There are a lot of reasons that when you’re planning a vacation, you might want to avoid renting a car.
For example, it would ruin your vacation if you were to get into an accident in a rental car. Even a minor rear-end collision has the potential to take some of the enjoyment out of your vacation.
If you have kids and you rent a car, you may also have to bring alone car seats.
Plus, renting a car is just an added expense.
The following are some U.S. travel destinations where you can go without renting a car pretty easily.
Boston is often referred to as The Walking City.
You can go through these historic neighborhoods on foot, and Boston has even been named as one of the most “walkable cities of the future” by Time magazine.
Walking can be one of the optimal ways to see all that Boston has to offer, including the harbor views.
If you do need transportation, don’t worry because Boston’s public transportation is known for reliability and efficiency. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority has a daily ridership of more than one million (pre-COVID).
The public transportation options in Boston include the bus, subway, and a trolley system.
If you use the Boston T subway system, two kids per family aged 11 and under ride for free.
If you fly into the city, the full public transportation system connects to Logan International Airport and will take you to the majority of the popular areas in downtown Boston and Cambridge.
New York, NY
New York is known for being a city where you not only don’t need to drive but really shouldn’t try to drive if you’re not accustomed to it.
The New York subway before COVID had an annual ridership of more than 1.7 billion.
If you’re not up for public transportation, the city is known for walkability, plus there are tons of bus routes and you can use the city’s bike-share program.
Las Vegas, NV
If you’re visiting Las Vegas with the primary objective of seeing the Strip, you probably don’t need a car.
Walking the strip gives you an up-close-and-personal view of the wild attractions. You can easily make your way to most of the Las Vegas tourist attractions on foot, and if you get tired there are plenty of cabs around.
There’s also The Deuce, a double-decker bus that you can buy an affordable 24-hour pass for, and it will take you to areas that are outside of the stirp, like the Fremont Street Experience.
The capital city is a wonderful option for families, couples, and solo travelers alike, plus you don’t need a car to get around. The D.C. Metro system will help you save time and money, and you don’t have to worry about finding and then paying for parking, which is a challenge in the tourist areas of the city.
If you were to rent a car during a trip to D.C., you might end up paying around $20 a day in parking, in addition to the costs of the car itself.
The public transit system in D.C. will take you to all the big tourist destinations like the White House, the Capitol, the Washington Monument, and the Smithsonian Museums. You can also get to Georgetown.
Chicago is often ranked as one of America’s most walkable and bikeable cities. The roads don’t tend to be as vehicle-centric as they are in other cities, and there’s an extensive bike-sharing system in Chicago.
The winter isn’t a good time to visit Chicago because it’s freezing and snow-filled, but once the weather warms up, you can go to Navy Pier on Lake Michigan and walk the Magnificent Mile.
You can also visit Lincoln Park and other popular Chicago neighborhoods using the Chicago Transit Authority buses and the rapid transit system, known as the El.
Mackinac Island, MI
A summer destination, you don’t have to worry about renting a car if you visit Mackinac Island in Michigan because there are no cars. The island is only boat-accessible, but there are thousands of bikes you can rent.
You can also rent bike carts and electric scooters, or just walk around.
St. John, U.S.V.I
If you visit St. John, you’re still technically in the United States, and you’ll be fine without a car. You use an open-air shuttle for touring destinations like Virgin Islands National Park, and it’s also easy to find a taxi.
Most of the resorts on the island, as well as smaller hotels, offer car and shuttle service.