San Francisco to Sausalito Bike Rentals
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San Francisco, California, United States of America (USA)
To really appreciate the splendour of the Golden Gate Bridge, hire a bike and cycle across the Bridge to Sausalito, a charming small town and artist colony full of cutesy cafés and boutiques, and a number of art galleries.
This compact bayside hamlet marks the perfect end (or halfway point) to a bike ride. Stop for lunch or afternoon tea, with views back across the bay to the city. Then cycle or take the ferry back.
Even if you don’t fancy the eight-mile cycle ride there, catch ferries both ways. It’s still a lovely place for a cycle and a spot of lunch, including the boat trip across the harbour past Alcatraz. You can also hire electric bikes which reduce the effort needed (notably on hills).
Take a stroll along the Sausalito waterfront, which inspired singer Otis Redding to write his iconic hit song, (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay.
Sausalito’s Venice Gourmet has an incredible delicatessen serving up everything from caprese sandwiches to hot pastrami and cheese. Dine onsite or have a waterfront picnic of your own.
The path starts at the western end of Jefferson Street and it’s easy to navigate all the way to Sausalito. It’s an eight-mile ride along the Embarcadero and over the bridge to Sausalito, and takes about an hour, so set off late morning to have lunch in Sausalito and allow time for exploration before heading back to the city before it turns dark.
There are multiple bike hire outlets around Jefferson Street. All equipment is provided, and there are options for all ages (including tandems for younger ones). Bike drop-off at your hotel can also be arranged through most operators.
Ferries run from Sausalito to Fisherman’s Wharf or from Sausalito to the Ferry Building (about an hour’s ride) if you don’t want to cycle back.
It’s a simple trip to do independently, but a number of operators offer guided tours and self-guided tours, offering information and insight along the way.
Bike hire shops are open daily, usually from 8am. Closing times vary by season and location – ask what times the bikes should be returned on pick up.
No prizes for guessing that it’s best on a (rare) clear day, though the sight of fog rolling in over the bridge is incredibly atmospheric – if you don’t mind the accompanying moist chill. It’s miserable in the rain…
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