Sausalito is a San Francisco Bay Area city which is eight miles southeast of San Rafael and it is commonly referred to as the “Sutter Creek of the North Bay.” The community receives a large portion of its visitors due to the fact that the city is situated near the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco and before the bridge it served as a terminal for ferry and car traffic. Sausalito began as a 19,000 acre land grant to an army captain in 1838 and today is a tourist haven.
Sausalito has an array of things to see and do including the San Francisco Bay Model, and the Bay Area Discovery Museum. The Bay Area Discovery Museum is located just under the Golden Gate Bridge at East Fort Baker which houses multilingual exhibits that includes a wave workshop, a small underwater tunnel and a large outdoor play area with a shipwreck. In addition, Plaza Vina del Mar is near the ferry terminal that is surrounded by 14 foot tall elephant statues from the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition.
Every second Wednesday of the month, visitors can tour art studios and galleries along the Bridgeway. Visitors can also visit the Sausalito Art Festival every Labor Day weekend. Sausalito also has great eateries including Angelinos (Italian, home-made pasta), Arawan (Thai cuisine), Fred’s Coffee Shop (one of the city’s most popular eateries), Sartaj (Indian food), Spinnaker (seafood), and Michelin rated Sushi Ran which serves up incredible sushi and modern Japanese cuisine.
Visitors can also opt for guide food and wine tours located in the city.
Located just 40 minutes away from Sausalito, San Francisco makes for a great day trip for visitors. The top things to do in the great city of San Francisco includes Fisherman’s Wharf, Alcatraz Island, Chinatown Union Square, the California Academy of Sciences, and the San Francisco Ferry Building.
Located about an hour from Sausalito, Oakland is a cool city to visit for a day. While in Oakland, visitors can visit Jack London Square, Lake Merritt, the Chabot and Science Center, Paramount Theatre, Oakland Zoo, and Oracle Arena.
Napa Valley is located about an hour and a half from Sausalito and visitors can spend their day visiting some of the nation’s premier wineries and dine at Michelin starred establishments.
Sausalito has a few hotels and inns that are either in the immediate downtown area or within just a couple of blocks. Due to its proximity to San Francisco, most visitors opt for staying in San Francisco but Sausalito also has vacation rentals available.
Sausalito is just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco so getting to Sausalito is very easy. Visitors can also opt for the Blue & Gold Ferry or the Golden Gate Ferry to Sausalito from San Francisco. Sausalito is a very walkable town and it is also an easy town to bike around in as well. For bike rentals, visitors can check out Sausalito Mountain Bike Rental located at 803 Bridgeway.
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