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Marin Headlands

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Address: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, CA 94965
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+1 415-331-1540

Located at the Point Bonita Lighthouse, these headlands offer a suspension...

Located at the Point Bonita Lighthouse, these headlands offer a suspension bridge and hiking trail.

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Bring some comfortable shoes

Awesome views of the Golden Gate Bridge & the Bay Area. Parking seems to be limited so arrive early if possible. Bring water and some comfortable shoes to walk down the trails. A... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
San Jose, California
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San Jose, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Awesome views of the Golden Gate Bridge & the Bay Area. Parking seems to be limited so arrive early if possible. Bring water and some comfortable shoes to walk down the trails. A lot of cool things to discover. Definitely a place I would like to revisit in the future

Thank filmmofo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of the TripAdvisor contributors recommended that I take a scenic route to Napa through the Marin Headlands. I'm so glad I did. It was absolutely beautiful. I loved seeing the fog over the water and the Golden Gate bridge through a distance. I would love to come back and spend more time here, when I have more time to... More 

Thank Carlita P
San Diego, CA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It may be crowded depending the area where you go, it is after all a big area, but you can find quiet trails, visit the site of the old bunkers where powerful cannons overlooked and protected the San Francisco Bay entrance. The views are amazing, specially if you are lucky enough to visit on a really clear day. Get ready... More 

Thank fredyair
Leavenworth, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Would have been 5/5 due to the spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge with San Francisco as a backdrop. However, the lack of parking is ridiculous combined with a lack of traffic control. Go but be prepared to be very very civil to your fellow tourists as everyone jostles for the rare parking spots.

Thank Rich_Holden
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

Needed some fresh air and a walk, went up to the Townsley battery, the siting of the two enormous guns was designed to use their 26 mile range to protect the harbour approaches, often fired but never in anger. Felt very much at home as the cliff walks remind me of Cornwall.A coyote? ran across the path in front of... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

An A-1 viewing location for the GG bridge with a very interesting scenic drive not far from the city and close to many other interesting spots for lunch, shopping or just wandering and looking.

Thank Rod R
Livermore, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 November 2016

This place has views that are outright awesome! If you come in one way it takes you to the "upper road' you will see the GG Bridge. Low road the ocean. Ultimate! Ft. Cronkite has the historic factor. The air is nice also! You will love this place. Surfer's I am sure will agree also!

Thank Driver_316
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

I don't know how we missed this place on the numerous times we have been in San Fransisco? On the way back from Napa, just as the sun was going down, we stopped off and went up Hawks Hill. The views get better and better, and it's a photographer's paradise! My shot was with an iPhone - just think what... More 

Thank Graham H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

The only excuse for not spending time here is that you don't have a car. It's such an easy trip from San Fran and offers world class views, neat trails to interesting places, picnic spots, etc. Not to be missed!

Thank pcyork
Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

We arrived here early on a late August morning. The weather was pleasant (not too sunny and not too cloudy) so we got to see a great view of the Golden Gate Bridge and all of the sailboats within the Bay. We also got to see (and walk on) Battery Mendell and Rodeo Beach before we left, both of which... More 

Thank Jennifer T

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