Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the Marin Headlands are one of the top-rated attractions in the San Francisco Bay area. It is a unique destination that offers visitors glorious views of the ocean, and an array of hiking trails and other outdoor amenities. There are amazing blankets of wildflowers that appear each spring, and it is a natural way station for nearly 20,000 migratory raptors during the autumn. From the coastal beach to the majestic headlands, there is something always new and exciting for nature lovers to enjoy.
The Marin Headlands consist of towering sea cliffs which were formed over millions of years. As the continents shift and seafloors change, these cliffs expose colorful sedentary rocks and pillow basalt which are formed from underwater volcanic eruptions. There are few places in California, or the entire world, where you can see such a unique display from Mother Nature.
First-time visitors will want to go to the Marin Headlands Visitor Center, which is open every day except for Christmas Day and Thanksgiving. It is located three miles from either entrance in the Fort Barry Chapel. There you can find maps and other information to make your visit more enjoyable.
The hiking trails at Marin Headlands vary in length and difficulty, so whether you are an experienced hiker or a weekend stroller, you will find a trail that suits your needs. There are also many paths that are suitable for dogs to enjoy, with locals suggesting the Miwok, Coast and Ridge trails. And after a long day of hiking dog owners can take their pets to the dog-friendly Rodeo Beach to possibly cool their toes – but don’t plan on actually swimming as the coast is rocky and the water is cold and potentially dangerous.
Marin Headlands also offers many historic tours and scenic drives. You can cruise along the five-mile Conzelman Road all the way to the Golden Gate Bridge, soaking in the sun and the smell of the Pacific. Or, take a step back to the cold-war era with a visit to the Nike Missile Site SF-88-L.
The park is open during daylight hours, with the center being open from 9:30 to 4:30. There are two sets of handicapped accessible bathrooms, and no overnight camping. There are no restaurants, vending machines, food vendors, so you will want to bring your own edibles and drinks. So grab your friends & family, and contact Nationwide Limousine Service today at 800-339-8936 for additional information on reserving one of our incredible tour buses for your next trip to the Marin Headlands!