- Plan a road trip.
- You can move stuff around.
- For Special Occasions.
Important Things to Remember:
- No need to buy extra insurance.
- Fill the fuel tank yourself.
- Return the car in time.
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Did you know Super Cheap has a location near the San Francisco International Airport (SFO)? Super Cheap Car Rental San Francisco is located right across the street from the BART and CalTrain Stations, meaning you’ll have easy access to some of the most beautiful cities in Northern California if you use one of our affordable car rental San Francisco specials.
Since there’s so much to see, renting a vehicle is definitely the best option when you visit the San Francisco area. We have plenty of San Francisco car rental packages available to suit your travel needs. And once you’re behind the wheel, you’ll have hundreds of miles of beautiful destinations to explore. We recommend starting with these 10 cities.
- Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay is a small coastal town that’s about a 50-minute drive from San Francisco, and it’s absolutely idyllic for anyone looking to relax and enjoy the scenery. From the wildflowers to the art to the oceanfront trails, this is the perfect spot to slow down your pace and live in the moment.
Catch a perfect sunset from the Ocean Terrace Bar at the Ritz Carlton, which has delicious specialty cocktails to go with the stunning views. Or schedule a tour with Friends of Fitzgerald Marine Reserve and explore the tidepools with the pros.
Speaking of charming beach towns, Carmel-By-The-Sea is a nice, romantic spot about 120 miles south of San Francisco. This sweet little city will give you a small taste of all the best things Northern California has to offer: White sandy beaches, excellent restaurants, European-style streets, a thriving art scene, and even celebrity sightings.
In just under an hour, you can drive from San Francisco to one of our most famous wine country spots. While there are plenty of smaller and less touristy towns in the area with some wonderful wineries, Sonoma truly is worth the hype.
Even if you don’t drink vino, you’ll love the other attractions like the historic Sonoma Plaza, the Jack London State Historic Park, and Safari West, an African-inspired safari and nature preserve with 900 exotic animals.
Known for its cliffside hiking trails, unique beaches, and Victorian homes, this little coastal city is absolutely magical. This is truly a Northern California destination—it’s a good 160 miles north of San Francisco, but it sometimes takes close to four hours to drive there because of all the winding roads and mountain passes. But once you arrive, you’ll fall in love.
Looking for something quirky and a little unconventional? Sebastopol is a small town in Sonoma County surrounded by apple orchards and vineyards, but it’s far from traditional. Take in some unusual street art, pick your own apples, or check out Aubergine Vintage Emporium, where you truly never know what you’ll find.
Who wouldn’t want to visit a place that has proclaimed itself to be the Garlic Capital of the World? Gilroy is about 78 miles away from San Francisco, but you’ll feel like you’re in a completely different world. California’s largest state park, Henry Coe State Park, is here, offering 250 miles of trails. We weren’t kidding about the garlic, either… there’s a Garlic Festival in July and a store called Garlic World.
- Santa Cruz
In some ways, Santa Cruz is the quintessential beach town―it’s got the classic Beach Boardwalk, the long stretches of shoreline, and some tasty eateries with world class views. It also happens to have a thriving indie music scene and a few impressive historic hotels that date back to the 1800s.
Sausalito is a mere 30-minute ferry ride away from San Francisco, and some would say it’s one of the best little seaside towns in the world. Although it’s small in size, Sausalito has everything you could want: wine tasting, art galleries, shops, walkable neighborhoods, and great waterfront dining options.
- Los Gatos
Located near San Jose, Los Gatos is a small upscale town with plenty of shops and eateries to explore. The Town Plaza is charming and often bustling, making a perfect starting point for a self-guided walking tour. The town is well-known for its enjoyable Farmers Market, which is held on Sundays from 8-12.
This historic resort town is quite a charmer, and it’s only about 76 miles from San Francisco. Its unusually pleasant weather, natural beauty, and atmosphere led to it being a designated resort town called Camp Capitola in 1869, making it the oldest seaside resort town on the Pacific Coast. Capitola Beach is right in the middle of town, and it has a pleasant Mediterranean vibe you won’t find anywhere else.
Capitola is more of a getaway spot for California locals than tourists, so you won’t find as many attractions as you will in other nearby coastal cities. But it has so much natural charm that it doesn’t need them.
Los Angeles is an amazing city, and if you’re visiting soon, you’re very lucky. However, there’s so much to discover in Southern California that it would be well worth it to take a day trip or two out of the city while you’re here. We’ve got plenty of charming small towns and picturesque places that will make you feel like you’re on another planet… but you’ll be back in LA by dinnertime.
Of course, finding the perfect inexpensive car rental Los Angeles deal is the first step to planning any day trip. You’ll be glad you have a rental car during your visit—Los Angeles is much better explored that way. But if you want to escape the city, it’s essential.
Luckily, Super Cheap Car Rental has plenty of Los Angeles car rental reservation packages to choose from. You’ll have your choice of our fleet of reliable vehicles.
Once your car rental reservation is made, all that’s left to do is hit the open road. These destinations are all within a two-hour drive from LA, and they’re all exceptionally fun.
If lush green hillsides and an abundance of wineries sound like your idea of a good time, you’ll love the Temecula Valley. If you don’t hit traffic (meaning you should leave early), you can get there in less than two hours. Learn about the local history by visiting the Temecula Valley Museum, or go all-out and book a ride on a hot-air balloon with Magical Adventure Balloon Rides.
Of course, the wineries are worth seeing here, so make sure you have a designated driver. Leoness Cellars is a local favorite (mainly for their award-winning restaurant) and Monte De Oro Winery is another top choice.
Ojai is just a 90-minute drive from downtown LA, but you’ll feel like you’re in another world. You’ll find a lot of charming antique shops and boutiques on Ojai Avenue, and the nearby trails of Los Padres National Forest will bring out your inner adventurer. You can even tour a citrus grove or take a guided horseback tour of some of the top nature spots.
Of course, if you’re looking to relax, Ojai is the perfect place for you. The Ojai Valley Inn & Spa has every spa treatment imaginable, and Meditation Mount is the perfect place to catch a sunset.
San Juan Capistrano
Want to see an impressive piece of California history? San Juan Capistrano is a 90 minute drive from LA and makes a beautiful off-the-beaten path day trip. The Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1776 by Father Junipero Serra and is arguably one of the prettiest missions in the country.
Once you’ve explored the mission, check out the nearby Los Rios Historic District and take yourself on a walking tour. You’ll have plenty of options for delicious food, too—Five Vines is a wine bar with sandwiches and small plates, and Ramos House is a charming and romantic spot serving mouthwatering meals.
Joshua Tree National Park
Joshua Tree is about a two-and-a-half hour drive from LA, but you may want to find overnight accommodations if you go. This is truly one of the most incredible places in California (and possibly the world), and you’ll want to explore as much as possible. Between the ancient Joshua trees, giant boulders, desert land, mini mountains and looming cacti, you’ll feel like you’re on another planet (a good one).
Palm Springs is an easy and beautiful two-hour drive from LA. It’s well known as the ultimate vacation destination for those seeking relaxation, culture, and laid-back entertainment, and it lives up to its reputation.
From poolside hangouts to trendy restaurants and abundant outdoor recreation opportunities, Palm Springs has everything Los Angeles does, but it’s smaller and more laid back. If you’re a golfer, you’ll love the legendary golf courses here… and if you need a luxurious spa day, you’ve come to the right place. Palm Springs is the perfect place to pamper yourself.
Long Beach is a mere 45 minute south of LA, although you’ll want to take traffic into consideration. This charming coastal city has an abundance of tourist activities, ranging from the famous (and haunted) Queen Mary to the Aquarium of the Pacific, you’ll find plenty of attractions, shops, and eateries right on the waterfront.
If you find the Naples neighborhood, be prepared to fall in love. The Italian-inspired community was developed to be the “Dreamland of Southern California,” and it’s hard not to feel dreamy when you’re on an authentic gondola ride.
Located about 140 miles north of LA, Los Alamos was once a major stagecoach stop. It has maintained a charming Old West theme, and it’s so small that it’s still a single stoplight town. Known for its wine tasting rooms, antique shops and art galleries, this is the perfect town to spend a laid back day.
Depending on what part of the country you call home, you’re either seeing the first hints of spring weather or you’re still stuck under a few feet of snow. Either way, it won’t be long before the weather warms up and the sun emerges—and that means it’s a great time to visit San Francisco.
While the weather in San Francisco isn’t quite as warm as Southern California, April and May are usually sunny and pleasant. Besides, there are plenty of spring events to entice you to book your trip. We’ll give you 10 good reasons to reserve your low-cost car rental San Francisco and visit The Golden City before summer.
- Check out The California Artisan Cheese Festival in Santa Rosa
Here’s one of the top reasons to check out our San Francisco car rental reservation packages: You can make the hour-long drive to Santa Rosa and enjoy the best cheese of your life, not to mention chat with over 100 artisan cheese and food producers, winemakers, brewers, and chefs. This year’s dates are March 23-25, and tickets cost between $45 and $135, depending on how much you want to see and taste.
- Three words: Giants baseball games
Whether you’re a diehard baseball fan or you barely know what a strike means, you should still try to see a Giants game while you’re in San Francisco. The energy at AT&T Park is palpable, and you just might leave the stadium a Giants fan. Either way, you’ll have a blast at the game.
- Taste a bunch of wine in Mendocino…
On Saturday, April 7, more than 30 local wineries will be pouring at A Taste of Mendocino, an upscale tasting event that also features delicious bites from artisanal food producers. And if you like what you taste, you can buy wine, cider, craft spirits and food to take home with you. The cost of this event is $60.
- … or, visit this actual farmers market for wine.
On April 7 and April 8, the San Francisco Vintners Market will set up at City View at Metreon to connect with other wine lovers. Try a few samples, then buy wine from over 200 wineries, including some small family-owned places you may never be able to buy from otherwise. You’ll want to bring an extra suitcase if you plan to attend this event.
- Take in some beautiful spring cherry blossoms (for free)
From April 14-April 22, the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival will be celebrating the gorgeous blooms in Japantown. The event is also a celebration of Asian traditions, with food booths, live music, martial arts, and a big parade on April 22. The cherry blossoms alone are totally worth the visit.
- Celebrate Earth Day San Francisco-style
It should come as no surprise that Earth Day is a special day in this hippie-friendly city. On April 21, celebrate with the Earth Day street fair that runs from 11 AM – 7 PM. Between the live music, keynote speakers, organic food vendors and the eco-fashion show, it’s easy to spend hours at the Civic Center Plaza. Also, the event is free.
- Check out Opening Day on the Bay
Opening Day on the Bay is a long-standing local tradition, marking the official arrival of “boating season.” There’s a parade of boats you can see from the waterfront, and plenty of boats you can buy tickets to board. This year’s Opening Day will be April 22.
- Dance your way through the city
If you have a dance background or you just love it (or want to learn), visit San Francisco between April 27 and May to take advantage of Dance Week. The event is free and includes 700 performances, classes and workshops. The Bay Area has one of the largest and most active dance communities in the country, so this is a great opportunity to learn.
- Experience the infamous Bay to Breakers
The Alaska Airlines Bay to Breakers 12K is San Francisco’s craziest foot race. And whether you go with the intention of exercising or just to observe and cheer on the runners, you’ll want to wear some kind of costume. This year’s race is on May 20.
- Connect with other cultures at Carnaval
Can you tell San Francisco is a city that loves its festivals? On May 26 and 27, Harrison between 16th and 24th Streets converts into Carnaval, the city’s most festive multicultural celebration. Enjoy cuisine from around the world, a wide variety of music, and the Grand Parade (on May 27). Best of all, admission is free.
Of course, you’ll find plenty of other spring events and activities in San Francisco, not to mention the classic amenities that make the city so famous. Super Cheap Car Rental San Francisco has a location directly across the street from the BART and CalTrain Stations at SFO.
There’s truly never a bad time to visit Los Angeles. With our perpetual sunny weather, constant influx of entertainment, classic attractions and, of course, our Los Angeles cheap car rental services, the City of Angels is enticing in any season.
But believe it or not, autumn might actually be the best time to check out all that L.A. has to offer. After the summer madness winds down and the temperatures start to cool (slightly), everything continues to heat up in the City of Angels. And if you’re considering a visit this fall, we hope these 10 reasons can convince you.
Remember, Super Cheap Car Rental doesn’t discriminate based on your age. If you’re under 25, check out our underage car rental Los Angeles specials. And if you’d like to stay in L.A. longer than a week (which we hope you will), ask us about our Los Angeles car rental packages.
Here are a few good reasons to book your flight, hotel and rental car in Los Angeles this fall:
- You may find better deals.
It’s no secret that travel in the United States is at its peak in the summertime. Prices on hotels, flights and other activities are often at their highest. Waiting until the month of October to travel could actually save you quite a bit of money. And if you come to L.A., you won’t have to worry about the weather being too cold.
- But speaking of the weather, L.A. autumn temperatures are pretty pleasant.
You won’t see the scorching 100+ degree days of summertime, but you won’t have to bring many sweaters to LA in the fall. The average temperatures in the month of October range between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit, and it isn’t unheard of to enjoy an 80 degree day even in November.
- The Santa Monica Pier is the perfect place to spend a fall day.
Santa Monica is amazing in any season, but it remains perpetually packed all summer. But when the crowds die down and the weather cools off, a visit to the historic pier is the best experience ever. See why this remains Santa Monica’s hot spot as you explore all it has to offer, from panoramic Pacific Ocean views to carnival rides and ice cream treats from Soda Jerks.
- Get in on the fun fall traditions in L.A.
The Feast of San Gennaro, an Italian tradition that began in 1926, is held on the last weekend of September every year. It’s a great chance to celebrate Italian culture (and eat delicious food). Locations are still being determined for this year’s feast. This is one of many annual fall festivals and activities you’ll be able to find in L.A.
- Sipping your way through wine country is especially beautiful in the fall.
Most people think of Northern California as wine country, but Southern California has plenty of coastal tasting rooms worth checking out. Malibu Family Wines, for example, is open daily through Halloween weekend and has live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Park half a mile away and ride the free shuttle or trolley to the property for your tasting adventure.
- Two words: Fall fashion.
Why not do all of your fall shopping in Los Angeles this year? L.A.’s Fashion Week takes place in early October at Union Station, featuring four consecutive days of runway shows, presentations and parties. But even if you can’t be here for Fashion Week, you can keep up on the current trends from afar and find them in our massive department stores and local boutiques. Imagine having a wardrobe that came straight from Melrose Avenue and Beverly Hills shops.
- The lines at our theme parks will probably be shorter.
If you think Hollywood and our local beaches are crowded during the summer, you should see the likes of Disneyland and Universal Studios. But when the students return to school, you’ll have a better chance of enjoying our theme parks with shorter lines and smaller crowds. Your best bet is to come on a weekday in late September or early October before the holiday rush begins.
- Celebrate Oktoberfest right here in Los Angeles.
There are numerous fun Oktoberfest events in the greater Los Angeles area, and they range from family-friendly fun to adult-oriented beer-drinking entertainment. If you love German culture, come to L.A. in late September or early October. Or, just head to Alpine Village in Torrance – their Oktoberfest celebration lasts a full two months.
- You can still dine outdoors… yes, even on Thanksgiving.
If you’re from most other parts of the country (and the world), September brings a chill to the air that makes dining alfresco rather unpleasant. But not in Los Angeles – we dine outdoors all year here. The temperatures do cool, but nearly every restaurant in the area has patios equipped with heat lamps and blankets to ensure you stay comfortable during your meal.
- Halloween in Los Angeles is amazing.
Whether you have young children and want to treat them to a once-in-a-lifetime Halloween celebration (like Disneyland or Knott’s Scary Farm) or you’d rather put on a costume and enter a contest at a bar or club, there’s truly nothing like Halloween in L.A. If you’re planning an autumn visit, make it Halloween weekend and you’ll have all kinds of amazing options. And since you’ll have your own transportation, you can make it to as many parties as you’d like.
The most wonderful time of the year, summer vacation, is quickly approaching. Whether you’re an international student or someone who hasn’t been in school for 30 years, there’s something special about that time of year when the days get longer and the nights get warmer.
Even though Southern California’s weather stays pleasant all year, summer is still the perfect time to go. Between the perpetual sunshine, the constant events and the miles and miles of white, sandy beaches, you’ll never want to leave.
We’ve compiled a list of, in our opinion, the top 10 places in Southern California everyone should see. And if you rent a car from Super Cheap, you’ll have time to see quite a few of them. Just look up our Los Angeles car rental reservation packages to see what’s right for you. And remember, Super Cheap Car Rental specializes in underage car rental Los Angeles packages, so you’ll never be discriminated against due to your age.
Santa Monica is one of California’s most charming beach cities, and it’s also extremely popular—about seven million people visit every year. Between the beautiful pier and its amusement park and activities, the shops on the Third Street Promenade and the sophisticated dining scene, you’ll never run out of things to do. Santa Monica also offers some of the best sunset views on the coast, so time your trip accordingly.
Located about two hours south of Los Angeles, San Diego is arguable one of the most visually stunning places in the world. If you can take a break from the pristine beaches that border the city, you’ll discover a beautiful downtown area and a well-preserved historic district, Old Town San Diego. There are also some beautiful parks and a major tourist attraction, SeaWorld, so allow yourself plenty of time to explore.
Channel Islands National Park
Located off the coast of Santa Barbara, Channel Islands National Park encompasses five ecologically rich islands. From sea caves to seals and rate Torrey pines, you never know what you might see here. While the mainland visitor centers in Ventura and Santa Barbara are accessible by car, you can only reach the islands by park concessionaire boats and planes or by private boat. Advanced planning is always recommended.
Whether you’re enjoying California for the first time or you’re a veteran traveler, a trip to Universal Studios never disappoints. There’s a huge theme park, tons of attractions and a large plaza of shops and restaurants called City Walk, so allowing yourself more than one day to enjoy the studios is a good idea.
A word of caution: You just might fall in love with Solvang at first sight. You’ll find California’s little Danish village about 33 miles north of Santa Barbara, meaning it’s right in the heart of wine country. Between all the tasting, hiking and boutique shopping, you’ll be charmed by this historic place.
Speaking of charming, make sure you allow a day to spend in the beautiful city of Ojai. Located about 83 miles from downtown Los Angeles, this quirky city is perfect for anyone who loves art and wine. Indie markets and vintage finds are big here, so if you’re interested in checking out an entirely upcycled “anti-mall,” this is definitely the place for you.
No trip to Southern California should be completed without a day-long visit to Catalina Island. Known for its wildlife and outdoor activities, you can truly choose your own adventure here. Of course, if relaxing is all that appeals to you, you can always rent a cabana on the lovely Descanso Beach.
There’s no place in the world like Hollywood, and that’s exactly why we love it. Walk the Walk of Fame, take a tour of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and see if you spot any celebrities. And don’t forget to take plenty of pictures of the iconic Hollywood sign.
Runyon Canyon Park is located just a few blocks from Hollywood, but when you get there, you’ll feel like you’re in another world. This 130 acre “urban wilderness” has plenty of paths to choose from, all with equally stunning views of Hollywood and the city of Los Angeles.
Ready to surf? If you’re curious at all about catching a wave (or if you’re a seasoned surfer), you won’t find a better beach than this one. Dubbed “Surf City USA,” this is a very board-friendly place. But even if you have no interest in surfing, you should still check out this friendly beach city. The oceanfront dining, surfer shops and gorgeous sunsets alone make it worth the trip.
These are just a few of the many, many tourist attractions and hidden gems you’ll find in Southern California. With thousands of places to see and things to do at your disposal, you’ll be planning your next vacation before you leave your first one.
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