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While San Francisco’s public transport is great for commuting, if you’re visiting, a rental car is your best option to see the sights and explore Downtown. Plus, there’s nothing quite like driving over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge.

If you want to get around the city comfortably and visit all the most interesting spots, from Fisherman’s Wharf to Union Square to Chinatown, renting a car through Orbitz is a practical and convenient choice. There are numerous car rental companies throughout Downtown San Francisco, as well as at San Francisco International Airport. Book for just a day to get around the city, or for a weekend getaway.

San Francisco and beyond: Three destinations by car

One of the great things about San Francisco is its proximity to nature and wine country. Here are three spots to discover by car.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Just outside the city you’ll find rugged cliffs covered in lush, green grass leading toward the sea.

Hike to the lighthouse at the end of a rocky headland and look for whales, stop at Alamere falls, relax at the beach, or hike through the Phillip Burton Wilderness area to the peak of Mount Wittenberg. The drive along the cliffs is worth the trip in itself.

Journey time: Around one hour

Distance: Approximately 29 miles

Napa Valley

Sonoma County and Napa Valley are the largest wine regions in the US, and both are filled with charming towns.

Take a drive through the rolling vineyards, stop for lunch in Healdsburg (known for its restaurants and tasting rooms), learn about wine at any of hundreds of vineyards, and take your time stopping in the boutiques and galleries in towns like Yountville.

Journey time: 10 minutes to one hour, depending on where you go

Distance: Most stops within a few miles

Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve

If you love hiking and being among the trees, visit Armstrong Redwoods State Natural Reserve, a short drive that feels a world away.

Be humbled by the massive redwoods, which can be seen from a loop hiking trail. The Primeval Redwood Forest is home to trees over 1,000 years old, reaching hundreds of feet high. Pack a picnic to enjoy in the adjacent open grassland. Parking and access to the park is free.

Journey time: Around 1.5 hours

Distance: Approximately 76 miles