Why rent a car in Burbank?
Burbank is a southern Californian city in Los Angeles county 12 miles northwest of downtown LA. It’s called the ‘media capital of the world’ due to its location, a few miles from Hollywood. Many entertainment companies, such as Walt Disney, Warner Bros. Entertainment, Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, have offices here and offer film and TV studio tours.
While there’s plenty to do in Burbank, there are lots more to be explored in the greater Los Angeles area, for which you’ll want to have a Burbank hire car .
How to get to and around Burbank?
International flights arrive at Los Angeles International Airport, and Burbank is 29 miles northeast, or a 40-minute drive. For domestic flight connections, Bob Hope Airport is conveniently located six miles away. The iconic Hollywood sign is a 20-minute drive from the centre. A hiking trail from Griffith Park gets you near it, but you can also observe it from the admission-free Griffith Observatory on the southern slope of Mount Hollywood. Visitors can look through telescopes or attend live shows at the Samuel Oschin Planetarium. The Hollywood Walk of Fame is 20 minutes away, with more than 2,000 stars stretching over a mile along Hollywood Boulevard. Also in Los Angeles is the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Centre, known for its architecture and gardens. Set in Hollywood Hills with views of downtown LA and the Pacific, its exhibits include European paintings, drawings, sculptures, decorative arts and photography.
A quarter of an hour from Burbank, the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena displays the eponymous industrialist’s impressive private collection of European and Asian art. On the way, Glendale is a good place to shop, have a meal and enjoy the dancing fountain at the Americana at Brand, an outdoor shopping, dining, entertainment and residential complex.
Santa Monica, with its popular beach against a beautiful backdrop of mountains, is 50 minutes southwest, and has a great wine scene. Stroll down the Santa Monica Pier and go shopping on the Third Street Promenade nearby.
What brands are available?
From Los Angeles International Airport, you can pick up your hire car from one of the following companies:AlamoAvisBudgetDollarHertzNationalSixt Thrifty
Must-sees within an easy drive of Burbank
Drive 40 minutes towards the coast to Long Beach and take the one-hour ferry crossing to Catalina Island for snorkelling, scuba diving or just to relax on the beach. Another beautiful island is Santa Cruz Island, which you can reach by ferry from Ventura, a total of two hours from Burbank. Explore the waters and caves by kayaking; you may even spot whales and dolphins.
Temecula, and hour and 40 minutes south, offers winery and hot air balloon experiences. Less than an hour and a half northwest, surrounded by hills and mountains, is Ojai, known for its spiritual retreats, the organic farmer’s market and eco-friendly initiatives. Enjoy the art galleries, the city’s Spanish architecture and New Age shops.
Tips and tricks for driving in the US
American cars usually have automatic transmission. Drive on the right-hand side. An international driving permit is not compulsory but recommended. Carry it at all times along with ID (passport) and proof of insurance.
Speed limits vary from state to state; in general stick to 70mph on motorways. Beware that undertaking is not illegal in the US; to stay safe, don’t forget to signal before changing lanes.
Provided there is no oncoming traffic, you can turn right at red traffic lights. At a four-way stop, all cars should stop, and the one that arrived first sets off first followed by the others in the order of arrival.
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