I love showing people San Francisco, especially when it is their first time to the city. I had the pleasure of showing Dave and Cindy around. Being music lovers, they were particularly interested in Amoeba Records in the Haight, and the jazz clubs of the Western Addition.
We took a tour of all the major spots (North Beach, Chinatown, postcard row, Golden Gate Park, etc), and of course, the Golden Gate Bridge. (This shows the bridge with some fog. However, the rest of the city was sunny. Typical of San Francisco micro-climates.)
Being their first time to the city, they put a lot into a short stay. A Giants game, the ballet, and a day trip north. And a tour with Small Car Big Time Tours. I’m glad I could be part of their first time to San Francisco.
Riding a ferry from Sausalito is a popular way to end a tour. After seeing San Francisco, many guests like to cross the Golden Gate Bridge (even more spectacular in a convertible MINI), and spend a little time in quaint Sausalito, then ride a ferry back to the city. You get a view of San Francisco surprisingly too few guests experience.
There are 2 ferries. The Golden Gate Ferry drops you off at the Ferry Building, which is also something you should see. The Blue and Gold Ferry drops off at Pier 41, on Fisherman’s Wharf.
Many people bike to Sausalito, and ride on the ferry tired and sweaty. Fine–if that’s your thing. But the other option is to be driven to Sausalito in style, and dropped off in time for a stroll around Sausalito before getting on what has been called the #2 best ferry commute in the US. (And I don’t know what is #1. Reports vary. Suggestions?)