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Napa and Sonoma Wine Tour from San Francisco
"Napa Valley and Sonoma County can be confusing: With so many wineries and so many great spots to eat how does one know where to go? This guided 9-hour tour from San Francisco solves that problem for you making stops at three boutique wineries to sample a variety of great wines. After getting picked up at your San Francisco hotel drive to the majestic Golden Gate Bridge and hope it’s not shrouded in fog as you stop for an incredible photo opportunity. Get magnificent views of San Francisco Bay and the Marin Headlands and then journey through the rolling hills of Napa and Sonoma. and learn about the area and its wine production history. At each winery sample some of the best wine of the region and learn about how it’s made and what gives each wine its particular characteristics. Take a break for lunch (own expense) at the Oxbow Public Market in Napa where the food choices include everything from artisanal sandwiches and pizza to oysters and ice cream. If you like
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Golden Gate Bay Cruise
"Departing from Pier 43 in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf you'll sail past the San Francisco skyline and view the lively neighborhood of North Beach and San Francisco Maritime National Park.As you head west toward the Golden Gate Bridge cruise along Fort Mason and the Marina District which was devastated in the 1989 earthquake. Don't miss incredible photo opportunities when sailing directly under the massive 4200-foot (1260-meter) span of the Golden Gate Bridge.Steaming back into the bay you'll travel past the wildlife reserves of the Marin Headlands and the legendary town of Sausalito home to the 1960s flower generation. With Angel Island State Park to your left
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San Francisco Bay Sunset Cruise
"Sunset Bay Cruise:With live commentary by the captain and cool background music this cruise is a wonderful way to explore San Francisco Bay at twilight during late March through early November.As the sun begins to set over the Marin Headlands you'll cruise past Alcatraz Angel Island and the shorelines of Tiburon Belvedere and Sausalito. Watch the sun setting over the Pacific Ocean as you sail west toward the Golden Gate Bridge. On your way back to Fisherman's Wharf you'll see many more famous sights including the Presidio the Marina District and Fort Mason.During your sunset or twilight cruise
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Sausalito Tips (40)

Drive to Sausalito

Sausalito is a cute town on the water. It's an easy drive across the Golden Gate Bridge or you can take the Ferry. You can do a little shopping, grab something to eat and catch amazing views of the city across the bay. Bridgeway is a beautiful walk along the water and if you're lucky you can find Bill Dan "the rock guy" balancing rocks into zen sculptures.

My favorite place is called Hamburgers (on Bridgeway) which has the absolute best hamburgers and fries!

There are mostly resaurants and shops geared toward tourists but it's a pretty town. There is something quiet and peaceful about it. And it's usually sunny so it's a good place to get a break from the San Francisco fog.

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newsphotogirl
Jun 16, 2006

One of my favorite areas in the Bay Area

Marin County (Sausalito and Tiburon are the most frequented towns for tourists) is definitely worth a trip for tourists visiting San Francisco. It's only 30 minutes away by ferry, and easily accessible by car via the Golden Gate Bridge. Sausalito and Tiburon are beautiful towns surrounded by the San Francisco Bay. They are both extremely affluent, and the houses are beautifully designed. Both towns are very green, the air fresh, and have many beautiful boats docked around them. Sausalito is quaint and charming with its small little shops, and has delightful architecture in their "downtown" area. Tiburon, however, is less touristed - but is equally beautiful. The island part of Tiburon, known as Belvedere-Tiburon, reminds me of Switzerland with its picturesque homes, greenery, and beautiful views of the water. Both towns have excellent views of San Francisco, as they are located directly across the Bay.

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USCgirlie
Mar 22, 2006

Ferry ride over to Sausalito and see the bay

The ferry ride from the Ferry Bldg in San Francisco to Sausalito makes for a great 1/2 day or day trip. The Ferry Building is a great place to pick up some picnic food for the trip over or to have a drink after you return from Sausalito. Great views of the bay and the bridges plus a cute, artsy town for browsing or a scenic bike ride.

FalconAl
Feb 17, 2006

Sausalito

Sausalito, is a delighted place. Always I dreamed to know, and the day arrived so desired. Traveling through its streets, I enjoyed and I remained really amazed of the beauty of the place. The commerce of antiques, the restaurants, the beautiful houses built on the hills, really would not know to say that is what more i liked of Sausalito. Every Sausalito is beautiful, is the place that would elect to live the remainder of my life

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Graxie
Dec 26, 2005
 
 
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Whale Watching !

On the north side of the Golden Gate Bridge is its namesake National Recreational Area. This is a very interesting landscape of mostly treeless hills overlooking the waves of the Pacific Ocean. The area was formerly a WW2 military base used as part of the coastal defense system for San Francisco Harbour. As a result, there are a number of old military buildings down by Rodeo Beach and a network of paved roads and trails weaving through the hills to some of the gun emplacement locations. Due to the unstable nature of the soil in this area, most of the hillside road system is blocked to traffic - leaving it as a very convenient walking route! While we were elevated on the trail, I decided to concentrate on the inshore ocean to see if there were any whales about (since I had seen them in a similar situation while in Nova Scotia, Canada). Sure enough, after a few minutes of eye-balling for disturbances on the water surface, I spotted a spout as a whale surfaced for air (I was glad that I had my bird-watching binoculars with me for a close-up look!). It was not long before we were able to observe the pod making its way slowly north along the shore, coming up for air every few minutes, not far from the surfing activity on Rodeo Beach! It was an unexpected bonus on our hike!

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Bwana_Brown
Nov 16, 2005

Sausalito

We decided to skip the fog and cool temperatures and take the ferry to Sausalito one day. It's amazing how San Francisco is cloaked in fog and the mist falls away as you cross the water near Alcatraz, and head towards Marin County.

If you want to see the Ferry Building as well, just combine it with a trip to Sausalito, as you can catch the Golden Gate Ferry from the Ferry Building. We visited the farmer's market in the morning, had lunch at the Ferry Building, and caught the afternoon ferry to Sausalito.

The main reason to go to Sausalito is to get some sun, and look at art galleries and unique crafts. I would probably categorize it as a girl's side trip, though my husband did find enough to not get bored. I found the shopping was okay though pretty touristy, with some albeit unique shops and galleries thrown in.

One of Sausalito's saving graces is some very nice views if you walk along the waterfront. If you don't find time to go to Sausalito, you are not missing out on a life-changing experience.

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madamx
Aug 15, 2005

Take the Ferry to Sausalito

A fun way to get a good view of the city is to take the Ferry to Sausalito. You'll pass by Alcatraz on the way, and get nice views of the Bay and Golden Gate bridges. The day I did this a blimp was flying overhead, which made it even more interesting.

Sausalito is a quaint town where you can have lunch, look back at SF, and do a little shopping. There are probably more activities on Sausalito, but this was all we had time for on our brief visit.

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Sunshine64
Jul 21, 2005

Catch a Ferry

Catch a ferry to Sauselito and enjoy the day. It's a cute place with lots of shops and restaurants. Ferries come about every hour, and it takes about 30 minutes point to point. It's $12 for a round trip ferry ride from the Ferry Plaza.

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Jun 01, 2005

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Trendy shopping and wonderful views

We did Sausalito as part of a morning tour and had about and hour and half in the town. It was nice to wander around the boutique shops and art galleries.

There are some good local places to get a drink or snack.

It's a high budget area but is great for window shopping. And the views of San Francisco across the Bay are wonderful on a clear day.

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binkieloo
May 10, 2005

Sausalito

Is a nice little town to go to and visit for the day. Do not do a tour, go there on your own. You can take the bus. Near by is the Exploratorium, you'll notice the Taj Mahal in the marina, and unique shops to browse in not to buy.

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iam1wthee
Nov 10, 2004

A Day in Sausalito - Highly Recommended

I would highly recommend a day trip to Sausalito. We visited Sausalito as part of a half day tour along with Muir Woods, through Grayline Tours. We really enjoyed Sausalito but felt that we could have spent the whole day there.

We later found out that you could go on the tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito and then catch a ferry back to San Francisco - giving us more time to spend there. The ferry is an extra $5.00 each one way. Or you could just catch a ferry there and back if you don't fancy Muir Woods.

Threre are lots of lovely shops to visit and plenty of places to eat, some of which have great views across the bay.

If you do book the trip through Grayline Tours (situated at Fisherman's Wharf) there is a hotel pick up and drop off service available on request.

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mikeukw
Nov 07, 2004

Sausalito main street

The Marine county and Sasulito is a very pretty waterfront are in San Francisco. It has some very Chic shopping boutiques, cafe's and restaurants.

I enjoyed the stroll along the waterfront and spend few hours hanging around the cafe's people watching.

The View of the bay from here are awsome but most time that I was there it was foggy.

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XKuger
Jul 19, 2004

Things to Do Near Sausalito

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Golden Gate Bridge

During the Civil War, advances in artillery proved that masonry forts in the style of Fort Point were unable to withstand bombardment by heavy ordinance. Consequentially, the period following the war...
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Fort Point

The treacherous waters of the Golden Gate have claimed dozens of ships and hundreds of lives. Beginning in 1852, the United States Government funded the construction of a chain of 59 lighthouses...
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The Presidio of San Francisco

We walked from the Main Post on the Presidio to a lovely old chapel, then visited the national cemetery. This is the final resting place for the nation's military veterans and their families. 30,000...
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Alcatraz

It's a must do, in San Francisco - the visit to Alcatraz. For those acquainted to its history, the audio tour hits the purpose of, more than describing the place, to create a vivid sense of the old...
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Exploratorium

Weather.com let me down once again, the beautiful sunny prediction for our stay in San Francisco was true for Thursday and Friday but early Saturday morning there was a huge thunderstorm and it...
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Palace of Fine Arts

We got to the Palace of Fine Arts by number 28 bus. The Palace of Fine Arts was constructed for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. Its purpose was, and indeed is, to house art exhibitions. It was...
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