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Renting a car in the USA lets you take to the road and start the trip of a lifetime. In a country with vast and varying geographies, from the Nevada Desert, the Rockies, and the Great Plains, to the East and West Coast cities, the possibilities are virtually endless. As the USA is largely designed around travelling by car, you couldn't pick a better mode of transport for seeing everything this stunning country has to offer.

It’s your choice: Where to go in the USA

There is so much to choose from when you rent a car in the USA, with a multitude of routes and destinations to consider. At the biggest airports – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta in Georgia, O'Hare in Chicago, LAX in California, Dallas/Fort Worth in Texas and JFK in New York – you'll immediately find car hire companies, including budget car rentals, for your holiday – if you want to be safe, book your car in advance and it will welcome you directly at the airport. If you're planning on some long treks, you'll likely follow the Interstate highways. These routes include the I-80, which will take you across the country from San Francisco, California, to Teaneck, New Jersey. Famous Route 66 from Chicago to Santa Monica no longer exists in official form, although part of it is still marked. In any case, you can still follow this famous path and relive the glamorous days of the great American car trip. You could also limit your trip to single states and still have months of USA car journeys to choose from.

Things to do in the USA

You'll have an incredible amount of choice of destinations when you rent a car in the USA, and the great thing is that you won't be confined to a single city, state or region. Head to Las Vegas for the ultimate party trip with your friends, trying your luck in the casinos and catching legendary performers at their residency shows. Los Angeles, home to the film industry, has plenty of amazing nearby beaches you can drive to between exploring Hollywood. Miami is another popular destination, with a vibrant food scene that takes Creole and other Caribbean cuisines and fuses it with American favourites. In New York City, see iconic landmarks including the Statue of Liberty and the Empire State Building, and soak up the culture and history of this truly global destination. Chicago is another fantastic choice for lovers of culture and shopping, with the Magnificent Mile offering top department stores. USA car rental offers an unforgettable chance to see all this and more.

Important info about the USA

It's often said that the United States is more like 50 separate countries, and as you drive around on a road trip with friends or family, you'll soon see why. The traditions and cultures of each state bring to life a mix of histories and geographies. The foods of Alabama, for example, from sumptuous pulled pork to fried catfish, are a world away from the hot dogs and deep dish pizzas Chicago is known for. In fact, visiting diners and restaurants is one of the great pleasures of an American road trip. The landscapes are equally varied, ranging from the hot desert climates in southern cities such as Palm Springs to the rugged coastline of New England to the northeast.

Weather in Washington D.C.
Facts
Country United States of America (USA)
Language English
Currency Dollar
Time-Zones Pacific, Mountain, Central, Eastern, Hawaii–Aleutian, Alaska
Capital Washington DC

Good to know

As a UK driver, you'll find renting a car in the USA easy and pleasant. In fact, thanks to its wide open roads and cities being built around vehicle transport, getting around by car is a real delight. Keep in mind that you'll drive on the right, and pedestrians always have the right of way. The blood alcohol limit is 0.05% in some states, and this limit is taken very seriously. Speed limits vary from state to state – so please pay attention to the signs. You're allowed to make right turns at red lights unless indicated otherwise – just make sure you check for oncoming traffic when doing so. As long as you've had your licence for over a year, you can rent a car in the US. You usually have to be at least 21. Also, keep your proof of insurance, car rental papers, driving license and passport handy.

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Our tour suggestion for the USA

To rent a car in the USA is the first step to seeing as much as possible of this magnificent country. Whereas the choices are vast, there are a few popular road trip routes to consider. As mentioned, you could follow the I-80 to travel between the East and West Coasts. For a shorter yet equally epic trip, check out California State Route 1 to see the fabulous cities of Long Beach, Malibu and San Francisco as you cruise along the coast. Another place to check out is Monument Valley – start at Phoenix, Arizona, and pass by the mighty Grand Canyon and plenty of other breathtaking sights on the way. You could also drive through the Florida Keys, which offer superb weather, turquoise waters and plenty of sailing, fishing, swimming and kayaking opportunities.

What to bring to your friends from the USA

The great thing about a country as varied as the USA is that you can always find fantastic gifts and souvenirs. What could be more special than a memento from one of the many states you've visited? Pick up something simple and unique from a local market, such as sweets and other packaged foods unique to America, from Reese's Pieces and Hershey's Kisses to hot sauce and locally made fruit jams. Alternatively, pick up souvenirs of landmarks such as the Big Apple's skyline, the White House or the Seattle Space Needle as you see them. From bottles of Californian wine to 'I Heart NY' T-shirts, there are endless keepsakes to remind you of your car journey in the USA.