Like many people who visit San Francisco, I wanted to bike across the Golden Gate Bridge when we were vacationing there last May. I spent quite a bit of time researching options. I was so very pleased by our experience that I wanted to share it.
After looking into several different companies and locations for bike rentals. We chose Blazing Saddles. They have several locations. We went with the location on Hyde Street in Fisherman’s Wharf. I am not that confident of a biker, so we splurged a bit and went with the electric bikes (E-Blazer). This was a great option because there were a few hills that I would have majorly struggled to bike up without the extra boost.
Blazing Saddles has many options for guided tours. However, we chose to do the self-guided option across the bridge to Sausalito. The process to check-out and check-in our bikes was so quick and easy! I highly recommend using them for your bike needs.
The 8 mile, hour-long ride took us past amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge! You can view the Dolphin Club, where swimmers swim in a bay inlet despite the cold water. Chrissy Field is a great spot to stop and take a picture of the bridge.
The ride across the bridge was unreal. Bikes were zipping past, and cars are driving right beside you on the other side of fence. I was very proud of myself for not freaking out. Haha. I’ve been known to get nervous and legit jump off my bike when biking in close quarters.
After you get across, it is a great time for a high five and a photo! Don’t be like us though and take a photo featuring a porta potty….
The short ride to Sausalito can take you to the ferry to ride back. Or you can ride the bike back across the bridge or continue onto Tiburon, where you can also get a ferry to San Francisco.
With a full day still ahead of us, we chose to end our journey in Sausalito. I enjoyed taking the Blue and Gold Ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf because you were able to get views of the city and bridge from the bay.
Biking across the Golden Gate Bridge is definitely a touristy thing to do, but it was an amazing experience. Do you do the touristy activities when you travel?