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Road tripping from Seattle to San Francisco in a rental car

Book a one-way car rental from Seattle to San Francisco (OR from San Francisco to Seattle) and explore the different sides of California and Washington with ease. Lined with some really exciting places on the way, the drive from Seattle to San Francisco is best explored as a multi-day trip, and majority of travelers finish it in 3-4 days.

We have divided the trip into 3 days.

Highlights

Total distance from Seattle to San Francisco to Seattle: 807.7 mi via I-5 N
Best time of the year to take the trip: Summer months
Most popular rental car-types: Convertibles, vans and SUVs

Road trip at a Glance

Day 1: Seattle

Popular car hire pick-up locations in Seattle

Sr no pick-up location
1 Seattle Tacoma Airport
2 Seattle downtown
3 Seattle King County Airport

Seattle is Washington State’s largest city and is famous for its futuristic landmark Space needle which was built in 1962. Its booming tech industry, world class museums and a beautiful surrounding that comprise of mountains and evergreen forests, make Seattle a magnet for travelers from all walks of life. Shopping at Pike Place Market or a walk through the city’s acres and acres of parkland, Seattle offers something for every traveler.

Day trips from Seattle

If you plan to stay for a few days in Seattle, here are a few trips that are worth trying.

Day 2: Crescent city & Seaside

Crescent city is in California & Seaside is in Oregon.

Crescent city is named after its crescent shaped sandy beach. It has a few attractions that make it worthy of a small stop on the way. Its 19th century lighthouse which now is a museum – Battery Point Light – is one of its noted attractions besides Point Saint George – another historical lighthouse. BeachFront Park is popular with families and is often quoted as ‘a kid’s dream’. 6hrs drive from Crescent City, Seaside is a resort city noted for its beach with surf breaks and a promenade which dates back to the 1920s. The Seaside Aquarium is a great place to see and feed seals. For a very small fee the small aquarium also has a touch and feel tank where you can hold snails and starfish. Its beach is great for a stroll with friends and kids, & the Tillamook Head is a lighthouse with hiking and camping ops.

Day 3: San Francisco

Popular car hire drop-off locations in San Francisco

Sr no Drop-off location
1 SFO airport
2 SF downtown
3 San Francisco Fisherman Wharf

In San Francisco, you can fill your day with some really exciting attractions like, the Golden Gate Bridge, Golden Gate Park and Fisherman Wharf. And, after exploring these popular attractions, you must spend a few hours exploring the city’s food scene. Some of the best restaurants in SF are located in the Clement Street, Irving Street and Balboa Street.

Side trips from San Francisco for travelers willing to spend 2-3 days in SF

The following are the best day trips from SF, which you can cover easily with a rental car. Most customers rent vans, minivans, SUVs and convertibles for these trips.

Car rental companies that provide one-way from Seattle to SF

On USA Cars Rental, you can book your car hire from top brands in America. Put Seattle in the pick-up field, San Francisco in the drop-off field and fill the other asked information, and compare the deals using the various filters. The deals you see online will be inclusive of one-way fee. You can expect to see the following suppliers while searching your one-way rental on our booking form:

  • AlamoAlamo
  • FoxFox
  • HertzHertz
  • NationalNational
  • SixtSixt

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