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Marin Headlands
When outdoorsy San Franciscans need a nature fix, they head to the Marin Headlands, a wildlife haven on the coast known for its hiking trails, Pacific Ocean views, and historic sites. Part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the headlands sit just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.
 
The Basics
The Marin Headlands make a great destination for a half-day trip or as part of a longer day trip to Muir Woods or Sonoma County. Go for a few hours to hike on the Tennessee Valley Trail, visit dog-friendly Rodeo Beach, or enjoy exceptional photo ops of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Golden Gate View Point on Conzelman Road. Bay cruises and helicopter tours give you the chance to admire the wild headlands from afar.
 
The southwest end of the headlands is home to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, Headlands Center for the Arts, and military attractions such as the Cold War–era Nike missile sites, gun batteries, Fort Barry, and Fort Cronkhite.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Marin Headlands are ideal for nature lovers and history buffs.
  • The visitor center is located at Fort Barry, on the way to Rodeo Beach.
  • Bring your own water and food; there are a few picnic sites, including at Battery Wallace.
  • Accessible restrooms can be found near Rodeo Beach and at the visitor center.
 
How to Get There
From San Francisco, drive north over the Golden Gate Bridge and take the Alexander Avenue exit off US 101 to reach the Marin Headlands. If you’re feeling active, you can bike there.
 
When to Get There
If you wake up to a sunny day, go early to avoid the traffic, especially on weekend mornings when locals take the bridge out of the city. Photo and wildlife enthusiasts will want to visit in the early morning or evening for the best light and prime chances to see wildlife.
 
Marine Mammal Center
Near Rodeo Beach and Fort Cronkhite, the Marine Mammal Center works to rescue, rehabilitate, and release marine mammals who have been injured, caught in nets, or a variety of other conditions. Educational programs and tours are open to the public.  
Address: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, San Francisco Bay, USA
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18 Tours and Activities to Experience Marin Headlands

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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
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  • 1 hour
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

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Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this scenic tour. Fly over the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
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  • 30 minutes
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San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

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Admire San Francisco from the air on this seaplane adventure from Sausalito. Aboard a 6-passenger plane, you’ll fly over the bay, taking in views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Muir Woods and more. See downtown San Francisco and Fisherman’s Wharf, and soar past Angel Island. Everyone gets a window seat on this 30-minute flight, and transportation is available from Fisherman's Wharf.
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  • 30 minutes
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San Francisco Fire Engine Tour

San Francisco Fire Engine Tour

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Take an open-air fire truck tour of San Francisco aboard a shiny red vintage fire engine. Be the talk of the town as you suit up in a firefighter jacket and hat for a fun ride with the whole family. Your professional driver narrates the tour from Fisherman's Wharf through the Presidio and across the city's world-famous Golden Gate Bridge to charming Sausalito. Fasten your seat belt for the drive of a lifetime on this small-group San Francisco fire engine tour, limited to 13 passengers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Muir Woods Expedition Tour of Coastal Redwoods

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Muir Woods Expedition Tour of Coastal Redwoods

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Experience the majesty of Northern California’s Coastal Redwood Sequoia trees at Muir Woods. This half-day tour takes visitors to some of the Bay Area’s most peaceful spots. Spend 1.5 hours beneath some of the tallest Redwood trees in the world, take a short hike, or just enjoy the views. Then stop for lunch in Sausalito and opt to take the scenic ferry ride back to the city, or be driven across the Golden Gate Bridge. Ideal for visitors looking to get out of the city and spend some relaxing time in the forest.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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San Francisco Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour

San Francisco Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour

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See the San Francisco Bay Area from the air on a 40-minute seaplane flight from Sausalito. Enjoy views of iconic landmarks in the soft afternoon light as you soar over the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, Angel Island and Tiburon. See the Transamerica building and downtown skyline, and the tall silhouette of Twin Peaks as your pilot shares informative commentary about the sights. Your flight includes a glass of champagne, and you’ll return to Sausalito in time to head out for dinner.
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  • 40 minutes
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Private San Francisco Tour with Muir Woods and Sausalito By SUV

Private San Francisco Tour with Muir Woods and Sausalito By SUV

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See more of the San Francisco Bay Area on a private full-day tour by SUV. Your knowledgeable driver-guide takes you to the places you want to see most, mixing natural wonders like Muir Woods with sightseeing at the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and throughout San Francisco. By SUV you can take on crooked Lombard Street, the hill to Coit Tower, and the windy road to Sausalito. See the Painted ladies in Alamo Square, Chinatown, the shops of the Haight-Ashbury, Union Square, and more.
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  • 8 hours
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San Francisco Sunrise Experience

San Francisco Sunrise Experience

There is no better place to see the dazzling Golden Gate Bridge bathed in the soft rays of the early morning sun.
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Bike Rental Near the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

Bike Rental Near the Golden Gate Bridge - San Francisco

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Experience one of San Francisco’s most popular activities—biking across the Golden Gate Bridge—with this bike rental from the Marina District, conveniently located near Crissy Field and the route to the bridge. A bike, map, helmet and lock are provided with this rental, plus you’ll receive tips on the best ways to bike to the bridge and around the city. On the other side of the bridge, you can explore the waterfront town of Sausalito before returning to the city. Rental period is 24 hours.
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Day Motorcycle Tour | Ride The Golden Gate & Beyond

Day Motorcycle Tour | Ride The Golden Gate & Beyond

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This full day ride is a local California favorite! We recommend it to first time visitors. We cross over the beautiful Golden Gate bridge, visit WWII bunkers, and hit the less traveled back roads for an epic day adventure. We take care of everything for you! HIGHLIGHTS * Ride with the owners, Jen & Saf (leading tours since 2013) * See the Golden Gate bridge like never before * Ride the famous coastal Highway 1 and enjoy stunning views * Fun twisty mountain roads under giant Redwood trees * Stop at an authentic California Western Saloon in a picturesque town * Ride with, and meet local Californian riders at biker stops RIDE INFO (please read!) * Moto license required / at least 2 yrs riding experience * Duration : 6-7 hours * Mileage: 80-120 miles * Terrain: 100% asphalt * Start & Finish: San Francisco * Motorcycle Rental & Gear: You have the choice or bringing your own motorbike or renting with us (price varies). Please let us know in the reservation notes or go to our website.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Bubbles & Views

Bubbles & Views

Bubbles and Views is an experienced built for the locals to enjoy a carefree drive to either Napa Valley or down the Pacific Coast Highway to Half Moon Bay. Along the way, we will offer bubbles (sparkling wine and beer) as we make stops for some amazing views of the City or our natural environment. The most exciting part about riding in our 70's VW hippie buses, is the carefree enjoyment of family and loved ones with timeless tunes as we drive to amazing wineries and or breweries.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Private Romantic Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour over San Francisco

Private Romantic Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour over San Francisco

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On this San Francisco seaplane tour for two, admire unbeatable views of the City by the Bay at sunset. This brag-worthy experience is perfect for a special occasion or celebration with your loved one, as you sip a glass of California champagne while flying over the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alcatraz. After soaking up the twilight atmosphere, your flight ends in Sausalito, where you can spend the rest of the night at your leisure, perhaps at a waterfront restaurant.
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  • 40 minutes
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San Francisco 1-Hour Seaplane Tour with Shuttle Transport

San Francisco 1-Hour Seaplane Tour with Shuttle Transport

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On this San Francisco seaplane tour, treat yourself to aerial views of the Bay Area’s top sights, both natural and man-made. Take off from Sausalito, soaring over the California shoreline up to Tomales Bay and Point Reyes. Then fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Crissey Field and more before landing on the water. Transportation from Fisherman's Wharf is available for easy access to Sausalito.
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  • 1 hour
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Napa and Sonoma Wine Education Tour with Lunch

Napa and Sonoma Wine Education Tour with Lunch

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Taste your way through Napa and Sonoma wine on a full-day tour that explores biodynamic winemaking, California wine production, and local flavors; it’s an educational experience that goes deeper into California wine than tasting-only tours. In between wine tastings at four or five Napa and Sonoma wineries, you’ll have time to relax over an included picnic lunch in a scenic vineyard, enjoying an organic sandwich with views across the vines.
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  • 10 hours
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Private Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Tiburon Tour from San Francisco

Private Muir Woods, Sausalito, and Tiburon Tour from San Francisco

Explore the highlights of Marin County, just north of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, on this private tour by sedan or SUV. As you're chauffeured out of the city, you can visit the destinations that interest you, such as Muir Woods National Monument, Mt. Tamalpais, Sausalito, the Marin Headlands, Point Bonita Lighthouse, and Tiburon. The itinerary is flexible to suit your interests; provided concierge service will help you pick your destinations.
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  • 6 hours
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Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

Golden Gate Bridge Bike Tour

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Explore San Francisco - the City by the Bay with its rolling hills and never ending water views- with Unlimited Biking on a beautiful bike ride along the city's stunning waterfront, across the Golden Gate Bridge, towards the quaint coastal community of Sausalito. Tours depart daily at 10am from Unlimited Biking's storefront on 887 Beach Street, at the foot of Ghirardelli Square and last for three hours. To ensure a personalized guest experience, each tour will be held in a small-group format of no more than 15 guests. After departing from Ghirardelli Square at the western end of Fisherman's wharf, guests will bike through the green hillside of Fort Mason, the Marina District, through Crissy Fields, up to and across the Golden Gate Bridge, and then down the Marin Headlands into Sausalito. There, guests can either stay to explore Sausalito on their own, or take the ferry back to San Francisco. Guests on this small-group bike tour will be fitted with high quality Cannondale bikes.
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  • 3 hours
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Private Photo shoot with Local Professional Photographer in San Francisco

Private Photo shoot with Local Professional Photographer in San Francisco

Capture beautiful photographs in the most iconic spots with a local photographer. Choose from our favorite San Francisco routes, including Crissy Field Park; Golden Gate Bridge; The Presidio; Palace of Fine Arts: Marin Headlands or your own custom route. Our Team will help you plan all the fun details of your vacation photoshoot. You will be contacted by doc Miles within 24 hours after booking to confirm your reservation and arrange your meeting time and location. You will receive your high-resolution digital vacation photographs within three days of your shoot. Stop At: • Golden Gate Bridge, Marin Headlands (Hawk Hill, Battery Spencer, Fort Baker), Marshall’s Beach Overlook, Fort Point and Palace of Fine Arts
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  • 2 hours
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Explore Marin County: Sausalito, Muir Woods and Seaplane Tour from San Francisco

Explore Marin County: Sausalito, Muir Woods and Seaplane Tour from San Francisco

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Experience the natural and cultural highlights of Marin County with a deluxe day of sightseeing. Soar over the Golden Gate Bridge and the dramatic cliffs of the Marin Headlands on a 30-minute seaplane flight, and see local attractions like Rodeo Beach and Mt Tamalpais. Walk among ancient redwoods in Muir Woods, and explore the artistic waterfront community of Sausalito on a guided tour. Then, on the return ferry trip across the bay, see spectacular views of the San Francisco skyline. The tour includes breakfast, lunch and all transportation.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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