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

Business Traveler (USA) - - CONTENTS - By Scott Carey

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.

CY­CLE TOUR

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.

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