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Explore Carlsbad

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Why rent a car in Carlsbad?

Carlsbad is a small city in New Mexico that is famous for its scenic caves. During the summer, visitors flock to the Carlsbad Caverns, 25 minutes away from the city, to see the spectacular sight of around a million bats exiting the caves at sunset every evening. A Carlsbad car rental will give you the opportunity to see this and the many other attractions in and around Carlsbad.

When you rent a car in Carlsbad, you'll be able to see the animals at Living Desert State Park, go river swimming or waterskiing at the Lake Carlsbad Beach Park or do some hiking and sightseeing at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, a 50-minute drive from Carlsbad.

How to get to and around Carlsbad?

Carlsbad's local airport is Cavern City Air Terminal, which is just over 10 minutes from the city centre with a Carlsbad car rental. You can also rent a car in Carlsbad to visit local attractions such as the street sculptures in the city of Artesia, a 40-minute drive away, and the Brantley Lake State Park, where you can enjoy stunning views, wildlife and plant life, as well as fishing in the lake and camping.

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Must-sees within an easy drive of Carlsbad

Perhaps New Mexico's most famous tourist attraction is Roswell, the site of a supposed UFO incident in 1947. The city has taken advantage of the hype surrounding the incident, and it has become a haven for UFO enthusiasts, researchers and curious tourists alike. With a car hire in Carlsbad, you can drive to Roswell in an hour and 20 minutes.

Other places you might like to visit when you rent a car in Carlsbad include Hobbs and Alamogordo. Hobbs is just over an hour's drive from Carlsbad. While there, you can check out the Western Heritage Museum and Cowboy Hall of Fame, which documents the cowboy and ranching history of the local area. You can also visit the Zia Park Casino if you fancy a flutter.

Alamogordo, two hours and 45 minutes from Carlsbad by rental car, is home to McGinn's Pistachio Tree Ranch, where you can see the world's largest model pistachio. The attraction also features opportunities to buy lots of pistachio-related products, as well as a winery. A little further afield is White Sands National Monument, a three-hour drive with a Carlsbad car rental. The monument is a huge area of gypsum dunes covering more than 250 square miles. Gypsum is a striking white crystal that has many industrial uses.

Tips and tricks for driving in the US

Drive on the right hand side of the road when in the US, and observe the New Mexico speed limit of 75mph for freeways, and 55mph for residential areas. Rental cars in the US usually have automatic transmission, so be sure to specify if you'd prefer to have a manual car.

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