Get Outta Town: San Francisco

Head across the Golden Gate Bridge and explore the headlands around Mount Tamalpais State Park, Point Reyes, and Stinson Beach.
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ROUTE DESCRIPTION: On this loop you can view the Golden Gate Bridge from below at Fort Point, where Jimmy Stewart rescued Kim Novak in Hitchcock’s mystery thriller Vertigo. Then cross the bridge into Marin and ride up the coast, past towering Mount Tamalpais. Wind your way around redwoods and the gorgeous Point Reyes National Seashore, where you can take an 0.6-mile “earthquake walk" that explores the infamous San Andrea Fault that ruptured here in 1906. As you cruise up Highway 1 north of Stinson Beach, you’re driving straight up the rift zone!


4. Tony's Seafood Restaurant, 18863 Hwy. 1, Marshall, California, tel: (415) 663-1107, "A funky shanty with spectacular seafood and views"
5. Pine Cone Diner, 60 Fourth St., Pt. Reyes Station, California, tel: (415) 663-1536, "Local ingredients make this diner food memorable"
6. McNear's Saloon & Dining House, 23 Petaluma Blvd. N., Petaluma, California, tel: (707) 765-2121, "Stop here before a show at the Mystic Theatre"
8. Cliff House, 1090 Point Lobos Ave., San Francisco, California, tel: (415) 386-3330, "Enjoy a meal above the Pacific's waves"

Great Outdoors
6. Point Reyes National Seashore, 1 Bear Valley Rd., Point Reyes Station, California, tel: (415) 464-5100, "The 'earthquake walk' leads you to the San Andreas Fault"
7. Stinson Beach, Hwy. 1 @ Arenal Ave., Stinson Beach, California, tel: (415) 868-1922, "Twist and turn your way down to this 51-acre beach"

Roadside Attractions
6. Lagunitas Brewing Company, 1280 N. McDowell Blvd., Petaluma, California, tel: (707) 769-4495, "Get set loose with their kegs"
7. Historic Downtown Petaluma, 210 Lakeville St., Petaluma, California, tel: (877) 2-PETALUMA, "An historic Victorian riverfront town"
11. Marin Civic Center, 10 Ave. of the Flags, San Rafael, California, tel: (415) 499-6400, "Frank Lloyd Wright's futuristic structure"
12. San Quentin Prison & Museum Gift Shop, 100 Main St., San Quentin, California, tel: (415) 454-1460, "See a gas chamber (by appointment only)"
13. Mountain Home Inn, 810 Panoramic Hwy., Mill Valley, California, tel: (415) 381-9000, "Check out an amazing Bay Area view"
14. Pelican Inn, 10 Pacific Way, Muir Beach, California, tel: (415) 383-6000, "A cozy pub with a roaring fireplace"

SUGGESTED STOP: Get above it all at San Francisco, CA's famed Cliff House, where the waves break below as you enjoy your meal.

Total mileage: 106 miles

  1. Start | SR-1
US-101 @ Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA
  • North | SR-1 / US-101 (5.9 miles)
  • Right on ramp |, SR-1 / Shoreline Hwy. (0.9 miles)
  • Left | SR-1 / Shoreline Hwy. (in Mill Valley) (44.1 miles)
  • Right | Tomales-Pelaluma Rd. (5.2 miles)
  • Right | Chileno Valley Rd. (9.6 miles)
  • Right | Willson Hill Rd. (2.6 miles)
  • Left | Hicks Valley Rd. (2.7 miles)
  • Right | Point Reyes-Petaluma Rd. (4.2 miles)
  • Left | Nicasio Valley Rd. (3.9 miles)
  • Left | Lucas Valley Rd. (10.2 miles)
  • Right on ramp | US-101 / Redwood Hwy. (south) (17.0 miles)
  • Finish | US-101 / SR-1 @ Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA

  • Published: 11 Sep 2008 | Last Updated: 15 Sep 2010
    Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication



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