Just north of the chaotic hustle and bustle of San Francisco is a community niched in the dreams of every outdoorsman: Marin County. The juxtaposition between concrete jungle and open air plays a big role as to why the Marin district has blossomed into one of the most visited areas in the Bay. And with the summer season well on its way, there's no time better than the present to take advantage of the all the adventure that it has to offer.
Explore the national parks and open space that make up nearly three quarters of Marin County.
If you haven't already walked through the cathedral of redwood trees in Muir Woods, this is the first must-see destination for all Marin visitors. After a trip to the forest, head down to Point Reyes National Seashore for salty air and sandy toes. And be sure to say hi to the local residents — elk, deer, sea lions, and even elephant seals! Cap off your day of national treasures on the rolling hills of Mount Tamalpais. With an abundance of trail options, you'll be sure to find the perfect spot for a gorgeous sunset.
Views From the Top
Take a moment to appreciate a few of Marin's most scenic spots.
Stop by Vista Point and snap a quick picture of San Francisco's monument, the Golden Gate Bridge. Then head over to the Marin Headlands where you'll find Point Bonita Lighthouse, a historic spot which offers cliff-side views of the golden coast. Tip: the tunnel that leads to the lighthouse is only open during visiting hours, so be sure to plan accordingly. Lastly, catch a ride over to Muir Beach Overlook where you can follow a path that'll take you to the end of the world (or at least that's what it feels like). The overlook provides stunning views of the Pacific and even has a few picnic tables for daytime guests.
Meet The Neighbors
Because you've never really been somewhere until you've experienced the local flavor.
Calling all famers' market enthusiasts! Every Thursday and Sunday from 8AM to 1PM, San Rafael is home to one of Calfornia's largest farmers' markets! Grab some fresh produce and head over to the Sausalito Boardwalk, where you can enjoy mom and pop shops, check out the boat homes, and take in some much needed vitamin sea. Looking for something to ignite the artist in you? Visit the Marin Museum of Contemporary Art in Novato which showcases local artists in a historic building in the Hamilton Field neighborhood.
Weather you plan on spending your summer hiking through a forest or lying on the sand at the beach, Marin county has it all. Don't let the summer weather go to waste! Request a Lyft ride and explore San Francisco's backyard.
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