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  • Address: Sausalito, California, USA
  • Admission: Free
Perfectly arranged on a secure little bay harbor, seaside Sausalito certainly isn’t short on charm. Set across the bay and to the north of San Francisco, Sausalito's small settlement of hillside homes tumbles neatly into a lively downtown area featuring a mix of art galleries and small boutique shops set alongside restaurants often serving fresh seafood. Strolling along the waterfront, visitors will find a number of spots to stop for lunch or coffee, a unique houseboat community, and views of the city and the San Francisco Bay.

The Basics
Sausalito is a popular day trip from San Francisco, accessible by boat, bicycle, and car. It can be visited as part of a half- or full-day tour, with many also taking in Alcatraz or other Marin County highlights including Muir Woods National Monument. A number of bay cruises run past Sausalito or allow for free time here, while the ferry ride across the water is often rated as one of the most scenic in the world (the ferry pier is in the heart of downtown, so you'll be right in the middle of everything if arriving by water). A San Francisco city sightseeing tour can be paired with a drive or bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge and into Sausalito, a highlight of any visit to the Bay Area.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • A journey across the bay on the Sausalito ferry takes about 30 minutes.
  • Dress in layers, as winds and fog can bring wind, fog, and cool temperatures on the bay.
  • Be sure to check out the San Francisco skyline from Sausalito for beautiful views.
  • If crossing the bay by road, don't miss the Golden Gate Bridge vista point in the Marin Headlands just across the bridge.

How to Get There
Sausalito is set in Marin County, just north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. Public transport via the Golden Gate Transit bus or Golden Gate Ferries runs on a regular basis, with ferries departing frequently from the San Francisco Ferry Building and offering views of the city skyline, Angel Island, and the coast. Drive can take the first exit off the bridge, Alexander Drive. Free and paid parking is available downtown.

When to Get There
Sausalito boasts a mild climate and is lovely year-round. Temperatures rarely break 70°F (21°C), even in summer, while winter weather tends to hover around 60°F (15°C). Most restaurants and shops are open from 10am to 5pm or so. Stick around at sunset to see the bay and San Francisco skyline surrounded by a pink and orange sky.

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Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods, and Sausalito Half-Day Trip, San Francisco, null
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Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods, and Sausalito Half-Day Trip

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Take time out from San Francisco on a half-day trip to Muir Woods and Sausalito. This enthralling half-day trip takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge to the ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $68.00
Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Day Trip, San Francisco, Half-day Tours
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Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods, Giant Redwoods and Sausalito Day Trip

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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 $124.40
Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise, San Francisco, Day Trips
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour plus Bay Cruise

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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 $93.00
San Francisco Super Saver: City Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip, San Francisco, Day ... 
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San Francisco Super Saver: City Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

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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 $112.00
Bike the Golden Gate Bridge: San Francisco to Sausalito, San Francisco, Super Savers
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Bike the Golden Gate Bridge: San Francisco to Sausalito

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 29 Reviews

Pedal across the Golden Gate Bridge on this scenic San Francisco bike tour, a family-friendly adventure bringing you up close to the city’s most famous ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $55.00
Helicopter Tour with Lunch and Afternoon in Sausalito, San Francisco, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Helicopter Tour with Lunch and Afternoon in Sausalito

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Soak up the beauty and colors of this scenic landscape on this unforgettable helicopter tour to Sausalito! This spectacular day trip also includes a relaxed ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 3-5 hours

From USD $395.00
San Francisco Ferry: Sausalito or Tiburon, San Francisco, Dining Experiences
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San Francisco Ferry: Sausalito or Tiburon

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Hop aboard the ferry for a trip from San Francisco to Sausalito or Tiburon. This one-way or round-trip ferry service takes you across San Francisco Bay with ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: 25 - 60 minutes

From USD $12.50
Sunday Morning Eco Sail on the San Francisco Bay, Sausalito, Ferry Services
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Sunday Morning Eco Sail on the San Francisco Bay

Set sail on Sunday mornings aboard the traditional Schooner Freda B for an ecology-themed tour of the Marin Headlands! This sail features a unique route, ...  Read more

Location: Sausalito, California
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $65.00
San Francisco City and Muir Woods Trip with Optional Bay Cruise or Ferry to Sausalito, San ... 
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San Francisco City and Muir Woods Trip with Optional Bay Cruise or Ferry to Sausalito

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Tour the city of San Francisco and explore famous Muir Woods, home to the world’s largest redwood trees on this small-group tour. Snap photos of places such as ...  Read more

Location: San Francisco, California
Duration: Flexible

From USD $129.00
Private Romantic Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour over San Francisco, San Francisco, Bus & Minivan ... 
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Private Romantic Sunset Champagne Seaplane Tour over San Francisco

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

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 $562.50

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