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Sausalito
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.
Address: Sausalito, California, USA
Admission: Free
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Half Day Tour (Optional Sausalito Ferry Ticket)

Wander through an ancient coastal redwood forest and explore the artistic bayside enclave of Sausalito on this half-day tour from San Francisco. Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge to visit Muir Woods, home to some of the oldest and tallest trees on Earth. Then, soak up stellar views of the San Francisco skyline and browse art galleries along the Sausalito waterfront. At the end of your tour choose between getting dropped off at Union Square in San Francisco or taking the Sausalito ferry back to San Francisco.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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Alcatraz Tour plus Muir Woods and Sausalito Day Trip

Experience some of the Bay Area’s top attractions on this Alcatraz and Muir Woods tour that also includes a stop in Sausalito. At Muir Woods National Monument, stare in wonder at the coastal redwoods, some of the tallest trees on Earth. Soak up the charm of seaside Sausalito, and experience Alcatraz in one of two ways—admission to the prison, which includes the ferry ride to Alcatraz Island and the audio tour.
  • Duration: 7 hours
  • Duration: 7 hours
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Golden Gate Bridge Guided Bicycle or E-Bike Tour from San Francisco to Sausalito

Cycle through San Francisco and across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on this 3-hour guided bike tour. Led by a local guide, you’ll ride along the waterfront, passing Fisherman’s Wharf and the historic Presidio. Then admire the city skyline from the Golden Gate Bridge, with views of Alcatraz and the long stretch of the Pacific on the opposite side. Your tour will conclude in Sausalito or Tiburon, where you can explore before taking the ferry back to San Francisco. Your bike rental is valid for 24 hours to continue sightseeing on your own.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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San Francisco City Highlights and Sausalito Tour including Golden Gate Bridge

See the highlights of the city on this 2-hour San Francisco City Highlights and Sausalito tour. This tour is perfect for those who want to see the key sights of the city and Sausalito or have limited time in San Francisco.You will travel through San Francisco’s historic downtown, past Chinatown, the historic Barbary Coast, Little Italy and Fisherman’s Wharf before crossing over the Golden Gate Bridge to the lovely coastal town of Sausalito. There will be a photo stop at the Golden Gate Bridge and a 30-minute stop in Sausalito. Add the optional Ferry return from Sausalito if you want to spend more time there and take a beautiful boat ride back to San Francisco.
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Helicopter Tour with Lunch and Afternoon in Sausalito

Get a bird’s-eye view of San Francisco on this helicopter tour to Sausalito, including a gourmet lunch and return ferry ride to the city. Admire the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island as you soar across the bay on your 20-minute flight. After arriving in Sausalito, enjoy lunch at a delicious Italian spot. Then take your time exploring the galleries and boutiques in town before hopping aboard a ferry back to San Francisco.
  • Duration: 5 hours
  • Duration: 5 hours
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Straight to the Gate Access: San Francisco Ferry to Sausalito or Tiburon

Getting across San Francisco Bay is as easy as taking to the water. The San Francisco Ferry runs one-way and round-trip service to both Sausalito and Tiburon, so rather than worry about traffic, you can sit back and relax while savoring incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and the San Francisco skyline. The bayside towns of Sausalito and Tiburon make great day trips from San Francisco, and each boasts a bevy of boutiques, galleries and restaurants to explore. Linger by the water, enjoy a drink (own expense) or simply stroll along the narrow streets and delight in the surrounding scenery. This ticket allows you to skip the box office line and head straight to the gate.
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Duration: 30 minutes
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Experience

Tired of the urban cityscape and feel like you need a breath of fresh air? Then jump on this San Francisco day trip by bus, and visit some of the world's tallest trees at Muir Woods National Historic Monument, only minutes from downtown. One moment you'll be kicking your way past the Golden Gate Bridge and Sausalito, and a short while later wandering beneath the majestic canopy of centuries-old California coastal redwoods.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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