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6 Must-Visit Winter Getaways (And What You Should Drive When You Get There)

Car Rental & Rail | Donald Wood | December 09, 2015

6 Must-Visit Winter Getaways (And What You Should Drive When You Get There)

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Winter travel can be a nightmare, but The Hertz Corporation and AAA have joined forces to offer tips and recommendations on car and SUV rentals for people looking to take a trip to popular destinations across the country.

The holiday season will see many families making long journeys across the United States, and Hertz is giving customers suggestions about which vehicles are ideal for traveling to popular destinations in Florida, Pennsylvania, California and more.

San Diego, CA 

Hyundai Sonata Hybrid (pictured) – Part of Hertz's Green Traveler Collection, this eco-friendly vehicle, rated at 40 mpg city and 44 mpg highway, switches seamlessly between a gasoline engine and an electric motor to deliver efficient power.

Or try:

Mercedes SLK250 – There's no better way to enjoy the city's sunny days than with the top down. Take a drive down palm-lined Balboa Park in style in this two-seater convertible, part of Hertz's Prestige Collection, and enjoy soaking up the sun.

Pocono Mountains, PA

Ford Escape (pictured) – This midsize SUV provides ample room for a family or group of friends traveling to this region in northeastern Pennsylvania. A four-wheel-drive vehicle, it can handle any snow and ice.

Or try:

Range Rover – With the likelihood of snow this time of year, this Hertz Dream Car is a sturdy, four-wheel-drive vehicle that is necessary when traveling to the mountains.

*Both vehicles come with winter grade unleaded fuel, an ice scraper and a snow brush.

Albuquerque, NM 

Ford Focus (pictured) – This compact car is ideal for couples on a budget. Take advantage of the extra cash by booking time at a ski resort located just outside the city.

Or try:

Chevrolet Tahoe – Roomy enough for the whole family to enjoy the unique traditions of the region's holiday season.

Miami, FL

Chevrolet Malibu (pictured) – For families on a budget, this full-size car is ideal. Comfortably seat five and head to Zoo Miami or Biscayne National Park for a day of adventure.

Or try:

Porsche Macan – A perfect combination of sport, luxury and utility, driving this Hertz Dream Car is the ultimate vacation experience. Explore downtown Miami while listening to Sirius XM Radio as an added (no charge) bonus.

San Antonio, TX

Chevy Cruze (pictured)– A fuel saver, this vehicle is perfect for the budget conscious traveler, yet comfortable enough to take in the sights of the Alamo city.

Or Try:

Cadillac SRX Crossover – The Lone Star State shines during the holiday season, especially along the San Antonio River Walk, where thousands of lights form a twinkling canopy over a riverside path. Get there safely, and in style, in a vehicle that easily seats five while leaving ample room for belongings.  

Aspen, CO 

Toyota Rav4 (pictured) – With nothing but snow this time of year, this midsize SUV provides an affordable, all-wheel drive vehicle that is necessary when traveling to the Rocky Mountains.

Or try:

GMC Yukon XL – This spacious SUV is large enough for family, friends and skiing and snowboarding gear all at once.

The partnership with AAA will also benefit members who will be eligible to save up to 30 percent with Hertz, plus an additional $40 off weekly rentals using the promotion code number 306176 through Jan. 31, 2016.

AAA senior vice president of travel and publishing Bill Sutherland released a statement about the partnership between Hertz and AAA, saying, “As our exclusive car rental partner, Hertz offers AAA's more than 55 million members a wide variety of money-saving discounts and exclusive offers.

"We are pleased to increase the regular member discount with additional rental savings through the busy holiday travel season. Last year, AAA forecast 98.6 million Americans would travel during the year-end holiday season, and selecting the right rental car for that journey is an important step in planning a safe and enjoyable holiday vacation.”

For more information, check out the official Hertz section of AAA’s official website.


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