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Redwood City may share a peninsula with San Francisco, but it feels a world apart from its famous neighbor. Its leisurely downtown region is lined with trendy shops and open-air restaurants. The city limits lie sandwiched between the serene state marine park of Bair Island and the tree-lined hills in the heart of the peninsula, where you’ll find some of the giant redwood trees that gave the city its name.

Redwood City is a perfect launching point for exploring the rest of the Peninsula and the Bay Area, so rent a car through Orbitz when visiting this sunny, friendly city.


Redwood City and beyond: Sequoias and sunshine

Use your rental car to explore some of the most famous sights in California, as well as some of the region’s quieter destinations. We’ve chosen three dazzling destinations you can easily visit from Redwood City.

Half Moon Bay

This small city on the opposite end of the peninsula promises one of the most beautiful beaches in the region. Steep hills plummet onto quiet but large sandy beaches, where dramatic waves crash into the shore. Strong currents mean that you should only head out into the water if you’re a confident swimmer, but it also makes it ideal for surfers who want to catch powerful waves.

Journey time: Around 30 minutes

Distance: Approximately 15 miles

San Francisco

Use Redwood City as your base for day trips into San Francisco. The compact city packs a punch far beyond its most famous sights. Once you’ve seen Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf, take some time to explore the city’s edgy, artistic neighborhoods. Downtown hosts excellent museums, while The Mission is famed for the people-watching lawns of Dolores Park.

Journey time: Around 40 minutes

Distance: Approximately 25 miles

Muir Woods

If the Santa Cruz Mountains outside Redwood City haven’t fully satisfied your desire to see giant trees, take the short drive north of San Francisco to reach the Muir Woods National Monument. Here, sequoia sempervirens, the coastal redwoods, grow in abundance and reach towering heights of up to 370 feet. Boardwalks provide accessible, easy walking routes through the heart of this awe-inspiring forest.

Journey time: Around 1 hour 10 minutes

Distance: Approximately 45 miles