Recommended Cars for Father's Day Road Trips​

best cars for road trips on father's day

After celebrating Mother's Day, it's time to honor all the hardworking and loving dads out there. There are many ways on how you can make your dad feel special on Father's Day and going on a road trip is definitely a great idea. To help you find the perfect vehicle for your special trip, VroomVroomVroom shared our recommendation on rental cars for popular road trip locations. 

Party like a rock star in Las Vegas

Welcome sign at Las Vegas with airplane

Did your dad give up his party lifestyle for your family? Let him experience being young, wild and free again by taking him to Vegas. Sin City isn't all about crazy parties and casinos, there are other activities that your old man can enjoy.

Recommended car: A flashy sports car like a Ford Mustang is perfect for a Vegas road trip. Your new ride will definitely make heads turn as you drive along the Strip. 

Where to stay: There are many hotels and resorts in Las Vegas, but we think that Excalibur is perfect to make your dad feel like a King or a Knight. If your father is a fan of the Bee Gees, you can watch the 75-minute multi-media tribute show. 

Highlights:

  • Play a crime-solver for a day by trying the  CSI: The Experience located in the District across the Grand Garden Arena.
  • Experience driving a luxurious race car including a drift-ready Corvette ZO6 and Audi R8 by joining the Exotics Racing​ at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
  • If your dad loves playing golf, then make sure to take him to Topgolf Las Vegas, which is a massive entertainment venue that features an interactive golf game.

Getting there: There are many depots across Las Vegas where you can pick up your car, but you can also pick it up from Las Vegas Airport if the hotel doesn't offer a free shuttle from the airport. From the airport, it only takes around 12 minutes to get to the Las Vegas Strip via Swenson Street and El Flamingo Road. From the Strip, drive along I-15N to reach the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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Feel the love and romance in Honolulu

Sunset dinner cruise ship in Honolulu harbor, Oahu, Hawaii

If your dad is the romantic type, then arrange a second honeymoon for him and your mom in Honolulu. You can always tag along with your siblings, but make sure to give your parents some space to rekindle their love. 

Recommended car: Book a convertible like a Mazda Miata RF or Chevrolet Camaro and enjoy the cool breeze and views as you cruise along the Diamond Head Road or Pali Highway.

Where to stay: If you got money to splurge, then book a room at the internationally-acclaimed Halekulani located in Kalia Road. Enjoy breathtaking views of the Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head right in your own suite. They also offer Gentleman's Choice Menu at their spa which is perfect for your dad.

Highlights:

  • There are many restaurants in Honolulu that offer buffets and all-you-can-eat feasts but one thing you must try is Chef Chai's lobster and king crab legs buffet.
  • One of the most romantic things you can do in Hawaii is dining, cruising and watching the sunset and you can let your dad experience that at Pacific Star Sunset Buffet & Show Cruise.
  • Get a dose of Elvis Presley at Rock-A-Hula where you can watch the top impersonators perform hits from the King of Rock 'n' Roll, indulge in gourmet food and take home a King's scarf.

Getting there: If you are picking up your car rental at the Honolulu Airport, it will only take around 32 minutes via I-H-1 E to get to Halekulani Hotel. From the hotel, drive along Ala Moana Boulevard to reach the Star of Honolulu for the cruise. If you prefer going to Rock-A-Hula first, then it only takes 5 minutes via Saratoga Road and Kalakaua Avenue from the hotel.

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Get the sports fever in San Francisco​

aerial view of golden gate bridge, san francisco

If your dad is a sports fanatic, then San Francisco is the place to be since it is home to many popular major league teams. Aside from sports, there are also many popular landmarks in the city that are worth exploring such as the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, and Fort Point National Historic Site.

Recommended car: Surprise your dad by inviting his pals to join you guys for a ball game. To fit you and the whole gang, a passenger van is an ideal vehicle for this trip. 

Where to stay: If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then the ideal place to stay is at Hotel Drisco which is located atop San Francisco's upscale neighborhood Pacific Heights. The hotel is just a short drive to the Golden Gate Park, Crissy Field and Palace of Fine Arts.

Highlights:

  • Watch an exciting baseball game at the Oakland Coliseum which is also the home of the Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics.
  • If you want to watch other sporting events, head to the Golden Gate Tap Room which features 20 screens airing live games. They also have arcade games, pool tables, shuffleboard, foosball, and other game hall classics.
  • See the city at a different perspective by going on a Vista Grande Tour. Hop on a Bell Jet helicopter and enjoy the amazing views of San Francisco from above.

Getting there: There are several car rental depots located across San Francisco, but if you are flying to the city via San Francisco Airport, you can also pick up your rental car there. From the SFO, it only takes 25 minutes by car to get to Hotel Drisco via US-101 N. From the hotel, you can drive along I-80 E and I-880 S to reach the Oakland Coliseum.

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Go back to basics in Portland

Man at Mount Hood in Oregon, US

Let your dad experience the simplicity of life by taking him to Portland, Oregon. There are many wonderful day trips from the city including the Multnomah which is just 30 minutes away. You can also go camping at Barton Park or Champoeg State Park.

Recommended car: An SUV such as a Toyota Rav4 or a Nissan Pathfinder can store some of your camping and hiking gears. It can also easily navigate mountainous terrain. 

Where to stay: If you want to get a great view right in your own room, then make sure to book an Executive Terrace or Terrace Studio Suite at the Sentinel.  Your dad will surely enjoy reading a book while having complimentary coffee at the Room At the End of the Hall and having steak and seafood at Jake's Grill all located within the hotel.

Highlights:

  • Imagine 70 breweries pouring over different kinds of beers, meads, and ciders accompanied with live music and great food – your dad can experience all of that at Brew Camp​.
  • If you want to learn more how beers are made, then you can hop in the Portland BrewBus which offers four-to-five-hour tours of selected breweries in the area.
  • Explore Mount Hood and enjoy various indoor and outdoor activities such as Magic Mile Sky Ride, hiking, and mountaineering at the Timberline.

Getting there: If you are arriving from Portland Airport, you can drive your rental car to I-84 W to get to Sentinel Hotel and it will only take around 26 minutes. If you prefer going straight to Timberline Lodge and Ski Area, it will approximately take an hour and a half to get there via US-26E.

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