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Marin Headlands, Marin County

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The hilly Marin Headlands offer beaches, hiking trails, historical sites, and superb views of the Bay Area. Begin your trip at the visitor center to learn more about the peninsula's history and nature, and pick up hiking maps. Move on to some of the beaches; dog-friendly Rodeo Beach is an ideal choice if you have canine companion in tow. A number of historical military settlements and fortifications are located here, including the Nike Missile Site SF-88-L, which is open to provide insight into Cold War military strategy. Bring snacks and water with you, as there are no food outlets. Battery Wallace is an especially scenic picnic spot with tables and grills. Marin Headlands is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our world travel planner, Sausalito Edition.
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  • We got an early start on the road trip home from Christmas in Eureka, leaving Clear Lake State Park, Kelseyville CA, well before dawn. Got to Marin and thought we wanted Mount Tamalpais, but that didn...  more »
  • this place was amazing although there are great sights to see the water, the mountains are glorious and have spectacular views. follow me on instagram at thehalaaltraveler  more »
  • I think you should give it at least two days. We stayed at the hostel (first time in a hostel for me, and so there's that whole experience...) during our N/S bicycle tour of California. Sure, it's a b...  more »
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  • It's a great place to walk around and has a lot of cool buildings. There are a lot of good places to see the beach and take photos. You can go on many different hikes and they all have at least one good spot to look out over most of the Headlands If you do go on a walk, be sure to have at least two and a half hours open in your schedule and beware of poison oak, there is quite a lot on the area. There are hill on both side of the beach, and the one that you can see when you are approaching has way less oak.
  • So so so gorgeous. Less crowded than some of the more popular parks, with just as much hiking and beauty. Stunning views of the ocean, San Francisco, and the Golden Gate Bridge. There is only one road in and out, so traffic can get heavy heading out in the evening, especially on a weekend.
  • I went to a small hike in Tennessee Valley. It was a 2 mile hike to the Tennessee Valley beach one way.the trail is the coastal trail. The beach is surrounded by the cliffs on either side. I hiked both the hills. You get amazing views from the top. The hike to the top of the hills is decent. There are 4 to 5 different trails and the map is available at the trailhead. There's is a decent parking space but you will have to be lucky to get a spot as there is always a huge crowd.
  • Beautiful sights. A bit touristy if you get there near sunset. Or anytime after 10am really. If you want to miss the crowds... Go early. Best views of the bridge and city together. Better views of bridge from baker beach or down right under bridge. It is worth a visit. Just be prepared for traffic.
  • Beautiful park and a lot to offer. The best part about it is that it is only a 20 minute drive from the city. Definitely make time to check out the Marin Headlands - it is well worth it. Highly recommended.
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