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Elk Grove is a city situated to the south of Sacramento, sandwiched between the mountains of California’s eastern edge and the western beaches. As a launching point for exploring northern and central California, Elk Grove offers a warm welcome, and an array of quality restaurants and bars. It’s also connected to nature, with creeks and refuges on its edges that are surprisingly rich with wildlife.

Rent a car in Elk Grove and the rest of the state opens up to you. Drive for just over an hour to find valleys of vineyards, and towering mountains that hide glistening lakes. Use Orbitz to help you find the perfect rental car.

Elk Grove and beyond: California by car

Elk Grove is located near some of California’s most popular regions, making it hard to choose where to go. We’ve picked three destinations you can visit in your rental car on a day trip.


California’s little-seen capital is often unfairly overlooked. Take the chance to explore the city while you’re in neighboring Elk Grove. Don’t miss the Old Sacramento Historic District, where 19th-century California lives on in traditional museums, and a miniature railroad that runs along the water’s edge. Once you’ve explored that, head to the elegant Capitol building, where you’ll find a fascinating museum.

Journey time: Around 25 minutes

Distance: Approximately 15 miles


California is the most prolific wine-producing state in the US, and the jewel in its crown is Napa Valley. It’s the kind of place where it’s best just to drop by any one of its numerous wineries to see and taste what they’re making. Best of all, the vineyards come with views of the surrounding Mayacamas and Vaca Mountains, so you can enjoy the scenery while you sip.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 20 minutes

Distance: Approximately 75 miles

South Lake Tahoe

South Lake Tahoe is the gateway town to the rest of the lake, which is a year-round destination for outdoors enthusiasts. The glistening, turquoise lake is an ideal spot for swimming, sunbathing and watersports in summer, particularly at spots such as Emerald Bay. In winter, it’s one of the best skiing destinations in California and Nevada, where the slopes come with views of the lake.

Journey time: Around 2 hours 10 minutes

Distance: Approximately 120 miles