If you rent a car in Wisconsin you will find that you have more independence
and freedom of movement to explore the sights and attractions
of the state at your own pace. Wisconsin car rentals also provide you the opportunities
to branch out and discover the neighboring states, including Illinois,
and Michigan. The contract
conditions of some car rentals in Wisconsin will even allow you to take the
vehicle across the border into Canada.
It's the freedom of the open road that makes Wisconsin car rentals so attractive.
Many people will arrive in the state by air, usually flying into Milwaukee or Green Bay. You can book a Wisconsin airport car rental at these two largest airports in the state, but you will also find many options at the smaller airports of Eau Claire, Appleton, La Crosse, Rhinelander, Madison, and Wausau.
At airports as well as in cities and town, the companies offering car rentals in Wisconsin fall into two major categories. There are small local firms that offer Wisconsin car rentals where you must remain within a particular defined region or city. The rates for these may be less expensive than the larger companies with big fleets, but often you will be limited to picking it up and dropping it off at the same location. You may also have this geographic limitation with vehicles included as part of one of the many available Wisconsin vacation packages.
Car rentals in Wisconsin are also available from the large nationwide franchises. These will allow you to pick up the vehicle in one place and drop it off at another. While this option is usually a bit more expensive, it is less limiting and allows you to take tours all over the state without having to back track to return the vehicle. You will find all the major chains represented throughout the state, including National, Alamo, Enterprise, Budget, Thrifty, Dollar, Hertz, and Avis. Virtually all of these companies will have Wisconsin airport car rental outlets (even at quite small regional airports), and most have offices in the major cities, and towns. Some even will have a rental desk actually inside the luxury hotels, resort properties, and casinos.
People don't always rent a car in Wisconsin just to get from place to place. Sometimes it's for fun and recreation. For instance, you can rent a dune buggy in the resort of Wisconsin Dells, a motorcycle in Sturgeon Bay, and recreational vehicle or pick-up truck around the state parks for hunting and camping. There are also short-term luxury vehicle, classic car, and limousine rentals available for special events. These will be more pricey, but they certainly will add some fun and class!
Once you rent a car in Wisconsin you'll want to spend some time familiarizing yourself with the state's rules of the road. The regulations probably aren't all that different from your home state's driving regulations, but most states do have their own road rule idiosyncrasies. Most companies offering car rentals in Wisconsin will provide you with a flyer providing the basic regulations concerning insurance, driver minimum age, and speed limits. They often will also provide you with maps and guides for various cities and the state, including most of the popular attractions and things to do. If you're intending to take your vehicle into Canada, you should discuss the country's license requirements and insurance with the rental agency before you arrive to pick it up.
Whether you've decided on a Wisconsin airport car rental or you're picking it up at a different location, do consider booking ahead of your scheduled visit. Whether you're looking at vacation packages or off on independent explorations, booking in advance provides you the opportunity to shop around for the best price and ensures you have the vehicle of your choice.