Get Inspired / USA / Mainland USA Cycling the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / USA / Mainland USA Cycling the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco story by: House of Travel Specialist The views out to the Pacific Ocean and curving right around over the harbour, past Alcatraz to the city of San Francisco from 70 metres directly above the water, are immense. Knowing that you have got there under your own pedal power simply magnifies the pleasure. 2-3 hours is all that is required for what must be one of the most scenic and iconic bike rides in the world. Bikes can be hired from numerous hire places throughout the city. Bay City Bikes at Fisherman’s Wharf is a good place to start. Maps, locks and information are provided and the route generally sticks to cycleways and footpaths so interaction with the busy traffic is limited. Despite San Francisco being a somewhat hilly city (very similar to Wellington) most of the route is flat as it lips the edge of harbour with fine views out across the chilly harbour waters that provided such a deterrent to would be Alcatraz escapees. The route passes the Presidio, a huge former fort and park, founded in 1776 and used by armies from Spain, Mexico and the US. There are historic buildings, museums, war cemetery and some lovely walks. As the route goes around the harbour, the Golden Gate Bridge looms increasingly large in your sights. It means a short but steep climb up to the start of the bridge. The pathway on the bridge is separate from the roadway and the huge copper coloured cables and massive towers dominate on the 2.7km ride across the bridge. There are plenty of opportunities to stop along the way to enjoy the ever changing water, hill and city views. At the end of the bridge, scenic viewpoints up on the hills provide memorable vistas and photographic opportunities. From there it is a downhill ride twisting between the tree covered hills into the quaint fishing village of Sausalito which is full of outdoor cafes, boutiques and galleries. The ferry goes regularly back to San Francisco dropping you back to Fishermans wharf where you can reward yourself with the famous local Clam Chowder. Or if you still have the energy there is always the challenge of biking Lombard St, the world’s most winding street. By House of Travel Specialist: Paul Murray Click here for Cheap Flights to the USA or HOT USA Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - October 2017 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - March 2018 Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.