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San Rafael

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Farmers Markets · State Parks · Missions
Intended as a place of healing, San Rafael has its origins as a mission for the native people who resided in villages nearby. A version of the original mission building was reconstructed in 1949: Mission San Rafael Arcángel. The Mediterranean climate and access to the isolated beauty of Muir Woods attract big name stars to the area. Star Wars creator George Lucas owns property nearby, and portions of the motion picture "American Graffiti" were filmed downtown. Lucas' presence in the city encouraged the development of a high-tech entertainment industry--today hundreds of facilities for designing special effects operate from downtown. Plan your visit to San Rafael and other destinations in United States using our United States route maker tool.
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Popular things to do in San Rafael

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State Park
China Camp State Park
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Duration: 2 hours
Farmers Market
Marin County Farmers' Market--San Rafael
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Duration: 2 hours
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Wildlife Area
Las Gallinas Valley Sanitary District
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Art Gallery
Art Works Downtown
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from San Rafael

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Wine Tour / Tasting
Wine Tours & Tastings Sonoma
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Duration: 8 hours
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Forest
Muir Woods National Monument Mill Valley
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
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State Park
Marin Headlands Marin County
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Duration: 2 hours
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Water Park
Six Flags Discovery Kingdom Vallejo
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Hidden gems in San Rafael

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Mission
WildCare
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
Marin Center
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Museum of International Propaganda
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Duration: 1h 30 min
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Civic Center
Marin County Civic Center
4.4
Duration: 2 hours

Spas in San Rafael

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Spa
Rutsamee Thai Spa Bodywork
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

Historic Sites in San Rafael

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Mission
Mission San Rafael Arcangel
4.0
Duration: 2 hours

Where to stay in San Rafael

Near the center of the city, you'll find independently owned hotels offering rooms with local character. There are also hotel chains with comfortable rooms, and extended-stay lodgings with furnished apartments. Consider the latter if you're traveling with a family or group, to save on accommodation costs.
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