On the other side of the San Francisco Bay lies a hidden little gem of a town, Sausalito. Oh my goodness, it is cute, pretty, small and packed with restaurants, shops, fancy houses and looping streets!
When you bike the Golden Gate Bridge (and you really really should!), you have a couple of options when it comes to routes/itineraries. You can bike over the bridge to Sausalito and take the ferry back to Pier 1. You can bike past Sausalito and visit the Muir Woods (which we would have loved to do had we not been pressed for time). You can do pretty much anything you like as long as you return the bike by day end. We rented our bikes from Blazing Saddles, but there are many options available.
Beware, your bum is going to be sore after a day of riding on bikes which has hardly any give. But rest assured that it doesn’t (in the slightest) take away from what an amazing experience this is. When we arrived in Sausalito we spent quite some time exploring the little town. We found a great little restaurant, The Trident, to drink a little wine and enjoy a couple of cheese with some fantastic scenery.
After you have spent a couple of hours in Sausalito, it is time to catch (one of the last ferries) back to Pier 1 in San Francisco. This in itself is a trip with fantastic sights. The ferry route is past the Golden Gate Bridge, around Alcatraz Island, with great views of big San Francisco landmarks. This includes Bay bridge and Treasure Island.