Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most fascinating things to do in San Francisco. But be aware that walking across the bridge and back again can take up to 2 hours, and reaching the bridge isn't easy if you don't have a car. On the other hand, at Vista Point, you have a beautiful view of the city and can see a plaque and a statue of a sailor commemorating all the sailors who have passed under the bridge on their way to sea.
If you're staying in San Francisco for a few days, be sure to take this exciting bicycle tour. It starts from Fisherman's Wharf and travels up the bay of Sausalito, crossing the legendary Golden Gate Bridge. You can rent a bike at Blazing Saddles, which has numerous branches throughout the city, all of which provide detailed maps. The entire route is 13km long, so you can return to the starting point by ferry at pier 41, where you can relax with 30 minutes of great scenery, including the island of Alcatraz and the famous San Francisco skyline. The path runs along the bay, passes the Exploratorium, where you can see the fake classical ruins of the palace of Fine Art, and stretches to Fort Point, the best place to get good views of the Golden Gate Bridge. From here a strenuous climb takes you to the bridge, and when you cross to the other side, you'll hurtle down the descent to the quaint fishing village of Sausalito, full of charming houseboats. And if you're still not tired of pedaling, you can go for another 10km up to Tiburon and ten back down. The trail will take you about half a day. Bike rental in San Francisco is quite expensive: about $25 per day.