The Golden Gate Bridge : On Two Wheels!
The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in the world. The dark red suspension bridge is a symbol of San Francisco and spans the bay, connecting the city to Sausalito to the north. Many places in the city have striking views of this beautiful bridge, but the most interactive way to witness those is by bicycle and ferry. Luckily, there is an easy bike path that winds all the way from Fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito. As a laid-back, artistic community, Sausalito has a Mediterranean, playful vibe.
A perfect day in San Francisco
The best starting point for bike rentals is Fisherman’s Wharf. There are several other options in the area, but San Francisco Bicycle Rentals is one of the best. You will be able to rent a bike, lock, and helmet for the day and optionally join a guided tour if you’re hesitant to ride alone. Once you have your bike, ride to the nearby Maritime Garden Park with the National Park Bike Path running along the waterfront. Bike towards the Golden Gate Bridge passing through Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina, and Presidio National Park. The latter is located at the base of the Golden Gate and you can follow the bike path onto the sidewalk to cross the bridge and enjoy absolutely spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay.
After taking in the views continue to ride downhill until you reach Sausalito Harbor. There are plenty of places to enjoy a bite to eat or a drink. Keep in mind that Sausalito only allows bikes to be locked in designated bike parking areas. There is free bike parking at the north end of Public Parking Lot #3 or alternatively, you can park your bike in the downtown Bicycle Parking area for a small fee.
After exploring Sausalito, cruise down to the Sausalito Southern Marin County Terminal. Here you’ll hop on a ferry that will take you back across the bay to San Francisco. You can buy a ticket in the terminal but the ferries are popular and can sell out quickly, so it’s a good idea to book online ahead of time. The ferry ride back is about 30 minutes and will drop you off at the Ferry Building. The Ferry Building Marketplace is full of shops featuring beautiful, local artisanal food and goods.
Explore Fisherman’s Wharf and enjoy some clam chowder in a sourdough bread bowl while overlooking the water after returning your bike. Fog Harbor is a perfect choice for a group dinner. The place is known for its sustainable seafood program and has award-winning clam chowder on the menu.