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The Bay to Napa loop


Trip Length

3 Riding Days

Start & Finish

Start - San Francisco

End - San Francisco


181 Miles

291 Kilometres


Easygoing - Moderate


The perfect long weekend adventure getaway. This trip gives you a taste of everything there is to love about Northern California. Cycle Napa's endless vines, through rolling farmland, amongst majestic Redwood forests, alongside the Russian river, and down the coast listening to the waves crash against the cliffside. Pass through the towns of Napa, St. Helena, Callistoga, Healdsburg, Bodega Bay, Point Reyes, Stinson Beach, and Sausalito. 

Day by Day


Arrival Day | San Francisco

Arrive into the beautiful city by the bay, and enjoy a night in town. From the Mission, to Hayes Valley, Haight-Ashbury, SOMA, North Beach, and the famous Golden Gate Park, you'll have plenty to explore. 


Day 1 | San Francisco - Bothe-Napa | 46 miles

Start the day at the Ferry Building, and hop aboard with your gear to cruise over to Vallejo. Meander through farmland and wine country, visiting cute towns like Napa and St. Helena before arriving at Bothe-Napa State Park for the night. 


Day 2 | Bothe-Napa - Bodega Bay | 66.5 miles

Continue through wine country this morning, and visit Calistoga, Healdsburg and Guerneville before you meet the Russian River. Cycle West out to the Pacific where you'll have a few glorious coastal miles before hitting camp at Bodega Dunes State Park.  


Day 3 | Bodega Bay - San Francisco | 68.5 miles

The final and biggest ride will take you through the quaint towns dotted along Tomales Bay, to Point Reyes, up into the mystical coastal forests of Mt. Tamalpais State Park and across the Golden Gate into San Francisco. 

A Glimpse at Day 1

San Francisco - Bothe-Napa State Park | 46 miles


8 am: Wake up and get ready for day 1. Make sure you have all your personal belongings packed in your panniers.

9:30 am: Eat breakfast, load your panniers onto your bike, do a last minute check and hit the road!

11 am: Arrive at the Ferry Building, pick up your tickets and cruise towards Vallejo. Enjoy views of the bay from the deck.

12:30 pm: Dock in Vallejo, and get rolling. Ride through town, and out into the countryside.

2 pm: Enter Napa, and enjoy a late lunch. Feel free to explore town before you continue on your journey.

3 pm: Meander through the heart of wine country. Pass dozens wineries, perhaps stopping for a taste or three.

4 pm: Take a detour to the quaint town of St. Helena. Pick up supplies for dinner and breakfast the next day. 

5 pm: Pull into Bothe-Napa State Park, and set up camp for the night. There are great walking trails in the park or head back into the vineyards for sunset over the hills. 


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Bike Equipment


Touring bike, waterproof panniers & handlebar bag, pump, bike tools,  & essential spare parts. You'll also receive a custom biking jersey to keep!

Camping Gear


Tent, sleeping mat, tarp, cookware, flashlight, sleeping bag

Route Design


Expertly designed day-by-day route suggestions, essential tips, campsite options, places of interest, and dining recommendations along the way.


Accommodation Costs


We provide suggestions and details of the best campsites. They average $5 per person per night. 

Meals and Beverages


We outline our favorite cafes, restaurants, and grocery stores.

Emergency Services


911 is always your first point of contact in an emergency situation. A list of hospitals and clinics are listed in the pre-trip manuals.

Travel Medical Insurance


It is recommended to purchase travel medical insurance before embarking on your journey if you are coming from abroad.

Personal Travel Expenses


Plan for costs associated with personal travel to arrive at your starting point and heading home from your endpoint.

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