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Our most recommended California Bike Tours

San Francisco: Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods, & Sausalito Tour

1. San Francisco: Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods, & Sausalito Tour

See the giant redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument and stroll through the picturesque city of Sausalito on a guided tour from San Francisco. Choose to extend your time in Sausalito and return by ferry, or rent a bike to explore on 2 wheels. Meet your guide in San Francisco and board the bus to begin your experience. Cross the Golden Gate Bridge as you leave the city, and pass through the Rainbow Tunnels on Highway 101. Admire the views of tidal flats and rolling hills, with Mount Tamalpais in the distance. Arrive at Muir Woods National Monument, where you’ll spend 1 hour and 15 minutes exploring. Stroll through the landscape of giant sequoia trees, unchanged since the Coast Miwok Native American tribe lived here centuries ago. Follow the Nature Trail along Redwood Creek, passing 500- to 800-year-old redwoods. Wander through Cathedral and Bohemian Groves. Be sure to stop at the Visitor Center and the gift shop for more gems. Continue onto Sausalito, a coastal community filled with elegant homes that face the bay. Enjoy a 1-hour stop to explore the city, which has unrivaled views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline. See the unique colony of floating homes moored along the waterfront. Walk through the downtown area — a National Historic Landmark District —  passing quaint boutique shops, galleries, and restaurants. Select the option including the Sausalito ferry, to enjoy a scenic 1-way ferry trip back to San Francisco. Upgrade your activity with a 4-hour bike rental to extend your time in Fisherman's Wharf. With this option, you can explore at your own pace and return to San Francisco at your leisure.

Golden Gate Bridge: 3-Hour Sausalito Cycle Tour

2. Golden Gate Bridge: 3-Hour Sausalito Cycle Tour

Enjoy this 3-hour guided tour that departs from Fisherman’s Wharf. You’ll be outfitted with a current model bike, front handlebar bag, lock, helmet, rear gear rack, and takeaway map, and then be ready to head out on tour! With your guide you’ll follow the San Francisco waterfront past Aquatic Park, Fort Mason, the Marina, and the Presidio, through Crissy Field and to Fort Point. You’ll cross the Golden Gate Bridge on a wide bike path, and then proceed to Vista Point and on to Old Fort Baker. The cycling tour comes to an end in Sausalito where you’ll have time to enjoy the shops, the many art galleries, and the delicious food. You can return to San Francisco right after the tour ends, with the ferry, at your own cost, or choose to bike back. Alternatively, you can keep the bike until the shop’s closing hours and enjoy additional time exploring this fascinating area on your own. Note that the tour follows bike paths and the riding is mostly on flat terrain.

Las Vegas: Guided Mojave Desert ATV Tour

3. Las Vegas: Guided Mojave Desert ATV Tour

Ride by ATV on a tour of the Mojave Desert dunes. Enjoy full pickup and drop-off service, a detailed safety demonstration, and all equipment included. Then, get dusty riding the dunes and taking in stunning surrounding views. The shuttle will pick you up at the Luxor Hotel (north entrance) and transport you to the premier riding location in the Mojave Desert. Once there, dawn your safety gear and enjoy a step-by-step orientation on how to ride your ATV. Then, let the excitement begin! Your guide will lead you on an hour-long journey into the beautiful desert where you'll be able to enjoy thrilling trails and captivating views. Try to spot a rare desert animal and take in the desert scene. After your ride, you'll be transported back to reality with a little dust and a lot of memories.

Sacramento: Yolo Countryside Guided Rail Bike Tour

4. Sacramento: Yolo Countryside Guided Rail Bike Tour

Venture into the countryside around Sacramento on a guided rail bike tour. Ride on the train tracks in a unique way. Save your energy with motor assistance during your trip. Have the option to bring your own food or drinks on your trip. Be greeted by your guide at the centrally-located meeting point in Sacramento. Check in and get fitted with your bike. Listen to a short safety briefing on the bikes to ensure you are comfortable during your trip. Embark on your rail biking tour. Pedal through the countryside or use the motor assistance to glide along. Be transported to another place and time as you ditch the car on this ride along the river and through the Yolo countryside. Enjoy the breeze and the picturesque views from a whole new perspective. Bring a friend or loved one along with comfortable seating for two. Keep an eye out for local wildlife like wild turkeys, falcons, and squirrels. Return to your meeting point at the end of your tour.

Alcatraz Ticket & Streets of San Francisco E-Bike Tour

5. Alcatraz Ticket & Streets of San Francisco E-Bike Tour

Cross San Francisco Bay on a journey to the notorious Alcatraz Prison by ferry. This world-famous prison served as a federal penitentiary from 1934 to 1963 and housed infamous criminals like Al Capone and Robert Stroud, the Birdman. Take the award-winning 45-minute Cellhouse audio tour and hear the tales of those who lived in Alcatraz. This tour brings history alive through the recounting of tales from correctional officers and prisoners. Your bike tour will take place the previous day at 11:00. On this 4-hour bike tour you’ll explore the back alleys of North Beach’s Little Italy and have up-close views of the iconic Transamerica Pyramid Building. See Barbary Coast and San Francisco’s historic supper clubs. Find out how the neighborhoods have transformed from scandalous to sparkling.  You’ll ride around the Giants’ Oracle ball park, and into the culturally rich Mission, Castro, and Haight Ashbury neighborhoods. See ever-changing street art and the locals that rule each area and make each community unique.  Cruise Nopa and take in the charming Painted Ladies of Alamo Square before visiting the Civic Center. Ride through Polk Gulch, which is San Francisco’s original gay neighborhood, and finish your ride at Aquatic Park. The tour ends at festive Fisherman’s Wharf. Important note: All bike tours take place one day prior to your selected Alcatraz departure. The date and time selected on your confirmation is for your Alcatraz tour on the second day.

San Francisco: Exclusive Bike, Beer, and Boat Tour

6. San Francisco: Exclusive Bike, Beer, and Boat Tour

Experience the best of the San Francisco bay with this combination tour package. This half-day adventure begins with a guided bicycle tour through San Francisco, beginning at the picturesque Aquatic Park in Fisherman’s Wharf. Take a peek at the famous sea lions before heading down the National Park bike path through Fort Mason, the Marina, and the Presidio. From there, you’ll cycle across the iconic Golden Gate bridge and into Sausalito, a charming bayside town known for its quirky architecture and stunning waterfront views. After all the biking, you'll sate your appetite with the included $20 restaurant voucher, good for any food or beverages at a local hotspot known for their spit-roasted chickens and award-winning burgers. Wet your whistle with a house-made soda or your choice of local beers and wines. The guided portion of the tour ends here, but your all-day bike rental allows you to keep exploring at your leisure. Once you’re done criss-crossing through Sausalito, hop back on a scenic ferry ride to San Francisco, taking in the views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the San Francisco skyline. With recommendations from your guide, continue your venture through San Francisco, and return your bike when you’re ready.

Mendocino County: Pudding Creek Railbikes

7. Mendocino County: Pudding Creek Railbikes

Ride your railbike along scenic Pudding Creek, cross over majestic wooden trestle bridges, and journey into the heart of the ancient redwoods of Mendocino County. Pedal along historic trails, bathed in dappled sunlight and a light breeze. Without the need to steer, feel free to look around at the wonder of an untouched stretch of the natural world. Keep a lookout for blue herons, osprey, an occasional lounging turtle, perhaps a playful river otter, a deer munching on the foliage, and maybe even a bear. Disembark at Glen Blair Junction for a 50-minute layover to enjoy a picnic or to journey on foot deeper into the redwoods to walk amongst some giants on a loop trail, past blossoming wild iris and trillium, and over the iconic arched stone bridge. Renewed and recharged, ride back to the depot at Fort Bragg, with plenty of photos and memories of your excursion.

Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

8. Santa Monica and Venice 3-Hour Electric Bike Tour

Try something new on your trip to Los Angeles and ride an electric bicycle around the neighborhoods of Santa Monica and Venice. Hop on a colorful Pedego electric bicycle for a relaxing ride in the sunshine, where you can enjoy the mild warm temperatures of Los Angeles. This 3-hour active and fun bicycle ride lets you choose whether to pedal or not, and takes you to places in the city often unreachable by car or bus. From the cushy seat of your cool comfortable Pedego beach cruiser you will ride along Santa Monica’s award-winning beach to the Marion Davies Guesthouse, Under the Santa Monica Pier, and through Venice to the Venice Canals. You will be accompanied by a storytelling guide with interesting facts about the local art, architecture, and history of the area while you soak in the sun, surf, sand, and ocean breezes. The bicycle allows you to choose your own comfort level between pedaling with 6 gears, using the electric motor power which puts the power completely in your control, or both. All bikes are equipped with state of the art disc brakes. The lithium power assist will ensure that you are never far behind. This 3-hour tour operates daily and is designed for bicycle riders aged 14 years and up who appreciate the joy of riding a bicycle with a surprisingly fun added option.

Malibu: Electric-Assisted Mountain Bike Tour

9. Malibu: Electric-Assisted Mountain Bike Tour

Meet your guide for a unique tour through the Santa Monica Mountains. Benefit from bike rental, safety gear, and a tour adjusted according to the riders' ability levels. Set out on a giant full-suspension electric assisted mountain bike and get ready to explore the Santa Monica Mountains. Enjoy the personal touch as your guide adjusts the bike to fit you perfectly, and kits you out in all the safety and riding gear you need. Head out into the trails and get ready to see some breathtaking scenery. There will be plenty of breaks and stops to take photos, including ocean views of Malibu beaches. Make use of an experience by bike which gives you the freedom to ride the trails the way you want to. Choose full power to ease your pedaling effort, or tune it less aggressively to get more of a workout.

Los Angeles: 2.5-hour Arts District Bike Tour

10. Los Angeles: 2.5-hour Arts District Bike Tour

Get an insider’s view of Los Angeles’ most vibrant downtown neighborhood on a bike tour of the Arts District alongside a local guide. Take all the pictures your phone can hold as street art and murals are the stars here. Explore the warehouse walls that international artists flock to. On this 7-mile, flat ride you'll learn about the history of the neighborhood, future development, and all about the "crews" who claim alley walls with their colorful, multidimensional street art. Visit Hauser and Wirth's museum-caliber gallery and browse works of art in this converted former flour mill. As you stop at fascinating artwork and landmarks your friendly local guide will tell you interesting facts and anecdotes about the city’s past and the people who have lived here. Finally, arrive back at the Grand Central Market. Your guide will be happy to point you in the direction of the nearest subway station or bus stop. Or feel free to ask them for local recommendations on great places to eat or drink nearby.

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What people are saying about California

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 566 reviews

It was a fun, active way to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito. Reza was our guide. He did a great job of sharing history about the city that we would have never learned on our own. He was also conscientious about going at a speed that kept our group together yet wasn't too slow and stopping for a few breaks. Highly recommend.

Excellent trip ! Our driver and guide Archie was the best guide I ve ever had. Fully knowledgeable, entertaining and spoke at just the right pace to take it all in. Perfect and helpful even providing me with an umbrella when it was raining.

New kind of fun!!! Just enjoy adventures with a little walk time and relaxation too and staff was professional and kind.

Raphael was great with us and very patient with our abilities as well as a very engaging conversationalist.

Great change of pace activity. Guide was excellent and everything went well