Sausalito is just 10 miles north of us on the other side of the Golden Gate Bridge. It’s name is derived from a Spanish word meaning “small willow grove.” If you enjoy the outdoors, from boardwalks and quiet trails to small parks and views of the bay, this place is a must-visit. #FunFact: Otis Redding wrote "Dock of the Bay" while staying on a houseboat at Waldo Point in Sausalito in 1967.
Here are some tips that will help you plan your own day trip 2 Sausalito.
It’s only 10 miles but that doesn’t mean you have to drive. You can also take the Golden Gate Ferry, a great way 2 experience SF Bay and get an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. Departing as early as 7:10 am and returning as late 7:50 pm -- with plenty of trips in between -- the ferry launches from San Francisco Ferry Terminal and brings you to Sausalito Ferry Landing. The boat ride takes about 25 minutes.
On the way to Sausalito, there are some detour-worthy spots you should know about. First, b4 you cross the bay, you may want to visit the Presidio of San Francisco. It was a military installation from 1776 until 1994. Now it’s a national park with almost 1,500 acres of trails, beautiful beaches, and scenic views. The second is Muir Woods, where you can stroll between majestic 600 to 1200-year-old redwood trees, the largest of which is 285 feet tall.
Lastly, consider visiting the Marin Headlands at the southern tip of the Marin County peninsula. Highlights include beautiful, hilly hiking trails, a suspension bridge, and the Point Bonita Lighthouse.
Well, assuming you make it past all that wonder and beauty with enough time and energy, here are a few things 2 check out in Sausalito itself!
Enjoy a relaxing walk among the town’s shops, restaurants, bars, and docks. Visitors who stumble upon the Sausalito boardwalk never forget it. The boardwalk is one of the most charming places you’ll find, and you could spend the entire day just exploring there and taking in its incredible views.
Whether you’re looking 4 souvenirs or just enjoy art, Studio 333 is the place to get unique, local creations. You’ll find handmade items from over 40 Bay Area artists, including handbags, jewelry, wall art, and more. Their new “downtown” location is right near the ferry landing.
Located on 7.5 acres of National Park land in Sausalito, the Bay Area Discovery Museum is perfect 4 inquisitive kids. It’s a place of exploration, creativity, and learning with seven exhibits and six daily drop-in programs for kids ages 6 months to 10 years. Current exhibits include “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood: A Grr-ific Exhibit,” ‘Imagination Playground,” “Art Studio,” and “Lookout Cove.”
Parking can be challenging, but Vista Point is worth it, especially at sunset. It might be the perfect spot 2 end your day trip to Sausalito. Take in gorgeous views of the bay, the Golden Gate bridge, and the San Francisco skyline. If you’re visiting Sausalito, San Francisco, or anywhere else close by this spot, this view is a must see.
BTW - it’s the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love, and we’re running some great specials at Stanford Court Hotel, from April 8 - August 20.