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What are the main features of one of the largest states in America? First of all, it’s an interesting and rich history. Secondly, the state has unique and incredibly beautiful nature. Thirdly, this is a diversity of cities, among which you can find huge metropolitan areas, business and culture centers, as well as small towns, which have retained their originality.

What else Texas can offer? Actually, there are enough interesting sights in the state, but it’s impossible to describe all of them at once. Therefore, let’s check out the major ones…

Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool

Hamilton Pool is one of the most popular naturally occurring water bodies in the United States. This is facilitated not only by the amazing appearance, but also by the purest jade waters of this small lake. Once upon a time this place was an ordinary cave, carved into the rock by an underground river, but time decided to introduce some changes in its appearance – many thousands of years ago, erosion destroyed the arch and the underground river saw sunlight for the first time.

The reservoir is a key part of the Hamilton Reserve, covering the area of 232 acres. It’s located 30 miles away from Austin, thus travelers usually have to use Enterprise rent a car at Round Rock TX, which is the nearest car rental pick up spot for getting to the pool. Those who come there for the first time, at first, are amazed at the place, fascinated by the unearthly beauty of the jade pool under a multi-layered limestone semi-dome with huge stalactites and a small 15-meter waterfall that falls from the very top.

The ceiling, walls and coastal cliffs are covered with a thick layer of moss, which gives this amazing place even wilder view, although due to the influx of tourists all this beauty gradually fades away.

A small parking lot with picnic tables and toilets is located nearby. This is done on purpose so that people don’t litter around the pool.

 

Downtown Aquarium-Houston

The Downtown Aquarium Houston Blue Hour HDR

An aquarium in Houston downtown was the result of the renovation of two buildings: Fire Station No. 1 and the Central Water Supply Building. This magnificent entertainment and restaurant complex occupies 24 thousand square meters. The world of aquatic miracles, with a total volume of one and a half thousand cubic meters, has become home to more than two hundred species of inhabitants from all over the world!

Combined with a great restaurant, high-class bar, fully equipped banquet hall, water and geographical exhibitions, shops and a wide range of entertainment – Downtown Aquarium-Houston is a truly remarkable and fascinating place where you can find almost everything!

 

Tower of the Americas

Tower of the Americas

(photo by Chuck Parker)

A few blocks from San Antonio downtown, in Hemisfair Park, you’ll find one of the symbols of Texas — Tower of the Americas, which was built in 1968 according to the design of the architect O’Nale Ford. The height of the tower is 229 meters. On the upper floors of the tower at an altitude of 170 and 176 meters there are two observation platforms.

The list of notable places observed from the deck is simply huge, and historical facts make your visit fascinating and interesting. You can learn there about the history of six flags, once representing the six nations that ruled Texas, to get to know about the Mexican attack near the Alamo Mission, as well as explore the history of the three hundred year Spanish occupation and much more!

Also, in the Tower of the Americas there’s a magnificent restaurant, offering fantastic views of the city, which can be enjoyed while sipping a cup of delicious coffee!

 

NASA Mission Control Center

NASA Tests New Robotic Refueling Technologies

Lyndon Johnson Space Center is one of Houston’s most famous and memorable places. This is an operating enterprise and a museum-training complex where spacecraft mockups as well as various computer simulators on which you can fly and land on other planets are presented.

Just a few years ago, access to its territory was strictly forbidden, since it was a closed military facility. Today, part of the buildings and territories is open to tourists who can see a lot with their own eyes. The main exhibit of the center is the Apollo spacecraft, which never flew to the moon. It’s interesting to know that you can also measure your weight and your strength on all planets of the solar system.

 

San Antonio Botanical Garden

SA botanical gardens

The atmosphere of the Botanical Garden in San Antonio inspires visitors to be alone with nature, emphasizing the important role that plants play in human life. The Botanical Garden is 176 thousand square meters of green space and the most beautiful representatives of the plant world, located in the heart of San Antonio.

The official opening of the Botanical Garden was held on May 3, 1980. Nowadays, visitors are invited to take a leisurely stroll along the Texas National Trail, themed gardens decorated in the old style, the Kumamato Japanese Garden, visit the Lucille Halsell Conservatory and a magnificent rose garden. Your attention is offered such a large variety of exciting activities and events that it’s sometimes difficult to decide what sight is better to start with.

Covered with a thick layer of snow, the Italian Alps are a recognized paradise for the fans of alpine skiing. Italy’s ski resorts are not cheap, but their value is definitely worth it: they offer well-groomed ski tracks, excellent service, developed infrastructure and plenty of entertainments, including dog-sledding trips to outdoor thermal spas overlooking the snow-capped Alps.

The number of ski resorts in Italy is just endless – you’ll be able to choose a favorite spot according to your budget, mood and adrenaline percentage in blood. So, where to go and what to expect from the best Italian ski resorts?

 

Cortina d’Amprezzo

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This mountainous area is often called the Queen of Dolomites. It was chosen by wealthy tourists for good reason – the significant historical part of the resort was listed by UNESCO organization as a natural heritage site, and pink sunsets can be so magnificent only there.

Cortina d’Ampezzo consists of 3 main skiing areas – Tofano, Faloria and Chrisallo and with the use of Dolomites lifts super ski pass subscription tourists can ride in each of them.

Trails are designed for skiers and snowboarders with different levels of training, since beginners will be taught in the best local ski schools. Tofano hosted 1956 Winter Olympics, so there are several steep slopes for professionals. In addition to skiing, the resort also offers very unusual sports entertainment – ice polo and bouldering, which is extreme rock climbing on icy boulders.

If you rent a car at rentalcars24h, you can get to this ski region in 3 and half hours from Venice or in 4 hours from Austrian Innsbruck.

 

Cervinia

Apertura stagione Sciistica 2010/2011 a Cervinia

Located on the Matterhorn peak, Cervinia features the magnificent winter landscapes along with advantageous geological position. The wide slopes of one of the highest alpine regions attract numerous tourists with guaranteed snow cover.

Cervinia’s easy trails will be perfect for the beginners, but the more experienced skiers will be able to choose several tracks for professionals. The ace expects will get a significant bonus – riding on the northern Swiss slopes in the famous Zermatt. It’s easy to get to Cervinia from Geneva or Turin – they are situated literally two hours away from it.

 

Sestriere

Sestriere

The resort is a part of the so-called “Milky Way” and provides access to the ski areas of Sauze d’Oulx, Sansicario, Claviere and Cesena located near the French-Italian border. Additional skiing opportunities are provided by the nearby French resort of Montgenèvre, and in total, it offers nearly 400 kilometers of ski tracks.

Approximately 25% of the local slopes are intended for children and inexperienced skiers, and basically the terrain is suitable for tourists with an average level of training, although there are several decent routes for the advanced skiers.

It’s interesting to know that the Italians have a special leisurely approach to skiing. Therefore, neither in the morning nor in the afternoon you see the crowds at the ski lifts.

The nearest airport is located in Turin, which is less than 2 hours’ drive by car.

 

Courmayeur

Mont Blanc

Courmayeur is a popular typical alpine village with cobbled streets and the aroma of coffee hovering in the air. The area is part of the famous Valle d’Aosta with more than 180 ski slopes.

The region is ideal for all skiers, and well-trained masters can head to the nearest French resort of Chamonix.

On weekends, dressed-up Italian dandies come to Courmayeur from Turin and Milan. However, they don’t like to ski on the local tracks – they come there to enjoy the beauty of the countryside, food and shopping.

Also, the resort has some very interesting entertainments – dog sledding and heli-skiing, which is a freeride far from the circled tracks on the virgin ski slopes, to which you will be delivered by helicopter.

 

Selva di Val Gardena

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In the vicinity of the lively Bolzano city, in the valley at the foot of the magnificent Dolomites, there is a real ski paradise called Val Gardena. It’s widely known for holding the Alpine Skiing World Championships on its territory.

Such combined ski areas as Ortesei, Santa Cristina and Selva are suitable for all categories of ski tourists, and Sella Ronda circular route is especially loved by skiers. Snowboarders are attracted by the so-called powder – riding in deep soft snow.

Val Gardena is famous for its handmade wooden souvenirs, so it’s worth buying a few pieces for memory. Innsbruck is located 120 kilometers away from the resort, and Verona is about 190 kilometers away from it.

 

Alta Badia

Alta Badia ski resort is located in the south-east of South Tyrol at the altitude of 1,300 meters above sea level, in the center of the Dolomiti Superski ski run. This place is perfect for exploring the Dolomites. The ski season is open from late November till mid-April – during this period there’s no better place for skiing and snowboarding.

Alta Badia is equipped with modern ski lifts and prepared ski slopes. This spot is especially popular among experienced skiers, but a small ski area for children and beginners is also available.

Amazing tropical paradise Puerto Rico fascinates immediately and forever: kilometers of snow-white beaches, eternal summer surrounded by monuments of the colonial era create a real paradise for those who always wanted to feel like a treasure hunter!

Because of its small size, Puerto Rico is very convenient for traveling by car. Moreover, the island has its own airport, where you can pick up Payless car rental at SJU immediately upon your arrival.

The local culture was evolved from the mixing of Indian traditions, the long influence of the Spanish colonialists, as well as the customs of the African population, brought to the island as free labor. As a result, Puerto Rico has become the bright and distinctive country to which you want to return again and again. Well, why do thousands of tourists choose Puerto Rico for a getaway at any time of the year?

  1. Beach holiday

Where, if not on the shores of the Caribbean, you can truly enjoy a beach holiday? Puerto Rico is among the greatest spots for this: the beaches stretch along the entire coastline, there are lonely towns, noisy youth places, beaches for those who want to “catch the wave” or explore the richest underwater world.

Puerto Rico Beach Scene

If the purpose of your trip is golden tan, then go to the center of beach life – Vieques Island. It’s also famous for its unique natural attraction – the Mosquito Bay, where glowing plankton creates an amazing night show.

 

  1. Amazing sights

Perhaps the major highlight of Puerto Rico can be safely called the nature of the country. Humid tropical climate without significant seasonal fluctuations formed there ideal conditions for the growth of tropical forests. Thus, it’s recommended to visit the untouched corner of this world in El Yunque National Forest.

Want to feel the spirit of the country? Then go to its capital, the city of San Juan. A walk through the historic center, the Old Town, will tell more than any guide book: that’s why this area is called an open-air museum. It’s worth paying attention to the fort Castillo de San Felipe del Morro, which since 1539 served as the main defensive fortress. Today, this fortification complex is open to the public and even listed as a UNESCO cultural heritage site.

You shouldn’t leave Puerto Rico without tasting the famous Bacardi rum, which is the country’s iconic alcoholic beverage. This is best done at the existing plant, where you won’t only get to know about its history, but also see the whole manufacturing processes.

 

  1. Unique cultural features

Noisy and temperamental Puerto Ricans inherited their passionate temper from Spanish ancestors, and even today, being under the control of the United States, retain a national flavor. From the first minutes on the island, you will feel sincere hospitality, especially if you just as honestly admire the local beauty. The local population is very musical: the rhythms of salsa, reggae and calypso still sound in every corner of the island.

Puerto Rico

The dominant religion of the islanders is Catholicism. However, the religious traditions of the Indians and African spiritualism are woven into it. Communication for Puerto Ricans is the basis of life, and not only the verbal component is important, but also sign language, facial expressions and emotionality. Despite the preservation of cultural identity, the influence of the United States still affects different spheres of life: strict observance of laws, a high level of education, excellent roads and infrastructure that are difficult to meet in other Caribbean countries.

 

  1. Tasty cuisine

The world-famous cuisine of Puerto Rico has immediately Indian, Spanish and African roots at once. On an everyday table, the soup is the major local dish, and even the same recipe, each housewife prepares in her own way. The classic black bean soup will be an excellent option for those who are not used to exotic dishes.

2017 Latin Cuisine Summit - Arriba El Caribe

(photo by Leadership Programs)

Puerto Rican cuisine offers a huge selection of dishes for meat lovers: numerous stewed pork dishes, beef, baked chickens and meat pies have become an echo of Spanish cooking, unusually complemented with local traditions. Puerto Rican Beef Stew is a satisfying solution that knows no competitors at the local dinner table. Those travelers who want to pamper themselves with the best should pay attention to the signature dish of most restaurants – the Caribbean lobster.

Black Puerto Rican coffee completes the meal and has become a national drink. Freshly squeezed juices from local fruits and iced tea are indispensable delicacy in the heat. Unusual coconut-based desserts, sweet cakes and candied fruit also wait for a special attention of all the sweet teeth!

 

  1. Shopping

Shopping in Puerto Rico cannot boast of something special, however, the low tax rate makes many purchases profitable. In the elite shopping center Plaza Las Americas situated in the island capital you’ll find almost all global brands, while in the souvenir shops of the Old Town, skillfully made gizmos of local craftsmen are offered – ceramics, quality hammocks and coconut masks.

Plaza Las Americas

(photo by Carfer Lamor)

Shops are open from Monday to Wednesday from 9 am till 7 pm, Thursday and Friday – until 9 pm, and on Saturday the marketplaces are available only until 5 pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Games of chance were legalized in Las Vegas back in the thirties of the last century. Since then, the city has become a real epicenter of casinos and other entertainment venues. The state of Nevada and especially Las Vegas has always been distinguished by its free character. For example, it’s allowed to smoke and drink alcohol in the streets and in many public places of Las Vegas. Only there you can leave the club in the evening and wake up with your wife in the morning. Only there even the most non-gambling person cannot resist so as not visiting the casino.

One thing is for sure – the Sin City loves fun and money! If you come there, get ready to fork out, otherwise it will be boring. The selection of entertainments, for which you can spend your savings, is just endless. However, you’ll need to rent a car at NU Las Vegas for trying them all. So, what interesting activities await you in Vegas?

Casinos and slot machines

Osheas Casino

For many people, Las Vegas and casino are synonymous. How many films have captured these velvet tables, blinking slot machines, placers of tokens, chirr of roulettes and eyes burning with excitement? Now there are about a hundred casinos, and thousands of gambling halls in Vegas. They are happy to welcome those people who willing to try their luck. Minimum bets are very small, so almost anyone can play.

All major casinos are located in Downtown area along Fremont Street and Las Vegas Boulevard, more precisely, its part, which is called the Strip. Anyone can visit the casino – the doors are open for everyone, but face control is not practiced in Las Vegas.

After each game the slot machine will give you a voucher, which can then be used as a “credit card” for other games. In short, it’s valid for all gambling devices. Its “shelf life” is six months. You can cash out a voucher there, in the hall, in a special machine for issuing money. Everything is easy, simple and clear.

 

Shows, concerts and performances

Jackpot - Las Vegas Style Show

All kinds of Las Vegas shows are no less popular than the casino. That’s why Las Vegas is considered to be the world’s entertainment capital. What shows are available in the city?

  • Comedy performances;
  • Illusionists and other magicians;
  • Circus performances;
  • Programs for adults;
  • Hypnotists;
  • Concerts of celebrities;
  • Musicals;
  • Dance shows;
  • Sport events.

The most popular are, for example, the famous Cirque Du Soleil, which offers almost a dozen different programs, Blue Man Group, David Copperfield, the Mamma Mia musical and others.

Price tags are very different: on average, from $30 to $100, but for all the most interesting and popular shows, you will have to pay from $100 to $200.

Water Show of the Bellagio / Las Vegas

Where to find information about the performances? At the reception of any hotel you can take a booklet, which will list all the most interesting upcoming events.

 

Night clubs and bars

Those who cannot stand still are invited to numerous nightclubs and bars. There are both establishments situated at large casino hotels, and separate ones. Las Vegas clubs are very unique – it’s here that you may come face to face with some celebrity.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Some of the most famous clubs are:

  • Marquee Nightclub at The Cosmopolitan
  • Voodoo Lounge at the Rio Hotel
  • Chateau Nightclub at the Hotel & Casino Paris
  • Moon Nightclub in the Palms

As for bars, their selection is just incredible! They can be found at any casino or even in the open air.

 

Entertainment venues

For those who like to tickle the nerves or see something curious, there will be a lot of interesting things too.

Stratosphere Tower Thrill Rides

For example, the Stratosphere Hotel offers four attractions: the Big Shot, the SkyJump, the X-Scream, and Insanity. They are located at the very top of the tower, and each them will give a thrill and the opportunity to see the panoramic view of the city.

X-Scream - The Stratosphere

The Big Apple Coaster

This is one of the most exciting and favorite tourist rides available at New York-New York Hotel. It’s hard to describe it – you should try the roller coaster on your own. Schedule: Sunday-Thursday – from 11 am till 11 pm, Friday and Saturday – from 10:30 am until midnight. A single ticket costs $14, while a 1-day pass is available at $25/person.

Aquariums and zoos

You can admire the water attraction placed in the Mirage Hotel – Aquarium at The Mirage. It is located right behind the reception desk and you can look at it completely for free of charge. In addition, the fans of the underwater world can visit the Shark Reef Aquarium at the Mandalay Bay Hotel. One of the features of this place is the sensory pool, in which visitors can pet the fish. An adult ticket costs $18, and the price for a children ticket is $12.

Sharks!

(photo by Daniel Parks)

Street entertainments

While walking along the Strip in the evening, you can witness the amazing show of the singing and dancing Bellagio Fountains situated opposite the Bellagio Hotel. The spectacle is truly fascinating, even if you have seen more than one such fountain in your life.

The Venetian Hotel provides the opportunity to ride a gondola along an improvised canal recreating a piece of the Italian Venice.

On Fremont Street, you can become a spectator of the Fremont Street Experience light show, which involves screens that form a dome above the pedestrian section of the street.

 

New York is a bright, beautiful US metropolis, which is loved by many travelers from around the world. The city has something to see and to do: there’s an abundance of interesting sights, entertainment venues, as well as a perfect selection of activities.

New York’s urban landscapes are so amazing that admiring the views of this colorful futuristic city is a separate reason to visit it. And sometimes, local restaurants often use stunning views opening from their windows in order to attract tourists. In this review we have prepared the list of 6 restaurants where you can enjoy the most romantic and unforgettable views in New York…

Asiate in Mandarin Oriental

The restaurant is known for its panoramic view of the lush Central Park located in the heart of Manhattan Island. Rent an exotic car in New York and you’ll find it much quicker than by using public transport. The establishment itself occupies the 35th floor in the building of Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Also, from the windows of the restaurant you can look at Billionaire’s Row, known as the most expensive and elite city street. All guests of the restaurant have the opportunity to admire the city skyline from the huge panoramic windows.

View from the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

The owners of Asiate were able to create an amazing atmosphere to provide visitors with unforgettable impressions. The interior of the restaurant is decorated with a stylish furnishing, interesting textures and original presentations. Sculptures of tree-branches hanging from the ceiling look impressive – they symbolize the trees in winter. Each table is decorated with delicate orchids, which create the similarity of Asiate with Asian motifs.

The cuisine is simply delicious there. You can choose dishes of Japanese cuisine for eny taste.  For example, sushi and sashimi are worth tasting. Visitors from Europe will be able to appreciate the delicious dishes of Italian and French cuisine. Thanks to this, Asiate restaurant in Mandarin Oriental is perfect for locals and visitors to New York.

Address: 80 Columbus Cir, New York

 

The Loeb Boathouse Café

The Loeb Boathouse

(photo by MikePScott)

In the very center of Central Park, you can have a great rest from the city bustle, while dining on board a ship standing on the shore of the lake. Here’s the Loeb Boathouse Café, offering a breathtaking view of the perfect mirror surface of the pond. The establishment is represented by American cuisine. The delightful singing of birds, fluttering butterflies, the smell of all kinds of greenery and flowers create a truly relaxed atmosphere of comfort, warmth and harmony with the surrounding world.

Address: E 72nd St, New York

 

Riverpark

Riverpark. East 29th Street. NYC.

The visitors of Riverpark Restaurant are offered stunning views of Long Island City and the East River. Long Island is one of the largest and longest islands in the United States, and East River is a clear and wide river that runs between Long Island City and Manhattan. Both banks of the river provide gorgeous views of the New York. On the terrace you can comfortably sit on soft sofas and enjoy seasonal dishes of modern American cuisine from the famous chef Tom Colicchio.

Address: 450 E 29th St, New York

 

Alma

When traveling around New York, don’t miss the unique opportunity to visit the three-story Alma restaurant, which is located on the rooftop. From a bird’s-eye view, you’ll see Brooklyn piers and lower Manhattan. Among the glass monsters of this area are the obelisks of the first generation of skyscrapers, including the Woolworth Building.

View from Alma

(photo by Martha Mihalick)

Alma Restaurant is the pearl of Mexican cuisine, where all the dishes are incredibly tasty and satisfying. Chef Francisco Lopez is the creator of dishes with a complex and at the same time memorable cuisine. Guests visit the restaurant year-round, since in winter the rooftop is heated, and in the summer you can enjoy sunsets from the second floor while admiring the panorama of Manhattan.

Address: 450 E 29th St, New York

 

Rainbow Room

Those travelers who decide to dine in Rainbow Room will enjoy great views of southern Manhattan. The restaurant is located on the 65th floor of the famous high-rise building of Rockefeller Plaza. The establishment has undergone a renovation ended in 2017, so its interior looks incredibly chic and fresh. Restaurant bartenders are extremely hospitable, friendly and work very professionally. The original interior in the Art Deco style complements beautifully decorated tables.

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(photo by Charley)

Rainbow Room is a unique attraction for guests and New York locals. Having climbed up to the 70th floor of the observation deck located above the Rockefeller Plaza, guests will enjoy not only a free alcoholic drink, but also a magical view of the city. By the way, Empire State Building with its endless visitors is also clearly visible.

Address: 30 Rockefeller Plaza, 65th Floor, New York

 

The River Café

The River Café belongs to one of the most romantic restaurants in New York. The establishment is located under the Brooklyn Bridge and surprises not only with delicious dishes, but also with a wide night panorama of Manhattan, which can be seen from the opposite bank of the river. The lights reflected in the water create a magical view of the night New York.

The River Café - New York

(photo by aluarts)

The cuisine is of high quality there. From the very beginning of existence of the cafe, dishes are prepared only from the freshest and best ingredients. The most important role in the development of modern cuisine of the highest class was played by the use of classical and innovative cooking methods with the simultaneous use of American and international styles.

Address: 1 Water St, Brooklyn

The modern pace of life is very fast, mobility has become one of the most important components of life of modern woman. Just a couple of decades ago, the number of female drivers was small. Currently, women successfully master the skill of driving a car, making it a serious competition to men. The women are steadily improving their driving skills, turning into equal participants in traffic. According to statistics, women drivers differ in accuracy of control and low level of accidents.

As practice shows, the best cars for women are sedans or hatchbacks with automatic transmission. They are quite maneuverable in urban driving conditions, easy to operate, comfortable and functional. Follow this link, if you are searching for the most comfortable and luxury rental cars.

We have compiled this rating based on the criteria of convenience, simplicity and accessibility of cars. Information contained in the rating can significantly simplify the task of choosing a car for a woman.

  • PEUGEOT 208

One of the most popular in Europe, this car from the French automaker has become a recognized leader in the compact car market. This car will appeal to both businesswomen and those, who have devoted themselves exclusively to the family.

PEUGEOT 208 can make boast of a special style of design, offering its owners a variety of personalization options. The car body is distinguished by elegant, sporty contours and has modern, dynamic proportions (reduced overhangs at the front and rear, a small height). Side panels have a relief structure. As a result of the update, this car has two-color headlamps (a combination of black and chrome elements), giving it a more expressive appearance, LED dimensions, daytime running lights indicating a higher class of the car and the latest technical stuffing.

Behind the wheel of the updated PEUGEOT 208, you can be completely confident in your safety, because the car is equipped with the latest active and passive safety systems developed by leading Peugeot technical specialists.

‘Active City Brake’ (Urban Emergency Brake System) is the latest technical development that avoids an accident or reduces its severity if the driver is not able to react quickly to a changing situation on the road while driving down the city at a speed below 30 km/h. A laser with a small radius of action is capable of giving the command to automatically applied emergency braking in order to avoid a collision or minimize its consequences, reducing the speed and, therefore, the force of the impact. Under certain circumstances, this system may even resort to stopping the car in full automatically to avoid hitting the vehicle in front of it. Up to six airbags can be provided at the car to protect the driver and passengers in the event of an accident.

The updated PEUGEOT 208 is a durable but lightweight car, featuring good handling, low fuel consumption and a comfortable interior.

 

  • MINI COOPER

Its retro style will not leave indifferent a creative person or a woman with a delicate taste and love for the classics. Mini Cooper is always chosen by many celebrities.

Mini introduced the updated Cooper hatchbacks and convertibles. Cars were the first in the line to get a new logo. The list of updates included:

  • LED headlamps;
  • Taillights with a pattern of LEDs in the form of the British flag;
  • The modified engines.
  • The matrix headlamps and a multimedia system with a touch screen.

The list of equipment includes wireless charging for mobile.

For new products, the ‘Mini Yours Customized’ program will also be available. With its help, customers will be able to order unique decorative elements for their cars, which will be manufactured using 3D printing and laser engraving.

  • CITROEN C4 CACTUS

The updated sedan has a new design of the front, as well as a diesel modification.

The car received new bumpers, a radiator grille in the style of the latest models of the brand, as well as different taillights. By the way, now the Cactus is positioned not as a crossover, but as a hatchback (so that soon the manufacturer will remove the usual C4 from production as an outdated model).

The salon of new Citroen C4 Cactus has also transformed. The front sofa was replaced with separate seats, and five different interior designs will be available to customers. The new Citroen model has received an advanced suspension. Thanks to the hydraulic dampers, it provides a soft and comfortable ride. As they say in the company, the suspension gives the feeling of “carpet-plane” – as if the car hovers over roughness.

The equipment of this car includes assistants such as automatic emergency braking, recognition of traffic signs, warning of danger, monitoring of blind areas, parking sensors and a rear-view camera. The infotainment center uses a seven-inch touchscreen display.

 

  • VOLKSWAGEN TIGUAN

This compact crossover will be an excellent means of transportation in the conditions of urban traffic. It will perfectly ‘fit’ both the parking lot at the supermarket and in the office parking. Driving this car is equally comfortable for the beginners and the experienced drivers. The Volkswagen Tiguan is built on the Golf platform, currently available in all-wheel drive or front-wheel drive.

  • Engine capacity – 1.4 – 2.0 liters, petrol or diesel
  • Power – 125 horsepower
  • Acceleration to 100 km/h – 10.5 seconds
  • Fuel consumption during the combined cycle – 6 liters per 100 km.

Women at the wheel of this car feel comfortable and protected. According to the results of testing, this model has high safety for both the driver and passengers.

  • VOLVO XC60

The Swedish premium crossover is a recognized symbol of respectability, which is the best-selling model from the entire Volvo lineup. This car is most often chosen by women or people, admiring the classics. Internal restraint, laconism of the exterior lines, as well as the functionality of this model gained deserved recognition among motorists all over the world.

Perhaps this is the best car for a woman who appreciates quality and safety. According to the results of expert assessments, the safety of this model for the driver and passengers reaches 94%.

Engine capacity – 2.0 – 3.0 liters

Acceleration to 100 km/h – 8.1 seconds

Fuel consumption per 100 km – 4.7 liters at the combined cycle for automatic gearbox.

 

The article lists the best cars for women. A complete list of these models can be supplemented by many other options. Therefore, this article can be perceived as a guide to action for those who are not afraid not only to dream of a new car, but also makes their efforts.

 

Fort Lauderdale was always a meeting point for students during their summer and spring holidays. This is a territory of channels and white sandy beaches. You can use 14CARS careful help and take a car to drive along the city. You can see that the most of the hotels are concentrated along the Strip. This is the best region to live. The best of the best hotels are situated here. Anyway, you can pick the hotel of different price categories, including luxury hotels, boutique hotels, budget hotels. Want to know the rate of TOP 3 of them? Read the reviews!

Clearwater Beach, Florida

 

CONRAD FORT LAUDERDALE $129

General rate 9/10

This is a new and ritzy resort that welcomes you to have a pleasant leisure time at the seaside. It can boast the favorable location, wise infrastructure, SPA center, and luxury restaurant.

Location

The hotel is located on the seaside right on the beach. This is not a problem for you to hang out with friends in the nearby restaurants, night clubs. You can go shopping to the biggest mall Galleria or just drive along the Atlantic Ocean.

Style

The hotel can boast all the features that the ritzy hotel should have: marble flooring, high ceiling, golden lamps and glossy wooden furniture around. You can visit an Atlas Cocktail Lounge to have a drink and relax for some time in the deep of the soft armchairs. The decorations are pompous and magnifical. There is a pool with the ocean view and Terra Mare hotel restaurant. You feel really comfortable, spending your evening hours in the beach interior, natural materials, stony walls, and elegant lamps, styled on the sea shells.

Services

Competent and well-trained personnel are at your disposal. You can get everything here, including special touristic help that consists of making and guiding personal touristic routes for you. What is more, there is a SPA center and bathing rooms. The range of water procedures you can take here is wide. One of the most popular procedures is called Transcend in the Spirit of the Seas that consists of massage and face care. Want to get fit? Welcome to the fitness-center! If you come here for special occasion, wedding or conference, you may take a banquet hall or conference center!

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W FORT LAUDERDALE $120

General rate 8/10

It is not a secret that people come to Fort Lauderdale for arranging the hottest parties. W Hotel is located in the center of the hottest and brightest city life. You can find everything you need to relax and have the best and the funniest time: a large pool, aquarium, beach access, and the best suites with the ocean view from the window.

Location

The hotel location is more than favorable! It is situated just on the beach! If you want more attractions, cross the street and you can visit museums, restaurants, and other interesting places. There is a free parking for all driving guests.

Style

The hotel is bright and stylish place with lot of modern elements and fantastic ocean view from the window. It’s also a funny place at that! You can find a lot of interior elements, like a big aquarium in the lobby or glassy terrace, that make you feel impressed form designer’s creative ideas!

Services

The atmosphere in the hotel is friendly and hospitable. Everything helps you to feel a special guest and get to any place on the hotel territory with ease. It doesn’t matter what part of the day is, you can easily get to the night club, disco bar, beach in the fastest way.  The beach is comfortable and offers not only sunbeds and umbrellas, but also yoga classes, and water attractions. SPA procedures are traditionally available!

Wine glasses in the bar [Explored 2016-05-29]

 

PLUNG BEACH HOTEL $90

General rate 8/10

Plunge Beach is another good opportunity to spend the best weekend on the seaside! The hotel is situated in the building of renewed old motel. This is a ritzy place that welcomes you with simple and stylish rooms. You can find everything for your needs!

Location

The hotel location is favorable for all beach lovers. Traditionally, in Florida the best hotels are located close to the beach. Plunge is not an exception. It is comfortable place not far from the beach and almost in the center, where the most of the central restaurants, shops, and museums are situated. The price is lower just because hotel stands not at the beach, but close to it. It’s a quiet and pleasant place.

Style

The hotel is complex of buildings. There are three main buildings, including hotel lobby, restaurant, bar, cafeteria. The space is large, done in industrial style. Look around! There are polished surfaces, light pastel furniture, and cement flooring. You can have a sit in the rattan armchair and have a drink at the bamboo table.

The Deluxe Double Room of the Kassandra Bay Hotel

 

Service

The hotel service is friendly and hospitable. Everything is done for your pleasure and relaxation. There are two pools, comfortable beach and bungalows. What is more, there is a fitness center, bicycles for rent. This region is good for cyclists. So, leave your car on the hotel parking and go to meet adventures!

The hotels in such a magic place as Fort Lauderdale cannot be bad! The most of them are situated on the beach. If you want a cheaper variant, just pick the hotel not far from the beach line. The service and living conditions are first-class. There is one more thing. If you are an adventurous traveler, you can try yourself in diving and snorkeling. You are in Florida!

Snowy Dream: 3 Coolest Ski Resorts of Colorado

Many ski experts believe that the Rocky Mountains of Colorado have recently become even more popular than the famous European resorts. The level of development of winter sports in the United States is indicated by the fact that the country hosted the Winter Olympic Games four times – the record that hasn’t yet been beaten. However, Colorado is something special even for the United States.

The resorts of the mountain state can boast of 300 sunny days a year. Nevertheless, the height of the snow cover reaches 8 meters, and the snow in Colorado is very dry and not sticky. Another feature of the local ski tracks is that most of them are situated at an altitude of 2100-3500 meters, while the forest boundary occupies an altitude of 3300-3600 meters. Therefore, picturesque landscapes, beautiful snow and natural shelter from the cold wind are guaranteed. Well, let’s consider the best 3 ski resorts in Colorado…

Aspen

Aspen is considered to be the most prestigious ski resort in the United States – it consists of four isolated skiing areas. The Buttermilk and Snowmass ski areas include ski trails for beginners and intermediate-level skiers. By the way, Snowmass features the largest height difference in the Rocky Mountains, which is 1,343 meters. Other skiing areas are Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain – these trails are excellent for experienced skiers and professionals.

Aspen

(photo by Ryan Davison Crisp)

The spirit of history and modernity were mixed in Aspen. In addition to the developed skiing segment, winter sports and outdoor activities, you will be offered excellent shopping, art galleries, fitness centers and SPA salons, nightclubs and restaurants for any taste. The city provides a special charm with a light touch of the Victorian era, which is complemented by the amazingly beautiful landscapes of the surrounding area.

The nearest large transport hub to Aspen is Denver International Airport located about 180 miles away. Thus, you will not have any hassles with getting to Aspen from there, because many car rental agencies at Denver Airport offer car hire. Of course, it’s the quickest and the most convenient way of traveling to ski resorts of Colorado.

Vail

The neighboring Vail Valley is one of the top five ski resorts in the world and includes four nearby towns: Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge and Keystone. Vail Resort is the largest ski resort in the US occupying the area of ​​more than five thousand acres. Despite its bohemianism and pretentiousness, it’s at the same time considered to be one of the most democratic resorts in terms of pricing policy. Founded in 1962, with a central part built in Tyrolean style, today Vail is a huge complex, which is capable to accommodate over 32,000 people at once. Speaking of nearby facilities, you’ll be offered more than a hundred restaurants of the most diverse cuisine, over two hundred shops and boutiques where you can buy everything from ethnic Indian souvenirs to clothing of world-famous brands.

Vail Mountain Employee Race Day

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Also, there’s a well-developed leisure and entertainment industry presented with museums, art galleries, and SPA-centers. In addition to skiing tracks of different levels of complexity – from tracks for children to professional ski slopes, and a wide variety of winter sports, you can enjoy hiking in snowshoes or dog sledging in Vail, as well as snowmobiling, horse riding, and even ballooning.

Beaver Creek

Beaver Creek is a luxurious ski resort, built in the spirit of an alpine village. Initially created for the 1967 Winter Olympics, it was not chosen by the International Olympic Committee, but it became an excellent relaxing place both for the fans of skiing and for those who prefer a more peaceful winter pastime.

Today, Beaver Creek features a well-developed infrastructure, which is not inferior to Vail resort. All ski trails – from training slopes for beginners to 13 super-complicated Talons Challenger’s trails for professionals, begin literally at the doorstep of hotels, and are considered to be one of the best in North America. Children can be trained in mountain skiing and snowboarding in a specially equipped area at the foot of the mountain peak. There’s an amusement park with an Indian village and a bear’s dolphin. The highlight of Beaver Creek is Birds of Prey – a ski slope that is included in the top three most difficult routes in the world. Thanks to the early start of the season in the Rockies, many famous sportsmen often come here to train.

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So, if you are looking for a road to a fairy tale in terms of skiing, then it lies across the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The skiing season starts at the end of November and lasts until mid-April. The average temperature of the winter months is -5°C, and March-April is 0°C. In fact, there is no ‘low season’ in Colorado. Snow falls in October and lies until May, therefore the opening of the skiing season takes place in such a way as to provide visitors with the most comfortable conditions for skiing.

Chicago is a city that doesn’t leave indifferent anyone. Do you like modern architecture in the style of high-tech or prefer a classic one – you will be delighted with this city anyway. It welcomes guests with its famous skyscrapers, museums, parks and numerous restaurants, cafes and eateries.

For those who have thought about where to eat in Chicago, we suggest to check out the list of 5 recommended addresses where you can enjoy delicious food and drinks, being in the epicenter of Chicago daily routine.

Portillo’s Hot Dogs

Portillo's Hot Dog Sign in Chicago

It’s an excellent restaurant located in the most populated area of the city – the Gold Coast, right by Lake Michigan. The establishment is considered to be a local landmark – it’s beautifully decorated in the style of the 50’s and looks like a classic roadside restaurant of those years. The interior of Portillo’s Hot Dogs adorned with the old photos of Chicago. The menu includes not only the famous sausages on a bun with a wide selection of fillings and sauces, but also a variety of iconic American dishes. The restaurant is equipped with an external dining area, so you can have a snack, without interrupting the enjoying of local sights.

Portillo’s Hot Dogs is a great dining spot if you travel by car rental in Chicago, because a separate parking lot is available close to the restaurant.

Address: 100 W Ontario St, Chicago

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 10am-1am

Phil’s Pizza

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This classic pizzeria is located in Bridgeport area and offers an excellent setting for family meals. The cozy atmosphere, nice interior and convenient location of the restaurant have long made it a popular place in Chicago. The walls of the pizzeria are decorated with numerous posters of the local baseball team – Chicago White Sox. The menu offers a large selection of pizza, spaghetti, ravioli and various Italian-style sandwiches.  It’s recommended to taste a great Chicago Pizza – it’s a pizza on a thick cake, which is baked in deep baking mold with all possible toppings.

Address: 1102 W 35th St, Chicago

Operating Hours: Sunday-Thursday 4pm-12am, Friday and Saturday 4pm-1.30am

The Garden Cafe

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(photo by Nathan Bush)

This cozy cafeteria is located in the building of the Art Institute of Chicago. A modern self-service system allows you to have a tasty snack for cheap in a refined environment – a great option if you want to eat on the go. The menu is very diverse, and the dishes include fresh and seasonal local products. You will be offered with pizza, grilled meat and vegetables, various homemade desserts and sweets. Also, it’s possible to choose a ready-made dish, but you can order a salad or sandwich made of the proposed ingredients according to your taste.

Address: 111 Michigan Avenue, Chicago

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 11am-4pm

Awake with Pearl Coffee

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The café is placed on the territory of Chicago South Loop Hotel and is a favorite place for locals who are used to have a breakfast outside the house. Awake with Pearl Coffee can offer excellent lunches and breakfasts cooked in exquisite style, and most importantly, at very democratic prices. The menu includes pancakes, French toast, egg dishes, fish steaks and sandwiches with cod. Also, there’s a special menu for ‘small’ gourmets, and healthy food supporters will be definitely satisfied with protein-rich and healthy smoothies.

Address: 11 W 26th St, Chicago

Operating Hours: Monday-Sunday 7.30am-7pm

BIG & little’s

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This charming family restaurant never knows a shortage of visitors. You will be offered there with an excellent choice of dishes of traditional American cuisine. Many locals believe that BIG & little’s serves the best fish tacos, as well as sandwiches with crab, cod and shrimp. Each dish is served with delicious French fries – the signature dish of the restaurant is fish and fried potatoes.

Address: 860 N Orleans St

Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-9pm, Saturday and Sunday 12pm-9pm

3 Arts Club Café

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3 Arts Club Café is an ideal place for breakfast or brunch. It combines a wine bar, a coffee shop and a restaurant. Guests are offered with tasty dishes of Mediterranean cuisine, a luxurious interior with velvet sofas, marble tables, candle lamps and a historic fountain, surrounded by olive trees.

Sandwiches, toasts, salads, snacks, a variety of teas and coffee, desserts and pastries – you will find all these delicacies in the menu of 3 Arts Club Café.

Address: 1300 N Dearborn St

Operating Hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-8pm, Sunday 11pm-6pm

Cindy’s Rooftop

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Cindy’s Rooftop is located on the territory of the Chicago Athletics Association. It’s a stylish restaurant with a glass vault and with a spacious outdoor terrace providing panoramic views of Millennium Park, Chicago Art Institute and Lake Michigan. You can enjoy there cocktails and oysters, both inside the restaurant and on the open-air terrace.

Cindy’s Rooftop is quite an atmospheric place where you can spend several hours enjoying meals. There is an excellent choice of dishes cooked according to recipes of Mediterranean and American cuisines.

Address: 12 S Michigan Ave

Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-1am, Saturday and Sunday 10am-2am

So, Chicago is the source of colorful places, and this also applies to culinary establishments. Local restaurants are ready to match any culinary requests, and the prices in the menu will definitely please you.

Highways are among the safest categories of roads. They have no intersections, sharp road turns, and they are usually well-maintained. In addition, many highways today are equipped with bumpers, dividing the oncoming traffic lanes. As a result, road accidents on the highway should be very rare. Unfortunately, it’s not.

On the highways we drive much faster than on the common city streets. Plus, we relax on the highway. At the same time, many drivers forget to switch to other driving techniques associated with high speed. In order to avoid any road accidents when driving on the highway, rentalcars24h has carefully prepared the following rules…

Merge with highway traffic seamlessly

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When entering the highway, use the entire length of the acceleration lane to smoothly and accurately merge with high-speed traffic. But remember: in order to safely enter the main flow of cars, you need to first gain an average speed of the traffic. For this reason, there are special acceleration lanes that smoothly merge with the major road lanes. That’s why road services try to make the accelerating rows as long as possible, so that drivers have enough time to safely enter the flow of other cars with a sufficient speed. 

Don’t drive in reverse on a highway

More and more serious accidents are caused by drivers who, having passed the desired turn or exit on the highway, decided to return to the exit by driving in reverse.

But on any road, the reverse movement in opposition to the main traffic direction is the most dangerous maneuver. And don’t even think that Emergency Button of a car will help you. Therefore, after missing the turn or highway exit, continue to drive to the nearest road junction where there’s a safe turn. Remember that it’s better to lose time and fuel than to get into a car accident.

Keep your distance

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Since the speed on any highway is usually much greater than on the common city road, then you must always increase the distance to other cars when traveling on the highway. Otherwise, you run the risk of colliding if you need to brake urgently due to a sudden stop of the car ahead of you.

Remember that the higher the speed, the longer the braking distance of the car. In addition, always take into consideration the current weather and the conditions of the road surface. If it’s raining, the braking distance of any car can be increased almost double. So, always check the distance in bad weather, especially when driving on a highway.

Choose the right speed depending on road conditions

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The fact that on some motorways traffic regulations allows you to drive at a speed of 130 km/h doesn’t mean that you can move at such a speed throughout the highway. For example, in difficult road conditions (rain, snow, fog), the speed, of course, should be reduced. Remember that if in such conditions you get into an accident, then you can be convicted of the fact that you didn’t reduce the speed in accordance with road conditions and current weather.

Give way to emergency vehicles

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While driving on the highway, it’s worth noticing that according to traffic regulations you‘ll have to give way to the cars of such operational services as ambulance, fire transport, rescue service, police cars, etc. Having seen an emergency vehicle behind your car, you need move as closely as possible to the right traffic row of the motorway.

By the way, you must leave the traffic lane even if the emergency vehicles can easily overtake you on the left or right. 

Use the left traffic row for overtaking only

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Many drivers can drive in the left lane for many kilometers. The worst thing is that there’re a lot of drivers who move along it at a low speed, forcing other drivers to overtake them on the right, which is unsafe.

According to traffic regulations, drivers are allowed to occupy the left lane only with intensive traffic, when all lanes are occupied by other cars, and also for overtaking. In other cases, drivers cannot go in the left traffic lane. Therefore, try to drive the left side on the high-speed highway only if you want to overtake someone.

Avoid abrupt maneuvers

I-75, Atlanta, Georgia

Don’t turn sharply in case you approach a gas station or highway exit. Otherwise, you can provoke a major accident. Remember that because of high speeds, drivers of other cars cannot instantly reduce the speed, which can cause a collision.

Therefore, if you plan to stop at a gas station, choose the necessary lane and start slowing down in advance. Then, having approached to it, turn on the turn signal and enter a gas station.

If you brake sharply to change the traffic lane, then the vehicle behind you can crash into your car.