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This Website Highlights the Small Towns Most Pass By on California's Highway 1

Where: Highway 1, California, United States
September 17, 2014 at 12:33 PM | by | Comments (0)

We all know that Highway 1 runs nearly the entire coast of California, from Mexico up through San Francisco to the Oregon border. Most people drive it in a day or two from San Diego or Los Angeles up to the Bay Area, with many itineraries including stops in Santa Barbara, Carmel, and Monterrey. Sprinkled between these well-known tourist towns is what this writer considers to be one of the best kept secrets in the country, the rural Central Coast of California.

San Luis Obispo has made headlines in recent years for its happy citizens, and San Simeon draws its fair share of attention thanks to Hearst Castle. Still, the Central Coast is largely bypassed and just a drive-through for out-of-state and international travelers in favor of the bright lights and beaches of Los Angeles and the beautiful bay of San Francisco. As a former resident of Santa Barbara, I had the pleasure of exploring this area in all its untouched glory, where the sea, mountains, and vines of wine country all come together along the coast.

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'But First, Lemme Take a Road Trip'

September 11, 2014 at 1:21 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer may be coming to a close, but that doesn’t mean it’s too late to head out on the open road for fresh sights and fresher air. After all, the classic road trip is one of America’s favorite travel traditions, no matter the season. Love for adventuring by car hasn't changed over the years, but surely some aspects of it have.

Well, Edmunds.com conducted a survey in August to see what 1,000 ordinary adults were thinking when it comes to hitting the road (and taking selfies while doing so).

Here's what they found:

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Snag This $9.99 Rental Car Deal for the First Road Trip of Fall

September 2, 2014 at 9:53 AM | by | Comments (0)

Now that the summer travel season is pretty much over it’s time to plan your shoulder season escape. The weather is better, the crowds have gone back to school and work, and it’s time for you to enjoy. If you’re still stuck on what to do there’s always a little weekend road trip, and thankfully Enterprise is ready to hand you a car for just $9.99 per day.

The offer is available at neighborhood locations, so no need to head up to the airport for a pick up. The deal runs between September 5 and May 20, so there’s plenty of time to check out a vehicle. You do need to rent for the whole weekend, so that means picking up your ride on Friday and dropping off your car on Monday.

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Why You'll Soon Find Your Hertz Rental at a Local Walgreens

August 22, 2014 at 7:52 AM | by | Comments (0)

From renting cars by the hour to picking up rides with strangers there’s always something new in the wild world of rental cars. Hertz is often one of the leaders when it comes to thinking up new ideas—or borrowing good ones from other companies—and now it looks like they have a new plan to get you into a car when you need a ride.

It looks like things are being worked out in some corporate boardroom, but the plan is to put Hertz rental cars right in the parking lot at your local Walgreens pharmacy and drug store. They actually just finished up a test in where they offered up cars at around 30 locations in the greater Chicago area as well as the area in and around San Antonio.

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Always Wanted to Drive the 'Top Gear' Test Track? This is Your Lucky Day

August 1, 2014 at 10:25 AM | by | Comments (0)

Fun fact: BBC's Top Gear is the most popular automotive show in history, broadcasting in about 170 different countries. Hundreds of millions of people tune in and watch the ragtag trio of presenters race, destroy cars, and chide each other in the process every week, so there is a pretty good chance you're one of those fans. If so, good news! The Top Gear Test Track is now open to the public, for a price of course.

That’s right. You can drive on the same track at Dunsfold Park (near Guildford in Surrey) where they do most of their tests and challenges, visit the Top Gear TV Studio, and catch a glimpse of that looming Boeing 747 in the process. The Top Gear Track Experience, as it's called, offers 8 different options ranging from the “Star In a Reasonably Priced Car” timed laps to off-roading in a Land Rover Defender.

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Fraser Island Field Trip: Where Life is a Beach AND a Highway

July 23, 2014 at 4:27 PM | by | Comments (0)

No silly sayings or Tom Cochrane references here! Just the fact that Australia's Fraser Island has some pretty cool things to see and do.

While most activities revolve around nature, fresh air, and enjoyment of the outdoors, we couldn't pass up the chance to rent a 4x4 and head onto the Eastern Beaches for the island's most popular activity: speeding up the coast, on the coast. Yep, you've heard correctly; not only is driving on the beach legal, but it's actually encouraged and one of the best ways to see a huge portion of this island off Queensland.

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Hertz Pinky Swears They'll Give You a Car That's Clean and Safe

July 10, 2014 at 9:27 AM | by | Comments (0)

There’s nothing worse than a dirty, smelly, or otherwise not up to par rental car. We always get a little thrill getting in our rental for the first time, and that’s especially the case if we’re doing a good chunk of driving. Thankfully Hertz understands our passion for an awesome set of wheels, and they’re introducing a new set of promises and certifications.

In a way this just sounds like they’re putting a new spin and marketing angle on something they should—and might be—already offering; however, we’ll try to give them the benefit of the doubt here. Basically the new Hertz Certified Clean & Safe program is a 35-point checklist to ensure the car you’re picking up is truly good-to-go.

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Skip the Chips and Dip for These Healthiest Road Trip Snacks

June 27, 2014 at 12:06 PM | by | Comments (0)

School's out and it's time to hit the road and partake in the Great American Road Trip. For those moments when hunger tries to take control of the wheel, we can't stress enough how important it is to skip the Bob's Big Boy or the Waffle House. It might be easier to reach for the Fun-yuns or Cheet-ohs, but after a few hours in the car, these high fat, sodium-laden nibbles have a negative effect on your body's metabolism and energy levels.

Eating healthy on the road is more than packing a cooler full of fruit and granola bars to keep the sing-alongs going, so today we're sharing our own ultimate healthy road trip snack box:

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11 of the Best Airshows Yet to Come in 2014

June 19, 2014 at 11:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

Summer is pretty much here, and that means it’s airshow season. Slap on some of the SPF and take to the fields, airports, and waterfronts across the country to check things out. Vintage aircraft to modern war machines are all out to show off their stuff, so here’s a few events not to miss this summer and beyond:

· American Heroes Air Show – June 21 – Lakeview Terrace, CA

· Battle Creek Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival – July 2 to July 6 – Battle Creek, MI

· Tacoma Freedom Fair Airshow – July 4 – Tacoma, WA

· National Cherry Festival Air Show – July 5 to July 6 – Traverse City, MI

· EAA AirVenture Oshkosh – July 28 to August 3 – Oshkosh, WI

· Chicago Air and Water Show – August 16 to August 17 – Chicago, IL

· Rocky Mountain Airshow – August 22 and August 23 – Greeley, CO

· Cleveland National Air Show – August 30 to September 1 – Cleveland, OH

· Oregon International Air Show – September 19 to September 21 – Hillsboro, OR

· Memphis Airshow – October 18 and October 19 – Memphis, TN

· NAS Pensacola Airshow – November 7 to November 9 – Pensacola, FL

[Photo: MebS09]

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Road Trip to These 5 Historic US Ghost Towns

June 18, 2014 at 1:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Remember that real ghost town in Wyoming we told you about earlier the week--the one Amelia Earhart loved? Well, we know the U.S. has plenty more abandoned and spooky towns to offer up for an ideal summer road-trip.

The abandoned towns that exist in American today were primarily mining towns, once living high-on-the-hog before the local industry turned. Others were decimated by natural disasters, sending remaining residents to greener pastures. Regardless of the reason for their dilapidation, these ghosts towns need to make it to your list of things to do over the next few months:

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Travel Movie Tuesday: 'National Lampoon's Vacation' and the Great American Road Trip

June 17, 2014 at 10:22 AM | by | Comments (0)

From Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck falling in love in Rome to Julia Roberts circling the globe to find herself, film has played an important role in shaping both the golden years and current day of travel. Thus, we present our newest series, Travel Movie Tuesday, where we detail the most inspiring travel films.

Whether you like it or not, we are quickly approaching the thick of family vacation season. This time of the year typically involves packing up the car, filling an Igloo cooler, and hitting the great American highway system to see a new part of this wonderful country. For the silly side of the tradition, there's no better film than 'National Lampoon's Vacation' to show the good, bad and the ugly...in a stationwagon. In the 1980s.

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One Weird Trick for Staying Alert While Driving on Long Summer Road Trips

June 3, 2014 at 4:15 PM | by | Comments (0)

Classic candy is quickly coming back into style. The return of Sugar Daddies, Pop Rocks, Bazooka Bubble Gum and Ring Pops means an old fashioned sugar high never really goes out of style, but we're most interested in that last one: the Ring Pop. We've recently discovered that enjoying one of these treat gems can be handy for keeping alert and awake during long drives.

For example, we drove from Palm Springs, CA to Tucson, AZ in spring, and entertained ourselves on the 4-hour desert drive with a Ring Pop and some loud music. It wasn't until this last weekend that we discovered the true power of the Ring Pop, however, as we faced 9 hours of solo road tripping across the Northeast, into the Midwest. After loud music failed to keep our focus on the road and drowsiness (combined with the monotony of middle of Pennsylvania scenery) threatened, we reached for a Ring Pop.

Beyond the addition of sugar into our system, the act of enjoying a Ring Pop engages another sense (taste) into activity. It goes without saying that, if you're truly tired, it's time to stop at a motel for the night. A Ring Pop is no substitute for a good sleep, but it has its uses.

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