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“A look over from across the bay” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Marin Headlands

Marin Headlands
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA 94965
415-331-1540
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Ranked #1 of 56 Attractions in Marin County
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, State Parks, Outdoors
Activities: Hiking, Walking, Running
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Owner description: Located at the Point Bonita Lighthouse, these headlands offer a suspension bridge and hiking trail.
San Francisco, California, United States
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“A look over from across the bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

This is a great place for hiking, bird watching, and just about anything else you would like to do. there are spots along the way that you can have a panoramic view of San Francisco, visit the historical lighthouse while you are there, or just enjoy the sun and wind as you go for your walk.

Visited October 2013
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“Cannot beat the view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

You can get here by driving, walking or biking, but by cars would be the easiest. Great views from the north side of the Bay, looking back at San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge. Lots of hiking trails and cyclists so be careful. Battlement area from WWII as well. Interesting historical fort areas and camping too. But just cannot beat the views, expecially when the fog rolls in!

Visited January 2014
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Wellingborough, United Kingdom
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“An interesting side trip from San Francisco”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2014

There are many different ways of visiting this attractive area, from "Biking the Bridge" on a rental bike from the many rental shops in SF, to taking the various tours and excursions on open top buses and pseudo trolley buses that run between the city centre and the town of Sausalito in Marin County. We took the tourist bus option to visit Muir Woods with the return journey on the open top bus from Sausalito. Muir Woods is a National Park dedicated to protecting some excellent examples of the famous (up to 2000 year old) Californian Redwoods which grow only along the US West Coast in California and Southern Oregon. Known to grow up to 379 ft tall, most of the ones alongside the marked trail through Muir Woods are nearer 200ft and are mostly 500 to 800 years old. (not to be confused with the wider but shorter Giant Sequoias found to the east of the State).

Wild life that we saw in the Marin Headlands included a wildcat and deer as well as many types of birds ranging from the tiny Pacific Wrens, mostly in the undergrowth, to some larger birds of prey, high in the sky.

Back down to the coast we visited Sausalito which despite being out of season still offered some interesting one-off boutique shops, art studios and galleries as well as a wide selection of restaurants, cafes and coffee shops. (beware, as always, of excursion guides steering you to particular venues where they benefit from free food and drink - only go where you want to go!)
We found an amazing delicatessen where we bought some “New York style sandwiches” (ie overstuffed with the contents and well worth the prices charged!) There are some chairs and tables on the “sidewalk” outside the Deli with excellent views across the bay to San Fransisco but as it was quite chilly by now we were told that we could use the indoor tables in the next door pizza bar if we bought a drink from them. This proved to be an excellent idea and we were served with large mugs of “Hot Tea” that surprisingly actually tasted like “English Breakfast” tea!

Before starting the return journey to town we called into a large sweetshop where prices were slightly lower than at Fisherman’s Wharf and we were positively encouraged to try as many samples of the “taffy” as we liked! Needless to say we ended up buying a large bagful of the many flavours available.

The journey back into Fisherman’s Wharf was by open top bus with a guided tour through the Presidio, with the Walt Disney Family Museum and a huge military cemetery being the main points of interest.

Although relatively expensive ($50 each for the tour bus) it was a day well spent and recommended to anyone who is spending 3 or more days visiting San Francisco and wanting to see a little further afield than the concrete jungle of downtown and Fisherman’s Wharf

Visited January 2014
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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“Stunning”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

We hired a car for the day and drove around the Marin headlands before heading up the coast to Reyes point. In mid January we hardly saw anyone else and the scenery was just stunning. I'd definitely recommend a visit.

Visited January 2014
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Rohnert Park, California
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“Take in the beauty of California!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2014

There are gorgeous views from the top of the hills of the golden gate bridge and downtown SF as well as breathtaking coastal views. There are many stops to make along the road that leads to the headlands and Bolinas lighthouse. It can get very busy so parking is sometimes hard to find. You can walk through the old bunkers and explore the tunnels for free! The Bolinas lighthouse closes at 3:30pm (at least it did on Saturdays). Overall a very relaxing quick trip for a couple of locals. You can really take in the beauty of California. Don't forget your camera!

Visited February 2014
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