January 17, 2017 at 9:58 am #3382Team YOLO !Keymaster
This is a great trip for cycling enthusiasts who want to extend their trip across the Golden Gate Bridge.
At the northern end of the Bridge, there is a bike trail that will lead you to the suburban hamlet of Sausalito, a former naval shipyard and artist colony that boasts awesome views of the San Francisco skyline and the bay.
Getting to Sausalito
First, check out my guide to biking across the Bridge (including where to rent a bike).
Then, while on the Bridge’s bike path, follow exit signs for the Vista Point parking lot where you will find the trailhead for the Bay Trail to the Sausalito Ferry Terminal (2.9 mi | 4.7 km).
Once in town, lock your bike at the ferry terminal, then stroll along Bridgeway Promenade, perusing specialty shops and art galleries; stopping in at a restaurant for a delectable bite to eat; and, of course, perching yourself on a bench on the waterfront to savor the view.
Getting Back to San Francisco… The Ferry Way!
When you are ready to return to the City by the Bay, forego the uphill grind back to the bridge and, instead, sail your bike across the bay via the Blue & Gold Fleet ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf (Pier 41).
Tickets $11.50, purchasable online or onboard the ferry
Last departure around 8pm, Apr-Oct; earlier during the winter
Upon landing at Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco, if you rented a bike from Sports Basement by the bridge and would like to forego the trek back over there, you can return the bike to their Columbus Street location, Basically Free Bike Rentals (1196 Columbus Ave), which is situated 3 blocks south of the Wharf (Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm & Sat-Sun, 8am-6pm; (415) 741-1196).
January 22, 2017 at 11:03 am #3491Team YOLO !Keymaster
Guided Bike Tour to Sausalito
If you would prefer to do the aforementioned route with the knowledge and anecdotes of a local guide, Blazing Saddles offers a 3-hour guided tour from Fisherman’s Wharf to Sausalito twice daily.
The tour itself ends in Sausalito, after which you are free to explore Sausalito and beyond on your own, with the aid of a custom bike route map provided by Blazing Saddles.
And then you can ferry over to Fisherman’s Wharf to return the bike and continue on with the rest of your day in the City by the Bay.
Bike tour $55, includes all-day bike rental, helmet and bike lock
Departs 10am and 1pm; no reservation required, just arrive 15 minutes before departure
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