Great North American Road Trips – No. 1 – The Bourbon Trail

Posted: Wednesday, 21 August 2013

The Bourbon Trail – Kentucky

Time: Allow at least 3 days to get through all the legendary distilleries.
Car: Any car will do, preferably with someone else driving if you enjoy a sneaky whiskey.
Distance: The distance of this road trip is approx. 140 miles starting in Lexington and eventually making it’s way to Louisville.
Attractions: Only the best and most well known bourbon/whiskey distilleries in the world.


The below map shows the recommended route for the Bourbon Trail. This is only the recommended route, by all means do it in reverse, take side trips or spend as long as you want, after all is it your road trip.

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If you are a fan of whiskey then this road trip is for you, Kentucky is very well known for it’s famous distilleries producing only the best bourbon and whiskey available.

Day 1

Day 1 begins in Lexington, The Town Branch Distillery is located smack bang in the middle of downtown Lexington, ensure you have a taste of their bourbon infused coffee named Bluegrass Sundown as it is a hit with most people. If you have the time make your way over to the Barrel House Distilling Co. located about a mile away. They have a mix of liquor to sample including rum aged in bourbon barrels, pure blue vodka and American Whiskey.

By now you will probably be in the mood for a spot of lunch, there are a few options available. If you are just after a snack the Midway School Bakery have all the old favourites, for a formal meal the Holly Hill Inn is the place to go or for something in between tasty lunches can be found at Windy Corner Market and Restaurant.

For the second half of day 1 we move down through the spectacular horse country home to many beautiful and quick race horses to Versailles which is a great place to spend the night once you have visited the Woodford Reserve Distillery.

Day 2

Day 2 will take you to Lawrenceburg and surrounding areas where you will find the Wild Turkey and Four Roses Distilleries. Harrodsburg which is Kentucky’s first settlement is a great historic place to visit and also the perfect place to spend the night. The Beaumont Inn here is on the National Register of Historic Places and is where we recommend you stay.

Day 3

Day 3 is a busy one where you will explore all the distilleries in Lebanon, Loretto, Bardstown, Shepherdsville and Louisville.

Lebanon is the “heart” of Kentucky being the geographical center. There are tonnes of historical attractions here including Civil War landmarks, but what everybody comes here for is the sugar shine, Limestone Branch Distilleries hand made bourbon.

The Makers Mark Distillery, Loretto Kentucky

The Makers Mark Distillery, Loretto Kentucky

Loretto is home to the world renowned historic landmark of the Makers Mark Distillery. Here you can sample the whiskey and even try your hand at applying their signature red wax onto a bottle.

In Bardstown you will find both the Willett and Heaven Hill Distilleries. Bardstown has been voted the most beautiful small town in America and is a great place to spend the night.

The famous Jim Beam Distillery is located in Shepherdsville and is your last distillery on the tour, make sure you take their interactive tour and as always have a sample of their products. Once done here make your way up to Louisville where you eat, drink and sleep some more and experience everything the city has to offer.

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Top 5 tourist attractions in New York City

Posted: Saturday, 9 February 2013

Here are my top 5 to see and do in New York City

1) Shopping

The shopping in New York is incredible! Give yourself time to wander through the stores of the upper east side, check out the department stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s and then take yourself over to Brooklyn to find some more beautiful shops. Then of course you have your other specialty stores like Tiffany and Co.

2) Central Park

Central Park covers a huge area in the middle of Manhattan. There are many different areas in the park, many things to see, many sites within the park you will notice many back drops for movie scenes.

3) Check out the street dancing

Part of the beauty of New York City is the culture and vibe. This is made even better be spectacular groups of street dancers. Take the time to stop and watch these mesmerizing artists.

4) Empire State building

The Empire State Building is one of the tallest building in New York City, 102 stories high. It is often lit up in various colors such as the red, white and blue. Head to the top for spectacular views of New York City. Check it out at night and watch the twinkling lights below and the brightness of Time Square.

5) Brooklyn bridge

The Brooklyn bridge connect Manhattan and Brooklyn. It is known for its suspension design. A great tourist spot to look across to Brooklyn and back over Manhattan.

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Yellowstone national park

Posted: Sunday, 20 January 2013

Yellowstone National Park was the first national parks in the world and is known for its geothermal features and fantastic wildlife. Covering more than two million acres, it is well worth hiring a car and driving around the grand loop road, allowing you to see its beauty from the comfort of your vehicle. With so much to see within the park, make sure you allow plenty of time to spend here, there are camping grounds if you are wanting to stay for a number of days.

One of the highlights and popular tourist attractions is the Geyser, known as ‘Old Faithful’. As may be suggested by it’s name, Old Faithful will erupt every 45-90 minutes and the park rangers will predict to the minute the time in which you need to be standing by to see its beauty, water erupting into the air.  There is wildlife a plenty, with 61 different mammals living in Yellowstone National Park, including Grizzly bears, Moose and wolves, just to name a few. There are also many waterfalls and Yellow Stones very own ‘grand canyon’ which has the most stunning colors in the rock faces you have seen!

Getting there

Hire a car from one of our Wyoming locations and take yourself to Yellowstone National Park. There are five different entrances into the park, depending on which direction you are coming from. Private vehicles entrance fee is ~$25. From Jackson Hole to Yellowstone National Park is just under 2 hours driving.

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Discover the beauty of Jackson Hole!

Posted: Sunday, 6 January 2013

One of the most spectacularly surprising locations in the heart of Wyoming is Jackson Hole. Jackson Hole refers to the mountain resort located in Teton Village and ~20 minute drive from the town of Jackson itself. The town of Jackson has a population of ~8,000 people and is located over 6,000 feet above sea level. The highest peak at the Mountain resort is over 13,000 feet. If you are visiting in Winter then of course head to the slopes. But remember its not for the faint hearted. It’s reputation is that it is steep and deep. However winter is not the only time to visit, throughout summer there is a bucket full of outdoor activities to enjoy. Take to the river for some tubing or kayaking. Alternatively head to the slopes for some summer bike riding. The trip up the Mountain resort tram is worth it in Summer for the stunning view, and if you are lucky you may spot a bear on the way! If you are heading to Jackson then ensure that you add some extra time to rent a car and visit the beauty of Yellowstone National Park.


Getting there

If you are arriving by plane, do you best to get a window seat for the descent. The airport is located beside the alps surrounding Jackson Hole. If you are lucky enough to fly in at sun set, you will enjoy a spectacular sun set over the jagged mountain range.

Alternatively rent a car through one of our Wyoming locations.

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Boston Massachusetts

Posted: Monday, 10 October 2011

Boston is the largest and capital city of the American state of Massachusetts. It is also one of the oldest cities in the U.S which brings a huge number of tourists to the city to see the historic city. There are a huge number of things to see and do including, visits to many of the historic buildings littered throughout the city or see a sports game such as Basketball with the Boston Celtics or a Baseball game with the Boston Red Sox.

Why not book a rental car in Boston before you get there to save. Hire Car Hero allows you to compare the prices of all the major car rental companies in the U.S so you can get the cheapest price possible.

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Holiday in Los Angeles

Posted: Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Los Angeles has it all, glitz, glamour, celebs, landmarks, theme parks and more. LAX is one of the busiest airports in America and is most likely the place you will land when you come to west coast of America from overseas. If theme parks are your thing then Los Angeles is the place for you, with over 10 huge theme parks you will be spoiled for choice. Some notable theme parks are Disneyland, California Adventure Park, Knotts Berry Farm and Universal Studios.

Universal Studios is a great place to go as it is situated on the lots where actual films are being made and where films were made. Along with all the great rides it makes a great day out.

If you are planning a holiday to Los Angeles any time soon book a cheap car rental in Los Angeles before you leave through Hire Car Hero to save money and time.

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Welcome to Hire Car Hero America and Canada

Posted: Sunday, 4 September 2011

Welcome to the new Hire Car Hero website that offers car rental comparison and bookings for most locations throughout the U.S and Canada. For the cheapest rental cars fill in the above booking form to see all the available deals.

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