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A truly iconic American destination, San Francisco has it all. Here you will find spectacular views, including the world-renowned Golden Gate Bridge, the famous San Francisco Zoo to explore, and a bustling city full of trendy bars, a culture-heavy art scene, and plenty of fun events and festivals to attend. No matter what your reason for going to San Francisco, you know you’re going to have the trip of a lifetime.
When exploring in and around this lively city you’re going to want the freedom to see and do whatever you want whenever you want, so we highly recommend renting a car. Conveniently, you will find plenty of highly-recommended car rental agencies at any of the 3 international airports in San Francisco; Oakland International, San José International, and San Francisco International.
Airport renting might not be your thing however, in which case there are plenty of car rental options in downtown San Francisco to choose from. Whilst you can find many of the same big-name brands that you can get at the airport, there are certain ones that we would recommend researching prior to your trip. For example, Hertz are one of the most easily accessible agencies, with 13 pick-up locations dotted around San Francisco for your convenience. Or, if you want to support a local business, take a look at City Rent-A-Car. Finally, for something a bit more exotic, look at Falcon Car Rental for a range of luxurious vehicles.
Driving in and around San Francisco is all part of the city experience, and it can be incredibly enjoyable. But we would recommend avoiding peak times (7am – 9am and 4pm – 6pm) if you want to avoid the heaviest traffic, especially on and around the Golden Gate Bridge. Other than that, just remember to double check all the local laws and rules before getting behind the wheel to make sure you are driving responsibly when in San Francisco.
There are plenty of car rental agencies in San Francisco to take your pick from, with world-renowned names such as Avis, Budget, Dollar, Hertz, National, and Thrifty at your disposal. Because of this, you have the option to be a little bit choosy. So, make sure to do your research well in advance of your trip. Not only will this give you the time needed to compare prices, deals, and offers on different company sites, but you will also be able to book in advance. This may mean you can save a good amount of money compared to booking and paying on arrival.
San Francisco is a fantastic city to base yourself if you want to tour around and explore some more of California’s hidden gems in a wider area. There is no better way to experience San Francisco’s surroundings than with a proper road trip, and in a rental car you alone get to decide when it’s time to head back to your accommodation.
The Pacific Coast Highway has so much to offer the keen road-tripper. Perfect views out into the glistening Pacific Ocean will never get boring, and there is a smattering of small coastal towns along the way for you to fill up your fuel tanks, stomachs, and photo albums. You will also get the chance to see some of state’s awe-inspiring Redwood forests, which are an essential part of the overall California experience.
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