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Why rent a car in Santa Clarita?

Santa Clarita is located in the north of Los Angeles county in the US state of California. Its most famous attraction is the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park and the adjacent Hurricane Harbor water park, but there’s plenty more to do from shopping and dining to golf courses, landscaped parks, recreation trails and scenic drives. And, of course, plenty of sunshine.

Santa Clarita is also home to the well-known California Institute of the Arts. Hollywood is only half an hour south and Los Angeles, 45 minutes by road, making it an ideal location to explore the best of Southern California with a Santa Clarita hire car.

How to get to and around Santa Clarita?

Your flight arrives at Los Angeles International Airport, an hour and a quarter’s drive from Santa Clarita. The Santa Clarita Valley is often picked as a Hollywood movie location. The western film set in Melody Ranch Studio, minutes from the city centre, was used in genre classics, such as The Lone Ranger and Rin Tin Tin. To fully immerse yourself in the world of Hollywood, visit Universal Studios Hollywood, a 40-minute drive away.

Aiming for Ventura, an hour west on the Pacific coast, take a scenic drive through the Heritage Valley on route 126. On the way, stop at the quaint towns of Piru, Fillmore and Santa Paula while admiring the rolling hills, rugged mountains and the many citrus and avocado orchards. For seafront relaxation, Santa Monica, is 45 minutes to the south. With the beach on one side, mountains on the other, and bluffs lined with palm and eucalyptus trees, it’s one of the most beautiful parts of the Southern Californian coastline.

In 45 minutes you can reach Palmdale, north of Los Angeles, known for its aerospace industry. Its Joe Davies Heritage Park is an obligatory stop for aviation enthusiasts to see some of the historic aircrafts from the early years of jet aviation after the Second World War.

What brands are available?

Once your flight lands at Los Angeles International Airport, pick up a hire car from one of the following companies:

  • Alamo
  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Dollar
  • Hertz
  • National
  • Sixt
  • Thrifty

Must-sees within an easy drive of Santa Clarita

With a rental car in Santa Clarita, you can also venture further out.

Anaheim is just over two hours southeast, for a fun day at Disneyland. Visitors with children must visit LEGOLAND California in Carlsbad for the LEGO-inspired theme park as well as its Water Park and Sea Life Aquarium. To see animals and learn about their natural habitats, drive three hours to San Diego for the San Diego Zoo and the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

At Long Beach, an hour and a half towards the coast, experience a deep-sea adventure at the Aquarium of the Pacific and make a voyage through time on board the RMS Queen Mary.

Tips and tricks for driving in the US

American cars usually have automatic transmission. Drive on the right 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.

Ready to plan your Santa Clarita city break?

Feeling inspired to start planning a visit to Santa Clarita and the rest of the US? Check out this city guide and use the Expedia search tool to help you find the best car hire, flight and hotel and research the best attractions and activities.

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