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Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2011 2:51 pm

So you want to see Lodi and visit a few interesting spots. How do you get here? And once you’re here, how do you get to the rest of the area?

Whether you want to do the driving yourself, leave it to someone else or find a more interesting way of getting around, the Lodi area has a number of options.

Railroad tracks run right through Lodi, several airports aren’t too far away and driving isn’t too hard, either.

Here are some ways to get from there to here:

Riding the rails

http://www.amtrak.com/servlet/ContentServer?pagename=Amtrak/HomePage"> Amtrak runs through town, with a stop in Downtown Lodi. For schedules and to buy tickets, call 800-USA-RAIL (872-7245).

The ACE train in Stockton will take you to the Bay Area. For routes and schedules, call 800-HOW-TO-RIDE (469-8674).

The Bay Area’s BART train system is a good option to avoid having to deal with parking in San Francisco. The nearest station is Pittsburg/Bay Point, about an hour from Lodi.

Bus

Greyhound stops in Downtown Lodi, at the depot where Amtrak also stops. For more information, call 800-231-2222.

Lodi operates the http://www.lodi.gov/transit/">GrapeLine bus system, with various stops throughout the city. Dial-A-Ride buses offer pickup at specific addresses if reservations are made at least a day in advance. For more information on both, call 209-333-6806. The GrapeLine website also lists several numbers for bus routes that will connect with services in Sacramento, Amador County and Rio Vista.

South County Transit serves Lodi, Galt, Elk Grove and Sacramento. For more information, call 209-745-3052 or 800-338-8676.

San Joaquin Regional Transit offers service throughout San Joaquin County, including Stockton, as well as connections to the ACE train.

Road trip

Lodi has several exits off Highway 99, and is also accessible from Interstate 5. Highway 12 runs through the city from east to west, connecting to highways leading to the Bay Area.

Parking in Downtown Lodi is free, but most is limited to three hours or less. For free all-day parking, use the structure along Sacramento Street, with entrances on Pine and Elm streets.

To rent a car locally, try Enterprise at 209-369-2000. Enterprise and other companies, including Avis, also have Stockton locations.

To take a taxi, call City Cab of Lodi at 209-327-2963. The company offers service in Lodi and to Galt, Woodbridge, Lockeford and Acampo.

If you want to take advantage of the free wine tasting but not hassle with a designated driver, several limousine companies offer their services. Try The Limousine Connection at 209-333-2533, Vintage Limousine Service at 209-333-2657, or Lodi Limousine at 209-369-4546.

On a jet plane

If you happen to have your own aircraft or decide to charter a plane, Lodi has two airports available: Lodi Airport, off Highway 99 at Jahant Road, and Kingdon Airpark, on DeVries Road south of Highway 12.

Stockton Metropolitan Airport is off Highway 99 at Arch Road. Allegiant Air offers trips directly to Las Vegas.

Sacramento International Airport, about an hour’s drive north from Lodi on Interstate 5, has seven car rental companies and about a dozen airlines, including budget lines Southwest and JetBlue.

San Francisco International Airport is the largest airport in Northern California and has countless flights across the country and around the world. BART has a stop directly in the airport.

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