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The BF and I are heading out to San Fran October 3-4 (then heading to a timeshare in Angels Camp for a week). I have been searching for a hotel for Wed night (the 3rd) and a rental car but gosh are all the in city taxes adding up! Does anyone have any suggestions about where to rent a car to avoid paying the 15% city tax? We are not opposed to traveling a little to get a good deal as we will be renting the car for 2 weeks (3rd-17th). We would like to see a bit of San Fran (since neither of us have ever been) but we are not "city people" (We are specifically interested in Golden Gate bridge, Japantown, and fishermans wharf, but are totally open to what ever happens!)

Any suggestions on places to stay, public transportation to and from, and were to rent a car without sky high taxes...

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