Riding over the bridge, the views are expansive over the harbour (pic 4) and when you reach the other side you can look back and see the bridge from a different angle (pic 5).
So, as you descend the hill you have really no idea that just around the corner there's a delightful suburb called Sausalito where you can stroll among the boutique shops or enjoy some fine dining.
There's also a nice park with fountains (pic 2) and a pier (pic 3). I didn't have a lot of time in Sausalito but, on what I did see, I'd recommend it as a place to visit.
Sausalito is a pretty and picturesque town with great views of San Francisco from across the bay and of pretty little homes hugging the hillsides. It's a great place for picture taking. The main street of Bridgeway is found in front of the bay and with art galleries and souvenir shops aplenty there is oppurtunity to do some shopping. You'll also find many bars and restaurants here with outdoor patios, so on those sunny warm days you can take in all that is around you.
A quick ferry ride away from San Francisco, you will find Sausalito's charm and artsy boutique neighboorhood. This area away from the hustle and bustle of San Francisco offers great views of the city skyline as well as Alcatraz.
So, you just arrived in SFO and saw the Golden Gate, took some pictures when you got down (on the south end) and then decided to cross the bridge...as you walk the bridge, you see a great view of the bay and the city of SFO. ..
But if you go a little further, you will find the small city of Sausalito! This is where you can also rent bikes or just stroll around its many little stores and cafes.
Sausalito, meaning "small willow grove", is a charming little residential community situated at the north end of the Golden Gate Bridge and also a well-loved tourist spot for seeing an awesome view of SFO.
Don't miss this town that's so near the Golden Gate Bridge! Go to the other side!
I took a short ferry ride to the pretty town of Sausalito. Here I spent an enjoyable time walking around the houses that cling to the hillside as it rises up from the bay.
The main street Bridgeway Avenue runs parallel to the waterfront . It is here you'll find shops, restaurants & galleries, as well as fantastic views across the bay to San Francisco.
We had heard that Sausalito was a good place to go to, so we decided to go.
We took the ferry across the bay to get there, which was a lovely boat ride across the bay, past Alcatraz. there were tons of black birds who seemed to be roosting ON the water very near to Alcatraz, it was really weird.
There is a part of the ferry ride that becomes quite cold with the wind that comes in from the Golden Gate bridge direction, but once you are past this, its very pleasant indeed. I suppose we could have gone downstairs on the ferry but it was too nice upstairs so I just put my rainjacket on to ward off the wind.
Sausalito itself is a nice town, very picturesque and pretty, but there isn't really a lot to do there once you get there. we had a wander around, and had some lunch in a local fish and chip shop(!) and then got an icecream and came back to get on the ferry again. There are a lot of shops along the main street, but I suppose we weren't reallly in the mood to shop.
When we were queueing to come back onto the boat, there were tons of people with bikes- they had rented the bikes to cycle over the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito and were getting the ferry home with us.
When we got onto the ferry, they all parked their bikes in a special bike rack in the middle of the boat, it was a bit strange looking, I wish I'd taken a photo of it!
I try to get some good walking in for exercise and San Francisco is the perfect city to walk in. One of my favorite walks is from San Francisco to Sausalito. What I like about this is the scenery, once you get along the waterfront there is lots to see. Crossing the bridge on Foot is the best because you get to take time out to admire the city views, look down towards the water and see just how far it really is.
My particular walk was from City Hall up and down Gough street through the Marina, to the Marina Green, great people watching, lots of people take advantage of the open space at the Marina green to get some exercise. Keep walking through Crissy Field and then up the hill to the parking lot of the Golden Gate Bridge. Pedestrians walk on the right side, bicyclists on the left, when you get to the Marin side there are places to rest and use the facilities. Find the steps that lead down from the parking lot and take you underneath the bridge, this will take you to a parking lot, follow the pavement as it turns to the left and continues down, you will eventuall go underneath the bridge one more time and pass the Coast Guard Station. Follow the signs for Sausalito and enjoy the architecture of the houses hugging the hills of Sausalito. Once you get into town there are many places to grab a bite to eat. You can return to the city by Ferrry or the Golden Gate Transit (BUS)
Beautiful little town just over the Bay. The Blue and Gold Fleet run boats here frequently. Its a little quieter than San Francisco itself and the people there are lovely. Especially the man in the Taffy Shop who told me I could work there if I ever managed to move over permanently. The houses on the hills are so lovely, a perfect place to live if there ever was one!
Sausalito is a small quaint waterfront town that has a Mediterranean feel to it. We browsed the many art galleries and used bookstores. It was so quiet. So different from when I was there on a weekend and it was teeming with residents and tourists alike. Even on the weekends though, this is the kind of place where people stroll. You won't see anyone rushing around. There is enough of that in the big city.
While you're there, try some saltwater taffy!
They say that Sausalito has the look-and-feel of a Mediterranean town. I can't confirm this, however, because I haven't been to China...okay, Europe. The Blue and Gold Fleet that operates out of Pier 41 has a ferry that takes you to Sausalito and back (to Fisherman's Wharf). One-way fare in September 2006 is $8.50. The ferry ride is pretty interesting with great views of Alcatraz and the Golden Gate Bridge. Once you get to Sausalito, you can visit its various shops and attractions. Personally, I always have an ice cream cone at this restaurant in Hotel Sausalito...then I explore the place and buy the usual tourist stuff.
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