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Things to Do Near San Francisco

So close to so much! With endless activities to experience in the Bay Area and beyond, Marin Suites Hotel in Corte Madera is perfectly situated close to all the action. A 15 minute drive across the Golden Gate Bridge will put you at the north end of San Francisco, or access the East Bay via the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. The beautiful wine countries of Napa and Sonoma Valley border Marin County on the northeast, while the Pacific Ocean borders it on the west. We invite you to explore our exciting travel guide, to unlock all the best attractions Northern California has to offer.

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    The Village at Corte Madera

    1618 Redwood Hwy, Corte Madera, CA 94925

    High-end department stores, brand-name shops, and dining set amid landscaped pedestrian walkways.

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    Town Center Corte Madera

    100 Corte Madera Town Center, Corte Madera, CA 94925

    Town Center Corte Madera is an upscale shopping center located in Corte Madera, California. It is located off U.S. Route 101 on Tamalpais Drive.

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    Marin Country Mart

    2257 Larkspur Landing Cir, Larkspur, CA 94939

    Kid-friendly complex with shopping, eating, and a Saturday morning farmer's market with crafts and music.

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    Golden Gate Ferry

    No wheels? No worries. The Golden Gate Ferry leaves from nearby Larkspur and cruises to the Ferry Building Marketplace, home to San Francisco’s local culinary artisan stalls and shops. During the 40-minute cruise, you’ll be treated to scenic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz, and the sweeping San Francisco skyline.

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    Mount Tamalpais State Park

    Escape to the top of Mount Tamalpais, the Bay Area’s highest peak, for astounding views of the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco, and the bay. Hike or bike through 50 miles of trails, then camp out for an evening surrounded by oak tree and redwood forests and the fresh ocean breeze. Or, watch an outdoor theatre performance under the stars at the peak’s mountain theatre.

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    Muir Woods National Monument

    Wander amongst some of Mother Nature’s massive marvels: ancient coastal redwood trees towering 248 feet overhead. Just a few miles north of Golden Gate Bridge, this lush park spans 560 acres and allows you to experience the grandeur of a redwood forest up close and personal. Lace-up your hiking boots and explore six miles of trails, from strenuous treks to leisurely strolls.

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    Marin Headlands

    The Marin Headlands cover a lot of history from the Miwok Indians to the Military, including the historic Fort Barry and Fort Cronkhite, the NIKE Missile site and the Point Bonita lighthouse. Other attractions include vast hiking trails, dog-friendly Rodeo Beach, and breathtaking views overlooking the coast and the city.

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    San Francisco

    Just a scenic drive over the iconic Golden Gate Bridge or a relaxing ferry ride away, San Francisco ranks as one of the top destinations in the world. Scores of restaurants, attractions, museums and unique finds are packed within 47 square miles of exciting city space. Explore distinct neighborhoods such as Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, the Mission District, North Beach and the Castro, to discover the makings of a world-class city.

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    Vineyards of Sonoma Valley & Napa Valley

    Sip, savor, then sip some more through California’s legendary wine country. From striking architectural landmarks to rustic farmhouses, the wineries in Sonoma and Napa Valley serve up unforgettable adventures for your palate. Pair your bucolic vineyard experiences with farm-to-fork cuisine, outdoor films and concerts, natural mineral spring spas, and boutique shopping that only these charming California towns can deliver.

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    Sonoma Raceway

    Sonoma Raceway is arguably the world's busiest racing facility and motorsports complex, with track activity scheduled an average of 340 days a year. Whether it's amateur or professional SCCA road races, AFM motorcycle racing, sports car events, vintage cars or the raw power of NASCAR, INDYCAR and NHRA drag races, Sonoma Raceway has played host to some of racing's top events and its greatest moments.

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    The Marin Theatre Company

    397 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941 | (415) 388-5200

    The Marin Theatre Company is a professional, regional theatre that produces classic and contemporary plays. The productions are complemented by a Performing Arts Conservatory offering classes for children and adults.

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    Tennessee Valley Trail

    Located inside the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Tennessee Valley is an amazing offshoot of the Marin Headlands. The Tennessee Valley Trail is mostly level, traveling 1.7 miles to Tennessee Beach. More adventurous hikers can opt for trails leading into the upper hills, but all are sure to enjoy the blooming vegetation and local wildlife such as raptors, deer, coyote and the occasional bobcat sighting.

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    Point Bonita Lighthouse

    The Point Bonita Lighthouse offers sunset and full moon tours through tunnels and footbridges. The last manned lighthouse on the California coast, it’s located at the San Francisco Bay entrance in the Marin Headlands near Sausalito, California.

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    Point Reyes National Seashore

    The Point Reyes National Seashore has many trails passing through Miwok communities and the San Andreas Fault line. Astounding views can be seen from Drakes Bay where the Point Reyes Lighthouse sits along the coastline.

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    Phoenix Lake Trail

    The Phoenix Lake Trail is a 2.8-mile loop located inside the Phoenix Lake Park near San Anselmo, California. Pet-friendly and perfect for all skill levels, the best time to hike or walk around the lake is from March through September.

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    Tomales Bay State Park

    This area, celebrated for its natural beauty, is one of constant movement: the land, the animal migrations and the seasonal wildflowers that come up through the earth. For spectacular views, March flowers, beaches and bird-watching, it is a must see.

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    China Camp State Park

    China Camp State Park offers fifteen miles of hiking trails and a house museum that describes the early Chinese settlement of the village. The park is typically busiest on weekends during the spring and summer months.

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    Angel Island State Park

    In the middle of San Francisco Bay sits Angel Island, offering spectacular views of the Marin Headlands, Mount Tamalpais, and the San Francisco skyline. Over 13 miles of foot trails in San Francisco and fire roads circle the island. The Northridge/Sunset loop trail leads to the 788-foot high summit of Mt. Livermore providing spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay. The paved Perimeter Road provides access the island’s several beaches and historical sites such as Immigration Station and Fort McDowell.

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    Samuel P. Taylor Park

    This popular park has over 2,700 acres of wooded countryside in the steep rolling hills of West Marin. The park features a unique contrast of coast redwoods groves and open grassland. Miles of Marin County hiking trails and fire roads make it easy to hike to the top of Mount Barnabe. Or, for a less strenuous visit, many visitors consider Devil’s Gulch the best place in the park for a picnic or a place to relax.

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    Golden Gate National Recreation Area

    Golden Gate National Parks narrate two hundred years of history, from the Native American culture and the Spanish Empire frontier, to maritime history, the California Gold Rush and the expansion of urban San Francisco.

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    Marshall's Beach

    The trail to Marshall's Beach begins on a paved road just west of the entrance to Tomales Bay State Park. The trail goes uphill initially, then levels out into a wide fire road. It drops down to Marshall's Beach on Tomales Bay, complete with bay views and picnic sites.