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Popular Marin County Attractions

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With so many things to do in San Francisco, choosing the right itinerary can be a little daunting. Luckily, the expert staff at Marin Suites Hotel has compiled our list of the best Marin County attractions. Choose from our favorites, and then make some favorites of your own!

Golden Gate Ferry – Larkspur Landing
101 E Sir Frances Drake Blvd
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 455-2000
Golden Gate Ferry is a transportation system that is owned and operated by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. Golden Gate Ferry offers regular passenger ferry service, with limited weekend service between Marin County and San Francisco. Special ferry service is available for events like occasional home games of San Francisco Giants baseball, the annual Bay to Breakers, and day after Thanksgiving shopping.

 

Marin Headlands
Building 948 Fort Barry
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-1540
The Marin Headlands are part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which is the largest urban park in the United States. Go exploring through the Point Bonita Lighthouse, historic military sites, a Nike Missile site, museums, camp grounds, beaches and hiking trails.

 

Muir Woods
Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-2595
This beautiful redwood forest is located in a canyon just a few miles north of San Francisco. The park offers solitude, interpretive displays and programs, and numerous hiking trails. See gigantic trees tower 260 feet up into the sky. Famous naturalist John Muir called this,"...the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world."

 

Sausalito
Sausalito Chamber of Commerce
10 Liberty Ship Way, Bay 2
Suite 250
Sausalito, CA 94965
(415) 331-7262
Sausalito is a delightful waterfront community that is located across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Because of its Mediterranean flair and fantastic views, it is often compared to the French Riviera.

 

Angel Island
21 Main Street
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 435-2131
Angel Island, often called the "Jewel of the San Francisco Bay," is the largest island in the San Francisco Bay, located one mile south of the Tiburon Peninsula.  Known as the “Ellis Island” of the West, Angel Island once processed hundreds of thousands of immigrants and is still holds vast historical landmarks. Park Headquarters and the main visitor's center are in Ayala Cove on the North side of the island, accessible only by commercial ferries and private boats. Guests can enjoy a tour of the island, have a picnic, go boating, hiking, biking, camping, and other recreational activities, all while taking in the stunning views of the entire Bay.

 

Fisherman's Wharf
Jefferson Street (Between Hyde and Powell Streets)
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 391-2000
Fisherman's Wharf is San Francisco's most popular destination. Known for its historic waterfront, delicious seafood, spectacular sights and unique shopping, Fisherman's Wharf offers a myriad of things to do for everyone. With a fabulous location in the 'City by the Bay', you are within minutes of the Maritime Museum, Alcatraz, Coit Tower and the world famous San Francisco Cable Car lines. From Fisherman's Wharf, visitors can take in some of the most fantastic views of the cityscape.

 

Chinatown
Grant Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94108
(415) 982-8839
Known as the largest Chinatown outside of Asia, the entryway to Chinatown at Bush and Grant Avenue was given to the city of San Francisco by the Republic of Taiwan. Grant Avenue is San Francisco's first street and stands today as the center of Chinatown. The eclectic streets are lined with cultural shops and trading companies offering a variety of colorful merchandise - silk, jade, artifacts and antiques. The restaurants in Chinatown are not to be missed.

 

Golden Gate Bridge
US Hwy 101
San Francisco, CA 94129
(415) 921-5858
This gorgeously massive and striking bridge is easy to access by car, tour bus, bike or by foot. Breathtaking views surround you as you cross, no matter what time of day or night. Don't get nervous if you feel like the bridge is moving - the Golden Gate was built to sway 27 feet from side to side to withstand powerful winds.

 

Mount Tamalpais State Park
801 Panoramic Highway
Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-2070
In the heart of Marin County, just north of San Francisco and the Golden Gate, is Mount Tamalpais State Park. Redwood groves, oak woodlands, grassland slopes, chaparral and rocky ridges make up the 6,300 acres of the park, and spectacular views of the nearby Pacific and the surrounding San Francisco Bay Area can be seen from its ridges, slopes and the 2,571-foot high, East Peak. There are a score of activities to take part in, including picnicking, California nature study, historic landmarks, hiking, biking, tent camping, horseback riding, just over its boundary lines. Take a dip or go surfing in a nearby beach or go kayaking in a tidal lagoon.

 

Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Fort Mason, Building 201
San Francisco, CA 94123
(415) 561-4900
The former infamous prison of Alcatraz, located almost 2 miles northeast of San Francisco Bay, is one of the most interesting and historic places to visit. Upon visiting the island of the once most feared prison in all of USA, you can explore the remnants of the prison, learn about the Indians that lived there after the prison closed down, the first U.S. fort on the west coast, and the oldest operating lighthouse on the west coast as well. Now managed by the National Park Service, tourists can visit by boat 7 days a week.

 

Pier 39
Beach Street & The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94133
(415) 705-5500
Pier 39 is a festival marketplace that has something for everyone. Voted the "Best Place to People Watch (San Francisco)" by the San Francisco Chronicle's Readers' Choice competition, Pier 39 is located on the northernmost point of the San Francisco peninsula also providing visitors with postcard views of Alcatraz, the Golden Gate and Bay Bridges, the San Francisco Bay and the City skyline. There are more than 110 stores, 12 Bay view restaurants, and oodles of great attractions for all ages including their world-renowned sea lions, street performers and live daily entertainment.

 

San Francisco
Visitor Information Center
900 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 362-7323
San Francisco is a beautifully diverse city of fun. It's the perfect place to sightsee, shop, dine, enjoy a show, relax and play in a trend-setting and multi-cultural metropolis home to cable cars, Chinatown, the Golden Gate Bridge, and so much more.

 

Infineon Raceway
29355 Arnold Dr.
Sonoma, CA 95476
(800)-870-7223
Just 30 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, Infineon Raceway is a motorsports complex that is known as the gateway to the fantastic Sonoma Wine Country. Many nationally televised events are hosted at the track, including NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and the IRL Indy Car Series. Other events take place 340 days and 50 weekends throughout the year.

 

Stinson Beach
Hwy 1
Stinson Beach, CA 94970
(415) 868-1922
Stinson Beach, a wonderful scenic and curvy beach, is an ideal vacation spot for San Franciscans and tourists alike. Dig your toes into the sand and gaze up into the hills and valleys that surround the intimate town. Offshore, pick wildflowers and watch the shorebirds frolic on their breeding grounds. Go surfing, kayaking, even hang gliding along the glistening waters of Stinson Beach.

 

Six Flags Discovery Kingdom
1001 Fairgrounds Dr.
Vallejo, CA 94589
(707) 643-6722
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (formerly known as Six Flags Marine World), is an exciting amusement and animal park in Vallejo, filled with fun for the whole family. Choose from a number of thrilling roller coasters like Medusa, animal exhibits like Treasures of the World, and other nonstop entertainment.

 

Sonoma Valley
Visitors Bureau
453 First Street East
Sonoma, CA 95476
(707) 996-1090
Sonoma Valley is where California's renowned wine industry first started, nestled between the Mayacamas and Sonoma mountain ranges. It is the closest wine region to San Francisco, with 17 miles of unmatched beauty and 13,000 acres of parkland. The eight-acre Sonoma Plaza is the largest town square of its kind in California and a National Historic Landmark, surrounded by carefully preserved adobe buildings.

 

Point Reyes National Seashore
1 Bear Valley Rd.
Point Reyes Station, CA 94956
(415) 464-5100 x2
Point Reyes National Seashore has a history that dates back many years, and is rich in things to do and see. There are unique geological formations, elk and marine reserves, a historic ranch, a lighthouse perched on the very tip of the point, miles and miles of hiking trails, all available to visitors. For animal lovers, you can see elephant seals and go whale and bird watching.  Or visit one of the Oyster Farms along Tamalas Bay, and enjoy fresh oysters along the water.

 

Napa Valley
Conference and Visitors Bureau
1310 Napa Town Center
Napa, CA 94559
(707) 226-7459
Napa Valley is the largest and most well known valley in Napa County, as well as the premier destination for wine in all of the United States. Choose from lush hotels, fabulous shopping, exquisite dining, various attractions and of course, wonderful wine tours. No matter the season or time of year, Napa Valley is always bursting at the seams with something for everyone.

 

Ross Valley Winery
343 San Anselmo Avenue
San Anselmo, CA 94960
(415) 457-5157
The Ross Valley Winery is small Marin County operation that specializes in transforming modest lots of unique grapes into vineyard-designated wines, each with its own individual character and particular personality. Located in downtown San Anselmo, the winery showcases local artists’ work, and offers unique gifts and wine accessories. The tasting room is open Tuesday-Sunday from 1:00 PM-7:00 PM.

 

San Francisco Theological Seminary
2 Kensington Road
San Anselmo, CA 94960
(415) 451-2800
All visitors agree, the SF Theological Seminary campus is beautiful beyond compare. Located within comfortable walking distance of downtown San Anselmo, the campus was established in 1892 on 14 acres, set at the foot of Mt. Tamalpais and overlooking Ross Valley. The “castles” in the hills, one patterned after the Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy, several Victorian houses, and historic chapels are featured in this self-guided walking tour.

 

 
     
 
 
       
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