Where to go and where to stay
in Marin County.
Visiting Marin County
Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, Ross,
San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Tiburon.
One of the nine Bay Area counties, Marin County is linked to San Francisco by the
Golden Gate Bridge and to the East Bay by the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
Marin County is also home to the infamous San Quentin Prison; the
oldest prison in California.
The Frank Lloyd Wright designed Marin County Civic Center, a national
and state designated historic landmark, draws thousands of visitors a year to view its
arch and atrium design.
Tours of the Marin County Civic Center are available every Wednesday
at 10:30, leaving from the second floor Gift Shop.
The county seat of Marin County is San Rafael.
Marin Community Website:
Features information about and links to facilities, groups and organisations in Marin
Marin County Visitor
An online media presentation of 101 things to do in Marin County.
Contains a growing collection of business and community web sites relating to Marin
Surrounded by water on three sides, visitors can explore wild and scenic California
beaches, enjoy sailing and windsurfing in San Francisco Bay, or marvel at the ancient
redwood forest on the slopes of legendary Mt. Tamalpais.
Belvedere is a tiny
city, less than one square mile in size, surrounded on three sides by the waters of San
Belvedere City Hall, twice enlarged, was once the local Presbyterian
Church. The building was rolled down the hill from its original site at Bayview Avenue and
Laurel Avenue in 1949.
Many of its beautiful features have been preserved at its present site
on San Rafael Avenue.
Corte Madera is tucked
away in the green Marin countryside. Incorporated in 1916, the Town extends from San
Francisco Bay, on the east side of Highway 101, to Mt. Tamalpais on the west.
Fairfax was originally
part of the Mexican Land Grant, Canada de Herrera, consisting of 6,658 acres, conferred to
Domingo Sais on August 10, 1839, in return for his military service under the government
Chamber of Commerce:
The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce meets every 4th Thursday at 18:30, in the Fairfax Library.
Fairfax Historical Society:
Fairfax gets its name from Lord Charles Snowden Fairfax, tenth Baron of Cameron, Scotland,
whose British ancestors were given the grant of land by the British Crown which became the
province and then the state of Virginia.
City of Larkspur:
Larkspur's downtown has been designated a State and City Historic District and is
officially listed on the National Register of Historic Places because it is 'typical of a
small California town at the turn of the century'.
City of Mill Valley:
Millionaires and well-known names in the film and music industries make the quaint
community of Mill Valley, beneath Mt. Tamalpais, their home.
Mill Valley Film Festival:
With international features, documentaries, shorts and childrens films, the
prestigious non-competitive Festival showcases a great variety of films; with something
for every filmgoer. Held in October.
Major community events include the Novato Festival of Art, Wine and
Music each June, Concerts in the Park throughout the summer, the annual 4th of July Parade
in downtown Novato and the City's Labor Day Picnic at Stafford Lake.
City of Novato:
Novato is the northernmost city in Marin County, approximately twenty-nine miles north of
San Francisco and thirty-seven miles north-west of Oakland.
Novato, with its quaint shops, superb restaurants, expansive open space and parks offers a
great variety of fun and activities for everyone young and old alike.
Town of Ross:
Primarily a residential town, Ross Common features small restaurants and shops favoured by
Town of San Anselmo:
While downtown San Anselmo is recognised as the 'Antique Capital of Northern California',
the local parks provide a variety of outdoor experiences for visitors.
Located halfway between San Francisco and California's famous wine
country, San Rafael is Marin County's oldest city.
San Rafael's many attractions include Mission San Rafael Arcangel, the
Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center, Victorian architecture, a lively downtown district and
historic China Camp.
China Camp State Park:
Four miles east of San Rafael on the shore of San Pablo Bay, a Chinese shrimp-fishing
village thrived on this site in the 1880s. From Highway 101, go east on North San Pedro
Road for five miles until it enters the park.
Mission San Rafael
Founded in 1817 by Padre Vincent Sarria as an 'asistencia' or adjunct to Mission Dolores,
San Rafael was originally designated a sanitarium for native converts suffering from San
Francisco's generally damper climate.
The San Rafael Chamber of Commerce offers a free visitor's information pack.
Incorporated in 1893, Sausalito was named by 18th century Spanish
explorers for the abundance of 'little willow' trees (Saucelito) found on the banks of its
City of Sausalito:
Sausalito is located just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, on the south-eastern tip of
Sausalito Chamber of Commerce:
Because of its Mediterranean flair and breathtaking views this charming waterfront
community, across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, is often compared to the
Town of Tiburon:
The Town of Tiburon is located just north of San Francisco. It is accessible by ferry from
downtown San Francisco, as well as by car from Highway 101 and Highway 131 (Tiburon
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