Whether you are headed to a destination with no public transportation or you just like to travel off-the-beaten-path, renting a car can be a necessary travel arrangement.
And while renting a car may be an added expense, the pay-off can be big. With your own car you’re not subject to bus and train schedules and you can travel as you wish exploring remote villages, stopping for impromptu picnics or pulling over to watch the Sunset.
So throw away that bus schedule and check out these destinations where you need to go by car, as follows:
Cote d’Azur, France
Yes, there is a train that can take you from Nice to Avignon, but if you want to see all that the South of France has to offer, you should travel by car. There are so many more places you can discover while driving on your own, from small towns with charming markets to rolling vineyards and fragrant lavender fields, it is a joyful drive.
If you are flying into Dublin and planning to remain city-bound, then renting a car is not necessary. However, if you would like to see more of the Emerald Isle, renting a car is the ideal way to get-round. The beauty of the green countryside makes for lovely driving, and you can stop at your leisure at quaint villages and picnic spots along the way. And since Ireland is not very big, you can see a lot in a short amount of time. Driving straight across the country from Dublin to Galway only takes 2.5 hrs. Once there, you will be amazed by the stunning Cliffs of Moher and the remote Aran Islands. There are also several road trip loops like the Dingle Peninsula Loop or the famous Ring of Kerry. Just be prepared for some roundabouts and narrow roads along the way.
Montana, United States
Many of America’s 50 states are ripe for a road trip, but there is something about Montana that makes it necessary to rent a car. This state is filled with towering mountains, vast prairies and tons of back roads leading to gorgeous viewpoints. In other words, you need a car. Bigger cities like Billings, Bozeman and Missoula have public transportation, but the Key to visiting Montana is getting out of town and into nature. A car is necessary for visiting both Yellowstone National Parkand Glacier National Park, both beautiful and vastly different public lands. And whether you prefer hiking to natural hot springs or relaxing at a hot spring resort, Montana has got you covered. If you choose the former, make sure to rent a 4X4, as Montana backroads can be rough.
Motoring through the Italian countryside, enjoying leisurely lunches, stopping at wineries, is the ultimate way to see Tuscany. While the region does have public transportation, it is geared towards transporting locals, not tourists. Without a car, you may miss some of the more charming villages and valleys along the way, such as Val d’Orcia. This picturesque region of Tuscany is filled with rolling hills, golden wheat fields, cypress trees and medieval castles. Next, head to the well-known wine region of Chianti and drive on your time frame using this suggested DIY itinerary. End the day with a glass of vino and a plate of pasta, and find yourself in Italian heaven.
Enjoy your travels, Happy Motoring!