Bike riding is one of the best ways to get to know a place.  By renting a bike and going around you will better understand the region and feel almost like living as a local for a moment.  You have to figure out the pros and cons of bike riding. As a positive point, you are also doing some exercise while travelling and it looks much funnier than being in a gym! The disadvantage is that you waste time and energy concentrated in just one region. Take into account how long you will stay in the same spot and try to take at least half a day to make your bike ride easy going and productive.

As tomorrow is Valentine’s Day in Brazil, I will take the chance to present the experience that my wife and I had during our honeymoon two years ago. We stopped in San Francisco for just 3 days. We took 6 hours to easily cross 34 km of San Francisco on a bike ride. After renting the bike in a shop close to the Fisherman’s Wharf district, we made our way to San Francisco Bridge and we crossed it by bike! We enjoyed the beautiful view on the top of the bridge taking our time with our bikes. On this map you can see our trail. Bike riding - Track Map

Later on, we pass through the charming Sausalito neighborhood and its beautiful view from the other side of San Francisco. Afterwards, we ride till the ferry terminal of Tiburon. We were lucky to be there in spring time, when the flowers on the way were giving another color to the place! We took the ferry to Angel Island and we rode another 8 km around there. Finally we took the last ferry back to Fisherman’s Wharf.

There are many ways to know a place. Danielle, for example, posted her alternative version of San Francisco in a very nice perspective. What I intended with this post is to motivate you to include bike riding tours on your next trip! Here you can take a look at the video we made from this beautiful riding day in San Francisco!

Photo: Miroha