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San Francisco is a "big" city, buzzing with nearly 800,000 residents and countless attractions including some of the most renowned sights in the country, including the infamous Golden Gate Bridge. However, geographically speaking, this city is relatively small, encompassing only 49 square miles. Visitors looking to soak in all the city has to offer have a convenient means to do so with a rental car in San Francisco, experiencing everything from monumental bridges to haunting islands, unique ferry rides across the Bay and the unforgettable culture.

The most famous bridge in the world

One of the biggest draws to San Francisco is the sublime Golden Gate Bridge, an engineering marvel that 10 million people of all ages flock to see each year. The bridge spans a startling 1.7 mile stretch over the San Francisco Bay. Take your family across the bridge in your San Francisco rental car and become one of the approximately 120,000 automobiles that make the trip each day. If your children are up for a walk, march them across the bridge via the pedestrian walkway and continue on toward the Lands End Trail which offers remarkable views of old shipwrecks, the ruins of Sutro Baths, green hillsides peppered with wildflowers and pocket beaches.

Take a trip to the edge of the piers

Even if you're kids can't stand the taste of seafood, they'll be sure to love Fisherman's Wharf, which includes waterfront marketplaces, the famous fishing fleet and is home to Pier 39. Stroll the pier with your family to view local celebrities: a small community of California sea lions who deck the floats to the west of the pier. Take the family over to the Wax Museum, within walking distance, where your kids can have endless fun posing with all their favorite human celebrities. When you've had your fill of star-studded attractions, take a walk over to the renowned crab vendors to grab a deliciously fresh "walk-away" crab or shrimp cocktail. Load the family back into your San Francisco rental car and head over to the ferry for your next adventure.

The inescapable island

Alcatraz Island is sure to scare your kids straight, famous for the former Alcatraz prison, perched in the middle of San Francisco Bay. The prison was operational from 1934 to 1963 and was where some of the country's worst criminals were incarcerated, such as the notorious Al "Scarface" Capone.To get to the island, drive your rental car in San Francisco over to Pier 43 and take the family on an Alcatraz Cruises ferry across the bay. Make sure to remind the children that no one ever escaped from "The Rock" and be there to offer a hug if they find their nerves getting the best of them.

Just a short phone call or quick visit to the Dollar Rent A Car website, and you’re off to enjoy one of the best cities in the world! Few can rival this compact town with its hills, parks and famous Golden Gate Bridge. And there’s no better way to enjoy it than with a San Francisco car rental.

SF Lodging Options

A multicultural and metropolitan city such as San Francisco offers a wide spectrum of lodging options. StaySF.com hotels have taken the liberty of hand-selecting a few of these options with great customer reviews and a commitment to hospitality, comfort and value. These hotels are not only known for their amenities and excellent locations but also have trained team members with a customer service attitude focused on providing any information that you may need in order to enjoy the true San Francisco experience. Many of the hotels offer FREE parking and FREE wireless internet access - All are in locations that are very convenient to the Cable Car Line and public transportation.

Short drive from the city

With your San Francisco rental car from Dollar, you can also head inland to Gold Country. This area's small towns will lead to the glory of Yosemite National Park, not to mention a wine lover’s paradise in Napa and Sonoma valleys. Best of all, when you rent a car in San Francisco, you can also take one of the area’s legendary drives up the PCH and experience Northern California’s lush forests, gorgeous sea views and amazing winding roads.

If you’re a frequent traveler to the Bay Area, you can even get a day with a San Francisco rental for free. That’s because our Dollar Express Renter Rewards program gives you one free day for every 16 days you’ve rented with Dollar. What could be better?


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Ace It Bike Tours offers San Francisco, Sonoma Wine Country & Sonoma Bike 'n Brew Tours. Reserve any of these tours on our website and receive a discount on car rentals. www.aceitbiketours.com


Popular San Francisco car rental locations for your rental car needs:

Dollar Rent A Car – San Francisco International Airport

780 McDonnell Road Lot C
San Francisco, CA 94128
Phone: 866-434-2226

Dollar Rent A Car – Sheraton Fisherman’s Wharf

2500 Mason Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Phone: 415-319-9873

Dollar Rent A Car – O’Farrell Street

364 O’Farrell Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone: 866-434-2226
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