After an incredible few days in San Diego I hopped on a plane to San Francisco and fell in love with a new city. This was the first time I’ve traveled alone with no set agenda but to explore and meet some old friends.The culture, food and energy is unlike any other city I’ve visited.
First up on my adventure: biking the Golden Gate Bridge.
Quick tip – how to stand out like a tourist: wear shorts when it’s 70 degrees out while everyone is in pants. When you’re from the Midwest, you tend to take advantage of the warmer weather.
Rent a bike
Walk down to Fisherman’s Wharf to rent a bike. I was able to make a reservation with San Francisco Bicycle Rentals. Quick, easy to rent. They give you a detailed map of how to get to the bridge and all of the different view points. Little Lee Tip: book online for a discount!
You have several options:
- Over the Golden Gate to Sausalito (8 miles, 1.5 hours)
- Over the Golden Gate to Tiburon (18 miles, 3 hours)
- San Francisco Tour (15 miles, 4 hours)
- The Marin Headlands Loop (10 miles, 2.5 hours) *iconic view of the bridge
- Waterfront (10 miles, 2 hours)
- Muir Woods (40 miles roundtrip, 6+ hours)
My first SF adventure: biking across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Here we go!
But first, let me take a selfie.
No blogger was harmed during this photo – conveniently there are spots you can “pull over” for a photo op.
Biking across the bridge: check.
Introducing Caramel Coconut Macadamia Nut – a bourbon vanilla ice cream, lightly toasted coconut pieces, hawaiian macadamia nuts, and dark cooked caramel swirl, i.e. the most delicious treat after a long bike ride thanks to Lappert’s Ice Cream.
Ferry back to Pier 39
For $10 you can take a ferry back to the Pier. Make sure you check the schedule so you catch the last ride of the day.
Despite the weather, sit outside. You don’t want to miss these beautiful views:
Back at Fisherman’s Wharf
Return your bike and enjoy, just like this lil guy!