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Marin Headlands, Marin County
(4.6/5 based on 1,700+ reviews on the web)
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. See Marin Headlands and all Sausalito has to offer by arranging your trip with our Sausalito itinerary maker.
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  • I don't know how we missed this place on the numerous times we have been in San Fransisco? On the way back from Napa, just as the sun was going down, we stopped off and went up Hawks Hill. The views g...  more »
  • The only excuse for not spending time here is that you don't have a car. It's such an easy trip from San Fran and offers world class views, neat trails to interesting places, picnic spots, etc. Not to...  more »
  • We arrived here early on a late August morning. The weather was pleasant (not too sunny and not too cloudy) so we got to see a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and all of the sailboats within the ...  more »
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  • Wonderful location that feels isolated while still being very close to SF. Historic buildings from turn of the century army base are in great shape, with high ceilings and big windows in the common room. Look out on a wide green ringed by majestic cypress trees (usually shrouded in cozy fog until midday) over a $1 bottomless cup of fair trade coffee and the pancakes or oatmeal makings that are free and prominent in the kitchen until 11am (be sure to wash and dry your dishes!). Then, it's a short drive to many historic sites (golden gate bridge, Nike missile sites, etc) or hiking trails. The staff here is awesome. There's a game room in the basement (get the pool balls from the front desk), and the hot water in the shower comes on right away.
  • Very good hostel. Clean rooms and bathrooms. Even provides complimentary female products. Well stocked kitchen with free coffe, tea and pancake-batter!
  • I have stayed at the HI Marin Headlands Hostel twice so far with reservations for future dates. We just loved our stay both times. The main house has an amazing kitchen with everything one could ever need to cook with. The main hall has games, plenty of couches and wonderful seating for dining. We were able to go for a five mile hike from the hostel and my daughter and I had a great game of basketball on site. The beach is close by and fun to walk along. This is our home away from home. The staff is friendly, well informed and very helpful. Why stay any where else?
  • I love the Marin Headlands hostel. My family has been coming here since I was little and I've never had a less than wonderful experience. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the kitchens are fully functional for cooking meals, and the communal spaces are welcoming. The hostel staff are helpful and friendly and I like all the interesting people I always meet. To top it off, the location is unbeatable. You can go on many hikes straight out the door, either up into the hills out down to the ocean, and are in the national park right away.
  • No access to public transport BUT lots of free parking so it's perfect if you're driving and don't want to spend a lot on a hotel and then fork out more money for parking. Like all HI's it was cheap and clean with friendly staff and strong, fast free WiFi. My bed in the Yosemite room was super soft and warm and the room was spacious with big windows and more than enough room for everyone's suitcases and bags. And it was close to the women's bathroom. The showers were pretty small with only a curtain separating them but they were clean. I'd recommend the one at the far end for the most privacy. They have hair-dryers and complimentary feminine prods, plus lavender eco shampoo and conditioner that made my hair smell amazing. There is a huge kitchen with everything you need to cook and a large spacious eating area with communal tables plus some good local food recommendations from the staff. The laundry is 75c a wash and a quarter per 15 minutes to dry. It's also really close to a lot of hikes around the Marin Headlands and there were a few hikers and cyclists staying there. Plus I saw a family of deer on the drive in! I would stay here again!