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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, San Francisco Edition.
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  • The Park is nice but what's better is that offers great views of the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco in the background. The winding road takes you to a point at the top where you have the best view. However, it's hard to get parking, a lot of people. Worth the effort.
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  • I live in Marin but the Headlands are still an accessible landmark for the historic and geologic gateway to the Pacific. Beautiful just to drive but also access to trails with fabulous vistas. Not to ...  more »
  • Back from Sausalito, we include a tour of this continuous viewpoint which can be accessed through the US 101. We did only a stretch but if you have time it is good to do the full circuit. Although had much mist obstructing the line of sight, it was part of the landscape and so we enjoyed it on each curve that we stopped, getting different panoramic. In the area have seen public bathrooms, areas for parking and seats that allow to sit, contemplate and in our case also enjoy tranquillity there is very few people circulating divine place!
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Where to stay in San Francisco

From inexpensive hostels in quiet residential areas to high-end hotels near the city center, San Francisco has accommodations for every budget. Key consideration is what kind of neighborhood you want to stay in. You'll find luxury hotels in Union Square, which has prime shopping, is near theaters, and is on the cable car line. Many hotels are in the northeastern portion of the city, near the tourist-driven neighborhoods of Chinatown and Fisherman's Wharf, both easily explored on foot. To get away from the tourist crowds, consider the smaller inns and family-run bed and breakfasts in some of the city's more charming neighborhoods, such as Noe Valley or Pacific Heights. There are also boutique hotels scattered around town. Avoid staying in the Tenderloin. If you plan to have a car with you, ask about parking availability and fees. Parking is often difficult and expensive.
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