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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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  • Between old hiking trails, old fortifications, a fine beach, and many other things to do and see, this is a great place to visit. BUT---I once lived in Berkeley, though that was over a dozen years ago...  more »
  • From 101S, park at the lot off of the Spencer Ave exit. We got there around 9:30am on a Sunday and there were still several spots left. There's space for about 15-20 cars. Cross the street to the Morn...  more »
  • A fantastic spot for pictures overlooking the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco. There are multiple spots for photos, well worth a drive up the hill!  more »
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  • Great views to the Golden Gate Bridge. Parking is very limited and there is just one lane for each way, which causes a bit of a slow down. Just keep driving and park until you are able to on the side of the road. It can get highly windy so make sure to pack a warm coat. Overall the walk is worth it, I really enjoyed admiring such beauty from the distance
  • This was a great Beach. On a holiday weekend I was expecting it to be extremely busy, however there was not a crowd at all. The weather was okay but even with the Cloudy conditions we really enjoyed ourselves. This location has extremely Great Waves, which brings out a lot of surfers and wakeboarders. We enjoyed ourselves sitting there for hours just watching the waves and the Surfers.
  • Living here, I can only give it 4 stars because I have been there so many times. It truely is beautiful and magical there. Views of the Golden gate bridge and the SF skyline make for great photo opportunities. There are also amazing hikes in the headlands and cool WWII bunkers to check out.
  • A beautiful area with gorgeous views of the ocean and Bay Area. Good hiking and biking trails/paths. Great place to photos as well. Temperatures are usually pretty constant though be prepared for wind. Bring layers. Parking is often a challenge.
  • Great views. But don't leave valuables in the car. We were there for 15 minutes at 8 in the morning and had our car window smashed. Great way to start a trip. 5 stars for the view. -5 stars for the criminals who broke into my car.
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