Car Rental at Long Beach Airport
Formerly called the Daugherty Field, Long Beach Airport serves as a less busy hub for flights to Los Angeles International Airport and budget carriers plying the East Coast route. Located three miles northeast of downtown Long Beach, the airport is one of the two closest to Disneyland Resort (the other being John Wayne Airport of Orange County). Your car rental at Long Beach Airport will be put to good use if you plan to move around southern California and explore the Golden State’s many seaside attractions that are easier to get to by car.
Hollywood and Disneyland
Of all Long Beach tourist attractions, none perhaps draws more visitors than Queen Mary, a Cunard White Star ocean liner that was transformed into a floating museum/hotel. While there are many more things to do in Long Beach – getting lost in the Aquarium of the Pacific or in the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden or in the many museums dedicated to its Latin American population – many choose to catch the stardust and follow the Walk of Fame in Hollywood less than an hour north by car hire in Long Beach Airport. For the ultimate shopper and serious spender, the Rodeo Drive needs no introduction, while the art aficionado may want to make a beeline for the Getty Center Museum and its coveted collection of Van Gogh, Renoir, Cezanne and Monet, among others. Those seeking the ‘Happiest Place on Earth’ may head to Sleeping Beauty Castle and meet the rest of Walt Disney’s creation a short 30-minute drive inland by rental car in Long Beach Airport.
Pacific Coast Highway
The grandest of all road trips in California is a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway, a stretch of California State Route 1 running for almost 200 kilometers from Morro Bay, about four hours north by Long Beach Airport car hire, and farther up to Monterey just two hours south of San Francisco. A combination of breathtaking ocean views, teeming plant and animal life, history-filled Spanish missions, and posh seaside resorts and villages home to some of Hollywood’s big names, make PCH an un-missable drive by car rental from Long Beach Airport. High points in this journey include the oft-photographed Bixby Bridge, Big Sur’s McWay Falls that empties right onto the Pacific Ocean, and the friendliest waves in Malibu’s surf spots. From Monterey at the northern terminus of PCH, you can easily spend a day or two in San Francisco and drop off your one way Long Beach Airport car rental at the San Francisco International Airport or Sacramento International Airport if planning to drive farther inland to Napa Valley to sample California’s renowned Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
‘The Mother Road’ of US highways is the 4,000-kilometer Route 66 stretching from Santa Monica in Los Angeles all the way to Chicago, Illinois. In between, there are plenty of destinations to spend more time in than you initially planned. Las Vegas, for example, is a mere five-hour drive inland by rental cars from Long Beach Airport via Interstate 15. Grand Canyon
in Arizona can be done on a day trip after a night in Las Vegas. Grand Canyon’s South Rim is about 130 kilometers northwest of Flagstaff, and you can pick up Route 66 on a drive down there, or drop off your one way car hire from Long Beach Airport if you decide not to pursue the route. From Flagstaff, Route 66 weaves its way through the arid American Southwest via Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Amarillo, Texas, before moving on to Oklahoma City and meeting Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. The drive can be spread over a week, and you can plan as you go so you spend more time in places that are most interesting to you. You can drop off your one way car hire at Long Beach Airport in any of the cities’ airports along the way if you decide not to make the journey all the way to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.