on April 3, 2001
One of my favorite things to do in San Francisco. A great way to get some exercise while getting some great vistas of the most beautiful city in the United States. Bike across the Golden Gate Bridge into Sausalito and take the ferry back to San Francisco.
I have rented bikes from both Blazing Saddles and Start to Finish and recommend both (Note: Start to Finish ceased operations and filed for bankruptcy in May, 2001). However, one may be a better choice over the other depending on your situation. Blazing Saddles is a rental-only shop and takes reservations; Start-to-Finish is a full-service bike shop and does not accept reservations and will often run out of rentals by 12pm on weekends if there's nice weather. Location wise, Blazing Saddles is within walking distant of Fisherman's Wharf; Start-to-Finish (Marina) is w/in walking distance of many of the Hotels on the west end of Lombard. Blazing Saddles includes U-locks with their rentals.
If you are in good shape and make no stops to take in the sites along the way, you can make it into Sausalito in about an hour. But where's the fun in that? If you're renting from Blazzing Saddles, head towards the Bay and bike through Ft. Mason. Then proceed along Marina Blvd. towards the bridge. If you're renting from Start-to-Finish, head north on Divisadero or Broderick until you hit Marina Blvd. You may want to make a stop at the Palace of Fine Arts. Once you make up the bridge, it is literally all down hill to Sausalito.
Sausalito is an elegant Mediterranean-like community with a picturesque waterfront, galleries, shops, streetside cafes, and, most importantly, a waterfront restaurant (Horizons) with an outside deck where you can enjoy some well deserved microbrews and an awesome view of the Bay. Do some site seeing in Sausalito then catch the ferry back to San Francisco.
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