One of the things to love about San Francisco is that, despite its reputation as a hilly city, it’s extremely bicycle friendly and you don’t need a car to get around. If you’re in town staying at any of HI USA’s hostels in San Francisco, a great way to experience the City by the Bay on two wheels is to join the Bike the Bridge tour offered every Tuesday.
So, you’ve hopped a ride on a cable car, gotten spooky on Alcatraz, and gone for a stroll across the Golden Gate Bridge. Maybe you’ve even snapped your picture at the intersection of Haight and Ashbury and worn your legs out climbing up to Coit Tower. You’ve hit all the tourist hot spots, and now you’re thinking you've got San Francisco's go-to guidebook neighborhoods all checked off.
"I'm not going downtown," the bus driver calls over the intercom. I'm aboard the N Judah -- one of San Francisco's Muni Metro light rail lines -- and downtown San Francisco is exactly where I'm heading. I'm making the trip to go ice skating in Union Square, but that's the only set plan.