An hour or so drive from San Francisco, Marin County is an expansive area in the northwestern Bay Area. Just north of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, this coastal and forested peninsula in Northern California is comprised of largely rural areas boasting expansive coastal views. The county may be small but is abundant in things to explore, particularly for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re making a day trip from San Francisco or looking for a long weekend getaway, there is a wide range of activities to keep you busy.
1. Hike among redwoods
Marin County is rich in nature and Muir Woods National Monument is home to some of its finest. Walk among might redwood trees in Muir Woods. There are several miles worth of trails to choose from that all offer spectacular views of the old-growth coastal redwoods, which happen to be the tallest living things in the world. Muir Woods is full of different species of flora and fauna, so keep your eyes open for different plants and wildlife when you’re not busy looking up at the sky-high trees. For another stellar hike, head to Mt. Tamalpais State Park. The hike to Tamalpais peak cuts through forests of redwoods with sweeping views over the Bay and can even be a perfect spot for an afternoon picnic.
2. Prioritize a healthy lifestyle
If you’re looking to make a lifestyle change and incorporate healthy habits into your daily routine, search for “weight loss clinic Marin County” before your trip to find the best clinic for you. Marin County’s vibrant outdoor scene already beckons a healthy lifestyle, so take it one step further at JumpstartMD. This clinic’s medically supervised and clinically researched methods are based on nutritional science. Their staff bring years of experience and develop treatment plans to fit each patient’s unique needs. Weight loss programs are created with plans that include fitness, nutrition, and general lifestyle changes. When you are in the area, why not take control of your health and invest in those weight loss goals you have been hoping to achieve?
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3. Explore the coastlines
Marin County is plentiful in beautiful coastlines. This expansive section of the Bay Area is surrounded by beautiful water perfect for all sorts of outdoor activities. Some of the most diverse and abundant coastal areas are in Point Reyes National Seashore, located in West Marin. You can whale watch, bird watch, walk along the beaches, hike through the woods, or explore the small towns. Be on the lookout for wildlife such as sea lions and elk while you explore the woods and beach. You can even rent a kayak if you’re up for a water adventure!
4. Wine taste at local wineries
In Northern California, you’re among some of the best wineries in the country. Sonoma and Napa tend to steal the spotlight when it comes to California wines. However, there’s no need to travel that far with a handful of wineries to try right in Marin County.
Head to Pacecho Ranch Winery for wine steeped in history that dates back to Ignacio Pacheco, who supposedly planted the first grapes in California. Experience the historical richness of the ranch alongside striking landscape and handcrafted wines, especially the Cabernets. For another memorable tasting experience, head to environmentally-conscious Stubbs Vineyard. This family-owned winery uses organic and sustainable methods to produce high-quality Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
5. Indulge in Marin’s culinary scene
From artisanal small plates and seafood to wood-fired pizza and beignets, Marin offers a varied and delectable culinary scene. While you’re in the area, be sure and treat yourself to meals at a few of Marin’s best restaurants. If you’re looking for the best shellfish in town, head to Saltwater Oyster Depot or check out Sol Food for tantalizing Puerto Rican dishes. If you happen to be in town on a Sunday, stop by the Marin Sunday Farmers Market, offering tasty food trucks, baked goods, and fresh produce.