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Why rent a car in Sacramento?

Sacramento is within driving distance of some of California’s most appealing sites. Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and San Francisco are all nearby, and the immediate vicinity is full of wineries and farmland, meaning this is a food and drink lover’s paradise. Get a hire car in Sacramento and head out to the coast on America’s iconic Route One, or drive 70 miles west to Napa Valley.

How to get to and around Sacramento?

Fly in to Sacramento International Airport, which is 12 miles from town and a drive of 16 minutes. San Francisco Airport is 107 miles away, a car journey of one hour and 40 minutes. If you are planning to get a rental car in Sacramento then the I-80 and I-5 both pass through the city.

What brands are available?

If you want a hire car in Sacramento then Alamo, Budget and Thrifty all have collection points in the city centre. Dollar, Avis and National are also available.

Must-sees within an easy drive of Sacramento

America’s historic Gold Country is just on the outskirts of Sacramento, where pretty towns and villages built during the 1849 Gold Rush are dotted along the old Highway 49. In the city centre the Old Sacramento area on the banks of the Sacramento river is like a living museum dedicated to the era. Old wooden pavements line the streets and horse-drawn carriages are used by costumed performers who re-enact life during the Gold Rush. There are also a number of museums including the popular California State Railroad Museum.

One of the region’s main draws is the city of San Francisco, which is 90 miles west on the I-80. Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge are some of the city’s top tourist spots, along with the zigzagging Lombard Street, which is a short but winding drive down a very steep hill. Haight Ashbury is the district for alternative shopping and independent restaurants, and Pier 39 is the best spot to eat crab and watch the hoards of sea lions relaxing in the marina.

Just across the water from San Francisco is Berkeley, home to the University of California and therefore a busy cultural scene of museums, theatres and galleries. The journey from Sacramento is one hour and 20 minutes, a drive of about 80 miles, and you could stop off on the way at Concord, a small city just south of Suisun Bay. Elk Grove, just 15 miles from Sacramento’s city centre and a drive of 25 minutes, is also worth calling at. It has a quaint old town area with buildings from the 1800s and a plaza, which is often busy with markets and community events.

Tips and tricks for driving in Sacramento

California roads are notoriously busy but driving them can still be an enjoyable experience. While you are in the area why not try one of the iconic driving routes down the coast from San Francisco all the way to San Diego.

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