Day 2 of our stay in San Francisco promised a bike ride over Golden Gate Bridge to the adorable picturesque town of Sausalito. There are many bike shops to rent from along Fisherman’s Wharf, one of the ones I remember was Blazing Saddles which offer a number of different bike tours depending on how long you want to be out for or where you want to visit. We opted for the bike tour from Fisherman’s Wharf and over Golden Gate Bridge to the town of Sausalito, where you could then get the ferry back if you didn’t want to bike it (yes, we took this offer on board as once you’ve done the hills once, you don’t necessarily fancy them again in one day). The bike tour takes you all the way down the sea front where the views and air itself is just incredible. There are so many photo opportunities as you approach the bridge and the beauty of the bike ride is that you can literally stop at any time as it’s as long or as short as you want it to be.
You can literally go right to the bottom of Golden Gate Bridge where you can really appreciate the sheer size and take some amazing selfies (because why wouldn’t you?!) Going over the bridge itself is one for the bucket list as you ride over the bay and gradually approach Sausalito on the other side. Don’t be put off by the fact that the ride there is 8 miles, it really doesn’t feel that far and it is actually so easy to find your way as most of the route is signposted for those on the bike tours. Reaching the other side feels like some amazing accomplishment that deserves ice cream from one of the bespoke parlours as you arrive in Sausalito. As a tiny town, there’s not much to do but sitting eating an ice cream while you rest your burning legs (i’m kidding, it’s not that bad) is just beautiful as you take in the sea air before getting ready to head back on the ferry.
Back in San Francisco, showered and ready for dinner we headed for China Town. Only a 20 minute walk from our hotel, we decided to walk there (as it was down hill) and take the bus back, which is so easy to do – they are everywhere and really regular! I would recommend looking into restaurants before you go or maybe asking your hotel concierge as we wasn’t too sure which one to go for and spent quite a bit of time walking up and down before deciding. We did in the end pick a lovely restaurant with fantastic views over the Financial District but the Chinese here is a tad different to England so i think
The building above is Cathay House on the corner of Grant Avenue, serving all the Chinese food you could want! To find it, head through the Dragon’s Gate (above two) and literally walk straight down – you can’t miss it! The restaurant vibe inside is quite luxurious so i would suggest to go home and change instead of dropping in after a day of sightseeing! It doesn’t come with a too bad luxury price tag though, with dinner and a few drinks around $40/$50 each.
I could have spent so much more time in San Francisco but it was only the first stop on my incredible journey along the West Coast. I’d love to hear any other ideas or places I should visit next time if i’m lucky enough to go again – please comment if you know of anywhere that cannot be missed!