Welcome to Mill Valley


Mill Valley once served as the starting point for the scenic railway that carried visitors up Mt Tamalpais. The tracks were removed in 1940 and today the Depot Bookstore & Cafe occupies the former rail station.


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Mill Valley activities

$36 Walking & Biking Tours

San Francisco Bike Rental at Fisherman's Wharf or Union Square

This self-guided bike rental has everything you need for an awesome day of exploring San Francisco! Pick up your bike at Fisherman’s Wharf or Union Square from the original "Bike The Bridge" company - with over 30 years in business, this company has the professionalism and experience to ensure you have an incredible adventure. Friendly staff will show you route directions and give you a safety orientation to make sure you're comfortable on your new ride. With your choice of a comfort bike, tandem, electric bike, or kid's bike, the perfect bike for every rider awaits! Each rental includes a helmet, bike lock, bike bell, and a rear rack and bungee cord for backpacks. City map and route layouts in hand, set off to explore San Francisco by bike! From Fisherman’s Wharf, you can take the car-free National Park bike path on a mostly flat route along the waterfront and through Fort Mason, the Marina, the Presidio and historic Fort Point. Pedal onto the Golden Gate Bridge to enjoy sweeping views of the city skyline, Alcatraz Island, and more! Once you've crossed the bridge, you can explore the charming bayside town of Sausalito, the continue on to see California’s famous redwood trees in Mill Valley at the base of Mt Tamalpais. From there, you can continue to Tiburon or cycle back. Ferry service is available from either Sausalito or Tiburon, and you'll also have the option to take your bicycle onto to the ferry to return to San Francisco.  If you prefer a more urban adventure, you can get started near Union Square, then venture west on bike-friendly Market Street over to ‘The Wiggle,’ a flat route to Golden Gate Park that’s popular with local cyclists. On the way, take a snapshot of the iconic Victorian ‘Painted Ladies’ at Alamo Square, then detour over to the Haight-Ashbury district to say hello to the hippies. Cruise through Golden Gate Park and over to Ocean Beach for amazing views of the Pacific Ocean, then continue onto the Golden Gate Bridge from there. Keep your bike for up to 24 hours to continue exploring at your own pace, following your own customized itinerary. Whenever you're ready to return, just bring the bike back to your starting location, where you'll have after-hours bike return options in case you want to stay out late!

$347 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Seaplane Flight and Alcatraz Cruise & Tour Combo

Seaplane Tour Portion This 30-minute basic flight will take you over the splendor of the greatest city in the U.S. - San Francisco! Take off from the lovely bayside village of Sausalito just across the Golden Gate Bridge. Fly along the coast over the Golden Gate National Reserve past Baker Beach and the Pt. Bonita Lighthouse, then left over the legendary Golden Gate Bridge herself! Continue above Crissy Field, Downtown San Francisco, AT&T Park - home of the hugely successful Major League Baseball team the San Francisco Giants - then over the infamous island prison of Alcatraz. Finally your flight will be completed with a pass by the historic Angel Island - the Immigrant Gateway to the West and a smooth landing back in Sausalito’s Richardson Bay. Alcatraz Tour Portion In the summer, your Alcatraz tour is scheduled for the afternoon at 3:20pm on the day of flight. A complimentary shuttle will get you back to the city in time for a quick lunch, and then it's off to Pier 33 to redeem your voucher for you official Alcatraz Tickets. Board the ferry to Alcatraz Island at Pier 33, and set off across San Francisco Bay, admiring views of the bridge and city skyline. When you arrive on the island, put on your provided headset to explore the cellblock via the self-guided audio tour, 'Doing Time.' As you walk through the former prison, you’ll hear commentary from real inmates and staff about the history and living conditions of this legendary penitentiary. Learn about famous criminals like Al Capone and Machine Gun Kelly, enter one of the jail cells, and hear about escape attempts. You can stay at Alcatraz as long as you like, and return to Pier 33 by ferry when you’re ready; ferries depart about every 30 minutes. Includes 30-minute seaplane flightComplimentary round trip shuttle service available from Pier 39 to Mill Valley and back to San FranciscoAlcatraz tickets to visit the prison and round trip ferry ticketsKnow before you go During the summer, morning flights take place at either 10am or 11:30am, depending on the day. Your exact flight time will be confirmed after booking. Alcatraz tours start in the afternoon at 3:20 pm and transportation will be provided back to the city to pick up your official tickets. Flights may be cancelled or flight routes altered at the tour operator's sole discretion due to weather or federal airspace mandates/restrictions. Any flight cancelled due to weather will be fully refunded. Requires a minimum of 2 passengers per flight, this is a shared flight with others. The Alcatraz portion of the tour is non-refundable, due to limited availability and National Park Reservation Requirements.

$950 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Muir Woods, Napa and Sonoma 3-Day Tour from San Francisco

DAY ONE: FROM MUIR WOODS AND "CHEESE COUNTRY" TO SONOMA Begin with a pickup at your hotel in San Francisco. Head north over the Golden Gate Bridge for a morning stroll beneath the world's tallest trees at Muir Woods, then head to the charming village of Mill Valley. Gaze out upon the pastures and oak-covered hillsides of Marin County on a scenic drive into "Cheese Country". Stop at local cheese-makers to sample their delectable, award-winning cheeses. Head into the charming farm town of Petaluma, enjoy lunch at one of its excellent cafes, or indulge in a wine tasting at a local tasting room. Drive into Sonoma County for an afternoon tour and tasting of one of our favorite local wineries.*** Choose from among many exceptional restaurants for a dinner on Sonoma Plaza. *** For our afternoon wine tasting, we often visit one of the following wineries: Buena Vista Winery, Kunde Family Winery, B.R. Cohn Winery, Ravenswood Winery. We also might visit any other winery in the Sonoma Valley depending on circumstance. DAY TWO: NAPA VALLEY TOUR Set a celebratory tone of the day with a visit to Domaine Chandon, learn about the methode champenoise in California, and enjoy a morning champagne toast. Continuing into the heart Napa Valley, visit the town of Yountville and delight in a pastry from the Bouchon Bakery and stroll the gardens of the famed French Laundry. Stop at the famed Oakville Grocery for a classic Napa lunch, surrounded by vineyards. Make a stop at the Culinary Institute of a America and take in the sights of the historic Greystone building. In St Helena, browse galleries and tasting rooms to your heart's content. Finish the day with a tasting at one of our favorite Napa wineries before returning to Sonoma for the evening. *** For our afternoon wine tasting, we often visit one of the following wineries: Silver Oak, V. Sattui Winery, Frog's Leap Winery, Artesa Winery. We also might visit any other winery in the Napa Valley, depending on circumstance. DAY THREE: SONOMA TO SAN FRANCISCO Start your day with an morning walk through Jack London's aptly named "Beauty Ranch", and relax with a coffee in the hamlet of Glen Ellen. Or, if an in-depth tasting of biodynamic wines sounds appealing, opt to embark on a morning tour and barrel tasting at Benzinger Family Winery.*** Make a stop at Cornerstone Sonoma, where a variety of artists display their work alongside tasting rooms and shops. Enjoy a tasty lunch at Cornerstone, and commemorate the end of the trip with a tasting flight of locally made spirits. Relax on the scenic drive over the Golden Gate Bridge back to San Francisco. *** If you would like to join the tour at Benzinger, we will arrange that for you for an additional charge of $50 per person.

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