Golden Hours in San Francisco
Cycling, sailing, strolling and plenty of shopping – the City by the Bay offers a lively potpourri of things to do
Say San Francisco and one image immediately comes to mind – the Golden Gate Bridge. A muse and canvas for artists, writers and filmmakers for more than 75 years, it will be the backdrop to your visit whether it’s your first time to the city or you are a regular visitor. Here are some ideas to maximize your trip.
San Francisco is relatively small, making it irresistible for getting your bearings on two wheels. Bike and Roll offers bicycle rental and guided tours throughout the US, and one of its most popular options is a trip over the Golden Gate Bridge to the beautiful seaside town of Sausalito, then back via ferry to Fisherman’s Wharf.
The route is almost entirely flat, as it skirts the edges of the city, starting with a short climb above the now-disused Fort Mason for a brief history lesson, before moving on to the beautiful ruin-like Palace of Fine Arts.You then pass through the Presidio neighborhood – with its quiet beachfront location, views of the bridge and unique patchwork architecture, it’s no surprise that property prices here can reach the multimillion-dollar bracket.
One gentle climb follows before crossing the bridge, amidst all the busy cycle traffic of impatient commuters. The approach to Sausalito is a nice downhill stretch, bringing you into town just in time for lunch. Dining options nearby are fantastic and range from upmarket seafood restaurant Scoma’s (scomassausalito.com) to fully stocked deli Venice (venicegourmet.com).
Tour costs $55 (not including ferry ticket). Self-guided rental from $29. bikethegoldengate.com.