Marin County: ATTRACTIONS
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Let's face it, we've all done this as travelers at some time or other when visiting another area; drive ourselves around, but we know we waste precious time figuring out exactly where everything is, and tour buses don't go to many of our unique and beautiful destinations in the area. If they do, they rush you here and there. With us you can relax, enjoy the scenery, and focus on each special place you want to visit during your stay in the Bay Area.
CORTE MADERA, CA: We'll Take You Shopping!
In Spanish, Corte Madera means the imperative command "Chop wood", as in "Do chop the wood". The area was famous for producing lumber out of redwood trees which went into the construction of the city of San Francisco.
The Village at Corte Madera is home to two department stores, Nordstrom and Macy's ...
Corte Madera Town Center
Town Center Corte Madera -- You'll find all you are searching for.
Greenbrae is a small community in Marin County, California -- located 1.5 miles (2 km) south-southeast of downtown San Rafael, and located adjacent to U.S. Route 101 at the opening of the Ross Valley. Predominantly composed of hillside and waterfront terrain, it straddles Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Its most frequented points of interest include Marin General Hospital and Bon Air Shopping Center.
Halfway between Sausalito and San Rafael, nestled between Mount Tamalpais and the Bay, lies a place of almost magical charm and sweeping beauty called Larkspur. Larkspur presents very special places to play, to relax, to shop, to dine and to enjoy many of the loveliest things Marin County has to offer. There are world-renowned restaurants, stylish stores, intimate coffee houses, unique shopping centers. There are lush redwood groves, winding trails and waterways, a boardwalk where people live suspended above water and rock formations where Miwok Indians held celebrations for nearly two thousand years. There are ten parks and every sport from horseshoes to windsurfing.
MILL VALLEY, CA:
Mill Valley is an affluent city in Marin County, California, and located on the western and northern shores of Richardson Bay. Beyond the flat coastal area and marshlands, it occupies narrow wooded canyons, mostly of second-growth redwoods, on the eastern slopes of Mount Tamalpais.
Mill Valley, an affluent city in Marin County is known throughout the San Francisco Bay Area for its charm, natural beauty and cultural events. Located in Marin County, just north of San Francisco, and on the western and northern shores of Richardson Bay. Beyond the flat coastal area and marshlands, it occupies narrow wooded canyons, mostly of second-growth redwoods, on the eastern slopes of Mount Tamalpais. It is a special place to its friendly residents and visitors. Life in Mill Valley is surrounded by national parks, San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Ocean. The natural wooded areas bordering the Pacific Ocean attract visitors from around the world.
- Mount Tamalpais State Park, Mill Valley, CA
Just north of San Francisco's Golden Gate is Mount Tamalpais. It has redwood groves and oak woodlands with a spectacular view from the 2,571-foot peak.
On a clear day, visitors can see the Farallon Islands 25 miles out to sea, the Marin County hills, San Francisco and the bay, hills and cities of the East Bay, and Mount Diablo. On rare occasions, the Sierra Nevada's snow-covered mountains can be seen 150 miles away.
Coastal Miwok Indians lived in the area for thousands of years before Europeans arrived. In 1770, two explorers named the mountain La Sierra de Nuestro Padre de San Francisco, which was later changed to the Miwok word Tamalpais.
With the Gold Rush of 1849, San Francisco grew and more people began to use Mount Tamalpais for recreation. Trails were developed and a wagon road was built. Later, a railway was completed and became known as "The Crookedest Railroad in the World." It was abandoned in 1930 after a wildfire damaged the line.
- Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, CA
Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Of 28 attractions in Marin County this coastal redwood preserve features majestic redwoods and scenic hiking trails that draw more than 1.5 million visitors each year.
MUIR BEACH, CA:
California's Highway One sneaks over the last coastal ridge west of Mill Valley and descends like a falling ribbon to Marin County's Muir Beach, a small hamlet that shares a zip code with Sausalito. Muir Beach is located 16.5 miles (26.6 km) northwest of San Francisco in western Marin County, California, United States.
Located about 2 miles (3 km) from the entrance to Muir Woods National Monument, the beach is about 1000 feet (305 m) long and 200 feet (61 m) wide, with coarse sand and several large boulders. The beach at Muir Beach is not vast; trails climb up along the bluffs of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
The signature business in town is the Pelican Inn, a Tudor-style lodge plus eatery that often has live music and always offers fine imports on tap.
About two miles inland lies Muir Woods National Monument, a 550-acre gift to the federal government in 1907 by Marin's prominent Kent family. There's a store and a snack bar but the draw is imposing coast redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens, many of them 20 stories tall and some as old as the Magna Carta. The main groves have been likened to cathedrals but they're more impressive than that; when you're standing in the cool, muffled shadows, it seems that even sound and light have paused to show respect.
POINT REYES, CA:
- Point Reyes, Point Reyes Station [West Marin]
Point Reyes National Seashore: a lighthouse in a location almost too spectacular to believe, dairy ranches, a large herd of elk, perhaps a passing whale. From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches through its open grasslands to its brushy hillsides and forested ridges, visitors can discover over 1000 species of plants and animals.
SAN RAFAEL, CA:
San Rafael is a city and the county seat of Marin County, California, United States. The city is located in the North Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area.
- China Camp State Park, San Rafael, CA
In 1977, the state acquired 1,500 acres of bay shore to form China Camp State Park. Some 1890s-era buildings still stand at China Camp Village, and interpretive exhibits tell of the difﬁcult life in this ﬁshing village.
Mission San Rafael Archangel, San Rafael, CA
Spanish exploration of what is now California began in the sixteenth century. In 1769, Fr. Junipero Serra established the first mission in San Diego. Over the following half century, the Spanish established their presence along the California coast. In attempts to counteract the Russian influence felt by the establishment of Fort Ross in what is now Sonoma County, Spanish missionaries pressed further northward into Marin.
Mission San Rafael Arcangel, the 20th of the California missions, was established as a helper, or asistencia, to Mission Dolores in December 1817. It was then that over 200 Indians and four Franciscan friars, Sarria, Abella, Duran and Taboada, traveled across the bay to found a hospital mission whose patron, Arcangel Rafael, is God’s healing messenger.
Sausalito offers the best of both worlds - minutes from a pulsating metropolitan area (downtown San Francisco) - and just as close to the scenic north coast, perched on a Mediterranean hillside. A picturesque waterfront community, offering expansive views, quiet neighborhoods and an incomparable quality of life. Small town character with big city panache.
Sausalito is located 8 miles (13 km) south-southeast of San Rafael. The community is situated near the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge, and prior to the building of that bridge served as a terminus for rail, car and ferry traffic. Developed rapidly as a shipbuilding center in World War II, the city's industrial character gave way in postwar years to a reputation as a wealthy and artistic enclave, a picturesque residential community (incorporating large numbers of houseboats), and a tourist destination. It is adjacent to, and largely bounded by, the protected spaces of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Demographics and community information can be found by clicking the links below:
- Bay Area Discovery Museum [Ft. Baker], Sausalito, CA
Located at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge, this nationally recognized museum is a one-of-a-kind indoor/outdoor family museum that offers a full range of activities for kids.
- Bay Model Visitor Center, Sausalito, CA
US Army Corps of Engineers -- 3-D hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Delta areas capable of simulating tides, currents and river inflows.
- Five Star Yachts, Sausalito, CA
Cruise the San Francisco Bay on the elegant Five Stars Yacht. This is a Private 75 foot motor Charter Yacht located in Sausalito, California, and suitable for many occasions. The Five Stars Yacht is available for "private charter", and "special event public cruises" occur throughout the year.
Fort Baker is one of the components of California's Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The Fort, which borders the City of Sausalito in Marin County and is connected to San Francisco by the Golden Gate Bridge, served as an Army post until the mid-1990s, when the headquarters of the 91st Division moved to Parks Reserve Forces Training Area. It is located opposite Fort Point at the entrance to the San Francisco Bay.
- Marin Headlands, Sausalito, CA
The Marin Headlands is one of our favorite vantage points of the Golden Gate Bridge and the San Francisco skyline — the views from the top are absolutely spectacular, especially on a fog-free sunny day.
- Marine Mammal Center, Sausalito, CA
Observe volunteers taking care of orphaned and injured sea lions and harbor seals.
- Point Bonita Lighthouse, Marin Headlands - Sausalito, CA
Point Bonita today is part of the largest urban national park in the United States, the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. A secret jewel of the Bay Area, Point Bonita is still an active lighthouse. The U.S. Coast Guard maintains the lighthouse and the National Park Service provides access to visitors.
Point Bonita Lighthouse is reached by a halfmile trail that is steep in parts. Discover Point Bonita’s wild landscape, geology and fascinating history. The tunnel halfway to the lighthouse is open only during visiting hours: Saturdays, Sundays & Mondays 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
- Segway Tours - Electric Tour Company, Sausalito, CA
Experience Sausalito's first Segway Tour! Glide along the Bay on our Eco-Friendly Segway Tour. The Sausalito Segway Tour is another super fun way to see this bayside gem.
- SFL-88L, Golden Gate National Recreation Area - Ft. Barry
Restored Nike missile launch site located in the de-classified Fort Barry in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
- Spaulding Wooden Boat Tour, Sausalito, CA
This insider's tour has something for everyone! Historic Houseboats, WWII Shipyards, Art Studios, Wooden Boat Center. Tour ends with tea and cookies in the boat lettering shop. Tour is offered every Saturday and Sunday year 'round from 12:30 to 3:30pm.
STINSON BEACH, CA:
Stinson Beach is a popular day trip; located 2.5 miles (4 km) east-southeast of Bolinas. It is about a 35-minute drive from the Golden Gate Bridge on California's Highway, and It is near important attractions such as Muir Woods National Monument, Muir Beach, and Mount Tamalpais. It has a long beach with occasional opportunities for surfing, although the water is cold and fog is common throughout the year. The network of hiking trails around Mount Tamalpais also reaches the town. The beach is one of the cleanest in the state, and sandy, unlike the rockier neighboring beach in Bolinas.
Tiburon is an incorporated town in Marin County, California. It occupies most of the Tiburon Peninsula, which reaches south into the San Francisco Bay. The smaller city of Belvedere (formerly a separate island) occupies the south-east part of the peninsula and is contiguous with Tiburon. Tiburon is bordered by Corte Madera to the north and Mill Valley to the west, but is otherwise surrounded by the Bay.
The city's name derives from the Spanish word tiburón, which means "shark". The name was first given to the peninsula on which the city is situated, and probably inspired by the prevalence of locally native leopard sharks in the surrounding waters. Tiburon was formerly the southern terminus of the Northwestern Pacific Railroad. This railroad carried freight, mostly lumber, to the town for transfer to barges for shipping to cities around San Francisco Bay. It is now a commuter and tourist town, linked by fast ferry services to San Francisco and with a concentration of restaurants and clothes shops. It is the nearest mainland point to Angel Island and a regular ferry service connects to the island.
The former railroad right of way now forms part of the San Francisco Bay Trail, used by hikers and cyclists. Within the Tiburon town limits, the rail trail passes through the Richardson Bay Park and next to the Audubon Society's Richardson Bay Sanctuary. These provide excellent opportunities for observing wildlife.
- Audubon Center & Sanctuary of Tiburon