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California’s charming, laidback capital may not have the glitz of Los Angeles or the monuments of San Francisco, but therein lies its appeal. Roam the museums and state parks of the city before driving into the surrounding countryside in a rental car to see as much of the charming region as possible.
Sacramento has all of the attractions and history that befit a state capital, but without the crowds of California’s more famous corners. We’ve picked out some of the coolest spots in the city and surrounding region.
The city center of Sacramento is packed with architectural and historic attractions that are must-sees for many visitors. Drive around the area and park your rental car to explore the engaging California Museum, the splendid white State Capitol building and the glistening, futuristic sports stadium known as the Golden 1 Center.
Napa Valley, an hour west of Sacramento, is famous for its wines and scenery. Head east from California’s capital, however, and you’ll reach the much quieter but no less impressive Shenandoah Valley. Zinfandel is the key grape in the region – be sure to try a glass on a tour of one of the wineries.
Covering eight blocks west of Downtown, Old Sacramento looks and feels like a time capsule. Here, you can hop on river cruises, stroll around old-world shops or explore from the back of a horse-drawn carriage. Museums in the area cover topics such as the Wells Fargo bank, traditional schoolhouses and vintage motorcars.
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Renting a Car Sacramento is straightforward with Orbitz. To make the process even simpler, we’ve answered some of the most frequent questions below.
The short answer: yes. Not only does it guarantee that you’ll have a car waiting for you, but you’re more likely to get a good deal on it by planning ahead. Many car rental companies don’t charge cancellation fees, so there’s nothing to lose by choosing your car in advance.
Numerous car rental companies offer competitive rates on rental cars in Sacramento. Avis, Hertz, Enterprise, Budget and more are all vying for your custom. The sheer range of rental companies means that you can take your pick of vehicle type, too. Use the search function on Orbitz to look for the best deal.
In California you can rent cars from as young as 18, but many rental agencies require you to be at least 21 – shop around different companies if you’re unsure. Most rental outlets will also add a younger driver surcharge if you’re under 25.
The majority of car rental companies will require your driver’s license, your credit card and, for those coming from outside the US, an International Driving Permit (IDP). Read the specifications of your contract once you’ve booked your car.