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The so-called Bay City remains a popular vacation destination on the West Coast of the US. Known for its iconic Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco offers great sightseeing, shopping, eating and entertainment. Some of the best drives in the US are on the West Coast, including the famous Route 1 or the Pacific Coast Highway, best enjoyed with car hire in San Francisco.
San Francisco attractions
Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge is a must and best done with car rental in San Francisco. The famous harbour area and Fisherman's Wharf can be explored on foot, with excellent seafood to be enjoyed. A boat ride to the infamous Alcatraz prison is also worthwhile. For an unusual driving experience, try driving down the curviest road in the world, Lombard Street.
San Francisco excursions
There are plenty of excursions within a few hours' drive of the city centre. An absolute must is a day or overnight trip to the world famous Yosemite Park with car hire in San Francisco. The ancient Sequoia trees will absolutely take your breath away. A drive along Route 1 is recommended for its coastal views. A stop in Sausalito, a beautiful coastal town known as one of the prettiest in the US, makes for a nice diversion.
Best time to visit
A popular misconception is that it is always sunny and warm in San Francisco. In fact, it can be hot in the summer and foggy, cold and rainy in the winter. April to October is considered the best time to visit. San Francisco is extremely popular and the summer months so it can get very crowded. To avoid the crowds, avoid the peak July to August months.
Car rental in San Francisco
Car rental is readily available in San Francisco and visitors should compare car hire deals online to get the best rental prices. Driving here is straightforward, although traffic jams in the city centre are commonplace during peak hours. There are many toll roads, such as the one that crosses the Golden Gate Bridge, so make sure to have change and small bills handy.