Your California Summer Travel Bucket List

Your California Summer Travel Bucket List

The summer of 2016 is flying by, just like all summers tend to do. But if yours has been too busy to fully enjoy, don't worry—you've still got plenty of time for an amazing California summer adventure. All you need to do is search for a last-minute flight deal (they're out there!) and look up Los Angeles car rental packages. Remember, Super Cheap Car Rental is happy to rent to people under 25, so keep that in mind if you need an underage car rental Los Angeles.

Los Angeles is a beautiful place to visit in any season, as is most of California. But just like every other state, it's especially magical in the summertime. So if you make it out this way for a late summer getaway car rental deals, make sure you check off as many of these things as possible. And if you have to make more than one trip to make it happen, that gives you an excuse to come back as soon as possible.

Catalina Island

If you've never experienced Catalina Island, make this the summer you visit. The most populated of the Channel Islands includes the little town of Avalon, great scuba diving and plenty of places to relax. You may even see a herd of wild buffalo!

Yosemite National Park

While it's true that this park can get quite crowded, it's also worth it. Try to go during the week or early in the day to avoid the worst of the traffic.

Santa Cruz

If you're longing to escape LA for awhile, drive up the coast and spend a day or two strolling the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk. The rides, carnival games and food will make you feel like a kid again. Plus, there are free concerts every Friday night.

Runyon Canyon

It's a favorite of celebrities, locals and tourists. It's beautiful. And yes, it's hot during the summer… but at least the weather is guaranteed to be cooperative.

The Huntington Gardens

LA's most beloved Japanese gardens are located near Pasadena. This is a beautiful way to escape the city while you're still technically IN the city.

Visit the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

In addition to the typical tourist areas (the multitude of celebrities that are buried here), the Hollywood Forever Cemetery also hosts amazing outdoor movies and concerts from bands like the Flaming Lips.

The Santa Monica Pier

The Santa Monica Pier is a beautiful place to visit in any season. But during summer you can catch the Twilight Concert Series which will make your experience especially magical.

Corona Del Mar

You'll find this stunning beach in the Newport Beach area about an hour and a half north of Los Angeles. The half mile long sandy beach is framed by cliffs and a rock jetty, and it's a popular place for surfers and divers.

Griffith Park Observatory

This is a classic must-see spot in LA. And there's nothing like gazing out at the stars and the skyline from the top of the observatory on a warm summer night.

The Malibu Wines Tasting Room

Malibu Wines is a wonderful place to spend an afternoon or evening. Their outdoor tasting area is the perfect place to take a picnic or snacks and drink some wine with your friends (leave the rental car at your hotel and get a ride, please!). There is no cost for admission, but they do ask that you buy a tasting or a bottle for every 2-4 people. You're allowed to bring in as much food and non-alcoholic beverages as you'd like.

Friday Night Wine Tastings

Speaking of wine, if you visit LA in August you can enjoy one of the city's most treasured summer traditions. Perched at the top of Olive Hill in the west lawn of the historic Hollyhock House (which is also available to tour, by the way), Barnsdall Park hosts wine tastings every night with vino provided by Silver Lake Wine. You can bring a picnic dinner with you or enjoy food from the lineup of food trucks parked there.

Ohana Festival

It wouldn't be a California Summer Bucket List without at least one music festival mention. The first-ever Ohana Festival will be held at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on August 27 and 28, and it's attracting big names like Lana Del Ray and Corinne Bailey Rae as well as old school favorites like Pearl Jam's frontman Eddie Vedder. The name comes from the Hawaiian concept of family, so you can expect to meet some friendly faces at Friday night's luau.

Grand Central Market Summer Nights

Summer Nights at Grand Central Market means extended summer hours—they'll be open until 10 PM every evening through September 30. If you go, you'll see live music, evening menu specials, a huge happy hour and even free shuttle services to places like Disney Hall, the Music Center and the Theatre at Ace Hotel. Most of the market's vendors will remain open until the very end, so this is a great chance to sample some of LA's finest local delicacies. They'll also have DJs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Grom in Malibu

Summer is ice cream season. Head to Malibu and grab some gelato from Grom, which manages to capture everything there is to love about gelato: the creamy texture, rich flavor and unique varieties. The shop is located steps from the beach, so you can have a treat with an ocean view.

Summer is fading fast, so book your next warm weather adventure while you can.

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Posted by Danny Barker
Danny Barker

In 1996, after teaching in Japan for several years, Danny Barker and his wife Manami came back to the California and bought 10 used Toyota Corollas with the intention of opening their own rental company. The premise of this company was to give a true all inclusive price to anyone 21 and over with no extra fees or surprises and no matter what country you were from.

And thus in 1997 Super Cheap Car Rental was born. Over time Danny and Manami built a reputation as an honest company that truly cared about and valued its customers. As a result Super Cheap Car Rental became the go to rental company for many foreign and American students, travelers and interns as well as for workers in the music and entertainment business in Los Angeles.

A lot has changed in the 20+ years Super Cheap has been in business but the one thing that has never changed is Super Cheap's small company attitude and their commitment to putting a smile on every one of their customers faces.