November 17, 2016 | San Francisco, California
Spending the afternoon biking across the golden gate not only tops my list of favorite things I’ve experienced in San Francisco, but also makes my travel list of top experiences overall. With less than 48 hours in San Francisco, Brian and I wanted to take on the city in a way we had never experienced before. I have no idea why it took us so many trips to the bay to finally bike across the Golden Gate, but I’m so glad we finally did and highly suggest you do too!
We rented our bikes at Pier 41 then biked over to Pier 39 to catch the Ferry to Sausalito. (Travel Tip** if you’re adding this to your list of San Fran to-dos be sure to check the Ferry Schedule. They leave out of Pier 39 and Pier 41 a few times a day so be sure to check out the available departure times so you can plan accordingly!) From the Ferry ride you’ll start off the experience with beautiful views of the bay! Although it was quite windy to say the least we saw tons of boats sailing out in the Harbor, passed right by Alcatraz- another tourism must see that I’m still wanting to visit, and snapped San Francisco’s beautiful skyline from a whole new perspective.
Upon arrival at the dock in Sausalito we made a B-line to the first waterside cafe we could find. We ordered pizza and drinks at Angelino and really loved it but there are several cafes along Bridgeway for a nice lunch during the excursion as well. After our delicious meal we began pedaling uphill where the real beauty began! Once you summit the top of Sausilito, the views are unreal. The hardest part of the trek is pedaling from the bottom of Sausalito to the entrance of the bridge. The hills will absolutely get you but the views are 1000000% worth it.
My jaw literally dropped once I made the first turn onto the platform of the bridge. I still cannot get over how insanely beautiful everything looked from this vantage point. Definitely spend a good chunk of time here and snap some photos of the white water hitting the cliffs and the beautiful sail boats meandering under the bridge. This was probably my favorite part of the trip along with the actual bike ride across the bridge!
Once we made it to the other side, smiles still going strong, we biked through Crissy field, another great destination to spend an active day, made our way past the famous Ghirardelli square, and came full circle to return our bikes to pier 41 about four hours later.
Whether you’re visiting San Francisco for the first time or quite familiar with the city I strongly recommend renting a few bikes and making your way across the Golden Gate! It’s a whole new way to see the city plus it’s just a lot of fun!