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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.
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.
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.
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.
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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When booking a rental car via Expedia you can easily compare a wide range of the most popular car hire companies and select the best option for you. There are no extra costs and no cancellation fees involved in booking a rental car with Expedia.
You can book a car rental on Expedia either online or over the phone. You may have the option to reserve now and pay now, or to reserve now and pay later. The payment option will be indicated at time of booking. To collect Expedia+ rewards points for your car rental, sign in to your account before you book or create an account on the Payment page.
Most rental car bookings are eligible for a full refund regardless of when you cancel with Expedia. Not all prepaid bookings qualify for a refund. Review your itinerary for details. If your prepaid booking qualifies for a refund, your booking must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up for the refund. If you return your prepaid car rental early, you will not be refunded for any unused time.
To cancel your car booking, sign in or enter your email address and itinerary number. Then select Find itinerary. Under Manage Booking, select Cancel Reservation, then CANCEL THIS RESERVATION. Most prepaid car rental bookings are non-refundable. Pre-paid bookings must be cancelled at least 6 hours prior to pick-up to be eligible for a full refund. To change or cancel a car hire that you booked as part of a holiday, please contact us.
Booking your car from home with Expedia ensures thay you can choose the type of car. You can also compare the different offers and additional services in advance to get the best offer for you. Upon arrival you only need to collect the keys before beginning your trip. In addition, you do not have to start searching for a suitable provider after arriving or reading the terms and conditions at the counter. This will save you a lot of stress.
A comprehensive insurance is a good choice to avoid unpleasant surprises. That way you can enjoy your stay carefree and explore the area with your rental car.
We have a couple different options when it comes to paying for your car rental. Read on and see which is best for you. Reserve now, pay now: This option allows you to reserve your car rental and prepay at the time of booking. You’ll need a credit card to prepay, and can apply Expedia Rewards points to cover all or some of the booking cost. While some car rental companies may let you pay with a debit card, the driver still needs to present a valid credit card to cover the deposit upon pick-up. Reserve now, pay later: This option lets you reserve your rental car without paying in advance. When you get to the pick-up spot, just have whoever's driving present a valid credit card to pay the cost in full. The car rental company will also place a hold on your credit card in the amount of the car rental deposit.
When picking up your rental car, check for scratches or dents on the vehicle. Inspect the car carefully, make sure to take notes of potential damage and let the vendor know before driving off.
Rental car companies can usually be found at airports and various locations in the city centre.
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