Yellowstone National Park

Jun 26 2014

Yellowstone National Park celebrates its 142nd anniversary this year and holds the accolade of the world’s first National Park! Yellowstone is home to a diverse range of magnificent views of canyons, rivers, forests and mountain ranges. Read on to find out more about the park and our visitor guide to making the most of your trip to this natural beauty.

Yellowstone became the first National Park in the USA through an act of Congress on March 1st 1872 signed by President Ulysses S. Grant. It covers a staggering 8,992 square kilometres across the three states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana, and is centred on the largest super-volcano on the continent.

Lower falls of the Yellowstone River

Now you know a little more about the park, let’s look at a selection of attractions which have kept people visiting for so many years.

Old Faithful

Yellowstone is home to the explosive eruptions known as Geysers, the most famous of which is ‘Old Faithful’ located in the Upper Geyser Basin. The blasts from Old Faithful can reach an impressive 60 metres high, a truly exceptional sight that is not to be missed. Old Faithful is not alone; the surrounding region is a hotbed of geothermal activity, and a short drive north on the Grand Loop will take you to more spectacular geysers. After all that excitement, rest your head at the historic Old Faithful Inn joining the illustrious list of former guests that includes US Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Franklin D. Roosevelt. After a relaxing break in this luxurious hotel, you can continue your journey through the vast scenic landscape.

Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

When cruising towards the north of the park, make your way to the Tower Falls region where you will encounter the awe inspiring Grand Canyon of Yellowstone. There are several viewing spots either side of the canyon that provide incredible views of this 20 mile long tremendous feat of nature! A visit to the canyon can be enjoyed further by taking one of the many hikes into and around the canyon. For those of you who are tight for time, there are short hikes and paved walkways near the falls where you can experience the stunning scenery, but still allow for time to see more of what this amazing park has to offer.

Lamar Valley

A drive through the legendary Lamar Valley will excite the animal lover in you. Fun fact, Yellowstone has the largest concentration of free roaming wildlife in all of the 48 mainland states. Although the valley is primarily known to be home of the bison, it has so much more to offer. In addition, you can see wolves, elk, coyotes, bears and many more. It is hard to miss the great herds of bison, but in your search for the more unusual creatures, be sure to bring some binoculars, as they may be more difficult to see from the roads. Before you go, check out the best times and places to see your favourite animals to make the most of your wildlife adventures.

Buffalo Herd in the Lamar Valley

Mount Washburn

Yellowstone is full of hiking options for you outdoor explorers. The ascent up Mount Washburn is a particularly popular yet challenging trail, which will appeal to avid hikers who can enjoy the incredible panoramic views of the park en route. Mount Washburn was discovered in 1870 in an expedition led by Henry Washburn, whom the peak was subsequently named after. The starting point of the Washburn hike is a 40-minute scenic drive away from Tower Falls. The entire route of the hike is about 10km, so be sure to pack supplies for your mountainous adventure.

Around two and a half million people visit the iconic Yellowstone National Park every year, and you can join them by hiring an Alamo car, and starting your own adventure! Where will the road take you?

America’s love affair with the Ford Mustang

Jun 25 2014

The roar of the engine, the thrill of the drive, a car synonymous with American driving culture; it’s the Ford Mustang. If you didn’t know already, this year the Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th anniversary, and over the years the models may have altered, but motorists’ love for them hasn’t. We at Alamo love the Ford Mustang and are proud to count it amongst our fleet. Let’s look through the illustrious history of this quintessentially American motoring sensation, and see how the love affair with the Ford Mustang began.

Classic Mustang in parking lot

The Ford Mustang, brainchild of Ford Executive Lee Iacocca, was unveiled on April 17th 1964 at the New York World’s Fair, to an overwhelmingly positive response. The car provided style, power and excellent value for money; the American public instantly loved it. In fact 22,000 were sold immediately, and in two years that number rose to over 1 million models. From the first model in 1964, the Ford team sought to keep the car fresh and exciting. When the model got outdated Ford made it sleeker, quicker, and implemented redesigns, all of which has contributed to their success and longevity.

Copper 1960`s First Generation Mustang

The Mustang’s ground breaking design and engineering gave birth to a type of car known as the Pony Car. Pony Cars appealed to people as they were affordable, compact, stylish sporty cars suitable for families. Named after the American wild horse, the Mustang represents American values of freedom and discovery and truly epitomises American driving culture. In a Ford Mustang you will relish the All-American driving experience when cruising the vast, scenic American highways.

Many of you film fans out there will recognise the early Ford Mustang models from a variety of blockbusters, and the car notably made its first ever appearance on the silver screen in ‘James Bond: Goldfinger’. A true cultural phenomenon, the Mustang also played a starring role in the hit 1968 film ‘Bullitt’, where it was driven by Steve McQueen in what is considered to be the greatest car chase scene ever made. So, when driving the Ford Mustang you’ll be following in the footsteps of the ‘King of Cool’.

1967 Ford Mustang

To date, over 9 million Ford Mustangs have been sold worldwide. This serves as a testament to the enduring popularity of the iconic creation that has symbolised the same power and panache across five generations. Many Mustang enthusiasts are part of the Mustang Club of America, an organisation dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Mustang by organising shows, competitions and celebrations across the USA. Production of the car is still going strong and a new edition is planned for release towards the end of 2014, proving that after 50 years, the Mustang is still very much adored by the American people.

In 1964 the love affair began and in 2014 it shows no sign of stopping. Start your love affair with the Ford Mustang by choosing Alamo for your American road trip.

Photos: NYC Marathon 2013

Dec 10 2013

It’s official: this year’s NYC Marathon was the largest yet, with a record 50,304 tired but exhilarated runners crossing the finish line in Manhattan’s Central Park. Over two million spectators clung to railings along the five-borough route to support friends and family competing in the endurance race, the usually frenzied city at a rare standstill.

NYC Marathon

Kenyan racers won both the male and female categories – Geoffrey Mutai overall in 2hr 8min 24sec, while his compatriot Priscah Jeptoo scooped the women’s prize in 2hr 25min 7sec. Geoffrey had form, winning the both the NYC and Boston Marathon in 2011; Priscah awarded silver in both the 2011 World Championships and the 2012 Olympic Games. At the other end was Zoe Koplowitz, an inspirational speaker afflicted by MS and diabetes, who completed her 25th NYC Marathon on crutches the following morning.