Pastoral Scenery & Fascinating Attractions...north of San Francisco
Muir Woods, an ancient redwood forest
'Mediterranean' Sausalito's seaside promenade
Frank Lloyd Wright's last architectural masterpiece, the Marin County Civic Center
The Marine Mammal Center, world's largest marine animal rescue...managed by 1000+ volunteers
Point Reyes National Seashore: a lighthouse in a location almost too spectacular to believe, dairy ranches, a large herd of elk, perhaps a passing whale
An exciting ferry ride from quaint Tiburon back to San Francisco
A FREQUENT ITINERARY Create your own: focus on the sites that you find most enticing: walk down to and climb the hundred steps back up from the Point BonitaLighthouse, which offers a view of San Francisco only cruise ships enjoy; visit the Marine Mammal Center, a few miles outside Sausalito, where you may see orphaned/injured sea lions and harbor seals being nursed back to health; discover Sausalito's historic Bay Model, an U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' scale-model of the hydraulic ecology of the entire Bay and Delta watersheds. Stroll through Tiburon, an affluent California town of unique shops, a wine-tasting room, and spectacular! Bay vistas. Take the guided tour of Frank Lloyd Wright's last masterpiece, the Marin County Civic Center, a truly innovative and important building in the history of American architecture. Afterwards it may be time for lunch in picturesque Olema or Pt. Reyes Station. Or feast on oysters (raw or barbequed) fresh out of beautiful Tomales Bay.
Afternoon is also a matter of options: hang out with surfers in picturesque Stinson Beach or "hidden" Bolinas. (We can observe the beautiful creatures of a tidepool, if we're there during low tide.) Enjoy 2 or 3 hours in the Point ReyesNational Seashore wilderness area—its herd of tule elk, beaches or "Earthquake Trail". On a clear day, a drive out to the Point ReyesLighthouse is definitely worthwhile, as it sits on a moonscape promontory you'll never forget. Alternatively, you may wish to a hike into the primeval redwood forest of Muir Woods. Throw in a stop for English beer in front of the fireplace at the medieval-styled Pelican Inn or a ferry across the Bay fromSausalito...and you've had a very full day.
This represents an ambitious itinerary: in reality we'd have to select 2 or 3 foci for your day as travel in the beautiful countryside between these destinations takes considerable time--it's a big county.
Why tour the Marin County area with A Friend in Town and not just rent a car or take the big bus tour?
Because driving yourself, you may waste time figuring out exactly where everything is and miscalculate how long it actually takes to get there. And there is no big-bus tour to most of these destinations. With us you can relax, enjoy the scenery, focus on each special place.
Mother Nature has blessed Marin County with a wonder-full variety of attractions, both natural and man-made. We create an itinerary for your enjoyment based on your selection from many great options. Begin your day in beautiful Marin County however you'd like: either the Marin Headlands, with a walk down to and strenuous return from the Point Bonita Lighthouse, and,or a visit to the increasingly famous Marine Mammal Center, where you can observe volunteers taking care of orphaned and injured sea lions and harbor seals.
What will it Cost? Because each tour is designed to fit your interests, our fees vary. Basically you pay by the number of hours in your itinerary. We do not add the fuel surcharges, "license fees," "tax" and mandatory gratuities that many other companies do.
FYI, the most popular version of our "Marin, the Beautiful" tour usually runs 8-9 hours—a bit shorter if that suits your availability best.