 If you are planning to visit Gengenbach in Autumn, you can attend the annual wine festival, which takes place on the third weekend of September every year.

Next: Baden-Baden, 40 minutes


baden baden walking street colorful bright storefronts and restaurants street performer playing the guitar on a clear sunny day in germany

Baden-Baden’s colourful old town.

 After a 40 minute drive on the Autobahn, you will arrive in Baden-Baden, one of the best-known spa towns in the entire world. There are plenty of things to do in Baden-Baden, such as a relaxing session in a thermal bath or shopping in the old town.

What should I see in Baden-Baden?

Lichtentaler Allee

 You can begin by exploring Lichtentaler Allee, a lovely park in the heart of the city. The park is over 2 kilometers long, making it perfect for a relaxing stroll.

There is a multi-story car park conveniently located inside a shopping gallery just across the south end of the park (click for directions). 

The Old Town

 Continue walking south until you reach the famous Baden-Baden Casino, then turn east and you will find vivid old town streets full of colorful restaurants, cafes and all kinds of stores to satisfy your shopping needs.

Caracalla Spa

 If you wish to relax during your stay in Baden-Baden, why not try what the city is known for? Pay a visit to Caracalla Spa, a spa and wellness center offering thermal pools and plenty of different treatments.

Ticket prices start at 15 Euros for 90 minutes in the Spa area. Caracalla Spa is open daily from 8 AM to 10 PM.

Next: Allerheiligen Waterfalls, 50 minutes

Allerheiligen Waterfalls

man walking up path next to allerheiligen waterfalls in germany surrounded by tall mountains and dense forest. See Allerheiligen waterfalls during our Black Forest Road Trip itinerary.

The trail following Allerheiligen Waterfalls.

The Black Forest High Road- one of the best drives in Europe

 This part of the road trip begins as soon as you set off from Baden-Baden. Leave the city and follow the B500 up into the mountains.

You will drive along the Schwarzwaldhochstrasse (The Black Forest High Road), one of the best driving roads in all of Europe. This mountain pass goes through the middle of the Black Forest and is very popular among motorcyclists and car enthusiasts.

Be sure to fill up your tank before leaving Baden-Baden, as there aren’t many gas stations later on.

How to find the Allerheiligen Waterfalls?

 You can stop at one of the numerous viewpoints along the way to enjoy the panoramic views from above, before arriving at Allerheiligen Waterfalls (All Saints Waterfalls).

You can choose to explore the waterfalls starting at the bottom and hiking along the trail up the mountain, or starting directly at the top near the monastery ruins.

There is a large car park along the B500 near the bottom of the waterfalls (how to find it).

 You will see the first waterfall after a couple of minutes of walking, the entire trail is rather steep and lengthy so be prepared to hike for a bit if you want to see all of the waterfalls.

Allerheiligen Monastery Ruins

 At the end of the trail (1.3 km length), there are ruins of the Allerheiligen Monastery. You can regain energy at All Saints Abbey, a restaurant next to the Monastery ruins. 

The top of the waterfalls, along with All Saints Monastery ruins, can also be accessed by car. Simply park at the spacious Allerheiligen Oberer car park (how to find it).

Next: Triberg Waterfalls, 1 hour 30 minutes

Triberg Waterfalls

walking tourist path over triberg waterfalls the tallest waterfalls in germany

Triberg Waterfalls seen from the bottom of the trail.

 Follow the hairpins along the B500, B28, and B33 for another 90 minutes until you reach the town of Triberg. Access to Triberg Waterfalls is not free of charge, unlike the Allerheiligen.

You can park at Scheffelplatz, where you will need to purchase admission tickets. Entry costs 5 Euros per person but it is definitely worth it.

Triberg- the highest waterfall in Germany

 The spectacular waterfall is over 160 meters tall, making it the highest in the country. The water is illuminated until 10 pm daily, it is a truly spectacular sight even after nightfall.

You can head into the village of Triberg for a snack or another slice of the delicious Black Forest Cake, just minutes away from the car park.

Next: Hexenloch Mill, 30 minutes

Hexenloch Mill

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

The Hexenloch Mill is a favorite lunch spot among bikers and car enthusiasts passing through the Black Forest High Road.

What is the Hexenloch Mill?

 The Hexenloch Mill (Hexenlochmühle) is yet another hidden gem you should visit in the Black Forest. The structure was built in the early 1800s and is currently the go-to food spot in the region.

This atmospheric restaurant loved by locals and tourists, it offers authentic, mouth-watering dishes. Grab a seat at one of the outdoor tables and enjoy some German specialties like sausages (Bratwurst) or a pork Schnitzel.

Rentalmoose order tip: In Germany, you can’t go wrong with a fresh Bratwurst (German Sausage) or a juicy Schnitzel (porkchop).

 There is also a gift shop inside where you can stock up on souvenirs after your meal.

 The Hexenloch Mill is open from Friday to Tuesday until 6 pm.

Next: Freiburg, 40 minutes

Freiburg im Breisgau

red white and orange traditional medieval buildings in freiburg germany

Freiburg’s reconstructed old town. Photography by Couleur from Pixabay.

Follow the final stretch of the B500 and continue along beautiful vineyards until you reach the city of Freiburg im Breisgau. Drive into the city center and park at the Karlsbau. Just a few steps away, you will find the impressive Freiburg Minster (click for directions).

The Freiburg Minster

 The Freiburg Minster is 116 meters tall, so it is impossible to miss. View the immense facade or take a peek inside, where you can climb up to a viewing point atop the tower and get the best views of the city.

The cathedral stands in the middle of the glamorous Münsterplatz square, which is another spot worth a visit while in Freiburg.

The Old Town

Freiburg im Breisgau’s old town has been carefully reconstructed after the Second World War which had left it in tragic shape, however, this is certainly not the case anymore. Walking through the heart of Freiburg will make you feel as if you’ve traveled back to Medieval times, thanks to many historical monuments and cobblestone roads.

The Local Market

 You can also attend the local market that trades in the city centre every morning except Sundays. Go to one of the butchers and try Black Forest Ham, another specialty from this region of Germany.

 Where to stay in Freiburg im Breisgau?

 In order to feel the medieval vibe, Rentalmoose recommends spending the night at the Oberkirch Hotel, situated right at the foot of the Minster. Perfect location and historical decor make this my favorite hotel in Freiburg. The rooms start at 89 Euros per night.

 A cheaper alternative would be the Ibis Budget Hotel around 5km away from the city center, where rooms start at 40 Euros per night. [Click to check availability]

Next: Basel, 1 hour


basel's old town medieval traditional architecture buildings seen from across bridge on the other side of river during sunset in switzerland

Basel’s iconic historical district with the Rhine in the foreground. Photography by Skeeze from Pixabay.

 The route from Freiburg to Basel is nowhere near as exciting as the B500, though it is also unique for tourists from other countries. Drive onto the A5 Autobahn and continue south. 

 German highways (Autobahn) are famous around the world for their unrestricted segments. About 70% of the German Autobahn network has no speed limit.

That’s right, as soon as you pass this sign you are allowed to drive as fast as you want. The best part of it all? All Autobahns in Germany are completely free of charge. Keep in mind to stay in the right lane, as the left lane is reserved strictly for overtaking.

 Don’t forget that unrestricted highways only exist in Germany, in Switzerland the motorway speed limit is 120km/h. Furthermore, Switzerland is known for very strict penalties for speeding and improper parking so be extra careful not to pass the limit.

Drivers in Switzerland can be fined for going just 1km/h over the speed limit!

Speeding is dangerous as on the highways there are unmarked police cars trying to catch speeders. During the night I was driving around 20 km/h over the limit and police was behind me in a regular looking BMW.

After following me for some time they pulled me over and asked questions. As the penalty policy depends how much you earn I told I was a student and had no income. I got minimum 2500 franks and they didn’t let me go till I paid them directly.

Swiss police is strict and they don’t send you penalties home anymore, on-the-spot payment is required.

 Please note: In Switzerland, a highway vignette is required in order to drive on motorways. An annual vignette costs 40 Swiss Francs and can be purchased directly at the border. Drivers caught without a vignette could get fined 200 Francs. Read more about the highway vignettes in Switzerland here.

 What is the first place you should visit in Basel?


 The Basel Kunstmuseum hosts the largest collection of art in the country, including pieces by Van Gogh, Monet, Rembrandt or Picasso. Admission tickets cost 25 Euros and can be bought online or directly at the entrance [museum website].

Why should you visit Basel’s old town?

Basel’s old town has many historical buildings dating all the way back to the 14th century. Explore the area on foot, your rental car can be parked nearby [click for directions].


Both banks of the Rhine river are worth seeing, as well as the iconic Münsterplatz square with the enormous medieval church in the heart of it [click for directions].

The Minster can be admired from the inside as well, entrance costs 5 Euros per person and offers panoramic views from the top of the structure.

Basel Zoo

 For a family-friendly experience, head over to the Basel Zoo. The attraction’s modern approach to enclosures, as well as over 600 different animals, make this a fun, memorable experience in Switzerland’s best and most diverse zoo.

More information can be found on the Zoo’s official website.

Day tickets to the Basel Zoo start at 21 Swiss Francs for adults.

Next: Zurich, 1 hour 10 minutes


zurich bridge over river into traditional district old town medieval buildings and historical tall church during sunset

Pretty streets in the heart of Zurich mark the perfect end of this trip. Photographed by Jörg Vieli from Pixabay

The final leg of the journey will take you to one of Switzerland’s most iconic cities; Zurich. Take the A3 motorway directly from Basel to Zurich, you should arrive in just a little over an hour.

What is the best place to eat in Zurich?


 Indulge yourself in the local cuisine at one of Zurich’s top restaurants. I recommend trying out Zeughauskeller in the heart of the city, where you will find specialties such as Rösti or Kanonenputzer.

You can park your car here, within walking distance of Zeughauskeller.

What to do in Zurich?

FIFA World Football Museum

 Football fans will find themselves at home at the FIFA World Football Museum, open between 10AM to 6PM Tuesday-Sunday. Directions can be found here.

Lake Zurich Cruise

 Another interesting experience is going on a cruise on Lake Zurich. Cruises and boat tours depart near the city center, more information on timetables and pricing can be found here.

 Zurich is packed for attractions and points of interest to keep you busy for days! Check out more of our favorites in this blog post, and extend your trip further into the Swiss Alps.

 Drop off your rental car directly at the Zurich airport before leaving, car hire options that support drop-off at a different location can be found on Rentalmoose.

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One of numerous vineyards in the Black Forest.

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International Driving Permit- all you need to know

All you need to know about an International Driving Permit

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Photography by Robert Fotograf.

If you’ve read any car rental travel guides, you have probably heard about an International Driving Permit, often referred to as the “IDP”. Is an IDP really necessary? Where can you get one? Which countries recognize it? Continue reading to find the answers to any questions you have regarding an International Driving Permit.

What is an International Driving Permit?

An IDP is essentially a translation of your domestic driving license. The document allows you to drive vehicles in any country that recognizes it, as long as it’s accompanied by your physical domestic driving license. For example, a US citizen with an IDP can legally drive in over 170 countries.

In theory, it might sound like an IDP is necessary every time you drive a car outside of the country where your driving license was issued. However, that’s not exactly the case as there are various exceptions. 

Is an IDP necessary?

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Route 66 in Arizona, US. Photography by PatternPictures.

An International Driving Permit isn’t always necessary. For example, if your driving license was issued in a country that’s part of the European Union (i.e. Italy), you can drive in another EU-member state (i.e. Germany) without the need to obtain an IDP.

There are more exceptions and arrangements around the world that eliminate the need for an IDP. What are the main ones?

An IDP is not required if your domestic license meets the requirements of the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic or the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. In that case, you can use your domestic driving license without an IDP unless stated otherwise by the country you’re planning to visit.

Other exceptions include European driving licenses being valid within the European Economic Area, or the Inter-American Driving Permit that allows holders to drive in certain countries within the Americas.

A major tourist destination that doesn’t recognize the International Driving Permit is the People’s Republic of China. In order to drive in China, foreign tourists need to obtain a Chinese driving license. Contact your local Chinese embassy for details.

Keep in mind that some car rental companies might ask for an IDP as a part of their policy, even if having it is not necessary for that country. Other countries, such as Botswana or Saudi Arabia, require an IDP when hiring a rental car. Always double-check with your car rental company’s terms and conditions as often referred to T&C before you rent a car to avoid unpleasant surprises during your trip. This is why you always need to read the T&Cs!

All the regulations, exceptions and arrangements around the world can be hard to keep track of, especially if you travel frequently or cross borders during road trips.

Rentalmoose recommends having an IDP for most of your trips outside of Europe, at least as a precautionary measure.

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Stelvio Pass photographed by Erich Westendarp.

How many types of IDPs are there?

IDPs are governed by three different conventions: The 1926 Paris International Convention relative to Motor Traffic, the 1949 Geneva Convention on Road Traffic, and the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. If a country signed more than one convention, the newest one replaces and terminates the previous ones. 

For example, if you plan on traveling to France, which is contracting to both Geneva and Vienna conventions, the more recent 1968 Vienna convention is the current one, terminating the older 1949 Geneva convention.

How can you get an IDP?

An IDP can be obtained from your local road and traffic administration office, the same one that issues driving licenses. The process for obtaining an IDP varies slightly depending on the country your driving license was issued in. In most cases, it’s a relatively fast and simple process.

In the United States of America, drivers can apply through either the American Automobile Association or the American Automobile Touring Alliance. You can also head to your local AAA office, or mail the application.

Drivers from the UK can apply for an International Driving Permit through Post Office branches. You will need to take your domestic license, a passport-sized photograph, proof of identification and the application fee.

As for other countries, it’s usually best to check out the website of the government office that issues driving licenses and look for the IDP application. In some countries, you can apply for an International Driving Permit online.

How much does an IDP cost?

Since an IDP has to be obtained in your country’s local office, the pricing is set individually by each nation. In European countries, for example, an International Driving Permit costs 35 EUR (US$ 38). In the United States of America, an IDP costs $15 (14 EUR).

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A seaside road overlooking the coast of Antalya, Turkey. Photography by Erik Karits.

How long is an International Driving Permit valid for?

Once again, the validity of an International Driving Permit depends on the nation that issued the document and the type of the IDP. Most countries issue IDPs for either one or three years. For example, the 1968 IDP required to drive in EU countries is valid for three years.

International Driver Permits are valid at least from the day they are issued, and you can apply for an IDP up to 3 months in advance. It is not possible to get a backdated IDP valid before the application date.

Don’t forget to check the date of expiry on your International Driving Permit, as the document cannot be renewed. Once your IDP expires, you will have to re-apply once again, this includes submitting all of the necessary paperwork and paying the fee. 

Keep in mind that you will have to travel back to your country and re-apply if your International Driving Permit expires when you’re overseas, unless your nation supports online applications. Keep track of the expiration date to avoid unnecessary hassle.

Can every driver obtain an International Driving Permit?

Young drivers from the United Kingdom or the United States will be disappointed to hear that you need to be at least 18 years old to obtain an International Driving Permit. What’s more, your driver’s license needs to be valid for at least 6 months in order to apply for an IDP. If you meet those two requirements, you will be able to obtain an International Driving Permit without problems.

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Iceland’s Ring Road photographed by Steve Riot.

Can tourists obtain an IDP in the United States?

The short answer is no. You can only obtain an International Driving Permit in the country where your driver’s license was issued. That’s why it’s crucial to get the permits before you leave for your trip, otherwise it may become impossible to rent a car (or drive at all) overseas.

In the United States, however, tourists can drive using their foreign driver’s licenses without an IDP. There are exceptions in some states, though the most frequently-visited states such as Arizona, California, Florida or Nevada don’t require an IDP.

Keep in mind it is still recommended to obtain an IDP, even when it is not legally required, in order to ease communication in the event of a traffic stop or a fender-bender. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Is an International Driving Permit the same as an International Driver’s License?

International Driving Permit is not the same as an International Driver’s License. In fact, there is no such thing as an International Driver’s License. An IDP is a permit and not any form of a license or ID card, hence it’s only valid when it’s accompanied by your physical domestic driver’s license. 

In the United States, International Driving Permits are only issued by the AAA and the AATA. In other countries, they’re only issued by the relevant government offices. BEWARE OF SCAMS. There are lots of companies claiming to issue “international driver’s licenses”, “worldwide permits” and other types of documents. None of them are real, and attempting to use them is illegal.

What happens if you drive without an International Driving Permit?

If you get caught driving without an International Driving Permit when it is required (i.e. tourist from Germany driving in Alabama, one of the US states that does require an IDP), you can get in very serious trouble. 

Most countries will treat the offense equally to not having any driving license at all, and so the offender will face serious criminal charges. In practice, it means that driving without an IDP when it is required could land you in prison. Always double-check to make sure if the country you’re going to requires foreign tourists to obtain an International Driving Permit.

Do you have any other questions regarding International Driving Permits? Perhaps you’re not sure if the country you’re going to requires obtaining an IDP? Contact your local government office for any extra information. 

Berlin to Warsaw by car- Poland Road Trip Itinerary

Discover central Europe- Berlin to Warsaw travel guide. Check out our Poland road trip itinerary!

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Summary (click the red pins for directions) :

Berlin to Poznań- 270km📍 40 PLN Highway Toll (9.1 EUR)

Poznań to Wrocław- 180km📍

Wrocław to Kraków- 270km📍36.2 PLN Highway Toll (8.2 EUR)

Kraków to Warsaw- 300km📍

1 130 kilometers (700 miles) in total

Tags: Travel guide, Poland, Europe, Drop-off at another location

This guide takes you on a road trip through the heart of central Europe. The road trip begins in the capital of Germany, where you will depart east and cross the Oder into Poland. 

Discover the best attractions in Poznań and Wrocław. Get lost in the historic Old Town of Kraków, then take the final stretch to Warsaw and finish with an unforgettable night in the country’s vibrant capital.

Is Poland cheap to travel to?

Though the trip begins in Germany, the majority of the road trip takes you across Poland, which is one of the most affordable countries in the European Union to travel to. 

Poland’s rich history and unique cuisine can be discovered on a tighter budget compared to other countries in the region. For example, lunch in a Polish restaurant will cost you anywhere between 15 and 30zł (3-7 Euro).

Is Poland worth visiting?

Poland is most certainly worth visiting! The country offers a wide selection of attractions, such as:

  •  museums 
  • art galleries 
  • scenic natural beauty
  • authentic restaurants with regional and exotic dishes. 

Combined with a day in Germany, there are even more attractions for all kinds of travelers!

Can tourists drive in Poland?

Yes! Poland, as well as Germany, are both members of the open-border Schengen zone, meaning crossing the borders is quick and hassle-free. 

If your driving license was issued in an EU country, you can drive in Poland and Germany without any limitations. Driving licenses issued in countries that are mentioned in the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic (list here) are valid for 6 months, as long as the driver is over 18.

 If your driving license was issued in a different country, you will have to obtain an International Driving Permit before coming.

The penalties for speeding and other car-related offenses have increased in recent years. Drivers will lose their license for 3 months if they are caught going more than 50km/h above the speed limit in an urban zone, as well as a 500zł (110 EUR) penalty on the spot.

Check out this Rentalmoose guide on driving in Poland to get more useful tips! Learn all about the tolling system, speed limits, and more.

Poland and Germany both have right-hand side traffic.

Are highways in Poland free?

All of the German highways (Autobahns) are completely free to use. In Poland, however, some of the highway segments are paid. The total toll cost for this trip doesn’t surpass 80zł (18.1 euro), and the fees can be paid by cash or credit directly at the highway booths.

What is the best time to visit Poland?

Do you want to explore the region during the hottest summer weather? Visit during peak summer, keeping in mind it is also the peak of the tourist season. 

If you’re looking to avoid large crowds, go on this trip during early autumn (from the 1st of September) or late spring (until 31 May). 

If you want to experience Poland during the Christmas season, explore the colorful Christmas markets in each of the cities and see snow (if you’re lucky), Rentalmoose recommends going in the second half of December.

Now that you’re all set, let’s dive into your Poland road trip itinerary!


Rental Moose mascot sitting in oldtimer vintage car posing in front of Brandenburg Gate, one of the best things to do in Berlin. See it during our Poland road trip itinerary

Your road trip begins in Berlin, one of the most diverse cities in all of Europe. Pick up your rental car directly from one of the city’s airports, train or coach stations. Numerous car rental companies support drop-off at a different location, you can browse through available options on Rentalmoose

What is Berlin famous for?

The capital of Germany is a vibrant multicultural city known for its rich history, artistic vibe, and crazy nightlife. Discover the city’s modern Europa-Center, the world-class Zoo or choose your favorite from the many museums around town.


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Tiergarten & Berlin Zoo

Begin with a stroll through Tiergarten, a massive park that is known as the city’s green lungs in the very heart of Berlin. Visit the world-class Berlin Zoo, the most species-rich zoo in the world.

Rental Moose mascot posing in front of Victory Column, a landmark in Berlin. See the best places to visit in Berlin with our curated berlin travel guide

Your rental car can be dropped off at Parkhaus am Zoo, a multi-story car park across the road. The day rate is below 20 euros.

Berlin is Germany’s capital of art and culture. Choose from a variety of museums, or head to the Astor Film Lounge for a one of a kind cinematic experience. 

Astor Film Lounge

Germany’s first premium cinema has been open to the public since the late 40s. The best aspects of retro luxury moviegoing combined with modern technology make visiting Astor a truly unforgettable experience. Valet parking and a welcome drink are included, of course.

Classic Remise

Automotive freaks will find their paradise in Berlin, as Classic Remise is situated on the outskirts of the city. Located in a renovated tram depot from 1899, this hidden gem is home to hundreds of rare classic cars, as well as modern sports cars and motorcycles of all sorts. 

Rental Moose mascot posing in Classic Remise next to vintage cars. Classic Remise Berlin is a great spot to visit in Berlin for car enthusiasts, hundreds of classic cars can be found here.

Petrolheads can find a mix of privately-owned cars put up on display as well as automobiles listed for sale. The best part? Admission is free of charge. Classic Remise is definitely worth a visit for any car fan in town!

Any visit to Berlin wouldn’t possibly be complete without trying Döner Kebap, a Turkish dish that has essentially conquered Germany. 

Where can you eat the best Döner in Berlin?


Head to Mustafa’s, one of the best Kebap spots in town, to try the city’s iconic dish. The lengthy queue to the stall is another sign that the kebap is truly delicious.

On-street parking is available in the area but if you can’t find a spot head to this car park around the corner.

Rental Moose mascot standing next to busy Mustafa's Gemuse Kebap food stall. It is one of the best doner kebap in Berlin located in Kreuzberg, and one of the best places to eat in Berlin.


Once dusk falls, be sure to head out and enjoy one of Europe’s best-known nightlife scenes. There are tons of crazy underground clubs and bars to choose from. If you’re not familiar with the scene, be sure to pay a visit to Berghain. This powerplant-turned-club is one of the wildest party spots in town. 

Rental Moose mascot posing in front of Berghain night club in Berlin during sunset. Berghain is a renowned techno club, one of the best underground clubs in Berlin.

What are the best hotels in Berlin?

Hotel Adlon Kempinski

Sophisticated guests will surely enjoy spending the night at Hotel Adlon Kempinski, one of Berlin’s most elegant and prestigious 5-star hotels. 

World-class service, luxury amenities such as an enormous spa and wellness center along with a perfect location overlooking the Brandenburg Gate all make for the superb experience.

Plus Berlin

If you’re looking to stay close to the heart of Berlin’s famous nightlife scene, consider booking a room at Plus Berlin.

This budget-friendly hotel offers stylish ensuite rooms, onsite amenities such as a pool and a bar, as well as welcoming service. The surrounding area, Friedrichshain, is the true heart of East Berlin’s nightlife scene, with numerous techno clubs nearby.

Next on your Poland road trip: Poznań, 2 hours 30 minutes  40zł Highway Toll


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Poznań’s busy Old Town. Photography by Anna Jelec.

Hop on the A2, named the Highway of Freedom, and head east towards Poland. After roughly two and a half hours you will reach Poznań, one of the biggest cities in the country.

The highway toll between Świecko (the first paid sector in Poland) and Poznań costs 40zł (9.1 euro) and can be paid in cash or by card directly on the highway.

What is there to do in Poznań?

Poznań, the largest city in the Greater Poland Voivodeship, is packed with attractions for tourists from around the world.

Old Market Square

Begin with a visit to the city’s beautiful Old Market Square. The colorful buildings have been carefully reconstructed after World War II took its toll on the heart of Poznań. 

The streets around the main square are lined with restaurants, bars, and cafes of all sorts. Precisely at noon, look up at the historic Town Hall. A small door above the clock will open and you will see two billy goats butt their heads 12 times. The goats are a symbol of the city.

Christmas market

Are you in town during the Christmas season? Every December, the Old Town hosts the magical Christmas market, one of the most beautiful ones in this part of Europe. 

On-street parking is available practically right outside of the square.

Stary Browar

Don’t forget to go shopping in Stary Browar, the city’s go-to shopping and dining venue. The mall, located in a transformed historic brewery, features over 200 shops and restaurants.

Works of art can be found around every corner of Stary Browar. There is a large underground car park that costs under 5zł per hour. Don’t forget to take receipts if you go shopping, 4-hour parking is complimentary for visitors who spend over 90zł (20.5 eur) in Stary Browar.

There are lots of restaurants in town that offer mouth-watering traditional Polish cuisine, picking the best one can get tricky. 

Where can you try Polish food in Poznań?

Pod Niebieniem

Rentalmoose recommends heading for lunch at Restaurant Pod Niebieniem. The restaurant offers regional dishes with a modern twist, such as a vegan version of Gołąbki or a bacon steak.

Next on your Poland road trip: Wrocław, 2 hours


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Photography by Martina Schwab.

Wrocław is a comfy 2-hour drive from Poznań via a well-maintained expressway.

Is Wrocław worth visiting?

Absolutely! The city’s rich history and colorful Old Town, as well as vibrant nightlife, make Wrocław an up-and-coming tourist hotspot. Don’t forget to try some of the local delicacies, too.

Old Town

Begin exploring with a stroll through the magnificent Old Town. Similarly to Poznań, the vibrant cobblestone streets are lined with regional and exotic eateries, colorful shops and welcoming cafes. 

Leave your rental car at Parking Nowy Targ (below 6PLN or 1.4 EUR per hour) and continue on foot. 

Admire the gothic architecture of the Wrocław Cathedral or purchase regional souvenirs at one of the many touristic shops in the area.

National Museum

Art enthusiasts should definitely pop by the National Museum in Wrocław. Regarded as one of the most important museums in the nation, the venue hosts a selection of temporary and permanent exhibitions from various historical periods.

Purchase your ticket online to avoid the queues or directly upon entrance.

Rentalmoose tip: A day of sightseeing will surely make you hungry. Reward yourself with Pierogi, traditional Polish dumplings. 

Where is the best place to try Pierogi in Wrocław?

Pierogarnia Stary Młyn

One of the Rentalmoose favorites is Pierogarnia Stary Młyn, serving various types of pierogi right in the heart of town. Open daily until 11 PM. 

Cocktail Bar by Incognito

Once dusk falls, Wrocław turns into a trendy city overflowing with lively bars, pubs, and nightclubs. Visit Cocktail Bar by Incognito, a stylish underground bar that offers delicious cocktails of all sorts and a unique, somewhat mysterious vibe.

Open daily between 5 PM and 2 AM.

Hotel Monopol

If you’re looking for a prestigious, contemporary hotel in the very heart of Wrocław, consider booking a room at Hotel Monopol. The 5-star hotel offers the perfect amount of modern elegance and luxurious facilities along with a touch of history. Relax while enjoying the view from the rooftop terrace or go for a massage at the hotel spa.

Hotel Śląsk

A budget-friendly, yet elegant, alternative is the 3-star Hotel Śląsk. The hotel offers guests chic rooms, a spa and wellness center, and a tasty restaurant. Complimentary parking is available, too.

Next on your Poland road trip: Kraków, 3 hours 36.2 PLN Highway Toll


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Photography by Dimitris Vetsikas.

Depart Wrocław and take the A4 highway for roughly 3 hours.

The highway includes paid sectors, and the total cost as of 2020 is 36.2 PLN (8.2 EUR).

Similar to other highway tolls in the country, you can pay by cash or credit card directly at the toll booth.

What can you see in Kraków?

Wieliczka Salt Mine

Kraków has plenty of activities in stock for tourists. Begin with a trip to the Wieliczka Salt Mine, one of the most popular attractions in the area. Located near the outskirts of Kraków, the salt mine is filled with underground treasures. 

The mine’s rich history spans seven centuries, with over 240 kilometers of mysterious corridors waiting to be explored. In order to avoid lines at the ticket booths, purchase admission tickets online prior to arrival.


Learn about Poland’s tragic World War II history at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp museum and memorial. 

Auschwitz, located roughly 70km from Kraków, was the largest Nazi death camp. Over 1.1 million people lost their lives here. A visit to the memorial is an absolute must in order to better understand this devastating part of history.

Main Market Square

Once you’ve explored the surrounding areas, drive to the heart of the city. Stroll along the busy streets of the 13th century Main Market Square, admire the gothic architecture of St. Mary’s Basilica or step inside the church and explore the monumental interior.

Every hour, you can hear St. Mary’s Trumpet Call, a local anthem, played live by a trumpeter from the highest tower of the Basilica. The anthem is a symbol of Kraków and is closely linked with the region’s history.

Kraków Cloth Hall & Art Gallery

Satisfy your souvenir shopping needs at Kraków Cloth Hall located directly in the middle of the Main Market Square. Apart from countless souvenir shops and jewelers, the Cloth Hall is home to The Gallery of The 19th-Century Polish Art. Admission costs below 30 PLN (6.8 EUR), tickets can be purchased upon entry.

Where to stay in Krakow?

Hotel Stary

Book your night at the exclusive 5-star Hotel Stary and let the stunning award-winning interior design speak for itself. Spend the evening relaxing at the spa, or go for a dip in one of the two pools. 

Visiting during the summer? Enjoy a snack at the seasonal terrace restaurant while enjoying the best view of the Main Market Square.

Hotel Amadeus

Looking for a moderately-priced alternative with an equally convenient location? Consider booking a room at Hotel Amadeus, a 4-star boutique hotel located just 200 meters from the Main Market Square. 

The hotel offers 22 rooms with a historic interior that pays homage to the 1700s, as well as a sauna, a cozy gym, and a car park. 

Next on your Poland road trip: Warsaw, 3 hours 30 minutes


Rental Moose mascot posing in Warsaw's Old Town during a sunny summer day in the capital of Poland. See the best places to visit in Warsaw with our curated travel guide.

Welcome to Warsaw, the vibrant capital of Poland. The city is home to over 1.7 million people, making it the largest in the country. Warsaw is a mix of post-communist blocks of flats, a medieval Old Town and ultra-modern skyscrapers around the business district.

Warsaw, despite being a large city, hasn’t been negatively impacted by over-tourism, making it a perfect getaway in this part of Europe. The city is known for its diverse cuisine, rich history, and an exciting nightlife scene.

What are the best attractions in Warsaw?

Old Town

Stroll around the Old Town, a historic district reconstructed after it was completely destroyed during the Second World War. 

Walk along the vivid streets lined with shops and restaurants, try some freshly-made waffles in the summer or a grilled sausage in the winter, both served in local eateries directly by the streets.

Head to the Royal Castle, either admire its vibrant facade or visit the museum inside. Purchase your tickets here.

Warsaw Old Town, Zygmunt Column and The Royal Castle seen during sunset. See the best things to do in Warsaw with our curated travel guide

Leave your rental car at the on-street parking along Podwale street (pay at the parking meter, roughly 3-4zł per hour). 

Krakowskie Przedmieście & The New World

Continue walking along Krakowskie Przedmieście and you will soon reach The New World, Warsaw’s trendy hotspot for dining and nightlife. Head for a traditional Polish lunch at Zapiecek, one of the most popular regional restaurants in town. 

Rentalmoose order tip: Enjoy a bowl of pierogi, Polish sausage or a portion of beetroot soup. 

Hala Koszyki

If you’re looking to discover a modern, trendy part of Warsaw, go to Hala Koszyki for a delicious lunch. The beautiful venue is located in a restored market hall and is home to tens of restaurants and bars with all sorts of European, Asian and American dishes. 

Whether you’re looking for seafood, a portion of green Thai curry or an elegant fine-dining experience, Hala Koszyki has got you covered.

Rental Moose mascot posing with a bowl of thai soup in Hala Koszyki foodcourt in downtown Warsaw. Hala Koszyki is one of the best places to eat out in Warsaw Poland.

Palace of Culture and Science

A trip to Warsaw wouldn’t be complete without paying the Palace of Culture and Science a visit. The Soviet structure dates back to the 50s and has become the symbol of Warsaw ever since. 

Inside, you can find multiple theaters, cafes, a cinema complex, and frequent temporary exhibitions and expos. There is a viewing terrace on the 30th floor of the building, too. 

However, Rentalmoose knows a secret way of getting the best panoramic view of the city from a different spot! Leave your car at the palace’s car park (around 5PLN per hour) and walk to the Marriott Hotel across the street.

Panorama Sky Bar- The Best View of Warsaw

Panorama Sky Bar is a jaw-dropping bar situated on the 40th floor of the Warsaw Marriott Hotel.

The bar is open daily from 6 PM, not just for hotel guests! 

Simply walk inside the hotel and take one of the elevators up to the top floor directly from the lobby. The drinks are pricey for Polish standards, but the utterly beautiful panoramic views make the experience absolutely worth it!

Raffles Europejski Warsaw

Luxury-seekers will be happy to hear that Warsaw has various top-notch hotels to choose from. Rentalmoose’s favorite hotel in Warsaw is Raffles Europejski Warsaw

The 5-star hotel is located minutes away from the Old Town and offers its guests a selection of stylish rooms and suites. Enjoy a minute of relaxation at Raffles Spa, or go for dinner at one of the hotel’s world-class restaurants.

Polonia Palace

Elegance doesn’t always come at an ultra-high price tag, and Polonia Palace Hotel is the perfect example. Located across the street from the Palace of Culture and Science, this 4-star hotel features classy rooms and an elegant restaurant and bar. 

Looking for more attractions in Warsaw?

Check out this Rentalmoose travel guide, where you can find more places worth visiting, restaurants and hotels in town. You don’t want to miss them!

Poland Road Trip Extension to the Baltic Sea

Your Poland road trip doesn’t have to end in Warsaw. Once you reach the capital, take a look at this Rentalmoose travel guide that will take you up to the northern tip of Poland.

Relax at the Masurian Lake District, explore the world’s biggest castle, spend a night in Tricity and visit Toruń and Łódź on your way back.


For maximum comfort, Rentalmoose recommends dropping off your rental car directly at the Warsaw Chopin Airport before leaving. Various rental companies support drop-off at another location, you can browse through available options on Rentalmoose.

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X Of The Best Things To Do In Bali

This Bali itinerary by car will cover the following topics.

Bali is a destination on every traveler’s bucket list, and it’s not hard to see why.

Bali has it all, and this travel guide takes you through the absolute best of what this unimaginable island has to offer.

Learn to surf in Medewi and drive through a tree on your way to Pemuteran. Drop off your car at the harbor and see Deer Island, before spending the night in a secluded resort near Pemuteran.

Get up before sunrise to spot the dolphins at Lovina Beach, and relax at the natural hot springs on the shore of Lake Ubud. Trek up the active volcano before continuing through to the temples around Candidasa. 

After dusk falls, observe as hordes of bats fly out of the cave at Pura Goa Lawah. Then, drive over to Ubud, stopping to see a hidden waterfall and the famous rice terraces on the way. Indulge in local cuisine at the night market before heading back to Denpasar.

The Best Things To Do In South Bali

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Travelers visiting this part of the island can enjoy countless activities on the sandy beaches, party till the morning in numerous clubs and bars, or explore the busy city of Denpasar.

Southern Bali is the most popular part of the island among tourists. Beach resorts around Seminyak, Nusa Dua, and Kuta have become world-class luxury travel destinations. 

Hang Out At The Best Beaches in Bali

Bali is filled with lots of sandy beaches, and picking the best one depends on what kind of experience you’re looking for. These are some of our top 3 picks for beachgoers in Southern Bali:

  • Seminyak Beach
  • Nusa Dua Beach
  • Thomas Beach

Seminyak Beach

If you want to spend a day in the bustling heart of Bali, go to Seminyak Beach. The five-kilometer sandy beach is anything but secluded; there are numerous bars, nightclubs, and eateries lined along the shore. 

This is the vibrant heart of this part of Bali. Seminyak is also home to luxurious resorts and prestigious beach clubs if you’d rather spend your time there.

Nusa Dua Beach

Anyone visiting Bali should visit Nusa Dua Beach. This sandy beach is a lot calmer than Seminyak or Kuta, the shore is dominated by upscale resorts, restaurants, and golf courses. Nusa Dua’s calm waters paired with loads of opportunities for swimming, sunbathing, and watersport activities all make a beach day here one of the best things to do in Bali.

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Nusa Dua Beach gets quite empty outside of the peak tourist season.

Thomas Beach

If you’re looking for a secluded beach in Bali, you have come to the right place. Head to Thomas Beach if you’re looking for the quietest beach around the south of Bali. This peaceful beach features calm, turquoise waters and pristine golden sand, perfect for sunbathing or simply enjoying the serenity.

Indulge in Fine Dining At Sukun Restaurant

If you’re looking for the best Balinese fine-dining experience, head to the Sukun Restaurant. This upscale eatery, located in Kuta, serves the absolute best of local Indonesian cuisine in a beautiful setting, perfect for a romantic dinner date or a luxurious lunch. The restaurant also serves breakfast.

Take A Surfing Class In Medewi

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Medewi is one of the best surfing spots in Bali, known for having the longest left-hand wave in all of Bali. Surfing here is an absolute blast, no matter whether you’re an experienced surfer or a total beginner with zero experience. 

Contact one of the local surf schools, such as Dikaloha, to begin your surfing journey and book a multi-day surf camp. You can also purchase a surfing lesson directly on the shore without any prior booking.

An hour-long lesson will cost you around US$20, a surfboard rental is included.

Rambut Siwi Hindu Temple

Experience the local culture when you visit the Rambut Siwi Hindu Temple. This cliff-top temple, located just by the ocean, is an absolute must-see gem in Medewi, in the southwest part of the island. 

Admire the exotic architecture with the turquoise ocean providing a spectacular backdrop. Remember to be respectful and dress appropriately when visiting places of worship.

See Bunut Bolong- A Sacred Tree

Bunut Bolong is more than your average tourist attraction. The large, sacred tree has a large opening in the middle and a road running through it, making it the perfect subject for photography. This hidden gem has remained under the radar for years, not many tourists know about it!

Next on your Bali itinerary: Pemuteran, 1 hour 50 minutes


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Macaques at the Pulaki Temple. Keep your eyes open, as they can be spotted all over the island!

Continue west along the coast for another two hours until you reach Pemuteran, a charming fishing village in the northwest part of the island favored by divers and snorkeling enthusiasts. Its thrilling attractions make Pemuteran a must on any Bali itinerary.

What is Pemuteran known for?

Diving & Snorkeling

Pemuteran is one of the favorite diving and snorkeling spots around the whole island. The bay is covered by colorful coral reefs filled with marine life, diving or snorkeling here is a truly unforgettable experience.

Menjangan Island

Be sure to visit Menjangan Island (Deer Island in English), a pristine, uninhabited island full of wildlife. The island can only be accessed by boat, you can either go to the Labuhan Lalang harbor and take a boat tour from there or book one of the package tours prior to leaving.

Your rental car can be dropped off by the harbor. The pricing for a snorkeling boat tour is around $US 30.

Pulaki Temple

The area around Pemuteran is home to many Hindu temples, the most notable being the Pulaki Temple. Apart from the monumental architecture and panoramic ocean views, Pulaki Temple is famous for being home to lots of local monkeys. Stroll around while observing the playful animals. 

Don’t let go of your belongings, as cute as the monkeys are, they can get very curious about your backpack, camera or snacks. Once they get a hold of your things, it’s very hard to get them back.

Pemuteran Beach

After a long day, head to the Pemuteran Beach and relax along the splendid shore. Sunbathe on one of the sunbeds, go for a dip in the ocean or catch one of the snorkeling tours directly from the beach.

Warung Bali Re

For a delicious lunch or dinner, head to the local Warung Bali Re. This cozy family-run eatery serves a wide array of traditional Indonesian dishes, and is located just minutes from the ocean.

The restaurant is open daily between 8 AM and 9 PM.

Sun Suko Boutique Retreat

Luxury seekers can book a room at the Sun Suko Boutique Retreat. The prestigious 4-star hotel features elegant rooms, an outdoor pool, a pool table, and a colorful garden. The property is located near the beach and less than 3 kilometers away from the Pulaki Temple.

A private car park is available at no extra cost.

Kubuku Bali

There are plenty of budget-friendly guesthouses, boutique hotels and affordable stays around Pemuteran. One of the best cheap stays in Bali has got to be the Kubuku Bali.

The property offers well-equipped rooms, exceptional service, an outdoor pool, and a variety of fun activities. Not to mention the location just 200 meters away from the ocean, all without breaking the bank.

A free car park is available.

Next on your Bali itinerary: Lovina Beach, 1 hour

Lovina Beach

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Photography by Michelle Maria.

Continue east along the coastal road until you reach Lovina Beach, a city famous for sighting dolphins, diving, and its black sand beach.

Is Lovina worth visiting?

Lovina Beach may not be your typical postcard-like beach with golden sand. The fact that the sand is black, as well as the Lovina’s location, make the beach practically free from tourists (except peak season). 

Those who have been to Bali before might know how frustrating it can be to find a secluded beach, and Lovina Beach is one of them.

Dolphin watching

When in Lovina, an absolute must is taking a dolphin watching boat tour. These tours start before sunrise and take participants around the spots frequently visited by dolphins as well as other fascinating marine life, including whales.

Tickets start at as little as 100.000IHR (5 EUR) per person.

Aling Aling Waterfalls

Adrenaline junkies should most definitely drop by the Aling Aling Waterfalls, only around 20 minutes away from Lovina Beach.

After paying a small entry fee (below 1 EUR per person), travelers can admire four monumental waterfalls and trek through the vibrant jungle.

You can even jump from the top of the falls, though it is necessary to pay one of the local guides if you’re planning to jump or swim in the natural pools. 

Diving & Snorkeling

Lovina is another hotspot for divers and snorkeling fans, as the waters near the village are filled with fascinating diving sites, such as the Lovina Reef. Consider booking a diving tour or a snorkeling day trip with Permai Scuba Dive, an operator based in the heart of Lovina.

Lovina Beach

Cool down with a swim in the ocean at the local Lovina Beach. The black sand beach is one of the nicest in this part of Bali, and it is the starting point for dolphin-watching tours and snorkeling boat trips.

Rentalmoose order tip: Visit the nearby eateries and cafes where you can enjoy refreshing kopi (favorite local coffee).

Next on your Bali itinerary: Mount Batur, 1 hour 40 minutes

Mount Batur

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The monumental Mount Batur is an active volcano that last erupted in 2000, photographed from Sari Restaurant.

Leave Lovina Beach and turn south inland after following the coast for roughly half an hour. You will reach the striking Mount Batur a little over an hour and a half hours from departure.

What can you do at Mount Batur?

Mount Batur is an absolutely spectacular active volcano in the northeast of Bali, surrounded by dramatic scenery and a large lake. It is a total change of scenery compared with the island’s coast, contributing to Bali’s diverse landscape.

Sunrise Trek

There is a wide variety of tours you can take to explore the volcano further, such as a Jeep tour or a hiking tour. The most unforgettable tour, and the best way to see the volcano, has got to be the Sunrise Trek

The hike begins early in the morning, it takes around 2 hours to trek up in complete darkness until you reach the top. You can then observe the dramatic sunrise from the best spot on the island, recharge with a small breakfast and hike back down before noon.

Sari Mountain View Restaurant

Enjoy one of the best views of the volcano while indulging in delicious cuisine at the Sari Mountain View Restaurant. The eatery offers a wide selection of dishes at the buffet and unbeatable views of Mount Batur and the Batur lake.

Open daily between 9 AM and 7 PM.

Batur Hot Springs

Afterward, head over to the peaceful Batur Hot Springs by the Batur lake. A dip in the natural hot springs is the perfect way to relax after an exhausting day of trekking. 

Admire the scenery from the pools or enjoy a drink in the swim-up bar. The springs are open daily between 7 AM and 7 PM. Admission costs below 15 EUR per person.

Senetan Villas

You can spend the night at the luxurious Senetan Villas, just 20 minutes away from Mount Batur. The resort features beautiful, well-equipped villas with private pools, cozy bungalows, upscale dining and a wide array of activities such as complimentary bicycle hire.

If you chose to stay here, consider going to Ubud before heading off to Candi Dasa. A free car park is available.

Bintang House

Traveling on a tighter budget? Consider checking in at the Bintang House, a charming property right at the foot of Mount Batur. The guest house features cozy ensuite rooms, a shared kitchen, and a colorful garden.

A complimentary car park is available.

Next on your Bali itinerary: Candi Dasa, 1 hour 20 minutes

Candi Dasa

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Lempuyang Temple. Photograph from Wikimedia Commons.

Is Candi Dasa worth a visit?

The region is still largely undiscovered by tourists, compared to spots such as Kuta or the Uluwatu temple, though it is most certainly worth adding to your Bali itinerary. Some of the best attractions include the Pura Goa Lawah Temple, 

Pura Goa Lawah Temple

Make sure to visit the Pura Goa Lawah Temple, one of the most important Hindu temples on the entire island. The shrine dates back to the 11th century when it was first built around a bat-filled cave. 

If you are afraid of seeing thousands of bats flying quite literally everywhere, Pura Goa Lawah may not be the best pick for you. It’s best to visit the temple after sunset, when you can witness hordes of bats leaving the natural cave.

Admission costs around 15000 Indonesian Rupiah (0.9 EUR).

Lempuyang Temple

Another must-see just 40 minutes out of Candi Dasa is the picturesque Lempuyang Temple. Apart from being a place of worship, this Hindu temple is very popular among photographers. 

The temple’s monumental gates overlook the Mount Agung volcano. Wander around the temple, find the best shot and post it online using #Rentalmoose.

There is no entrance fee to visit the temple, but it’s recommended to leave a small donation around 20000IDR (1.2 EUR).

Diving- Amed Beach

If you have the extra time, you can detour east for around an hour one-way to Amed Beach, a colorful playground for divers. 

Book a dive with one of the local operators that will take you around the best sites. Alternatively, you can head to the beach itself where you will find numerous boats that will take you on a snorkeling tour or a wildlife-watching cruise instead.

Next on your Bali itinerary: Ubud, 1 hour 10 minutes 


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Tegalalang Rice Terraces.

Head west towards Ubud, one of the most frequently-visited spots in Bali. The drive is a little over an hour, and seeing the famous rice paddies is a must on any Bali itinerary.

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Before you get to Ubud itself, you can make a slight detour and watch the otherworldly Tukad Cepung Waterfall. Drop your rental car off at the car park and follow the stairs until you reach the cavern and its stunning waterfall. 

The hike, although absolutely worth it, can get exhausting for the elderly or tourists who are not in the best shape.

There is an entrance fee of 10000IDR (0.6 EUR). Open daily until 5 PM.

Tegalalang Rice Terrace

Another stop worth making around 10 kilometers from Ubud is the famous Tegalalang Rice Terrace. The picturesque hillside features breathtaking, green landscapes and, of course, rice paddies.

Adrenaline junkies can enjoy the views from the famous Bali swing, or zipline across the fields. Don’t forget to snap a photo of the popular rice paddies!

Goa Gajah

The Goa Gajah is a temple located inside of a natural cave, dating back all the way to the 9th century. It’s the perfect spot to brush up on some of the local history by observing the ancient cravings in the peaceful cave. The temple is very popular among tourists, it’s best to go either right after the opening time or directly before the closing.

The cave is open between 8 AM and 4:30 PM. Admission costs around 15000IHR per person (0.9 EUR).

Gianyar Night Market

Street food lovers and passionate shoppers should most definitely visit the Gianyar Night Market. The vibrant market is lined with vendors selling all sorts of delicacies, souvenirs, clothing, fresh fruit, and accessories.

The stalls open daily after 3 PM and most remain open until 10 PM.

Next on your Bali itinerary: Denpasar, 40 minutes


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