San Francisco - the enchanting City by the Bay. With its mild temperatures, beautiful bridges and extravagant eats, the California city is a must-see destination for travelers. Whether you're planning to explore the long coastline, immerse yourself in the city's numerous attractions or visit neighboring counties, securing a car rental in San Francisco is a convenient option.
One of a kind
Although this bridge hasn't been around since the city's founding - which occurred in 1776 - nothing's more iconic in San Francisco than the Golden Gate Bridge, so steer your San Francisco car rental toward the international orange landmark as soon as you can! With vistas of rolling hillsides, the San Francisco Bay and the sparkling waterside city, you'll quickly understand why Golden Gate is a fan favorite, and why so many people - about 7.5 million - make their home in the area.
After crossing the bridge, why not drive a little further? Just over the bay sits the tranquil town of Sausalito, a perfect spot to take a beachside cruise. The small city's range of gourmet restaurants and quaint boutiques offer the perfect spot to satiate a range of appetites as well!
Test your driving skills
Sure, you know how to drive, but can you handle the "crookedest street in the world?" Located just a few blocks up from Ghiradelli Square, Lombard Street is located in Cow Hollow, one of San Francisco's more than 40 unique neighborhoods, and features eight switchbacks along 40 degree slopes that make this road a challenge for even the most seasoned of drivers - just make sure your San Francisco rental car has great suspension! Although you may have to wait a short while for a chance to test this street's crazy zig zags, the short trip is an unforgettable one, and is best experienced by car.
Travel the 49
If you've only allotted a few days to see San Francisco, don't fret! Although San Francisco county covers a little over 231 square miles, the city's 49 has you covered with a great route that will give you an overview of the city's finest accolades. As its name implies, the 49-mile drive is a range of blue and white signs that lead visitors throughout the city's many roads. From the route's highest point of Twin Peaks, you'll get a great panoramic view of the hilly city below, which may help you decide which neighborhoods you'd like to visit. Although the city is known for its fog, San Francisco has an average of 260 clear days per year, so chances are you'll be able to see for miles from this viewpoint. The route also gives you and your rental car access to most of the city's finest sights. From Golden Gate Park to Chinatown to Market Street, you'll likely uncover many areas of the city with this classic route that you would have otherwise overlooked, and you might even uncover some secret spots that even the local San Franciscans have forgotten about!
See the sights and sounds of one of the most amazing cities in the world – at the lowest rate guaranteed – with a San Francisco car rental from Thrifty. San Francisco rental cars give you the freedom to experience this exciting city YOUR way. Be sure to sign up for the Blue Chip Express Rental Program® and get where you’re going even faster, thanks to special member benefits. Some spots you won’t want to miss include:
- Chinatown. Zip around hilly streets in a gas-friendly economy car as you make your way to the largest Chinatown outside of Asia. Experience the sights, sounds, and smells of this amazing cultural hub. From art museums and market fairs – to amazing shops and attractions – you could really spend an entire week exploring San Francisco’s Chinatown.
- Golden Gate Bridge. Take in the breathtaking sights in your convertible as you cruise across this grand and historic bridge. Boasting massive towers and sweeping cables, this beautiful bridge is visited by 9 million people from around the world each year. On the southeast side of the bridge you’ll find a gift shop, demonstrations, even a café. Be sure to take a stroll to the Fort Point Overlook for sweeping views.
- Fisherman’s Wharf. Load up the gang into the minivan and head to San Francisco’s #1 visitor destination. Enjoy the freshest seafood around at one of the many restaurants, get spooked at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Museum, tour the USS Pampanito, an actual WWII submarine, indulge your taste buds at Ghirardelli Square, and much more.
- Lombard Street. Don’t forget to cruise over to this famous San Francisco street – and see why it’s earned the title of "crookedest" street in America.
No matter where your adventures lead, you’ll have the freedom to see the city on your schedule in San Francisco rental cars from Thrifty.