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Planning The Road Trip Of A Lifetime In The United States

Apr 15, 2008
From its wide-open frontiers to its fascinating history and diverse cultures, the United States offers excellent scope for car hire touring. Make the most of your US car hire experience by checking out at least some of the following:

1. The Ellis Island Museum (New York City)

The first entry point for immigrants from all over the world offers visitors a powerful experience. It also provides a wonderful view of the Statue of Liberty.

2. Washington D.C.

There's more to Washington D.C. than the White House. The US capital is a city steeped in history. Must-sees here include The Lincoln Memorial, the Washington Monument, The Arlington National Cemetery, the Vietnam Veteran's Memorial and the iconic 19-foot marble statue of Abraham Lincoln.

3. Colonial Williamsburg

At Williamsburg's open-air museum, visitors are invited to experience life in an 18th century US city. Through interactive exhibits and aauthentic reconstructed dwellings, its possible to gain an insight into a much simpler time.

4. USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbour

Located in the Hawaiian Islands, the poignant memorial is situated on the sunken battleship, six feet below the water. It remains as a constant reminder of the efforts of World War II veterans.

5. Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

The vast 5000-foot deep, 10-mile wide National Park is one of the most spectacular awe, inspiring sights you'll witness in the US.

6. National Civil Rights Museum, Memphis

Set in the humble surroundings of a motel, the museum is situated at the site where Rev. Dr Martin Luther King was assassinated. The museum offers a fascinating insight into the African American struggle from slavery to the story of Rosa Parks.

7. Redwood National Park, California

Under the canopy of 300 feet tall trees, visitors are free to explore flora and fauna that that pre-date the first settlers.

8. Freedom Trail Boston

At Boston's Freedom Trail, visitors can follow in the footsteps of celebrated US revolutionaries such as Paul Revere.

9. Independence Hall Philadelphia

Here visitors can check out the spot where George Washington was appointed leader of the Continental Army.

10. Walt Disney World Resort (Florida)

Known as the 'Magic Kingdom', the enchanting 47 sq mile wide is a must for adults and children of all ages. Visitors can't help but be spellbound by the exciting range of attractions.

Road Trip Safety

You've collected the hire car, you've got your itinerary sorted, but wait- before you get your motor running, there are still some essential checks that need to be carried out. At Argus Car Hire customer safety is our priority and we want you to have the best possible rental car adventure. For this reason, we strongly advise you to perform the following safety checks before hitting the open road:


Ensure that the load is balanced-this means heavy items should be placed as near to the centre of the car as possible. (Heavy, clumsy items should never be concentrated on one side of the vehicle).

Luggage shouldn't impede the driver's vision or prevent seatbelts from being used.

Remember: Loose or heavy items stowed in the passenger compartment can move under braking or cornering. This can be distracting to the driver or jam against controls. It's important to ensure that all bags, luggage and potentially damaging items are properly stowed.

Roof Racks:

Roof racks should be firmly loaded, at the lowest height possible to avoid wind resistance and maintain stability.
Ensure every item on the roof rack is safely and securely tied down.

Driving in the Countryside:

At Argus, we know that the countryside offers some of the best and most scenic driving experiences. However, we'd also like to point out the need for extra vigilance, especially to those used to driving in the city only. Travelling through the countryside you'll encounter all manner of trying situations, some of which may be unfamiliar. In these instances, patience really is a virtue!

Wild animals must be treated with consideration
On approach, slow down well in advance and leave as much space as possible between the car and the animal.
When overtaking a horse and rider, manoeuvre the car as slowly as possible, leaving as much space as feasible between it and its rider.
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