Welcome to Mill Valley

Mill Valley was originally a logging town, its name stemming from an 1830s sawmill – the first in the Bay Area to provide lumber. Though the 1892 Mill Valley Lumber Company still greets motorists on Miller Ave, the town is a vastly different place today. Mill Valley also once served as the starting point for the scenic railway that carried visitors up Mt Tamalpais. The tracks were removed in 1940; today the Depot Bookstore & Cafe occupies the former rail station.

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$36 Day Trips & Excursions

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

ItineraryDay 1: Golden Gate Bridge/Muir Woods/WineStop At: Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley, Marin County, CaliforniaTake a stroll through the spectacular Coastal Redwoods at your own pace. These spectacular trees are a feast for the senses!Duration: 45 minutesPass By: Explore California, San Francisco, CaliforniaWe are the informational and flexible guides who will show you around the area!Stop At: Cornerstone Sonoma, Sonoma, Sonoma County, CaliforniaEnjoy a wander through the sculpture garden, taste a bit of local moonshine at the distillery, or grab a wine tasting at one of the tasting rooms Cornerstone has to offer. The cafe is a wonderful place to have lunch!Duration: 1 hourStop At: Sausalito Ice House Museum and Visitors Centre, Sausalito, Marin County, CaliforniaWe will make a stop at the Sausalito Houseboats after seeing Muir Woods and before heading up to Sonoma Valley. These floating homes have housed writers (Shel Silverstein), singers (Otis Redding) and a whole lot of artists. Enjoy a walk around the area and ponder life on the water.Duration: 15 minutesNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Night at the Best Western Sonoma Valley InnDay 2: Napa Wine TastingStop At: Domaine Chandon, Yountville, Napa Valley, CaliforniaStart the morning off with a sparkling wine tasting at the incredible property of Domaine Chandon. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Yountville Park, Yountville, Napa Valley, CaliforniaEnjoy some time in Yountville, considered by many to be the culinary capital of California. There are many lunch options as well as tasting rooms and shops to explore between tastings!Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Tudal Winery, St. Helena, Napa Valley, CaliforniaTaste a variety of wines from one of Napa's last family-owned wineries. The gardens are beautiful and this quaint winery is very affordable, so choose something to take home!Duration: 1 hourStop At: Beringer Vineyards, St. Helena, Napa Valley, CaliforniaTake a tour of the caves of the historic Beringer Winery while sipping 3 different wines along the way. This beautiful winery is well-known worldwide. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Night at Best Western Sonoma Valley InnDay 3: Tasting/Sausalito/FerryStop At: Schug Carneros Estate Winery, Sonoma, Sonoma County, CaliforniaEnjoy a tasting at a winery nestled in the Sonoma County Hills before we head back towards the Bay. Duration: 45 minutesStop At: Sausalito Boardwalk, Sausalito, Marin County, CaliforniaYou have the option of taking the ferry back to San Francisco, or we will drive you back - either way is fine with us! Sausalito is a charming town with amazing views of the San Francisco Skyline, plenty of galleries for the art lovers and even tasting rooms in case you haven't had enough wine!Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Golden Gate Sausalito Ferry, Sausalito, Marin County, CaliforniaThe ferry is a wonderful option to get back to San Francisco! Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CaliforniaJust before you take time to explore Sausalito on your own, let's take some pictures of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge!Duration: 20 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.