Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, Marin County is a collection of wealthy, wooded hamlets that tenuously hang by haute hippie roots as a more conservative tech-era population moves in. The ‘common’ folk here eat organic, vote Democrat and drive Teslas. Tons of old rock n'rollers, from members of the Grateful Dead to Metallica, reside in the hills and are testament to the county's wilder days of yore.
Geographically, Marin County is a near mirror image of San Francisco. Its southern peninsula nearly touches the north-pointing tip of the city, and is surrounded by ocean and bay. But Marin is wilder and more mountainous. Redwoods grow on the coast-side hills, surf crashes against cliffs, and hiking and cycling trails crisscross blessedly scenic Point Reyes, Muir Woods and Mt Tamalpais. Nature is what makes Marin County such an excellent day trip or weekend escape from San Francisco.