Can you get one-way car rentals between Vancouver and San Francisco or vice versa in the month of July?
I want to fly one way from SF to Vancouver and drive the other so wondering if a one-way car rental is possible (and has anyone who's done it got any must see points in between?)
I know that one-way rentals are possible within the US (although you might get charged some extra "drop-off" fees, which depending on the rental company can be quite exorbitant), but there might be restrictions doing the drop off in Canada (since they are different countries, after all ;-) ). An alternative would be take a bus from Vancouver to Seattle, which is only a couple of hours or so, and then do the car pickup from there (and you could even stay a night in Seattle, which can be a cool place to visit). You could also do a day/night in Victoria, and then take a ferry from Victoria downtown to Seattle downtown (passenger ferry). It's really beautiful going through the straits.
I really like the drive between Van and SF, and have done it a number of times. Both Seattle and Portland along the way are worth stops. Both cities have their own particular vibe and style of night life (Portland and Oregon in general has great beer!). Between Seattle and Portland, I'd check out Mount St Helens. After Portland, you can go through the Willamette valley (excellent wineries, by the way) and I'd head over to the coast and drive along 101. Places like Coos Bay are typical stopping points for overnight. You can also camp along the beach and stuff like that along the way. When you hit California, stay on 101 on the coast. It's the best drive. The redwood forests are pretty damn impressive, and there are lots of parks along the way where you can camp and hike and all that. Along the way, you can stop in a larger town like Eureka, and I'd also highly recommend staying a night in Mendocino county, again on the coast. As you drive through from Mendocino to SF, you could jog inland a bit, and go to wineries in Mendocino and Lake counties and northern Sonoma, which are much nicer to visit than the industrialized tourist processing centres of Napa county.
Anyway ... I'd highly recommend this if you can sort out a car for a decent price. almost 9 years agoAnswered by Chris Smith via Travellr.com
Another option besides a one way car rental is to consider car ferrying. This is done when people move from one city to another and need their car delivered to them. Quite often you can find them in Craigslist or you can check with moving companies in the area that are looking for drivers to drive customer cars down to the states. Something a little different, but worth a look. almost 9 years agoAnswered by Stephen A. Joyce via Travellr.com