Eclectic Sausalito, a slightly bohemian, nonchalant, quaint
adjunct to San Francisco, contains fewer than 8,000 residents.
Although this is a town with a fair quota of paper millionaires, they
rub their permanently suntanned shoulders with a good number of
hard-up artists, struggling authors, shipyard workers, and fishermen.
This is a great excursion to admire the view of the lofty hills of Marin
County that so stunningly frame the San Francisco Bay and to stroll
Bridgeway, the offbeat, boutique-lined main drag in town. @ 3 to 4
hours. START: SF Ferry Building Downtown at the Embarcadero & Mis-
son St. or Pier 41. Streetcar: F. BART/MUNI: Embarcadero or Pier 41
(Fisherman's Wharf). Bus: 30.
1 = ★★ FERRY FROM SAN FRAN-
CISCO. Bundle up and skim across the
bay from SF on the delightful and sce-
nic ferry. Grab your camera and snap
a perfect shot of Alcatraz (p 10), the
Golden Gate Bridge, and downtown
San Francisco. @ 30 min., one-way.
From Downtown (at the SF Ferry
Building, p 15, bullet 2 ), take the
Golden Gate Ferry Service ( y 415/
Streetcar: F. BART/Muni: Embar-
cadero. Bus: 30. One-way $6.15, $3.05
seniors, $4.60 kids 6-12, free for chil-
dren under 6. Daily schedule varies.
From Pier 41 (Fisherman's Wharf),
take the Blue & Gold Fleet ( y 415/
com). One-way $7.25, $4 kids 5-11,
free for kids under 5. Daily schedule
varies. Note : To reach Sausalito by
bus, bike, or car (via the Golden Gate
Bridge), see p 38.
j Pick up lunch at tiny eatery
Hamburgers (737 Bridgeway, near
the Marina; y 415/332-9471; $) and
enjoy it in the park by the Marina.
Besides the popular burgers, chicken
sandwiches and vegetarian burritos
are on offer, as well as to-die-for
fries. Alternatively, head to
k Horizons (558 Bridgeway;
y 415/331-3232; $$) and grab a
bite (or a leisurely cocktail) at this
seafood-oriented fave. Try to sit
on the alfresco waterside terrace,
which boasts stellar views of the
SF skyline and the bay.
Sunny Sausalito's steep, picturesque hills
flank the sparkling San Francisco Bay.
3 Bridgeway. Stroll along Bridge-
way and pop into some of the dozens
of fine galleries and boutiques. My
favorites are Sausalito Art Collec-
tion , specializing in California artists
(589 Bridgeway; y 415/339-9250),
and Petri's Gallery (675 Bridgeway;
y 415/332-2225), featuring hand-
blown glass and delicate jewelry.