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Marin Headlands

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Located at the Point Bonita Lighthouse, these headlands offer a suspension bridge and hiking trail.
Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA 94965
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you've got some extra time on your hands, I'd highly recommend taking a drive up this 'hill' to take in one of the most breathtaking scenes anywhere. I'm pretty sure you need to be coming in from the north, via Marin, and heading into...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Joe H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can’t beat the views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge and the pacific coast from atop the Marin Headlands. Plenty to explore and plenty of overlooks for photo ops along he way. It’s a simple drive over the bridge and well worth it....More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great cycling, incredible views all around, and a great youth hostel, what more do you need? How about a secret one way military tunnel and a basement full of Nike missiles, not to mention rodeo beach. Marin Headlands has something for everyone.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sheriann H
Reviewed November 30, 2018 via mobile

We stopped before we headed into San Francisco and spent a morning exploring. There are plenty of hiking trails, an old Army post to explore, and a lighthouse (closed during our visit). Of course, there is also incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge. If...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 14, 2018

When in San Francisco, if you have a rental car don't miss the Marin Headlands! We always rent a car for at least one day so that we can go to Muir Woods and Muir Beach. This year we added the Marin Headlands and also...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Marsha F
Reviewed November 5, 2018

I thoroughly enjoyed hiking some of the trails in the Marin Headlands with some friends on a weekend afternoon. Many good trails with scene views of the coast and the Golden Gate bridge. Very convenient to drive to from San Francisco. Highly recommend to anyone...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank James T
Reviewed November 3, 2018 via mobile

We started at usual place to see the bridge but We wanted to see the bridge from a different perspective. We parked in on of the roadside areas. Then hiked down to Kirby Cove campground area. Spectacular views of the bridge. Worth the hike bring...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank fancypants2014
Reviewed October 31, 2018

The Headlands offer beautiful views of the city of San Francisco and the Golden Gate bridge. If you park at the first lot up the hill from highway 101, you can walk through World War Two era bunkers, called Battery Spencer, and overlook the bridge....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

We just had lunch in Sausalito so we decided to go check it out. Went to the visitor center and then to the NIKE missile area. The Blue Angels we’re flying overhead, so we realized it was Fleet Week. Not sure we would have gone...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 4, 2018 via mobile

The Marin headlands or America for cyclist, hikers, trail runners, and sightseers just across the Golden gate Bridge from San Francisco. The park offers stunning views of San Francisco harbor, the Golden gate, the bridge, and the Pacific ocean. Well there we saw a coyote...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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June 4, 2018|
Response from Mark H | Reviewed this property |
Fee is the toll for the Golden Gate Bridge. Awkward, they don't take $$. So you need to go online after with your plate number and pay. Also, coming from SF, once you exit the road west is the first left.
May 4, 2017|
Response from Driver_316 | Reviewed this property |
I am sorry that is a question I cannot answer unfortunateluy. I only go to this place for a day trio.
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Muir Woods and Marin Headlands (9 Replies)
Is it possible to visit Muir Woods and Marin Headland on the same day? I will have my own car. I would like to hike a little at both. I am also reading conflicting reports on the hours of the lighthouse. Some say it is open Sat and Sun, others say Sat- Mon.. If it isn't open can you still cross the bridge and take pictures from the lighthouse? TIA
June 28, 2012|
Response fromSFNATIV|
Do Muir Woods 1st in early morning, then Marin Headlands on etg way back. AS to the light house here is the current listing; Point Bonita Bridge Replacement is Complete! The tunnel, bridge and lighthouse will be open to the public starting April 14, 2012 on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays from 12:30 - 3:30 pm.
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Golden Gate Bridge on a Friday (13 Replies)
We'll be arriving in SF on a Friday around 3:00. Was planning on hitting the bridge first thing upon arrival. Wanted to drive over to Marin Headlands. Was wondering what time traffic starts on the bridge on a Friday and in which direction it goes? Thanks in advance.
February 25, 2012|
Response fromCaffiend|
At 3 AM, there won't be much traffic, but then you won't see much of the Bridge, either. I believe that technically GGNRA portion of the Marin Headlands is closed to visitors after something like 10 pm, but there's absolutely no way that they can actually control access; the rule is there to prevent overnight camping except for a couple of spots (Kirby Cove as an example). Oh, you meant the other 3:00, as in PM. On Monday-Thursday 3 PM would be the early edge of the evening commute, for...More
Tustin, California
Marin Headlands and Muir woods (4 Replies)
We will be in San Fran for 3 nights and one of the mornings we are going to Muir Woods. I just read about Marin Headlands. Should we hit that on the way back? How long is the hike from where you park?
July 08, 2012|
Response frombelomiser|
I guess you are driving up from Tustin and hence have a car. It would be better to go to Muir to avoid crowds first thing in the morning (and get a closer parking spot) Most visitors we see climb up the road to Marin Headlands just near the north end of the GG bridge to get an amazing view and then one can come back the same way or do a loop as the map shows