Thrifty Car Rental –San Francisco (SFO)
780 McDonnell Road Lot C
San Francisco, CA 94128
Set off on a San Francisco rental car adventure!
Few cities in America are as iconic as San Francisco, a gold-mining boom town that consistently reinvents itself. From the soldiers at the Presidio to the immigrant enclaves of Chinatown to the hippies in Haight-Ashbury, this city is a melting pot with plenty to do. Here is a short list of attractions to get you started on your San Franciscan road trip adventure.
The Golden Gate Bridge
It's probably the most famous bridge in the whole country and while you're here you might as well put the top down, put your shades on and drive your San Francisco rental car across[EM1] ! The art deco icon opened to traffic on May 28, 1937, and over 2 billion cars and trucks have crossed it since opening 78 years ago. Visitors can either take the bridge for a day trip to Sonoma County wineries or a quick jaunt to the beaches and parks of Marin County.
If you'd rather get out of the car to see this engineering marvel, then drive to the Presidio at the far northwestern corner of San Francisco. The location offers breathtaking views of the bay and bridge. While you're in the neighborhood, stop by the Presidio itself. The Spanish, Mexican and U.S. military all called the army base home at one point during its 218-year history.
Food and other to-dos
If you want to see just how much of a melting pot the City by the Bay is then use your stomach!
Just 3[EM2] miles away from the Presidio lies Fisherman's Wharf. If you're looking for city tours or the freshest in seafood and the finest in chocolate, look no further. Ghirardelli Square, the world-famous chocolatier. Stop in to taste some chocolate squares or drive down to the city's financial district to the Tadich Grill- this seafood and steak room is the oldest continuously open eatery in San Francisco. Opened in 1849, the restaurant still serves dishes like the Hangtown Fry, an omelet of fried oysters, that was a hit with the original forty-niners.
To try some of the city's Chinese influence head in your rental car to its famed Chinatown area or try the dumplings at Yank Sing Dim Sum, a James Beard-winning and Michelin Guide-recognized dining room that serves up the best dim sum in the city.
Visitors wanting to learn more about the famed bohemians that called Frisco home should check out Haight-Ashbury at the intersection of Haight and Ashbury streets to see the stomping grounds of The Grateful Dead and Janis Joplin. Or tourists can drive a mile to Alamo Square to see the picture postcard Victorian row houses known as the "Painted Ladies".
Literature fans will want to pay homage to the beatniks at City Lights Books, where Beat movement writers like Allen Ginsberg and Lawrence Ferlinghetti met to talk and publish works.