2014 World Series

Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.” – Bob Feller

The game of baseball is still often considered as America’s pasttime. The sport is well liked and for many reasons! Each game is different and each team has their own set of fans.

This year, the Kansas City Royals and the San Franciso Giants are facing off in the 2014 World Series, the annual championship games that are played by Major League Baseball teams.

Since it has been about 29 years since the Royals have made it to the World Series, and the Giants are often one of the teams rotating in and out of this championship, we’re going to focus a little bit on “new school” vs. “old school” and inform you on the cool things there are to do in these host cities! Keep up with the game schedule and learn a bit about the fun that can be had in both of these team’s towns!

2014 World Series Schedule

2014 World Series Schedule

Kansas City – “New School”

So, it’s not technically the 1st time that the Kansas City Royals have made it to the World Series, but it has been quite a while! Because of this, visiting fans might be a little unaware of how great this team’s city really is!

To start with, Kansas City has beautiful architecture (especially their fountains) and I’ve heard the BBQ is really good too!

According to the City of Fountains Foundation, the “flowing treasures” help define the city and also “honor and celebrate generations of Kansas Citians.”

There are a ton of outdoor sculptures that complement Kansas City and make for great tourist locations! Check out the video below for an overview of these treasures!

Now, on to the barbecue! According to the article, “Postcard from Kansas City: Blue, barbecue everywhere you turn,” the city is renowned for its barbecue! Apparently, the “most touristy place in town is Arthur Bryant’s.” However, “Bay Area foodies might want to check out Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ, acknowledged as the successor to the throne, according to the locals.”

Royals fans gathered in the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City on Monday. (Photo: Al Saracevic/The Chronicle via SF Gate)

Royals fans gathered in the Power & Light District in downtown Kansas City on Monday. (Photo: Al Saracevic/The Chronicle via SF Gate)

Whether you’re a local, or a visiting fan, check out Things to Do – Kansas City for information on entertainment, shopping, arts and culture, attractions, and more!

San Francisco – “Old School”

The Giants have played in the World Series 20 times, and 6 of those times were actually in the city! So, the people of San Francisco are no strangers to this celebration! However, visiting fans can always use a little more knowledge about what to do and where to go!

First of all, there’s always an option to partipate in classic activities like riding in cable cars and visiting Fisherman’s Wharf (San Francisco’s Historic Waterfront District)!

A couple of things to keep in mind about these activities:

  • “A ride on San Francisco’s cable cars may be the most iconic and memorable of your entire trip to California.”
  • “Whether planning a visit or seeking information, you’ll find a wealth of knowledge on how a historic era still influences the present-day culture, events, sights, sounds, and food of San Francisco’s most famous waterfront community.”

Check out San Francisco Cable Cars – The Guide and Fisherman’s Wharf – Plan a Visit, to learn more!

Check out the video below, “90 Seconds In: San Francisco” to learn about other fun things you can do!

Also, if you’re a Giants fan, or you’re visting the city during this time of year, read the article “27 Things Only San Francisco Giants Fans Understand” in order to show a better sense of support and undestanding for this city and their baseball team!

Baseball Battle

Now that you know a little bit about both of the 2014 World Series host cities, vote for your favorite for the chance to win a prize!

As these MLB teams battle it out, you’ll have the chance to win a prize! Just click the picture below for more details.

Also, you can use download codes in your Hertz NeverLost device to route you to the games!

  • World Series games in Kansas City – KRBA
  • World Series games in San Francisco – SFGB

Additionally, you can download the free Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile app on iPhone and Android to check out must-see events, tours, attractions, trendy restaurants, and more that exist in these cities! Just use our “city guides” feature and you’ll be ready to explore!

Enjoy the games!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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Follow the Foliage

“Everyone must take time to sit and watch the leaves turn.” – Elizabeth Lawrence

Fall is a great time of the year to take scenic road trips. But, how do you decide where to go?

Hertz NeverLost and the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile application both offer an outlet for searching and discovering new places for autumn travel.

One popular route that you should consider taking for great fall foliage scenery, is actually celebrating its 100th anniversary this month! Learn more about it!

Mohawk Trail

“The Mohawk Trail celebrates 100 years of history this month. The scenic highway extends from Athol to Williamstown and is commonly known as Route 2. For many, driving along the Mohawk Trail is a long-time tradition.”

More Than a Trail…A Journey

This trail goes through the mountains, runs by historic towns, and is near five major rivers! This “highway of history” provides travelers with over 100 attractions throughout the gorgeous, 60-mile route. Visit http://www.mohawktrail.com/ to discover more!

 

Click here to read "Mohawk Trail Turns 100" and watch a quick video!

Click here to read “Mohawk Trail Turns 100″ and watch a quick video!

What’s even better about this trail, is that you can easily discover the attractions offered by using the “search” feature in the Companion app. While the application does provide guides for larger cities, what most people don’t know, is that the information is not limited – small towns are included too! Just type in the search bar which town you are looking for, and you can find hotels, parks, restaurants, tourist attractions, and more!

For example, if you search for “Shelburne Falls” – You’ll quickly find the Massachusetts town (which is on the Mohawk Trail) and then be able to search for various nearby attractions and destinations!

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One of the attractions listed in this search, was the Bridge of Flowers. This 400-foot-long attraction spans over the Deerfield River and displays wonderful seasonal sights! Once you find the attraction that interests you, you can get a download code to use in your NeverLost device, and be on your way!

Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls (photo credit: Reader's Digest)

Bridge of Flowers in Shelburne Falls (photo credit: Reader’s Digest)

Other great spots that can be found on the Mohawk Trail, include:

  • Northfield Mountain
  • Turners Falls
  • Charlemont
  • Mohawk Trail State Forest
  • Whitcomb Summit
  • Hairpin Turn
  • Mt. Greylock
  • Williamstown

and more! Check out “Mohawk Trail in Massachusetts: View Stunning Fall Foliage,” for more infomation on these locations.

Now, if you have already seen great autumn sights or think you will by the end of this weekend, be sure to enter our photo contest! Click the below for details :)

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You can also read the article, “10 Best Fall Foliage Trips in the U.S” for more inspiration on where to go for your scenic road trip!

Follow the foliage and enjoy the ride!

-Melissa Woodring

 

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Autumn at the Arboretum

“Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

September 20th, 2014 marked the beginning of Autumn at the Arboretum at Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. During this time, “thousands of fall florals” transform and there is also a very neat exhibit known as Pumpkin Village.

I got the chance to see all of this for myself yesterday, and it was amazing! And guess what?! You have until November 26th, 2014 to see if for yourself!

Check out my experience below to see why you should make time to visit this amazing seasonal event!

 Dallas Pumpkin Patch

Dave Forehand, the Vice President of the Gardens, said that “Fall is really our most colorful time of year. Many of the summer flowers like zinnias, impatiens, salvia and coleus respond to cooler nights with blazing bursts of color. Our thousands of pumpkins bring out the color in banks of chrysanthemums that are layered with ornamental grasses, copper plants and firebush.”

As I strolled through the gardens on my way to “Pumpkin Village,” I got to see all of the beautiful flowers bursting with colors. Additionally, I got to see the migrating Monarch butterflies!


Once I got to “Pumpkin Village,” I reazlied why people thought it was so spectactular! This Dallas pumpkin patch is so popular, that I even saw on Instagram where one lady traveled 1,300 miles to see it!

Walking through this village of pumpkins was very relaxing and for those of us who enjoy fall weather, it was a prime autumn experience! The sights were beautiful and everyone knew it. There were a ton of families and couples using the exhibit as wonderful photo shoot location, and it was very cute to see all of the pictures being taken and people working together to make sure everyone got the photos they wanted!

The village features the following activities:

  • Storybook houses
  • Hay bale maze
  • Cinderella’s Carriage
  • Tom Thumb Pumpkin Patch (pumpkins available for purchase)

According to the website, “Children can explore these amazing houses made out of pumpkins while parents seize the opportunity to capture photos filled with beautiful backdrops of spectacular color. Each house features a popular children’s storybook including “Pumpkin Jack,” “Too Many Pumpkins,” “Strega Nona’s Harvest,” “Pumpkin Town!,” “Scarecrow” and the classic story of “Cinderella.””

Now, along with the spirit of this particular autumn activity, we invite you to share what you like to do in the fall for the chance to win a prize! Just click below for details!

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Use Hertz NeverLost to guide you to your own fall foliage experience and find a pumpkin patch near you! Or maybe even to travel to one!

Have fun and don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience Autumn at the Arboretum! It was amazing :)

-Melissa Woodring

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Fall is for the Fair

“The county fair is a hundred things
All to see and do . . .
A daring act, a flower show.
It’s cotton candy, too.” – Laurie Dawson

If you think a county fair is fun, just imagine how great a state fair can be!

It’s that time of year again…time for fall weather, time for pumpkin spice, and time for the State Fair of Texas! Back for its annual 24-day run, the State Fair of Texas offers “live entertainment, activities, and fun for the entire family.”

I got the chance to go to the fair this week and I have to say, it was a blast! Between the food, the rides, and the games, there were so many fun things to choose from! I even got to see Big Tex in his new “Texified” outfit! (see below)

Hanging out with Big Tex

Hanging out with Big Tex

Fair Festivities

One of the things that people look forward to the most about the State Fair, is the Fair Food!

Referred to as the “Fried Food Capital of Texas®,” this time of the year brings opportunity to get creative and competitive! Texans like to be inventive when it comes to food. so there are always a lot of new surprises!

“Each year, State Fair concessionaires fry up tasty and unique foods for a chance to become a finalist in the Big Tex Choice Awards. Everything from Fried Beer to Fried Peaches and Cream have made the cut to become a part of an exclusive club.”

Pictured below from 2014 Big Tex Choice Awards, see this year’s finalists.

Click here for the delicious descriptions!

 

Now, a lot of people choose to eat more traditional fair food, such as Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, and I certainly don’t blame them!

However, this year I personally chose to listen to my sweet tooth! So, I tried the Deep Fried Texas Bluebonnet (which is basically a deep fried blueberry muffin, with cream cheese and white chocolate on top), and let me tell you, it was AMAZING!

deep fried blueberry muffin with cream cheese and white choclate - yumm
After I finished devouring that delicious muffin, it was time to explore the fairgrounds a little bit more!

If you’re planning your trip ahead of time, keep in mind that you can check out the Daily Schedule as well as the Top Ten To-Do list, in order to help you find the activities that you would enjoy the most!

I didn’t do that ahead of time, but I still found a lot of activities that interested me! I saw live bands and pig races, got to do some shopping, and rode on a few carnival rides!

Also, I got the chance to stop by the Errol McKoy Greenhouse on the Midway, which was a great spot to relax, enjoy the views, and even get some air!


All in all, I definitely had a great time at the fair! There is something for everyone and it’s a great place to go with friends and family!

Use download code TXSF in your Hertz NeverLost device to guide you there and download the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile app to help you explore Dallas!

Also, enter your State Fair of Texas pictures into our photo contest by adding “#ExploreAmerica” to your pictures!

Have fun at the fair! The fall season is the perfect time to go!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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Oktoberfest Celebrations

O’zapft is! – “It’s tapped!” in German.

Oktoberfest, a 16-day festival held in Munich, Bavaria, Germany, that runs from late September to the first weekend in October, is traditionally kicked off with a twelve gun salute and the tapping of the first keg.  More than 6 million people from around the world attend this event every year!

For those that don’t, they find ways to celebrate locally! There are so many Oktoberfest celebrations around the United States that replicate the fun traditions of the festival! From amusement rides, games, and competitions, to unique and conventional food, there are so many ways to take part Oktoberfest activities.

Another way you can celebrate, is to enter our Oktoberfest themed Sign Up contest! Click below for details.

Learn more about other Oktoberfest events!

The following cities in the U.S. have Oktoberfest celebrations:

  • Addison, TX
  • Big Bear Lake, CA 
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Cincinnati, OH 
  • Denver, CO 
  • Frankenmuth, MI 
  • Fredericksburg, TX 
  • Helen, GA
  • Irondequoit, NY
  • La Crosse, WI
  • Leavenworth, WA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Mount Angel, OR
  • Newark, DE
  • New Ulm, MN
  • New York, NY
  • San Diego, CA
  • San Francisco, CA
  • Seattle, WA
  • Soulard, MO
  • Southwest Harbor, ME
  • Torrance, CA
  • Tulsa, OK

While some of these festivals have already taken place, a good number of them are still to come! Check out “Top 2014 U.S. Oktoberfest Celebrations” to learn more about each festival and find out when they are happening!

I’ve only been to an Oktoberfest celebration twice, both times being at Addison Oktoberfest, but I had a blast!

I went this past weekend (9/18-9/21) and just being in the environment is exciting. It’s fun to see people in their own element, enjoying life, and dancing to Polka music as if they actually know what they’re doing!

My friends and I enjoying Addison Oktoberfest. The picture is a little blurry because the guy taking it, wanted to run off and go do the chicken dance, which is a popular Oktoberfest tradition!

My friends and I enjoying Addison Oktoberfest. The picture is a little blurry because the guy taking it, wanted to run off and go do the chicken dance, which is a popular Oktoberfest tradition!

Take a look at some of the Addison Oktoberfest activities that took place, so you can get an idea of what to expect next year:

Remember, while we want you to have a good time enjoying these festival events – DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE.

Use your Hertz NeverLost equipped car or your Hertz NeverLost Companion application to See More. Do More. Discover More.

Have a great time learning about this event and celebrating the occasion!

-Melissa Woodring :)

 

 

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Cruisin’ Route 66 Reunion

“Known by several names throughout the years including the “Mother Road,” “Main Street of America,” and the “Will Rogers Highway,” Route 66 has served travelers for some 50 years…” – Legends of America

Some of those travelers happen to include the Kiwis on Tour, a New Zealand tour company that guides visitors on road trips around the USA. As mentioned in our previous blog post, “Route 66 – the Ultimate Road Trip,” written by my coworker, Elizabeth, Hertz and Navigation Solutions had the chance to work very closely with the group as they embarked on their August/September Route 66 trip.

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To learn how you can participate in their next tour, click here!

Route 66 Car Show

The group’s road trip recently came to a conclusion when they attended the Cruisin’ Route 66 Reunion, Ontario California’s Classic Car Show, and got to show off their Hertz convertible Mustangs!

The Kiwis on Tour went on a Route 66 adventure in these vehicles!

Linda Senigaglia, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Navigation Solutions, (who met with the group before they left for their journey), was also in attendance the day of the car show.

When Linda first met with the Kiwis on Tour before they departed in Los Angeles, she passed out giveaways, provided iPhones to the group so they could sync up the free Hertz NeverLost Companion app with the NeverLost device, and explained how they could use the technology in order to find their current city, discover attractions, and receive directions more easily.

Upon reconnecting with the Kiwis at the Cruisin’ Route 66 Reunion, Linda was able to get some great feedback about their trip, learn more about the travelers, and even make some new friends!

According to information that Linda got from Noddy Watts (the Tour Leader), the cost of the tour is $9200 per person. This price includes the rental cars, airfare, and hotel stay for 27 nights. Additionally, each person on tour also incurred costs for gas, food, and entertainment.

Noddy's personal ambition is to "ensure that every person on the tour is happy and has the trip of a life time."

Noddy’s personal ambition is to “ensure that every person on the tour is happy and has the trip of a life time.”

The Kiwis drove close to 6000 miles in each Hertz rental car!

Furthermore, 7 couples actually bought an American hot rod/sports car during their trip and had the vehicles shipped back to New Zealand!

Technology Testimonies

As mentioned earlier, the Kiwis on Tour were provided with the opportunities to use the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile application and the Hertz NeverLost device. These are some testimonies from the trip:

  • Juedie – “This fabulous trip would not have been possible without your help. NL is really easy to use!
  • Simon – “We would never have gotten around, The USB stick was fabulous!
  • Sue – “We used the app quite a bit, it was really quite good.
  • Juedie & Sue – “For all these miles it was great – could never have done this with maps.”
  • Sue – “The USB was really nice.

From hearing Linda’s stories, and seeing photos from the Kiwis on Route 66 Tours Facebook Page, it seems like both the Route 66 Trip & Reunion, were successful!

If you haven’t had your own road trip adventure like the Kiwis, it just might be time to “Get your kicks on Route 66!”

-Melissa Woodring :)

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Zoo Escapades

“Any glimpse into the life of an animal quickens our own and makes it so much the larger and better in any way.” – John Muir

Zoos are popular for many reasons. Some people enjoy the contact with nature, others feel as though they get a chance to see things they have never seen before,  and in many zoos, you can see a larger variety of animals in one day than you might see in weeks of traveling to other destinations.

While recreational fun is always a good thing, more than that can be provided! Zoos teach people about the importance of nature, they provide the opportunity to study wild animals, and they give many endangered species a place to call home.

Learn about a few specific zoos in the United States!

Dallas Zoo

I’ve lived in Dallas for about five years now, but I had yet to venture out to the Dallas Zoo! Thankfully, I had a chance to do that this week, and it was a great experience!

“The Dallas Zoo dates from the spring of 1888 when a man from Colorado City offered to sell two deer and two mountain lions to the City of Dallas.” Since then, its changed locations, grown significantly, and required a lot more animals! This particular zoo has a mission to “become a leading US zoo and a premier entertainment, educational and visitor attraction in Dallas.”

Check out these quick Did You Know facts, that exist on the Dallas Zoo – About Us page:

  • March 2012 marked the highest attendance in the 125-year history of the Zoo. And 2013 set an all-time attendance record for the fourth consecutive year, with 915,971 guests visiting Texas’ largest and oldest zoo.
  • Giants of the Savanna is the only multi-species zoo exhibit in the United States to mix elephants and other species in the same habitat.
  • The Dallas Zoo is the only zoo in Texas and one of only 10 zoos in the nation to have koalas.
  • It is unusual for zoos to exhibit three different species of flamingos, yet the Dallas Zoo features Caribbean, Chilean, and lesser flamingos. In addition, the Zoo had three successful hatchings of flamingo chicks in one year.
  • Twenty percent of the okapi in the United States and Japan were born or bred at the Dallas Zoo.
  • The Dallas Zoo is the “hottest” Zoo in the Association of Zoos & Aquariums, maintaining more than 70 species of venomous reptiles.
  • The Nature Exchange, a unique swap shop where children earn points for natural items they bring in, at the Lacerte Family Children’s Zoo was one of the first of its kind in the United States.
  • Founded in 1888, the Dallas Zoo was the first Zoo in the southwest.

Learn more about the History of the Dallas Zoo and their Mission Statements.

Now, take the time to virtually relive my experience at the Dallas Zoo by watching this Instagram video of White-Cheek Gibbons (not monkeys) playing around, and looking at some pictures below :)

 

West Coast Zoo vs. East Coast Zoo

Now that you’ve learned a bit about one of the zoos in the south, check out the San Diego Zoo on the West Coast, and Zoo Miami on the East Coast, and see which one you like better!

We’re even having a Tug of War contest about both zoos, where you can vote for your favorite to win a prize! Click below to enter!

The San Diego Zoo, as I stated before in the post, “San Diego Delights,” is an “urban paradise for all ages” and home to more than 4,000 animals representing more than 800 species from around the world.

Zoo Miami, also known as The Miami-Dade Zoological Park and Gardens, is the “largest and oldest zoological garden in Florida, and the only tropical zoo in the continental United States.”  The unique climate in South Florida provides a great home of almost 750 acres, for more than 3,000 animals representing over 500 different species.

As you can see, each zoo provides a unique experience! And, you can even explore them both by using the Hertz NeverLost Companion application!

Use the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile app to go on your own zoo escapade!

Use the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile app to go on your own zoo escapade!

Download the app for free on iPhone and Android.

Now that the fall season is upon is, it won’t be too hot for you to be outside all day, so it’s the perfect time to visit your local zoo or even tour one on your next vacation!

Have fun!

-Melissa Woodring

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New NeverLost and More

“Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” – Thomas Edison

Most creative and innovative people have realized the above statement to be true! It’s really amazing sometimes to see what people can do with an idea or creation that may have once had a different purpose.

Due to the fact that I attended the AT&T Hackathon – Code for Car and Home, as well as Super Mobility Week, powered by CTIA, I have recently had the chance to meet so many intelligent people and see so much new technology! Whether people succeed in their original plans, or create something that is worth using for a different purpose than originally planned, there are so many opportunities for innovation, and this week in Las Vegas, was the chance to see it all!

Learn more about our participation in these events!

AT&T Hackathon 

“AT&T brings together the best companies, tools, and services for developers to innovate in the connected car and automated home marketplace.”

The AT&T Hackathon was held on September 5th and 6th at The Cosmopolitan hotel and Hertz NeverLost had the chance to participate as a sponsor. The event had a great turnout!

Connecting with different teams of developers to see how their ideas can help inspire our technology, is a great chance to open two-way communication that allows creative freedom on their part and shines a new perspective on our end.

In addition to seeing great teams work with other companies and tools, we had the chance to choose our own category winners.

The Accelerator Category Winner that we chose the best use of the NeverLost OTP API was team “Pickup & Go.”

The Accelerator Category Winner that we chose for the best use of the Eileo API was team “Hertz Fast Lane.”

Learn more about the Partner Technologies that were available!

Pictured below, you will see myself and my coworker, Linda, at the AT&T Hackathon. Additionally, you can see where the hackathon was held, our Hertz booth, and Linda posing with the category winners.

 

AT&T Hackathon Participation
Super Mobility

Immediately after the AT&T Hackathon ended, Super Mobility Week began! We had the opportunity to secure a booth at the Connected Car Expo, which has provided great exposure and opportunity for consumer feedback.

“Featuring the latest connected car technologies and mobility solutions from Hertz Neverlost, Lixar, OnStar and Speaktoit, the CCE pavilion will become a stage for Ford Motor Company’s inaugural app developer conference, followed by its overnight hackathon and app pursuit challenge.”

LA Auto Show President, Lisa Kaz, said that “The Connected Car Expo at Super Mobility Week is going to be where the great minds of automotive technology and mobility meet.”

Featured at booth #6536, Linda and I were able to present a variety of new Hertz and Hertz NeverLost technologies. For example, our New NeverLost, which was recently released, has new features, including Bluetooth connectivity which will allow you to make and receive phone calls and be hands-free from your rental car! This feature will also make it easier for you to contact Hertz if you need any assistance. Additionally,  we demoed the new Hertz 24/7 pin-pad technology that will speed up the reservation processes of getting a vehicle! Just type in your reservation number in order to activate key-less entry into your rental car. Finally, we showed people how beneficial the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile application can be when you’re in need of a travel guide and we demonstrated how it can work simultaneously with the NeverLost by providing download codes that you can activate for the in-car device.

We received a lot of good feedback from media, consumers, and other attending exhibitors. Learn more about the area our booth was located in by reading, “CCE Showcases New Auto Industry’s Pioneers at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week, Sept. 9-11.”

 

See more Super Mobility Week coverage here, by Android Central.

You can also sign up to win a prize and learn more about our new Hertz NeverLost product! Just click below for details!

Click here to sign up and win!

Click here to sign up and win!

 

We hope you enjoyed all of the great technology that was presented this past week in Las Vegas! Tomorrow is the last day of Super Mobility, so come by our booth if you haven’t already :)

-Melissa Woodring

 

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Charming Companion Neighborhoods

“Companion is the official mobile app for the Hertz NeverLost system. The Companion user can view thousands of destinations organized into city guides. Each city guide is downloadable for free, with destinations organized in categories such as explore, must-see, events, tours, neighborhoods, trendy restaurants, parks, etc.”

Many people like to stick to the main tourist attractions in the city, but some people like to find the local neighborhood fun! While this isn’t always easy to do, the “Neighborhoods” feature in the Companion app, makes it much more simple!

Download the Hertz NeverLost Companion mobile application for free on iPhone and Android.

Check out a few of these charming neighborhoods found in the Companion application!

Wicker Park, Chicago

“Wicker Park is a place near downtown that is known for its restaurants and bar scene.” This area is full of music, fashion, and nightlife, which makes it a great place for a group of friends to visit!

Noted as one of “America’s Best Hipster Neighborhoods,” Forbes said that “The Midwest Mecca of hipsterdom started attracting artists and young adults in the late 1980s. Nestled around a park, this artists’ community is known for its galleries, music venues, boutiques and food options. It’s also home to a smattering of Victorian mansions built by wealthy 19th century merchants and beer brewers.”

Chicago Neighborhood

 

Watch the video below to get a peak of this cool neighborhood!

Castro, San Francisco

“First settled as Eureka Valley, the Castro District took on the name of its busiest street as people moved out of the city into the suburbs in the mid 20th century.”

According to SFGate, “The Castro is bustling all day long, but at night it really comes alive, as the bars from the Mint to the Midnight Sun fill up and the Castro Theatre’s neon marquee lights up the main drag.”

San Francisco Neighborhood

To learn more about the history, best time to visit, and special events that take place in this unique neighborhood,  see: San Francisco: The Castro. Watch the video below to see some of the great spots in this neighborhood!

Logan Circle, Washington D.C.

“The famous Logan Circle is a historic neighborhood and traffic circle in the northwest section of Washington D.C., which separates the Dupont Circle and Shaw districts.”

According to Washington.org, “Logan Circle is the city’s only remaining all-residential circle. Late 19th-century Victorian rowhouses (many of them now converted condos) are the centerpiece of the neighborhood with a cadre of interior design shops, unique boutiques and hipster haven restaurants radiating outward. A tight-knit group of residents take pride in their neighborhood—and it’s not uncommon to see locals relishing in their beloved circle on weekends, walking their dogs, picnicking or even playing bocce ball.”

Washington DC Neighborhood

Read more about this historic neighborhood by checking out a “Guide to Logan Circle.”

The video below describes great things about this neighborhood and why you would want to live there! However, if you’re just passing through DC, you’ll quickly see why Logan Circle is a great place to visit if you want a true local vibe!

Now, share your favorite neighborhood hangout with us to win a prize! Click below for more details.

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Have fun exploring new neighborhoods with the Companion app!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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Route 66 – the Ultimate Road Trip

If you ever plan to motor west
Travel my way, the highway that’s the best.
Get your kicks on Route 66! 

-Bobby Troup 

The Kiwis partner with Hertz and NeverLost

This week, our team has been working closely with Kiwis on Tour, a New Zealand tour company that guides visitors on road trips around the USA. The most popular road trip of this leading establishment, led by Noddy Watts, is Route 66. 

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Kiwis on Route 66

Hertz and Navigation Solutions have had the opportunity to be involved in their current August/September Route 66 trip. More than 25 New Zealand natives are participating and are very excited for this adventure. They received convertible Mustangs from Hertz on Tuesday to be theirs for the next few weeks as they caravan down Route 66 from L.A. to Chicago and back.

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photo: Kiwis on Tour

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Linda Senigaglia, Senior Director of Product Marketing at Navigation Solutions, met up with the group in Los Angeles.  The group was very welcoming and immediately loved her as she passed out flashlights and water bottles to each individual. Linda also handed out iPhones to be used for the duration of the trip so that they could sync up the free Hertz NeverLost Companion app with the NeverLost device in their cars. She explained how the Kiwis could easily find their current city on the app and discover the multitude of attractions listed that they might want to visit. From there, they could send it to their car’s NeverLost GPS for directions.

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Linda Senigaglia shows the Kiwis how to use NeverLost. (photo: Kiwis on Tour)

While Companion gives you guides to major cities, called Explore cities, it also covers smaller cities such as Wendover, Nevada. This will be helpful to the Kiwis, as Route 66 passes through many lesser-known towns.

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Each city has lists of any kind of destination you might look for!

Historic Route 66, also known as “The Mother Road,” opened in 1926. Although it is no longer used as a highway, the road was instrumental in connecting small towns and leading a path for farmers leaving the Dust Bowl to find a new home in California.

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The Kiwis’ route, from LA to Chicago, and back

Want to plan your own trip and see what all the hype is about? You can download Companion to help you get started, free on your iPhone or Android.

Some of the most popular Route 66 attractions are:

If you’re getting wanderlust just by the mention of Route 66, check out our Pinterest board, Route 66 Adventures.

Or, if you’ve ever driven down Route 66 yourself, enter your favorite photo from the trip to our photo contest here: http://bit.ly/1nuZEL9.

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For example, here’s a photo of me at the Meteor Crater in Arizona. It’s a popular stop along Route 66.

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The massive meteor hit Earth about 50,000 years ago.

Best of luck to the Kiwis on Route 66! They are broadcasting their activities through the hashtag #kiwis66. We know they will have a blast!

 

Elizabeth Fox

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