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Discover hidden gems near popular destinations

There are places you may have never heard about, and they are worth visiting.

You may have never imagined that near popular destinations like New York, Miami, Las Vegas—and many other top tourist destinations in the U.S.—you could find an impressive variety of alternative sites to explore. These include hidden gems that deserve to be discovered.

For this reason, Alamo Rent A Car presents a list of metropolitan cities and nearby picturesque towns that are lesser-known destinations. If you find yourself nearby, take advantage of the opportunity to rent a car, visit the destinations, and be amazed by the hidden gem you’ll discover.

Experience the wonder of Haines Falls

Located only a two-and-a-half-hour drive from New York City, Haines Falls is an ideal destination for those who seek a moment of relaxation. This is an opportunity to clear one’s head after visiting the fascinating—yet hectic—New York City.

If you enjoyed this connection with nature that Haines Falls rekindled, another option is Kaaterskill Falls, which is a short three-minute drive away. This waterfall has two consecutive drops, inviting you to listen to the smooth sound of crashing water and unwind underneath the light mist of the falls.

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Feel like a A-list celebrity in Jupiter, Florida

You may be wondering where celebrities like Celine Dion, Michael Jordan, or even Tiger Woods will be vacationing this season. Many celebrities choose to vacation in Jupiter, a town in Palm Beach County, Florida only an hour and a half drive from Miami and two-and-a-half hours from Orlando.
Here you will find stunning beaches, luxurious amenities, and a carefree lifestyle perfect for a quick escape.

Still, Jupiter is more than simply luxury and relaxation. It offers a variety of activities to enjoy beyond the beach, among them is Blowing Rocks Preserve—an environmental reserve dedicated to preserving the local flora and fauna. It is open to the public daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with an entrance fee of $2 for adults and free for children under 12 years old. This reserve is property of The Nature Conservancy, an organization for the preservation of the environment.

Escape to the beaches of Ventura, California

For those traveling to California in search of a unique destination, Ventura is the perfect option. Only a 30-minute drive from Santa Barbara and about an hour and a half from Los Angeles, Ventura is the ultimate location for a one or two-day escape to enjoy a quiet day at the beach. This is a classic California beach town and a great choice for those who are seeking to explore California’s coast.

The hidden gem offers a casual charm in a small-town atmosphere, serving as a budget-friendly alternative compared to other popular destinations in California for visitors looking spend a few days off the grid. The town offers incredible landscapes that can be seen from the Ventura Botanical Gardens, which are free to the public.

For those who decide to rent a car and travel throughout California, pass by the Ventura historic city center, where parking is free. Visitors can enjoy a leisurely walk and explore Main Street, an avenue full of art, historic sites, shops, and delicious dining opportunities.

Enjoy the art and the beaches of St. Petersburg

For those who love art and beaches, we would like to introduce a city that combines both. The city of St. Petersburg, located in the peninsula between the Gulf of Mexico and Tampa Bay, is only an hour and 40 minutes by car from Orlando.

St. Petersburg boasts two museums of international prestige. The Fine Arts Museum presents pieces of pre-Columbian art, Impressionist paintings, and works of decorative art. If you’re interested in exploring Surrealist paintings, the Salvador Dalí Museum houses the largest collection Salvador Dalí’s work outside of Europe.

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Take a walk on the pier in Galveston, Texas

Although Galveston does not rank among the most visited cities in the U.S., it surprises by its great charm and variety of activities to do during a stay or visit. Located on the Gulf of Texas and about a 40-minute road trip from Houston, Galveston is recognized for its Moody Gardens. There you’ll discover giant glass pyramids housing sharks, monkeys, and other animals.

During your visit, you can also stroll along the Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier, a pier lined with exciting attractions and restaurants.

About Alamo Rent A Car

Alamo Rent A Car is an internationally renowned car rental brand that caters to the most popular tourist destinations among leisure travellers. It operates in the United States, Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, Latin America, Europe, Africa, as well as parts of Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. Alamo Rent A Car is affiliated with Enterprise Holdings, a privately held company that controls the Enterprise Rent-A-Car and National Car Rental brands. Today, Enterprise Holdings operates the world’s largest vehicle route with nearly 1.9 million cars and has a worldwide network of more than 9,900 locations in neighborhoods and airports around the globe. For more information about Alamo, such as available offices, rates, offers and excellent customer service (including the “Best Rate Guarantee”), go to


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