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  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: Free

Perfectly arranged on a secure little bay harbor, Sausalito is undeniably lovely. Named for the "tiny willows" that once populated the banks of its creeks, it’s a tiny settlement of pretty houses that tumble neatly down a green hillside into a well-heeled downtown. The town is also renowned for its houseboat community, one of the worlds largest and most diverse, ranging from mansions to hippie hovels, all moored along Richardson Bay.

It’s easy to imagine Sausalito as a small seafaring center populated by fisherfolk, as it once was, but there’s no denying that Sausalito today is a fiercely fashionable tourist haven, jam-packed with both junkie souvenir shops and costly boutiques. Much of Sausalito affords uninterrupted views of San Francisco and Angel Island and, due to the ridgeline at its back, fog generally bypasses this charmed spot. A coffee, a quick shopping stroll, and a walk along the bayfront makes for a perfect day trip.

Practical Info

To get to Sausalito by car from San Francisco, take the Alexander Avenue exit (the first exit after the Golden Gate Bridge) and follow the signs into Sausalito. There are five municipal parking lots in town. You can also travel by Golden Gate Transit bus, which runs daily to Sausalito from San Francisco. Get out on the water for a fun and easy method for getting to Sausalito. Golden Gate Ferries operate to and from the San Francisco Ferry Building.

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Explore Marin County: Sausalito, Muir Woods and Seaplane Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

Explore Muir Woods and Sausalito, and enjoy a thrilling seaplane tour flight over the Golden Gate Bridge with this all-inclusive, family-friendly package that ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $349.00

Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 794 Reviews

Contrast the brutal austerity of Alcatraz with the sheer beauty of Muir Woods and Sausalito on this enthralling day trip from San Francisco. It's a whole day ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00

Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise

4.5 star rating: Recommended 219 Reviews

Combine a visit to Muir Woods and Sausalito with a fabulous cruise on San Francisco Bay. You'll cross the Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay area's most popular ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $79.00

San Francisco Super Saver: City Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 192 Reviews

Treat yourself to a deluxe combination tour containing all of the best that San Francisco has to offer: city tour, the giant redwoods of Muir Woods and ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $96.00
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San Francisco City Insider Tour with Optional Muir Woods Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Tour San Francisco, visit charming Sausalito, and explore famous Muir Woods on this small-group tour. Snap photos of places such as Chinatown, Coit Tower, ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4 or 11 hours (depending on option selected)

From USD $80.99

San Francisco in One Day: Alcatraz, City Tour, Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Cruise

4 star rating: Recommended 54 Reviews

This is the perfect tour for those who want to experience the best of San Francisco Bay. Snap photos of Chinatown, Coit Tower, Haight-Ashbury and Twin Peaks ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Varies

From USD $113.99

San Francisco Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour

Treat yourself and a loved one to the ultimate San Francisco experience — a seaplane flight for two over San Francisco Bay. As you’re flown over the Golden ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $239.00

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