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At the northern end of the Golden Gate Bridge lies the town of Sausalito. Long associated with the shipping industry, you'll still see ships being built in the local yards, and there's a large community of people who live in colorful houseboats scattered along the bay. Its close proximity to state parks and national recreation areas makes it popular with tourists who are visiting the bay area, but prefer a quieter destination than the neighboring tech cities.

Things to see

The Bay Area Discovery Museum has both indoor and outdoor facilities, and has been designed to engage children in creative play and learning. From the imagination playground where they can play pirates or train drivers in the Californian sunshine, to the art studios which offer organized, messy fun, there's plenty to help kids of all ages make the most of their playful side. Close to San Francisco and on the border with Sausalito, the Marin Headlands offer dramatic views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the surrounding rocky coastline. There are several hiking and biking trails, as well as a visitors center where you can learn more about the area and the best places to explore. You'll find several beaches, and one of the most popular is Muir Beach which is accessible by hiking or by car. It offers a quiet, sandy cove where you'll sometimes see dolphins swimming close to shore, as well as a peaceful lagoon where locals enjoy swimming.

Hotels in Sausalito

There are a wide variety of hotels in the Sausalito and northern San Francisco areas, and whether you want a luxury resort or just somewhere to sleep at night, there will be something to suit your budget or tastes. Many tourists opt for the 2 or 3 star motels and inns that make up the majority of Sausalito hotels, and these offer features such as free WiFi, complimentary continental breakfasts, and free parking, as well as 24 hour front desks to help guests with their needs. Rooms also have plenty of amenities to help you settle in and feel at home, and you will often find extras such as coffee makers, hair dryers, and cable television. Many hotels will also be able to offer refrigerators and microwaves on request, as well as rollaway beds and cribs for those traveling with children.

Where to stay

Sausalito is full of colorful and historic homes, many of them set into the hillside and overlooking the bay. Along the harbor you'll also find many small, independent shops that give the town its charming atmosphere. From ice cream parlors and cozy cafés to secondhand bookstores, there's a hip, bohemian atmosphere that you'd expect from a small Californian town. The waterfront is also home to many stylish restaurants which take advantage of the excellent views, and here you can watch the sun go down over a peaceful part of the Bay Area.

How to get to Sausalito

San Francisco International Airport is just a 40 minute drive south of Sausalito, and this busy hub welcomes thousands of visitors from around the world on a daily basis. Many people choose to pick up a rental car upon arrival, or take a cab or shuttle to get to their hotel. Another, more adventurous option, is to take the BART from the airport to Embarcadero which is where you'll find the ferry building. You can then catch one of the ferries to Sausalito which take between 25 and 30 minutes, and offer unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge along the way.

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