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Why rent a car in Oakland?
Oakland’s been getting a lot of attention lately, and rightfully so. This diverse, friendly city has better weather, a more inventive food culture and a livelier art and music scene than its big sister across the bay (sorry, SF!). It’s also way more sprawling, making a rental car essential.
Where to go in Oakland
Oakland's waterfront is booming, with old warehouses being converted into atmospheric bars and restaurants around Jack London Square. Other drivable areas worth exploring are the Uptown, Temescal and Rockridge neighborhoods, where you'll find great restaurants, stores and cafes. The path around Lake Merritt makes a nice urban stroll or run. If you're feeling active, head up into the hills to Joaquin Miller Park and Redwood Regional Park, where the fabulous hiking trails have views that stretch on for miles. Oakland is a convenient base for exploring the entire Bay Area, with easy day trips to the beach, the mountains and the wine country – oh, and to that other city across the bridge.
Getting around Oakland
Navigating Oakland can be tricky, and it pays to have a GPS or at least some clear directions. Rush hour is usually several hours long, and Highways 80 and 880 are maddeningly slow, so avoid them if you can. It's fairly easy to find metered street parking, although it sometimes comes in the form of a multi-spot kiosk. Pay at the machine and display your timed receipt inside your windshield.
Oakland car rental locations
All the major rental agencies can be found at Oakland International Airport (OAK), as well as at locations around town. Wherever you pick up your car, you’ll get a great deal on your Oakland car rental from Hotwire.