Top Choice Lighthouse in Marin Headlands

Point Bonita Lighthouse

At the end of Conzelman Rd, this lighthouse is a breathtaking half-mile walk from a small parking area. From the tip of Point Bonita, you can see the distant Golden Gate Bridge and beyond it the San Francisco skylin…
Top Choice Lighthouse in Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes Lighthouse

At the very end of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, with wild terrain and ferocious winds, this spot feels like the end of the earth and offers the best whale-watching along the coast. The lighthouse sits below the headlands…
Top Choice State Park in Angel Island

Angel Island State Park

Rising from the middle of San Francisco Bay, Angel Island has served as a military base, immigration station, WWII Japanese internment camp and Nike missile site, leaving it some interesting and thought-provoking fo…
Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Stinson Beach

Audubon Canyon Ranch

Audubon Canyon Ranch is about 3.5 miles north of Stinson Beach on Hwy 1, in the hills above the Bolinas Lagoon. A major nesting ground for great blue herons and great egrets, viewing scopes are set up on hillside bl…
Top Choice Observatory in Bolinas

Palomarin Field Station

Off Mesa Rd west of downtown and formerly known as the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Point Blue's Palomarin Field Station has bird-banding and netting demonstrations, an unstaffed visitor center and a nature trail. …
Top Choice Museum in Angel Island

Angel Island Immigration Station

Nicknamed the 'Ellis Island of the West,' Angel Island's early 20th-century US Immigration Station is a 1.5-mile walk or bike ride from the ferry dock. Groups of five or more can call to reserve guided tours at leas…
Top Choice Architecture in Sausalito

Sausalito Houseboats

Bohemia still thrives along the shoreline of Richardson Bay, where free spirits inhabit hundreds of quirky homes that bobble in the waves amongst the seabirds and seals. Structures range from psychedelic mural-splas…
Hill in Marin Headlands

Hawk Hill

About 2 miles along Conzelman Rd is Hawk Hill, where thousands of migrating birds of prey soar along the cliffs from late summer to early fall.
Gallery in Marin Headlands

Headlands Center for the Arts

In Fort Barry, refurbished barracks converted into artist work spaces host open studios with its artists-in-residence, as well as talks, performances and other events.
Museum in Marin Headlands

Bay Area Discovery Museum

Just under the north tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, at East Fort Baker, this excellent hands-on activity museum is specifically designed for children. Permanent (multilingual) exhibits include a wave workshop, a s…