My second full day in San Francisco was all about exploring the city on two wheels. So I started out by picking up a bike and then doing a 2 hour guided tour to Sausalito north of SF.

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First stop on the way was at The Palace of Fine Arts that was originally built for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition in 1915.

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Then it was on to the main event of the tour: The Golden Gate Bridge!

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From the bridge to Sausalito the ride is quite relaxing as it is steep downhill the entire way so it’s mostly about braking and steering .

Nice views on the way to Sausalito

Nice views on the way to Sausalito

Sausalito is a nice and cozy coastal town where a lot of people from SF escape to during the summer as the weather tends to be a lot better overthere. This was the last stop on the guided tour so from then on I was on my own again.

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Since the weather hadn’t been amazing in the morning (although no fog!) I decided to give the bridge a second chance after taking a quick break in Sausalito. Most people bring their bikes on the ferry back to SF because all that downhill riding in to Sausalito sort of has a bit of a side effect on the ride back..

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But the reward was priceless: great scenery and The Golden Gate Bridge in sunshine from a clear (at least almost) blue sky!

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When I finally dragged myself away from the bridge I decided it was time to pay the sea-lebreties a visit down at Pier 39.

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They were so cute although quite noisy and a little bit smelly. But apparently you can get away with that as long as you look adorable lying in a big pile..

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The last thing I did before returning the bike was going up to Coit Tower on Telegraph Hill. Even though I didn’t go to the top of Coit Tower the view of San Francisco was still quite spectacular!

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After one last night my time in San Francisco had come to an end and the following morning I made my way to Santa Cruz via a bit of a detour to Muir Woods north of SF.

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The Muir Woods National Monument is an old forest with redwoods – like really tall redwoods! I just took a short stroll there admiring the gigantic trees before making my way to Santa Cruz for a couple of relaxed days before Louise would join me for the road trip back to Santa Monica.

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  1. Valerie says:

    I was so excited to read this post. My boyfriend and I have decided to do a road trip in North California next year. I was just researching biking from San Fran to Sausalito and found your psot. I loved reading about your experience. I literally cannot wait to go now!

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