Why should tourists have all the fun? Embrace the big orange icon in your backyard. Ride your bike to San Francisco’s Aquatic Park—or rent your wheels right there from Blazing Saddles—and breeze along the bike path that runs through the Presidio to the Golden Gate Bridge. After you’ve pedaled across, refreshed and salty-lunged, roll on down to Sausalito’s smooth bikeways. Break for brunch at Caffe Trieste, an engaging slice of North Beach brought to Sausalito’s waterfront; you’ll know the place by the pack of bikes parked out front and the bikers parked on the patio. To return, hop a ferry for another perspective on the beauties of our everyday bay. Bike to bridge to brunch to bay—now that’s what we call a perfect day.
Blazing Saddles, 2715 Hyde St., San Francisco; 415-202-8888. Handlebar bags can be removed (if you don’t want to look like a tourist). Bikes start at $7 per hour, $28 for 24 hours (tandems $11/$48).