Almost a third of the country of Cornwall is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, an official distinction that recognizes its amazing coastline, high moors and wooded valleys.
There are 46 AONB in the United Kingdom, but Cornwall’s is unique in that it is made up of 12 separate areas. There are coastal sections, such as St Agnes AONB and the Godrevy to Portreath AONB, as well as rural inland areas, like the Tamar Valley AONB and the Hartland AONB.
Anywhere you are in Cornwall you won’t be far from some spectacular scenery, including Land’s End and Lizard Point. Other notable attractions include the Camel Estuary, the moorland of Penwith and Bodmin, and the Tintagel headland.
If you hire a car, you can explore the AONB at your leisure. It’s the best way to do so, and you will be freed from restrictive public transport timetables.
There are lots of great opportunities for cycling and hiking too, so get out of the car and explore the great outdoors. The South-West Coast Path follows the entire coastline, for example, and takes in some truly amazing scenery. There are lots of birds to watch for, as well as larger animals such as deer.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.
In food capitals like New York City, foodie crazes seem to rise and set as quickly as the sun, but one trend that has endured for awhile now is the city’s penchant for regional Chinese cuisine, and the East Village is home to some of the city’s top spots for sampling your way through several of these regions.
We can see it now and remember when it happened to us: Watching as the black car icon loops around and around, seemingly endlessly, and our wait time on the rideshare app continually changes. Long wait times and confused drivers are just a few bothersome issues that can nag at rideshare users. Need a solution? Ditch rideshares altogether in favor of renting a car on your next trip.
Some places appear better to visit in the winter. For example, anywhere known for winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding, will be less visited in the summer because those same people are going to spend their time at the beach or another destination. However, visiting these destinations during the off-seasons can show a side of the city or town that can’t be seen under piles of snow. It’s worth checking out a couple of these favorite winter destinations.