Car Rental at LaGuardia Airport, New York
LaGuardia Airport is one of the three airports (the other two being JFK and Newark) that service New York City’s metropolitan area and between them make up the second largest city airport system in the world. The three airports deal with over 112 million passengers with LaGuardia’s share being over 26 million. While the core of New York City in terms of geographical area is small, it is nonetheless packed with attractions and curiosities that best represent the state, and sometimes, the whole of the United States. A car rental at LaGuardia Airport will bring you closer to these attractions and farther afield as among the three international airports, LaGuardia is the closest.
Driving in Manhattan
Perhaps no other borough is as representative of New York City, and even the whole of the United States, than Manhattan, about 8 miles west of LaGuardia. Driving to this island by rental car at LaGuardia Airport requires the use of either a bridge or tunnel, and while driving time will normally be under 30 minutes, expect that rush hour traffic can cause delays to and from the airport.
Despite its seemingly endless rush hour which makes exploring the borough easier on foot, Manhattan can be navigated using a car rental from LaGuardia Airport by understanding its layout: The major arteries, like the Fifth Avenue, run north to south, while the numbered streets, with a few exceptions, run east to west.
If you would like to divide your sightseeing by landmarks, you can drive your car hire from LaGuardia Airport to Lower Manhattan at the southernmost part of the island to see the financial hub of the United States, the Wall Street. Lower Manhattan also serves as the main gateway to the three islands in New York harbor, one of which is home to the iconic Statue of Liberty.
From Lower Manhattan, the 103-story Empire State Building is about five miles north by LaGuardia Airport car hire. Within this neighbourhood, you’ll find other architectural stalwarts like the Chrysler Building, the Rockefeller Center, and the United Nations Headquarters. The tourist magnets of Broadway, Times Square, the Grand Central Terminal, and the Museum of Modern Art are all within several blocks of each other.
For institutions dedicated to the arts, natural history, and a vast collection of human knowledge and cultural achievements, drive your rental car at LaGuardia Airport to Uptown Manhattan’s Museum Mile. The ultimate in retail therapy can also be found close by. You can splurge at the shops lining Madison Avenue, the mecca of New York high fashion. You can either drive there using your car hire from LaGuardia Airport or walk the three miles it takes to reach New York’s ‘runway.’
With rental cars from LaGuardia Airport, you will be able to visit Ocean City or Atlantic City, a little more than two hours south, for casinos and all the attendant entertainment that comes with high-rolling. Or you may drive one hour farther south in your LaGuardia Airport car rental to Cape May and take a walk on its cobbled streets to admire the Victorian buildings and buy curios from tiny shops before getting to the waters for a variety of adrenaline-fuelled adventures.