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Hiring a car in San Francisco

Few cities in the USA offer such a beautifully diverse mix of things to see and do than the relaxed, forward-thinking and outlandish city that is San Francisco. From the rolling hills that seem to surround the city and allow the fog to hang over it mystically, to the uneven Victorian rooftops that give it something of a unique skyline unmatched across the USA, San Francisco is one of those places that takes every opportunity it can to stand out from the crowd.

Best known for its steep inner-city hills, which have populated many an Instagram account, and the fabulous Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco is a city that loves to innovate. From the forward-thinking leaders of extreme sports to the geniuses that bring technological advantages to a new level, San Francisco’s residents are never a group to rest on their laurels, and it gives the entire city a wonderful aura of energy.

What you need to know

San Francisco, unlike many cities, has an urban atmosphere that just begs for exploration. While other cities might have a rather cut and paste approach to architecture, San Francisco is home to some of the most beautiful Victorian buildings seen anywhere in North America, and you’ll feel at home just wandering and taking pictures in this relaxed atmosphere. However, there’s so much more to see in the city, and that means that renting a car is the best option, allowing you the freedom to see everything. And of course, when you’re tackling the steep hills on Filbert Street and 22nd Street.

No matter how you want to tackle the hills of San Fran, Hero Rent A Car will be your best option for finding the perfect car. Our booking tool will let you compare prices from many international and local independent car hire providers, and you can rest assured that when you book with Hero Rent A Car, not only will you get the best price available, but you will never pay transaction fees with us.

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Where to go

When you have picked up your car hire from San Francisco Airport, all that’s left to do is to decide where you want to go next. The city and California beyond are open to you, so what will you do first?

Nearby San Francisco

Car rental in San Francisco means that you have the choice to not only explore the city itself, but also to see what California has to offer further afield. Why not make the most of this and take in the hour and a half drive to the beautiful town of Sonoma? One of the best parts of the California wine region, this quiet little settlement is where American California was first founded, and wine enthusiasts will find nowhere better to buy a local bottle.

Alternatively, around the same distance from San Francisco, you will find Santa Cruz, headed south on the US-101. This city is all about relaxation and alternative lifestyles. Chill out with the locals, who love heading to the beach to relax, kick back and enjoy the sunshine, before picking up a board and heading into the water for an afternoon of surfing.

Longer drives

Of course, your hire car also means that you have the freedom to explore even further into California. With beautiful views of the Pacific, nowhere will present a better drive than that found by those heading two hours south to Monterey. Aquariums and the local pier are the best places to visit to see the aquatic animals that bring the area to life, and there are views out over Monterey Bay here that are completely unrivalled anywhere in the state.

Elsewhere, have a look at what can be found in Los Padres National Forest, some three and a half hours south of the city. This not only gives you some of the most spectacular scenery as you tackle the Pacific Coast Highway, but a different type of holiday when you reach the national park, home to streams, rivers, mountainous areas and some of the best views you’ll find anywhere in the country.

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