Summer is not very far off and that is why planning your summer is essential. Especially, if you have plans to go on a cruise or are planning to travel across the country in your car. Visiting famous cities is a lovely option and makes a great vacation. Of course, the complexity of the parking situation in the huge cities is baffling. This is the only thing that bothers visitors. However, here is a brief description of the options of parking available:
To begin with, street parking is available in many busy areas, but you must look for less crowded areas. The side-streets may have more space, yet do not forget to read the signs. This is because, though it may appear as street parking, it may definitely not mean it is meant for parking.
Ensure you do not park your car in a yellow curb or in the area that has that day reserved for street cleaning. Generally, one side of the street is cleaned and not both on a given day. Also watch out for the sign that informs you not to park. Most importantly, citizens having local plates must post a City Sticker. This is essential or else, you will end up at some point with a bright orange ticket on your car.
Another parking facility is the permit parking. Be watchful for the signs informing who can part and the times. There are areas not permitting 24 hours parking and some impose restrictions during the day. If there are events across the city, this will affect the parking hours. So, you must be aware of the parking hours. There are permit zones and it is mandatory to qualify for a given area to get a permit. In fact, permit holders may purchase temporary parking passes to use even for their visitors.
The metered parking is often available. Reading fine prints on the meter is a must. There may be restrictions similar to the street parking such as metered during specific hours or 2 hour parking, etc.
Commercial garages and lots are available, but are expensive. Read the small prints on the signs prior to entry, because an "early bird special" is the $ 6 parking fee and is available at specified times. Otherwise, you may be shelling out huge money for few hours of parking. It is best to understand the details of parking areas, before you start for a particular area.
The best part is that you can rent a space in a lot that is closer to your residence or even in a garage. The fees for the parking may range between $ 50 to nearly $ 200. If you are looking for a dedicated parking space, you may find it in your nearby building, if your building lacks the attached parking facility. Parking can be understood by going through the popular classified sites. Another option to know about the parking availability is through an agent who really has proper network and access to multiple listing services to identify the parking spaces available.