Travelers going to San Francisco have their itinerary full with most common tourist spots like Golden Gate, Lombard St, Union Square, Fisherman’s Wharf and others. They would come and go without even taking notice of this small, quaint and quiet town called Sausalito. Probably, it wasn’t even on their radars or if it was, there wasn’t just enough time. Well, they didn’t know what they’ve missed. A quick tour in Sausalito San Francisco is enough to appreciate the beauty of this old-fashioned town.
Sausalito is a city in Marin County, California and is just north of San Francisco. It is literally located on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. The town is tiny that the population is just over 7,000. It is a good thing because it has maintain its quiet ambiance that is perfect for people wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
We decided to bike the Golden Gate Bridge to reach Sausalito and would later take a ferry back. After crossing the bridge we were welcomed with a long, wide, and downhill road all the way to the town proper. The city didn’t have a separate bike lane so we shared the road with all the automobiles. We’ve observed proper caution. It was a peaceful bike and it took us 30 minutes to the town.
You can read all about our Golden Gate Bike experience here: Biking the Golden Gate Bridge.
There was a resting area where you can watch numbers of yacht parading in all its extravagance while different species of birds hover above. I’ve heard that the city used to be a fishing village and it has served as a shipbuilding center during World War II. The houses on the hill were good to look at and proof that most people living here are well to do.
The town itself exuded quaintness with the perfect combination of hillside neighborhood and the shoreline. The picturesque view of the Golden Gate Bridge with the sun setting as the background and viewing it from the hill was extraordinary. In fact, it couldn’t get any better than that.
Arriving at the town proper gave us the feeling that yes, it was after all a tourist spot. Quiet number of restaurants lined up on the streets serving different cuisines. They served salads, burgers, Mexican dishes, pizza, and many more to choose from. It was a little expensive but understandable. The ambience made up for it. There were lots of tourists but it wasn’t as crowded as in Fisherman’s wharf. They were here because they would like some organic dish or just to simply chill while sipping a glass of authentic wine. There were also shops that sell souvenirs and some other memorabilia.
A walking tour while waiting for the ferry to take us back to San Francisco gave a quintessential Californian feel. It was a beautiful town and a visit here was definitely not a waste of time. Taking a time here was worthwhile.
The tour in Sausalito ended perfectly with the most beautiful cruise we’ve ever had. Sausalito to San Francisco ferry was quick but wonderful. We got the most beautiful hillside view of Sausalito on our back. On our right we got a different angle of the Golden Gate Bridge. On our left is the historical Alcatraz Island and we’ve got the San Francisco downtown waiting for us as we docked. It was lovely, indeed.
For all of you who are planning to go to San Francisco, make sure to include Sausalito in your itinerary. Even when your stay is just for a couple of days, this should definitely be included. It is a must-see place.