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Raleigh is the capital of North Carolina, a busy and bustling city that serves as the governmental centre for the state. It’s also an arts centre in the area, and boasts free museums, some great natural attractions, and plenty of history to explore. The city was founded specifically to be the state’s capital, and quite a few of the original 18th century buildings are still around.
Booking a hire car in Raleigh is your best option for getting around this big, sprawling city, as public transport can be erratic. It also gives you the freedom to head out into the surrounding area, which includes the Uwharrie National Forest, as well as fun cities like Greensboro, Jacksonville and Wilmington, all of which are within two hours’ drive.
Most visitors to Raleigh will fly into Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which sits directly between the two cities, about 30 minutes’ drive away from the Raleigh city centre.
Book a hire car in Raleigh and you can choose from a range of trusted and reliable providers. Look out for brands like Dollar, Budget, Avis and Hertz, all of which have a presence at the nearby airport.
Visitors to Raleigh should make the most of the many free museums. Highlights include the North Carolina Museum of History, where you can explore the area’s past over 14,000 years, and the North Carolina Museum of Art, which features works from local and international artists, as well as pieces from the distant past, including Egyptian and Italian Renaissance works.
Just southwest of the city is Yates Mill Historic County Park. It’s your best bet if you’re interested in learning about the area’s history, thanks to its authentic recreation of rural North Carolina life the 19th century. It sits in a beautiful 200-acre nature reserve, which perfect for spending an afternoon wandering around.
If you have any time left over, make the trip to the Biltmore, about four hours west on the US-64. America’s largest private house was built in 1889 by George Vanderbilt, the art collector and millionaire heir to Vanderbilt fortune. It’s a grand and fabulous place that seems to have wandered straight from the pages of a fairytale. As well as that spectacular house, there’s also an 8,000-acre estate to explore.
If you’ve driven in the US before, Raleigh won’t throw up anything unexpected. Remember to allow priority to traffic joining from the right, and keep your licence, ID and insurance documents in the car with you at all times. If you’re pulled over for any reason, you may be asked to provide them.
Itching to see Raleigh or the rest of the US for yourself? Start with this Raleigh city guide, and use the Expedia search tool to track down the best deals on flights and hotels, and to discover the best attractions and activities.
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When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.
You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.
Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.
To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.
Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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