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Marin Headlands Tours

Marin Headlands
When outdoorsy San Franciscans need a nature fix, they head to the Marin Headlands, a wildlife haven on the coast known for its hiking trails, Pacific Ocean views, and historic sites. Part of Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the headlands sit just across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County.
 
The Basics
The Marin Headlands make a great destination for a half-day trip or as part of a longer day trip to Muir Woods or Sonoma County. Go for a few hours to hike on the Tennessee Valley Trail, visit dog-friendly Rodeo Beach, or enjoy exceptional photo ops of the Golden Gate Bridge from the Golden Gate View Point on Conzelman Road. Bay cruises and helicopter tours give you the chance to admire the wild headlands from afar.
 
The southwest end of the headlands is home to the Point Bonita Lighthouse, Headlands Center for the Arts, and military attractions such as the Cold War–era Nike missile sites, gun batteries, Fort Barry, and Fort Cronkhite.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Marin Headlands are ideal for nature lovers and history buffs.
  • The visitor center is located at Fort Barry, on the way to Rodeo Beach.
  • Bring your own water and food; there are a few picnic sites, including at Battery Wallace.
  • Accessible restrooms can be found near Rodeo Beach and at the visitor center.
 
How to Get There
From San Francisco, drive north over the Golden Gate Bridge and take the Alexander Avenue exit off US 101 to reach the Marin Headlands. If you’re feeling active, you can bike there.
 
When to Get There
If you wake up to a sunny day, go early to avoid the traffic, especially on weekend mornings when locals take the bridge out of the city. Photo and wildlife enthusiasts will want to visit in the early morning or evening for the best light and prime chances to see wildlife.
 
Marine Mammal Center
Near Rodeo Beach and Fort Cronkhite, the Marine Mammal Center works to rescue, rehabilitate, and release marine mammals who have been injured, caught in nets, or a variety of other conditions. Educational programs and tours are open to the public.  
Address: San Francisco, San Francisco Bay, USA
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset CruiseDay Cruises

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Bay Twilight or Sunset Cruise

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Bypass the line and head directly to the gate with your prebooked tickets. This sunset cruise takes you across San Francisco Bay with outstanding views of the city skyline, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and Sausalito. Enjoy a light appetizer buffet while you sip an included glass of wine, beer or soda from the full bar. Relax as you listen to the captain’s live commentary while background music sets the tone. Watch the sunset or select a twilight cruise during winter months.
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Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay CruiseDay Cruises

Straight to the Gate Access: Golden Gate Bay Cruise

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Explore one of California's most iconic settings from the beauty of San Francisco Bay. This narrated Golden Gate Bay cruise journeys alongside Alcatraz and Angel Island State Park, past the shores of Sausalito and beneath the Golden Gate Bridge. You can choose to view the sights from inside your boat or out on deck.
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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay CruiseDay Cruises

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Jail and Sail: Alcatraz Tour and Sunset or Twilight Bay Cruise

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Cruise across San Francisco Bay twice in one day on this combo tour that includes entrance to the former island prison of Alcatraz, one of those most popular—and often sold-out—attractions in the city. Start with the ferry ride to San Francisco’s famous jail, which you’ll explore with a self-guided audio tour. After returning from Alcatraz, take a sunset or twilight cruise (depending on time of year) on the bay with an onboard buffet of hors d’oeuvres and a glass of wine or beer.
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San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter TourHelicopter Tours

San Francisco Vista Grande Helicopter Tour

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Fly in a helicopter over San Francisco's most famous landmarks on this 30-minute tour. Fly over some of the city's neighborhoods, then head for Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf and the Golden Gate Bridge. Continue towards Sausalito, Tiburon, Angel Island and the Marin Headlands while you enjoy choreographed musical accompaniment and informative commentary from your expert pilot. 
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San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane TourAir Tours

San Francisco Golden Gate Seaplane Tour

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Admire San Francisco from the air on this seaplane adventure from Sausalito. Aboard a 6-passenger plane, you’ll fly over the bay, taking in views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, Muir Woods and more. See downtown San Francisco and Fisherman’s Wharf, and soar past Angel Island. Everyone gets a window seat on this 30-minute flight, and transportation is available from Fisherman's Wharf.
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Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing TourDay Trips

Early Access to Alcatraz and Cable Car Sightseeing Tour

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Visit Alcatraz Island before most visitors arrive and tour San Francisco on a motorized classic cable car. You’ll head to Alcatraz early to enter this National Historic Landmark District. Explore the former prison via the award-winning audio guide, and enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Palace of Fine Arts, and Fort Point on a cable car retrofitted with wheels, so you can see more of the city.
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Small Group Tour of San FranciscoHalf-day Tours

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Small Group Tour of San Francisco

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See San Francisco’s top attractions on a 3.5-hour tour by deluxe minivan. Led by a local guide, this small-group tour will take you through the famous neighborhoods of North Beach and Haight-Ashbury for a more personal sightseeing experience. You’ll also pass attractions like Golden Gate Park, Twin Peaks and Fisherman’s Wharf, stopping to admire the views along the way.
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Muir Woods Expedition TourDay Trips

Muir Woods Expedition Tour

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Experience the majesty of Northern California’s Coastal Redwood Sequoia trees at Muir Woods. This 4-5 hour tour takes visitors to some of the Bay Area’s most peaceful spots. Spend 1.5 hours beneath some of the tallest Redwood trees in the world, take a short hike, or just enjoy the views. Then stop for lunch in Sausalito and opt to take the scenic ferry ride back to the city, or be driven across the Golden Gate Bridge. Ideal for visitors looking to get out of the city and spend some relaxing time in the forest.
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The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir WoodsHistorical & Heritage Tours

The Ultimate Day in the Bay Including Muir Woods

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Enjoy an introduction to San Francisco on this excursion that includes a trip across San Francisco Bay to Muir Woods National Monument. You are driven around the city to see its diverse neighborhoods and geography, stopping several times for photo ops. At Muir Woods, admire the towering redwood trees, and visit the waterfront town of Sausalito for lunch (own expense).
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Ferry to Angel IslandFerry Services

Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Ferry to Angel Island

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Discover the history and scenery of Angel Island on this ferry trip from San Francisco. Cross the San Francisco bay, catching up-close views of Alcatraz and the city’s monumental bridges. Disembark at Angel Island State Park and explore the island’s offerings at your own pace. Learn about the area’s history as an immigration point, hike Mount Livermore, and look out on 360-degree views of the San Francisco skyline, the Marin Headlands, and Mt Tamalpais. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and go straight to the gate.
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The Best Day in the Bay + Muir Woods (1st Day); Official Alcatraz Tour (2nd Day)Cultural Tours

The Best Day in the Bay + Muir Woods (1st Day); Official Alcatraz Tour (2nd Day)

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On your 1st day, explore all of San Francisco’s most famous neighborhoods. Enjoy a relaxing lunch in the charming, waterfront town of Sausalito. Then take a short ride with us up to Muir Woods National Monument, and experience one of the last remaining, most breathtaking coastal redwood forests in the world!This San Francisco tour is our most popular and top-rated, because you get to see our beautiful City by the Bay in a way that only a born and raised local can show you. This is also the premier way to ensure you cover all your “must do’s” while you’re in town.On the 2nd day take the Official Alcatraz Tour (approximately 9AM) - Meet at Pier 33 and take the ferry over to Alcatraz Island to enjoy the 90-minute audio tour. If you want a real tour of Alcatraz, you’re in the right place. Make sure to book in advance to ensure availability!
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San Francisco Fire Engine TourKid Friendly Tours & Activities

San Francisco Fire Engine Tour

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Take an open-air fire truck tour of San Francisco aboard a shiny red vintage fire engine. Be the talk of the town as you suit up in a firefighter jacket and hat for a fun ride with the whole family. Your professional driver narrates the tour from Fisherman's Wharf through the Presidio and across the city's world-famous Golden Gate Bridge to charming Sausalito. Fasten your seat belt for the drive of a lifetime on this small-group San Francisco fire engine tour, limited to 13 passengers.
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San Francisco and Sausalito TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

San Francisco and Sausalito Tour

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Explore San Francisco’s top sights and get an overview from your guide. Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle through the city, stopping for photo ops and to explore select locations. See Chinatown, the Castro, Fisherman’s Wharf, and other city sights. Then cross the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito, where your tour ends. Perfect for first-time visitors, short on time, who don’t want to miss the main sights.
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Sunday Morning Eco Sail on the San Francisco BaySailing Trips

Sunday Morning Eco Sail on the San Francisco Bay

Cruise the bay and find yourself beneath the Golden Gate Bridge on a 2.5-hour Sunday morning eco sailing tour from Sausalito. Take in fantastic views of San Francisco and Alcatraz while gliding through the bay, and look for native marine life like porpoises and seals with the help of an onboard naturalist.
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San Francisco Seaplane Flight and Alcatraz TourAir Tours

San Francisco Seaplane Flight and Alcatraz Tour

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See Alcatraz from above and explore the island prison on foot with this seaplane flight and Alcatraz combo tour. On a 30-minute aerial tour from Sausalito, you’ll see San Francisco landmarks like the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the Trans-America Pyramid. Then take the Alcatraz Island ferry across San Francisco Bay, where you’ll tour the cellblock via the included audio tour. Choose the time of your Alcatraz tour when booking, and take the seaplane tour in the morning of the same day.
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Private Tour to Muir Woods and SausalitoHalf-day Tours

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Private Tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito

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Visit Muir Woods and Sausalito on a half-day private tour from San Francisco. Travel by SUV with your own driver-guide to experience Northern California's coastal redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument, where the tallest tree measures 258 feet (79 meters), and the grove averages from 500-800 years in age. You'll also have free time in Sausalito for dining, shopping, wine tasting, or sightseeing in the picturesque waterside town.
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Vine to Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip with Tastings and Organic Winery TourWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Vine to Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip with Tastings and Organic Winery Tour

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Visit an organic winery in Sonoma County and a second winery in Napa County on this day trip from San Francisco. With a guide, cross the Golden Gate Bridge and look out on the vineyard-covered hills that make up this famed California wine region. Take an open-air tour of Benziger Family Winery to taste award-winning wine, learn about its biodynamic winemaking operation, and have a picnic lunch. Then enjoy another wine tasting in Napa Valley before returning the city.
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Private San Francisco Tour with Muir Woods and Sausalito By SUVFull-day Tours

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Private San Francisco Tour with Muir Woods and Sausalito By SUV

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See more of the San Francisco Bay Area on a private full-day tour by SUV. Your knowledgeable driver-guide takes you to the places you want to see most, mixing natural wonders like Muir Woods with sightseeing at the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and throughout San Francisco. By SUV you can take on crooked Lombard Street, the hill to Coit Tower, and the windy road to Sausalito. See the Painted ladies in Alamo Square, Chinatown, the shops of the Haight-Ashbury, Union Square, and more.
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5 Hour Sightseeing Tour: San Francisco and SausalitoCity Tours

5 Hour Sightseeing Tour: San Francisco and Sausalito

San Francisco offers a world of attractions not seen in many American cities—truly iconic architecture, abundant urban nature, and walkable neighborhoods. It can be tough to see it all during one trip, let alone one day. This tour, which offers a customizable itinerary and private driver, makes it a little bit easier. Plus, your driver can take you across the Golden Gate Bridge as far as bayside Sausalito.
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San Francisco Sunset Champagne Seaplane TourAir Tours

San Francisco Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour

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See the San Francisco Bay Area from the air on a 40-minute seaplane flight from Sausalito. Enjoy views of iconic landmarks in the soft afternoon light as you soar over the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Fisherman’s Wharf, Coit Tower, Angel Island and Tiburon. See the Transamerica building and downtown skyline, and the tall silhouette of Twin Peaks as your pilot shares informative commentary about the sights. Your flight includes a glass of champagne, and you’ll return to Sausalito in time to head out for dinner.
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San Francisco 1-Hour Seaplane Tour with Shuttle TransportAir Tours

San Francisco 1-Hour Seaplane Tour with Shuttle Transport

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On this San Francisco seaplane tour, treat yourself to aerial views of the Bay Area’s top sights, both natural and man-made. Take off from Sausalito, soaring over the California shoreline up to Tomales Bay and Point Reyes. Then fly over the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island, Crissey Field and more before landing on the water. Transportation from Fisherman's Wharf is available for easy access to Sausalito.
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Beyond Napa Wine Tour with LunchWine Tasting & Winery Tours

Beyond Napa Wine Tour with Lunch

Experience Northern California’s distinctive wines on this all-day excursion from San Francisco. After a convenient pickup from select hotels, enjoy a quick wine tutorial from a passionate local guide. Then, savor complimentary tastings and tours at wineries stretching from the Sonoma Coast to the Russian River Valley, and feast on a delicious picnic lunch (also included) in scenic Healdsburg.
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Private Romantic Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour over San FranciscoAir Tours

Private Romantic Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour over San Francisco

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On this San Francisco seaplane tour for two, admire unbeatable views of the City by the Bay at sunset. This brag-worthy experience is perfect for a special occasion or celebration with your loved one, as you sip a glass of California champagne while flying over the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, and Alcatraz. After soaking up the twilight atmosphere, your flight ends in Sausalito, where you can spend the rest of the night at your leisure, perhaps at a waterfront restaurant.
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Holiday San Francisco Bay Bridge-to-Bridge CruiseDay Cruises

Holiday San Francisco Bay Bridge-to-Bridge Cruise

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On select dates during the month of December, enjoy a holiday themed cruise from the iconic Golden Gate Bridge to the Bay Bridge. Come out on San Francisco Bay, enjoy some holiday flair and spend time with Santa.
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