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Vine to Wine Napa and Sonoma Day Trip with Tastings and Organic Winery Tour
"After pickup from your San Francisco hotel relax on a comfortable drive north to wine country. Travel across the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy sweeping views of San Francisco Bay Alcatraz and the city skyline. Wind through the coastal mountains of the Marin Headlands and along the base of Mt Tamalpais leaving the rush of the city behind and setting the pace for a relaxing day out in the country. Get ready for a day of wine tastings in Sonoma and Napa Valley!Once in Sonoma County admire the rolling hills and beautiful valleys that have supplied the world with fantastic wines for more than 60 years. Your professional guide will describe the region and its wine in detail so that you can truly appreciate your experience.Your where you'll hop on a 45-minute tram tour to enjoy up-close views of the biodynamic vineyards fermentation facility and crush pad. This intimate tram tour lets you follow the winemaking process from the roots to the glass and see how wine is made
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Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour by Hop-On Hop-Off Bus
"This Muir Woods tour takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge into the picturesque coastal town of Sausalito and to the famous redwood trees of Muir Woods. Enjoy a scenic ride through the Marina neighborhood of San Francisco before stopping at the Palace of Fine arts for a great photo opportunity.Feel the w smell the salt in the air and get the best view of the San Francisco Bay as you cross the 1.7 mile span of the Golden Gate Bridge. Another photo opportunity awaits at the northernmost part of the Golden Gate Bridge before heading into the beautiful coast especially for their artistic community galleries shopping and restaurants.Following Sausalito the tour winds up through the scenic Highway 1 past Mount Tamalpais and through the hills and forests of Marin County. In Muir Woods National Monument Park
From $60.00
 
Explore California's Coastal Redwoods with Sausalito Ferry Boat Experience
"Venture north over the Golden Gate Bridge to an isolated canyon filled with ancient coastal redwood trees also known as Muir Woods National Monument. Enjoy solitude and peace through the cool moist air as you stroll through 1000-year-old trees towering 260 feet tall. Experience the awe and wonder as you are treated through Northern California’s signature fog while you wander in and out of the Mother Nature’s redwood alleyways.The canopy of coastal redwoods soaring above will stimulate all of your senses as you journey through a piece of ancient California history. You will never forget the crisp fresh redwood fragrance that will surround you on your journey to the majestic Muir Woods National Monument. Entrance fee into Muir Woods included in the tour.Next
From $74.00

More Warnings and Dangers in San Rafael

Poison Oak

We have poison oak all over the place in Marin County. This is something you do NOT want to experience. If you venture off the trails or fire roads, there is a good chance you will come across poison...
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karenincalifornia
Mar 08, 2004

A word about straying off the trails...

Actually 3 words.Don't do it!Our ecosystem in the open spaces of San Rafael is very fragile. Damage and scars caused by foot traffic or mountain bikes off designated trails and fire roads take years...
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karenincalifornia
Apr 04, 2011

Oak trees at risk

Sudden oak death has killed hundreds and has infected thousands of tanoaks and coast live oaks in Marin County and surrounding counties. The culprit is Phytophthora ramorum, a relative of the fungus...
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karenincalifornia
Dec 18, 2003

Muddy and wet

Winters in San Rafael usually get quite a lot of rain. Trails that were dry in the summer are often muddy and wet in the winter.This creekbed is completely dry in the summer. Now, in January, it is...
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karenincalifornia
Jan 02, 2004

San Rafael's Safety

Previous people have posted : "The only dangerous area is the cannel. I do not recomend walking around this area at night, unless you are mexican. This tip is not ment to be racist, it's just that the...
Ms.TracyB
Aug 17, 2005

Know the secret password

There are some parts of San Rafael that are so rural they use cows to set up traffic stops. I advise declining the field sobriety test if they insist upon it.
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Mar 31, 2005
 
 
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Top Things to Do in San Rafael

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San Rafael Mission

Originally a sub mission to San Francsico's Mission Dolores, San Rafael Arcángel was established as an independent mission in 1822. In 1834 San Rafael's mission was the first to be secularized by the...
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Marin County Center

Exterior of the Marin County Civic Center at San Rafael, California by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Such an impressive sight. A bit of a cliche perhaps, but to me it made the impression of a stranded...
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Farmer's Market

This was a great introduction to the town of San Rafael. Located on 4th street which is closed to traffic. We wandered up and down about six blocks of vendors selling everything from fedoras to...
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China Camp Park

Buckeye Point is part of China Camp State Park. I like this spot, kinda, because it is a short walk to the water, and it has an outdoor shower. Also a restroom. It's hardly used so there normally are...
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San Quentin State Prison

San Quentin State Prison is located just a few miles from San Rafael. It was opened in 1852 and is the oldest prison still in use in California. San Quentin is most famous as being California's male...
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Looney Lu'au

Here are the hard-working Hostesses of the event! Jessica was the PASTRY CHEF EXTRAORDINAIRE and baked all kinds of wonderful, exotic goodies! Annapet was her usual Galloping Gourmet Chef and...
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Top 5 San Rafael Writers

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karenincalifornia

"San Rafael CA"
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jessicadf

"Once upon a time this was home sweet home"
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Rixie

"San Rafael - Hub of Marin"
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Segolily

"A week in San Rafael"
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Geisha_Girl

"A little HAWAIIAN in San Rafael"
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