Complement Your Travel Needs

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” – Agnes Repplier

To help you travel to new places, Hertz NeverLost has launched a new mobile application! With over 40 city guides, the Hertz NeverLost Companion app includes information on where to stay, what to do, and how to get there! By providing guidance on what attractions, events, restaurants, tours, and neighborhoods are the best, users are able complement and fulfill their travel needs, from the palm of their hand!

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With the new application, you can meet your travel needs (whether business or personal) much quicker! The application is available in the following cities:

Albuquerque Miami
Atlanta Milwaukee
Austin Minneapolis
Baltimore Napa-Sonoma
Boston Nashville
Charlotte New Orleans
Chicago New York
Cincinnati Orlando
Cleveland Philadelphia
Columbus Phoenix
Dallas-Ft. Worth Pittsburgh
Denver Portland
Detroit Raleigh-Durham
Fort Myers Sacramento
Hartford Salt Lake City
Hawaii San Antonio
Houston San Diego
Indianapolis San Francisco
Kansas City Seattle
Las Vegas St. Louis
Los Angeles Tampa
Louisville Washington DC

See below for a few screenshots of the city guides!

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Also, as pointed out by Auto Rental News, here are some other features included on the app:

  • A “My Favorites” section to store your favorite sights in each city.
  • A weather icon that provides current temperature, wind, daily highs and lows and a five-day forecast.
  • A map that shows your location and provides both walking and driving routes.
  • The option to post your location on Facebook or Twitter.
  • The ability to synchronize with the Hertz NeverLost cloud.

To learn more, read the full article, “Hertz NeverLost Available as App.”

Additionally, watch the video below to learn about the “My Favorites” feature!

 

Finally, Sign Up to win a $10 iTunes gift card as part of the Hertz NeverLost Companion launch campaign! 10 lucky fans will win!

Have a great summer using this new great travel application! Check out these 18 Travel Quotes to Feed Your Sense of Wanderlust too :)

- Melissa Woodring 

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All-Star Activities

“Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.” – Babe Ruth

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game, also known as the “Midsummer Classic,” is tonight at 6:30 pm CDT at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This game is played between professional athletes from The National League and The American League.

“Most people know that Major League Baseball is divided into two separate leagues: The American League and the National League. The National League, formed in 1876, is the older of the two leagues that make up the professional Major League Baseball organization in the United States and Canada. The main difference in the two is that the American League uses the designated hitter rule to replace pitchers during at-bats, and the National League does not.

To learn more about this, read the article, “What’s the difference between the American and National Baseball Leagues?

(Photo via mlb.com)

(Photo via mlb.com)

Check out the events that lead up to the game today!

2014 MLB ALL-STAR SUMMER EVENTS

  • Friday, July 11 – Tuesday, July 15
    T-Mobile All-Star FanFest
    Friday-Monday, 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. CT
    Tuesday, 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. CT
  • Saturday, July 12
    Target All-Star Concert
    Presented by Budweiser
    7:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m. CT (gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
  • Sunday, July 13
    The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K
    Presented by Nike
    8:30 a.m. CT
    Taco Bell All-Star Sunday at Target Field featuring:
    SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game
    4:00 p.m. CT (gates open at 2:00 p.m.)
    Taco Bell All-Star Legends &
    Celebrity Softball Game (following Futures game)
    approximately 7:30 p.m. CT
  • Sunday, July 13 – Tuesday, July 15
    MLB All-Star Summer Pepsi Block Party
    12:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. CT
  • Monday, July 14
    Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Target Field
    featuring: The Gillette Home Run Derby
    7:00 p.m. CT (gates open at 4:00 p.m.)
  • Tuesday, July 15
    All-Star Game Red Carpet Show
    Presented by Chevy
    1:00 p.m. CT
    85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field
    6:30 p.m. CT (gates open at 3:30 p.m.)

While these events are winding down, Meet Minneapolis, the city’s tourism bureau, hopes that the economic performance and social success of this event, will land the city other big sporting events such as a Final Four tournament or Superbowl! According to a steering committee member, “An All-Star Game is a marquee event, and if we can do it successfully, which we will, then I think there are very few other event planners out there who would not agree with us that we would be able to host their events.”

Dozens of Joe Mauer bobble heads wait for prospective buyers at the 2014 MLB All-Star FanFest at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday, July 11, 2014. (Pioneer Press: John Autey) via twincities.com

Dozens of Joe Mauer bobble heads wait for prospective buyers at the 2014 MLB All-Star FanFest at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday, July 11, 2014. (Pioneer Press: John Autey) via twincities.com

Learn more about what the All-Star game could mean for Minneapolis by reading the article, “All-Star Game is here, but what’s in it for the Twin Cities?

Finally, to get excited for the game, share your favorite baseball game experience with us by entering our #ExploreAmerica Baseball All-Stars photo contest! You could win a prize!

Click here for details on how to enter!

Click here for details on how to enter!

 

Use download code MLAS in your Hertz NeverLost device when you rent a Hertz car to help you find other events and must-see attractions!

Enjoy the game!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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Summer Escapes

“When all else fails, take a vacation.” – Betty Williams

July is often a prime month to take a summer vacation! As the weekend gets closer, people are either already headed to their destination or thinking of where to go! Although not everyone gets a full “summer” because of work, weekend getaways can still be relaxing and fun and you should take advantage of them!

To start with, enter our “Best Summer Weekend Escapes” contest to win a prize!

Click here to enter!

Click here to enter!

Speaking of the weekend getaways, I recently had the chance to visit one of the top destinations chosen by readers of USA TODAY and 10Best.

The full list of winners in the ‘Best Summer Weekend Escape’ contest category for 10Best Readers’ Choice is as follows:

  • Saugatuck, Mich.
  • Granbury, Texas
  • Sedona, Ariz.
  • Dahlonega, Ga.
  • Hollywood, Fla.
  • Galveston, Texas
  • Bainbridge, Wash.
  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Estes Park, Colo.
  • Lafayette, La.

Read the article, “WINNERS: BEST SUMMER WEEKEND ESCAPE,” to learn why these destinations got picked!

Keep reading to see where I went :)

Great times in Granbury

Since I’m located in Dallas, Texas, I had the opportunity to take a nice scenic drive (just an hour and a half) to Granbury, Texas – which was voted the #2 Best Summer Weekend Escape!

“Granbury is a door to yesterday with its Victorian architecture and charming country spirit that celebrates the culturally diverse.”

Granbury Visitor Center

I’m originally from a small town, so I immediately LOVED the vibe I got while visiting Granbury. I took the time to stop in the Visitors Center (which I don’t always do) and was graciously greeted by a sweet woman who worked there. She provided my road trip buddy, Elizabeth, and I with directions, multiple brochures, and suggestions on recommended activities. With shops and restaurants centered around town square, multiple bed & breakfast options, and the city beach & lake area, the town seemed like such a great place for a weekend getaway!

There’s stuff to do with your family, with your significant other, and with your friends! I could even see it as a good option for those people that just want some down time to themselves. After all, as Maya Angelou once said, “Every person needs to take one day away.  A day in which one consciously separates the past from the future.  Jobs, family, employers, and friends can exist one day without any one of us, and if our egos permit us to confess, they could exist eternally in our absence.  Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.”

Something for Everyone

The city of Granbury prides itself on the fact that there is “Something for Everyone.” Festivals are often popular events and there are also museums, parks, wineries, and more! Check it out for yourself:

Elizabeth and I did as much as we could, considering we just went for the day!

Starting with a delicious lunch at Nutshell Eatery & Bakery (where we both had the chicken fried steak lunch special), we then ventured off to a few boutiques and shops around the square! These stores were so cute and they had every knick knack you could think of. My favorites were all of the signs that had quotes on them!

We also had the chance to check out some museums, stop by D’Vine Wine, and head over to the city beach!

“Granbury and Hood County are rich in frontier folklore and Texas history,” which make the museums a popular attraction. However, there are also walking tours that you can take so you can check out other various historic landmarks. Check out the History of Granbury page to learn more! (Psst, it’s also rumored and believed that Jesse James, the notorious outlaw, is buried there!)

If wine is more suitable to you, then D’Vine Wine is a great spot – You can sample by the glass, by the bottle, or even make your own!

Finally, the city beach located by Lake Granbury, is a great spot to go soak up some sun! It’s located near various lodging options, as well as the Granbury Resort Conference Center. Find out Where to Stay for your trip!

All in all, I would definitely recommend visiting Granbury, Texas if you’re looking for a summer weekend escape! You can even use Hertz NeverLost to guide you to different events, attractions, restaurants, and more, which will make finding your way go much smoother!

Everyone who lives in Granbury, loves it! So, you should visit to see why!

Hopefully in the future, I’ll get a chance to check out the other top destinations! Until then, I’ll remember the great times I had in Granbury!

-Melissa Woodring

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Freedom Filled Fourth

“Our greatest happiness does not depend on the condition of life in which chance has placed us, but is always the result of a good conscience, good health, occupation and freedom in all just pursuits.” – Thomas Jefferson

The 4th of July, also known as Independence Day, is a federal holiday in the United States that commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Many people in the U.S. have this day off from work tomorrow and there will be plenty of celebratory activities going on!

To start with, we’re giving away a $25 Amazon gift card! Just show us your past or present 4th of July activities and you could win!

 

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What A Blast

No matter where you go, you’ll most likely see an illuminated sky! While some events and locations gain more popularity than others, it’s important to realize that United States boasts 4th of July activities all over! Learn about some lesser known events so that you can broaden your ideas of where to travel in the future for this holiday!

Those are just three off the top of my head! Also, as listed in “Best unknown Fourth of July celebrations“, the following locations are good suggestions as well:

  • Warren, Vermont
  • Hingam, Massachusetts
  • Almeda, California
  • Fort Worth, Texas

Although the article itself is a few years old, the celebrations talked about still seem like a great time!

While I haven’t had the chance to celebrate Independence Day in some of the classic spots (DC, Boston, New York, etc.), I have had my fair share of fun for this holiday! For your next 4th of July, consider riding roller coasters at Silver Dollar City in Branson or visiting Table Rock Lake (both in Missouri), enjoying a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown Houston or checking out the Freedom Over Texas celebration, or even just going to the pool with your friends, family, and maybe even pets!

 

 The Big Bang

Now, if being around the best and biggest firework shows and activities seem like it’s more your thing, there are definitely places for you to celebrate! Some of the best cities include:

  • Washington, D.C.
  • New York City, New York
  • Boston, Massachusetts,
  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • San Diego, California
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey
  • San Antonio, Texas
  • Fort Lauderdale, Florida

See what’s so special about these locations for 4th of July by reading the full article, “10Best: 4th of July firework shows around the U.S.” and see which city peaks your interest the most!

You can also use these Hertz NeverLost download codes to find various holiday events and more when you rent a Hertz vehicle!

Have fun celebrating and enjoying the freedom!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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Win in Wisconsin

“The impulse to travel is one of the hopeful symptoms of life.” – Agnes Repplier 

Now that’s its summertime, people are looking all over for sources of fun! Ever thought of vacationing in Wisconsin? If not, you should, because The World’s Largest Music Festival takes place there and that’s also where The Waterpark Capital of the World exists!

Plus, we’re even giving away a $25 Amazon gift card when you vote for your favorite activity!

Click here to enter and vote for your favorite!

Click here to enter and vote for your favorite!

Summerfest

Summerfest is a music festival that takes place in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This festival “provides the backdrop for the music industry’s hottest stars, emerging talent and local favorites to create unforgettable live music experiences in a world-class festival setting.”

Over the years, the festival site located at Henry Maier Festival Park has grown, enhanced, and partnered with new vendors and exhibits.

Some of the festival’s features (as stated in our previous post, Summerfest 2013), include:

  • Live Music – For 11 days, enjoy national, alternative, rock, country, R&B, pop, reggae headliners and more.
  • Great Food – Over 40 food and beverage vendors will be there!
  • Cold Beer  – Miller Lite is the Official Beer of Summerfest.
  • A Party on the Lakefront – Enjoy music, food, and fun on the shore of Lake Michigan.
  • Interactive Exhibits – The nation’s biggest brands will have great activities and new products!
  • Shopping – Fulfill your shopping needs for apparel, jewelry, home accessories, artwork and more by visiting one of the 4 marketplaces.

Lucky for you, all of these features still exist! For more information, see: The Summerfest Experience.

Check out the 2014 Grounds Stage Headliner Announcement below:

 

Summerfest is going strong and will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2017! Try to check it out sometime between now and then!

Are you going this year or interested in who might be playing? Take a look at the 2014 lineup and Emerging Artists Series to find out! Have fun!

Wisconsin Waterparks

Wisconsin Dells is a city in south-central Wisconsin. There are many fun activities in this city, however, one stands out in particular and that’s the Wisconsin Dells World Class Waterparks! Wisconsin Dells has indoor and outdoor waterparks, waterpark attractions, and places to stay with water activities! A few popular choices include:

See why “Wisconsin Dells has been a favorite vacation destination for generations of families.”


Find Things To Do in Wisconsin Dells that best fit your interest! Have fun!

Don’t forget that you can use Hertz NeverLost when you rent a Hertz vehicle to find special events, local attractions, restaurants, and more! Even more specifically, if you’re traveling to Milwaukee for Summerfest, use download code “SMFT” to find related information in that area!

Give in to your impulse to travel this summer and have a great vacation!

- Melissa Woodring :)

 

 

 

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Summer Thrills

“Every summer has a story.” – Anonymous 

The official start of summer is right around the corner! Actually, it’s this Friday, June 21st, to be exact! With the coming of summer season, many people will be heading out to visit various theme parks! In preparation for this occasion, many theme parks like to make changes and new additions so that they can entice customers to visit! Check out some of the new summer thrills this season!

I already got my first thrill! Don’t let the summer pass you by without a little adventure :)

My coworker and I had a blast in the second to last seat on the Texas Giant at Six Flags!

 Texas Sized Fun

Texas Giant

Roller coasters are great and all, but everyone knows that “Everything is bigger in Texas!” That includes the adrenaline rush that you get from visiting Six Flags Over Texas and riding the New Texas Giant! To celebrate its 20th birthday, this world class coaster was remodeled and converted into a hybrid coaster that combines both classic wooden architecture and the latest in high-tech steel engineering. Starting with a 153-foot high lift and a very steep drop off, you’ll soar through the tracks in a “Cadillac-style train, complete with horns on the hood” at 65 miles per hour. Talk about excitement!

My coworker, Elizabeth, and I had the pleasure of beginning our summer with a ride on this roller coaster!

The ride was every bit exhilarating as you would expect it to be! We had a blast!

Kids Area

The amount of fun you can have in Texas isn’t limited to adults! Kids love theme parks too and as we walked around Six Flags, I was reminded of my youthful days, visiting Six Flags Astroworld (where I had season passes every summer)! After we rode a couple of rides, I noticed a pattern: Parents kept asking their kids “How did you like that one?” or “Was that too scary?” and each answer, from girls and boys, lived up to the notion that kids crave excitement! Each child was thrilled to have just gotten the chance to ride a roller coaster (remember, it’s a big deal to be tall enough for certain rides) and they were full of energy and ready for the next activity!

Now, if you have a child that isn’t quite tall enough for certain rides, don’t fret! Six Flags Over Texas has an area called, Bugs Bunny Boomtown, which is complete with rides, attractions, and rest areas.

Bugs Bunny Boomtown

Click to learn more about this kids area expansion!

 

“The kid-friendly section is the perfect place for thrill-seekers-in-training with tons of new features including an interactive play area and brand new kids’ rides.” A few examples include:

  • Looney Tunes Adventure Camp – “An interactive play structure where kids can climb, slide and discover fun surprises.”
  • Marvin the Martian Space Rockets  – Offers the “perfect flight for future air-travelers as they climb aboard custom-designed rocket ships that let them control their own flight patterns.”
  • Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters – “Gets everyone engaged in a fun water battle as riders spin round and round in water barrels, splashing anyone within reach.”

As we passed through Bugs Bunny Boomtown, we could tell everyone was having a blast!

*I’d also like to point out that the little kids were WAY too excited to spray us with the Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters as we walked by them!

Watch this video to see the potential fun you or your kids could have!

To learn more about how Six Flags Over Texas is changing up their theme park to make it more fun, see: What’s New at Six Flags Over Texas.

Standing Tall

Even outside of Texas, theme parks and amusement parks are starting to step up their game as far as new rides and attractions are considered. According to USA TODAY, there are a lot of  “coasters and other crazy contraptions that will reach absurd heights and make even the most steely-nerved daredevils quiver with fear.”

Check out the article, “10 most anticipated new theme park rides in 2014,” to view a slideshow and learn more!

*Hint – You can find the article posted on our Facebook and Twitter pages too!

Now, seeing as you’re probably ready to plan trip to the nearest theme park in your area, it’s time to consider using Hertz NeverLost to either build your trip for you, or at least guide you there! Also, don’t forget to enter our “Summer Thrills” Sign Up contest to win a prize!

Click here to enter!

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Elizabeth is the new Social Media and Public Relations Intern and she and I had such a good time checking out the new Summer Thrills at Six Flags!

We hope you get the chance to experience your own summer story that is full of adventure!


-Melissa Woodring :)

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Father’s Day 2014

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” – Anne Geddes

Sunday, June 15th, 2014 brings a day where it’s time to celebrate the special dad in your life! It’s not too late to plan something fun for Father’s Day! Get some last minute travel tips and gift ideas! Also, there’s a popular sporting event happening which makes for a good bonding activity!

To get started, share your pictures together for the chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card to present your dad with (or to reimburse yourself with after buying a gift).

Click here for more details about our Father’s Day Photo Contest

Send Dad Packing

While traditional gifts that dad can unwrap and use on a day-to-day basis are great and all, some dads this year filled with the urge to travel! Check out this list of places that you could send your dad (or visit with him)!

  • Kentucky Bourbon Trail – Let dad explore eight major distilleries (and many other smaller ones) across beautiful bluegrass country from Louisville to Knoxville.
  • Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame - While you might not want to attend a festival with him, you could do more than buy him the latest musical gadgets. Venture off to see the impact that rock has made!
  •  Links at St. Andrews - Considered the “birth place of golf,” go to Scotland and tour the grounds, visit the British Golf museum, check out some castles, or go down to the beach and drive some balls into the North Sea.
  • Mountain Biking in Utah - Visit Park City Utah for some bonding time. Consider filming, editing, and then gifting the experience to dad!
  • Dig This in Las Vegas – Voted the #1 Vegas attraction by TripAdvisor, take dad to compete in contests where he can “pile up monster truck tires, dig the biggest ditch, or use the bulldozer in a race to make the most massive mound of dirt. “
  • Marinella’s in Italy – Avoid the cliche gift of a tie and instead take the family to the most prestigious tie shop! Or perhaps plan a trip for next year!
  • Gentleman’s Manicure at the Bellagio spa – Plan a father-daughter spa trip and tell dad to put the “man” back in “manicure” for a bonding visit in Vegas!

For more information on these travel based Father’s Day plans, read the full article, “Forget the Tie, Dad Wants Travel!

Photo: Thinkstock (courtesy of yahoo.com)

Photo: Thinkstock (courtesy of yahoo.com)

Gear up for Gadgets

Remember, not all dads are the same so while the previous travel ideas that I listed are a great twist for some, other dads might actually be looking forward to gifts! If you know that’s the case, then take a look at the best upcoming gadget gifts! For the dad who already has the main components, here are some accessory items:

  • Razer Kraken 7.1 headset – For the dad who loves online gaming!
  • Laser-Guided Tactical Necktie – Geek up his tie collection!
  • Logitech Harmony Smart Control – The dad who always loses different remotes needs a universal one!
  • Mophie Space Pack – A protective case, charger, and provider of additional storage for the iPhone 5 and 5s.
  • Mastrad A01900 Purefizz Soda Maker – Help dad make is own soda while he’s cooking out!
  • Bestek 110W power inverter – Whether you’re camping or using technology to play again, this lets you use your car battery to produce a charge!
  • FiftyThree Pencil – Dad can use this for drawing or taking notes on his tablet!
  • Google Chromecastb - Help your dad stream Netflix or YouTube to his TV!
  • Keyport Slide 2.0 – A flash drive, bottle opener, minilight, and key holder – all in one!

If these gadgets sound like something your dad would love, then see the full slideshow and purchase information here, “10 gadget gifts for Father’s Day.”

Click here for more information on the gadgets!

Click here for more information on the gadgets!

 

Golf it Up

“It’s sure to be an emotional scene come Sunday at Pinehurst, North Carolina.

You see, the folks at the 2014 U.S. Open will crown a champion, and the chances are that there will be a very proud father shedding a tear or two as he watches his son raise the trophy.”

As 156 golfers compete for one of the greatest titles in U.S. sports this Sunday (also Father’s Day), many of their father’s will be waiting and proud. For the golf fans who aren’t competing, this is an excellent event to use for bonding time with your father! Whether you’re at home watching the final round, out somewhere watching, or even taking a couple swings on a course and knowing you’ll check out the winner later, you never know when your last days playing with your favorite partner might come to an end. (Sad but true). Use this weekend to take part in an activity that you both take interest in.

Check out FOX6 Sports Director, Rick Karle’s article “Father’s Day and the U.S. Open: There’s nothing like it” for more reasons on why you  should take advantage of this day!

Also, utilize the US Open Golf 2014: Complete Guide to Pinehurst to find out the following:

  • All About Pinehurst No. 2
  • Where to Watch on Television
  • Biggest Storylines
  • The Top Pairings
  • The Top Contenders
  • The Dark Horses
  • The Favorite

View the article here: Pinehurst Gude – Slideshow.

Now, check out this video, “Calls For Dad” to reflect on all the special moments your dad was there for you and why you should celebrate him!

Finally, wherever you decide to take dad this weekend to celebrate, use Hertz NeverLost when you rent a Hertz vehicle to make your trip go smoother. We can build your trip for you or offer real-time assistance if you call 1-800-823-2547.

Have a great Father’s Day weekend!

-Melissa Woodring :)

 

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Summer Championships

Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

With the Triple Crown Races soon coming to an end and an NBA Finals rematch between the Heat and the Spurs beginning with Game 1 tonight, many people are about to undergo the life lesson that strength doesn’t always come from winning. Everyone involved in these activities have been working hard and it will be interesting to see how things turn out! Get some information on these events!

First of all, you can use Hertz NeverLost to guide you!

  • Use download code NBMH for the NBA Playoffs – Miami Heat
  • Use download code NBSS for the NBA Playoffs – San Antonio Spurs
  • Use download code BEMT for the Belmont Stakes, featuring the Triple Crown in New York

Triple Crown

“The Belmont Stakes is the oldest of the Triple Crown races. This third and final leg is contested three weeks after the Preakness and five weeks after the Kentucky Derby. Only 11 times has a horse been able to wrap it all up in New York.” (Psst, it hasn’t been done since 1978!)

The horse that everyone has their hopes on this year, seems to be California Chrome, ” the 3-5 favorite to become horse racing’s 12th Triple Crown champion.” The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner will be facing 10 rivals on Saturday in New York and this has to potential to be the “largest Belmont field ever beaten by a Triple Crown winner.”

Watch as California Chrome gallops at Belmont Park!

 

To learn more about the odds of this horse winning and the history of the race, read the full article, “History Not on California Chrome’s Side At Crowded Belmont.”

I personally hope that California Chrome can pull it off!

NBA Rematch

“The San Antonio Spurs host the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals tonight; a rematch from last year’s Finals in which the Heat won it all in seven games.”  If the Heat win, they will be successfully completing a “three-peat.”

While many people think that the Spurs are out for revenge from last year’s final, others think they just worked hard as a “method to get past the devastation that resulted from last year’s series.” Coincidentally, the teams are matched up for the finals again!

WILL THE THREE-PEAT HAPPEN?

Get some Game 1 preview ideas and background stories by reading these articles:

You can also check out this video for more information!

 

Enjoy the game!

Make sure to start off your summer with some amazing sporting events :)

-Melissa Woodring

 

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Graduation Lessons

“We don’t stop going to school when we graduate.” – Carol Burnett

Life  lessons can be learned everyday, even if you aren’t in school. You know what else you can always learn about? A new place to travel!! Graduation season is here, whether you just finished high school or college, it’s time to explore some summertime getaway options!

 

Camping in New York

 

When I think of visiting New York, personally, camping isn’t the first thing that comes to mind because I’m normally thinking of how great a big city experience would be! However, our friends over at Hertz 24/7 shared an article today that was featured on www.iloveny.com and it pointed out some great spots for camping in New York! “Whether you’re looking for adventure or relaxation, New York offers every kind of natural setting for your camping adventure.” Check out a brief description of five great NY camping spots:

 

  • Adirondack Mountain Peaks and Stargazing – Adirondack Park offers 6.1 million acres of nature where you can hike by day and experience some of the best stargazing in the northeast at night.
  • Greater Niagara Glamping – If you want a camping experience but  you aren’t quite ready to “rough it” then Darien Lake is the perfect place for you! Not too far from Buffalo and Niagara Falls in western New York, this location offers fishing, swimming, and a water & amusement park. Not to mention, the tents are made up for you and include queen size beds!
  • Wellesley Island: One in a Thousand – Wellesley Island provides some of the best fishing for smallmouth bass, pike, and the big, ugly Muskie. Also, this camping facility is one of the largest in the Thousand Islands region and even offers the option of renting out a fully outfitted cottage that includes showers, kitchen utensils, and more.
  • Diamonds and Roughing It – Diamonds and Roughing It – At Crystal Grove Diamond Mine and Campground in St. Johnsville, you can unearth Herkimer diamonds and then “walk across a footbridge to your campsite to polish those gems by firelight.”
  • Campsites and Sounds – Spend the day fishing and swimming in Long Island Sound at Wildwood State Park. Then, if you still have energy, you can enjoy the nighttime by watching movies outside or square and line dancing.

To find out more about these great camping spots in New York, read the full article, “Five Great Places to Go Camping in New York This Summer.”

Top U.S. Beaches

Another popular destination during the summer is the beach! While I’m sure most people agree on that fact already, not everyone knows which ones are the best! Skim over this list of the top 10 beaches in the United States for a quick glimpse of where to go!

  • Manele Bay, Hawaii
  • Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Nantucket, Massachusetts
  • Kauna’oa Bay, Hawaii
  • Clearwater Beach, Florida
  • Coronado, California
  • Cape May, New Jerse
  • Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts
  • East Hampton, New York
  • Cape Hatteras National Seashore, North Carolina

For descriptions of these amazing beaches, read the full article, “Top 10 US Beaches.”

For more ideas, you can also watch this short video of US Summer Beach Destinations. While the video itself is a couple of years old, the beaches are still amazing!

Still unsure of where to travel this summer in order to celebrate your recent graduation? When you rent a Hertz vehicle, you can use these Hertz NeverLost download codes in order to find special events that are going on during the summer in various destinations.

Plan your trips online, and access them from a NeverLost in your Hertz rental car.

Type these download codes into your Hertz NeverLost device to find things to do! Click here to plan your trip online!

Finally, if you’re in need of an extra $25 to put towards vacation needs, then enter our Graduation Vacations contest for the chance to win a $25 Visa gift card!

Graduation Vacations Contest

Click here to enter the contest!

 

Have a great summer vacation! Also, to those of you who just graduated, congratulations!

-Melissa Woodring :)

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2014 Memorial Day Events

“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” – Joseph Campbell

Memorial Day 2014 is on Monday, May 26th. This is a time used to honor and remember those who passed away while serving in the military. There are a variety of events this weekend and on Monday that you can attend in order to show your support. Along with this time of remembrance, Memorial Day is often seen as the unofficial start of summer travel. People use this time to host picnics, sporting events, family gatherings, and take short vacations. Learn about some sporting events and family activities that you can participate in this weekend!

Memorial Day Sports

Indy Car Racing

One of the sporting events that is taking place this weekend is the Indianapolis 500. This race has been billed as “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” ever since the inaugural race in 1911. See of the race traditions here: Indy 500 Traditions.

The schedule for this weekend is as follows:

People tend to look forward to this sporting event throughout the whole month and there are so many events to participate in while they wait for the final race! Check out the 2014 Month of May at Indianapolis video:

Use download code INDR in your Hertz NeverLost device when you rent a Hertz vehicle!

Professional Basketball

Another popular sporting event that has been taking place, is the NBA Playoffs. Following a couple of games this weekend, the Indiana Pacers and Miami Heat will face off in Game 4 on Monday for Memorial Day. There’s no game tonight, but the Pacers and Heat will play Game 3 tomorrow and the San Antonio Spurs and Oklahoma Thunder will play on Sunday. As you follow the schedule, keep these download codes in mind in case you’ll be local for the games and other events:

  • NBOT – NBA Conference Finals – Oklahoma City Thunder
  • NBMH – NBA Conference Finals – Miami Heat
  • NBIP – NBA Conference Finals – Indiana Pacers
  • NBSS – NBA Conference Finals – San Antonio Spurs

Watch the 2014 NBA Playoffs Promo video:

Don’t forget that you have the chance to win a $25 Visa gift card by voting for Indy Car Racing or Basketball as your favorite activity in our Tug of War contest on Facebook! Click here to vote: Memorial Day Tug of War Contest
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Memorial Day Activities

Whether you’re interested in attending a parade or making your own crafts, there’s plenty of stuff for everyone to do this weekend!

Do you need to find a way to entertain young children this weekend? Check out these Memorial Day Crafts, Projects, and Worksheets that are appropriate for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children.

Will you be in the nation’s capital this weekend? If so, you can honor our fallen heroes with 10 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Washington, DC.

Are music festivals your thing? A variety of festivals have already taken place in preparation for summer, but this weekend will bring a few more to the lineup! Click through the slideshow (starting with Chicago) to find out what festivals could be in your future this summer! See them here: The 10 Best Music Festivals Through Memorial Day Weekend.

Planning to travel? Make sure to read this article, “Crowds, cops, mostly good weather: It’s Memorial Day!

Now, watch this video of the “perfect sentiment as we acknowledge our brave service men and women this Memorial Day.”

Have a great weekend and be safe traveling!

-Melissa Woodring :)

 

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