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wanting to keep driving as simple as possible

We are staying in union Square for 6 nights and will get a 7 day muni pass.On day 6 we will rent a car and drive to Nappa and stay for 2 nights.

Where is a car rental agency close to the Highway to get out of the city and avoid traffic or getting lost?

On the way back should we drop off car where picked up or go all the way to airport?

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1. Re: wanting to keep driving as simple as possible

Hi,

I just typed "Car rental near San Francisco" into Google Maps and came up with this:

http://goo.gl/maps/ShMcf

That should give you an idea of several to choose from.

There seem to be several near Union Square, and I would probably just rent from one of them, drive north towards the Golden Gate Bridge, and drive across it towards Napa.

http://goo.gl/maps/Bzplu

(I know you save about 5 miles going across the Oakland Bay Bridge, but it's more fun to drive across the Golden Gate, in my opinion.)

As far as dropping it off is concerned, I guess that depends on what you're doing next. If you're flying out and staying near the airport, it makes sense to leave it at the airport (tell them when you're renting that you're dropping off at a different location). But if you're staying in town, it may make sense to return it where you got it from.

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2. Re: wanting to keep driving as simple as possible

Hertz is on Mason Avis is on Post both close to Union SQ.

Make a reservation for sure..

Pick up Union Sq and drop at airport.

Verify if they are charging a drop off fee.

That could be high.

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4. Re: wanting to keep driving as simple as possible

The map provided in #1 above will get you to the GG Bridge but it's probably not the one a GPS would give you nor is it the easiest or most intuitive.

There are lot of Union Square rental agencies. From that area, find PINE street. This is a one way outbound street with lights that are timed for traffic. Geary is a pain to drive on as there are many buses, as well as a bus-only lane of traffic.

Drive out PINE to VAN NESS, this is only 8 block from the Square. Turn RIGHT onto VAN NESS. Go a couple of miles to LOMBARD St. Three lanes will turn left. Make the LEFT turn onto LOMBARD.

From there just follow the traffic onto the Presidio Parkway which is the viaduct to the bridge. The road makes a bend and changes its name (Richardson) but you won't really notice. The bulk of the traffic will be heading to the bridge.

Van Ness and Lombard are the portion of Highway 101 through the city.

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5. Re: wanting to keep driving as simple as possible

>>find PINE street. This is a one way outbound street<<

The mnemonic to remember east/west streets is Pine to the Pacific, Bush to the Bay. I just learned that a couple of years ago and it has been enormously useful since.

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6. Re: wanting to keep driving as simple as possible

Good advice above - for those who haven't looked into driving in or through San Francisco - there's o real highway or freeway that gets you around the city. All of the freeways more or less dump you into the city and it's surface streets until you get toward the bridge.

The route Sal gave is great and easy to follow.

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