Archive for May, 2010

San Francisco: Throbbing and Fun Summer Destination

Tuesday, May 25th, 2010

One of the most vibrant cities in America, San Francisco is the financial, cultural, and transportation center of the larger San Francisco Bay Area populated by 7.4 million people. The city is a popular international tourist destination, with an eclectic yet astounding architecture, its rolling hills are the perfect stage for popular landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, the Coit Tower, cable cars and Chinatown. At Rentalo, we pay homage to this multicultural city by offering you planning ideas for your next San Francisco vacation rental.

San Francisco was rated “most-walkable” city based on its culturally rich streetscapes on multicultural neighborhoods crossed by commercial corridors. These neighborhoods feature tons of restaurants, venues and businesses alike. On every street you will find cafes, boutiques, and bars that will make for a glowing nightlife.

If you and your family are more into museums, you can´t miss the Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), which receives more than 600,000 visitors annually and houses many contemporary works of art. You may also want to check out the Palace of the Legion of Honor or the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. And while at the park, visit the California Academy of the Sciences, the local natural history museum which also hosts the Steinhart Aquarium and the Morrison Planetarium. If you have grade school kids, stop by the Exploratorium, an interactive science museum in the Palace of Fine Arts.

cable-car-picture-2There are many other things to do in the foggy, yet warm city. The typical tourist experience must include a stroll and lunch on Pier 39 and Fisherman´s Wharf, so you can later enjoy a treat at Ghirardelli Square. Hop on a cable car on Powell Street and roam the city hills on San Francisco´s most recognizable moving landmark. Later visit world-famous Lombard street, the ”crookedest” street, by taking the cable car to Hyde and Lombard. And don´t forget to shop around Chinatown, the biggest Chinese community outside the Asian country.

Find different lodging options in San Francisco Hotels and Vacation Rentals at Rentalo.com .

Kid Friendly Travel for the Upcoming Summer Season

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Traveling with kids can be an exhilarating experience. However, it may prove very demanding for parents who are not well prepared. In order to avoid family frustration, consider your loved ones, their interests and needs when you are all away. Plan accordingly; make your item and activity checklists while keeping a travel itinerary carefully laid out. The best trip is the one that has enough family adventure and entertainment while reducing hassle and stress for everyone. At Rentalo, we are concerned with your family vacation travel and want to help you enjoy your leisure time along with your kids.

kids_vacationWhen traveling on family vacations take the appropriate things and props to help you better care for your kids and avoid uncomfortable situations. A first aid kit, with band-aids, mild analgesics, hand gel and sun screen should be always included in your luggage. For those boring moments, distract your kids with crayons, paper, color books and card games. A good idea is to keep a photo of your child in your wallet or purse in case they get lost in a crowded area. Also, take an extra copy of birth certificates and travel arrangements (tickets, reservations, etc). you may also want to include a frisbee for some quick exercise, a lightweight blanket for nap time, snacks and treats, wipes, and plenty of bottled water. And don´t overlook a simple but basic: always go to the bathroom BEFORE you leave; trust us, everyone will feel lighter.

Places to go on your kid vacation trip

Washington, D.C. with all its history, landmarks and free museums is a great destination for family fun. Look for a family vacation rental in Washington and stroll down the Mall with your youngsters. They would surely enjoy the National Air and Space Museum and learn the story of planes and rockets from the earliest human attempts to fly. Visit the Museum of Natural History and enjoy with them natural wonders, stuffed fauna and the O. Orkin Insect Zoo, home to many critters your kids will love. If they are more into plants, don´t forget to take them to the Botanical Garden, next to the Capitol.

If you and your kids are more into wilderness and adventure travel, you should experience one of the U.S.´s 388 national parks. You will surely find a whole array of cultural, geographical and geological attractions all over the country. National park websites have “For Kids” sections that will help you involve your kids in the planning of visits and events with puzzles, games and lots of pictures. Check our inventory of vacation rentals in Yosemite, Yellowstone Grand Canyon or the Florida Everglades for more ideas on national park destinations.

Of course, Disney and Theme parks in Orlando are always at the top of the list when considering family vacations. Fortunately, we offer several Disney vacation rental alternatives for your lodging in this premiere family fun spot. If you enjoy the thrills, try the Space Mountain or the famous Rock ’n’ Rollercoaster featuring Aerosmith. Classics like Cinderella or friendly characters Mickey, Goofy and Pluto will sure be there to make the most out of your kid´s vacations.