Scenic Sausalito in posh, super-exclusive Marin County
Sausalito is on the other side of the legendary Golden Gate Bridge, just across the bay from San Francisco itself. It's a charming, world-class waterfront community where a bunch of eclectic and surprisingly friendly folk live the good life, which they gladly share with a constant stream of year-round tourists. Expect vibrant and you won't be disappointed. Expect beautiful and it won't let you down.
See the inside the houseboats at the Floating Art Show on Issaquah Dock, free admission to a dozen floating galleries.
The surrounding countryside is stunning. The weather is Mediterranean. The history is fascinating, studded with tales of bootleggers and smugglers. Here are three cool things to do in Sausalito.
Lounge in the sunshine at Schoonmaker Beach, Swede's Beach or Tiffany Beach
Go fishing with the locals at the city's municipal fishing pier
Ride the Sausalito ferry, according to The Society of American Travel Writers the second most exciting ferry boat ride in the world
If you fancy heading off the beaten tourist track try the historic Marinship neighbourhood, east of Bridgeway and north of Napa St. It's a fascinating industrial waterfront area.
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Find a whole host of fine foods and superb wines in Sonoma County and famous Napa Valley before soaking up the old-town charms of Sacramento. Finish your trip by discovering both sides of the Golden Gate Bridge with a stop in sophisticated Sausalito and then a few night...
The city is famous for being North bay's centre of cultural and culinary events. Enjoy global food delivered fresh and tasty, cooked with some of the finest ingredients the famously lush Californian climate delivers. Amusement parks, art and culture feature large on the Sausalito menu, along with a plethora of thrilling attractions and a really lively nightlife scene. Here are three epic Sausalito experiences to whet your appetite.
Santa Clara's Amusement Park
See the city's famous 500 or more houseboats, playground of the super-rich
Fall in love with Mountain Play at the scenic theatre in Mount Tamalpais State Park
That's just three of a multitude of brilliant things to do in the city. Mix 'n' match for an experience that delivers holiday thrills whatever your taste and style.
Sausalito's boho feel masks its wealth. These days the city's famous houseboats, once the home of hippies who fancied an alternative lifestyle, are owned by dotcom millionaires, seriously upscale.
The world renowned Sausalito Art and Music Festival is yours for the taking when you visit the city in May, known as the grand-daddy of outdoor music festivals and attracting upwards of fifty thousand people. If you're feeling athletic, how about hiring a bicycle at Fisherman’s Wharf and riding over the magnificent Golden Gate Bridge, taking the ferry back? Off the beaten path a little there's Fort Baker, a gorgeous place rich in Indian and military history, home to the Bay Area Discovery Museum, adored by children. Then there's Hawk Hill, a little known viewing spot with some of the most dramatic vistas in the entire Bay area, famous for its thousands of hawks.
Muir Woods are a great place to go if you want to stay cool and shady, and there's Muir beach too, wild, rocky and sandy. If you love history, visit the remarkable China Camp Museum, which reveals the story of the area's first Chinese immigrants. The famous Bay Model, one of the world's most detailed 3D models of the sea floor, is at your fingertips. The US Immigration Station at Angel Island State Park delivers another chunk of unforgettable local history. Museums and art galleries, excellent shopping, nightlife and eating... Sausalito has it all.
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