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Travel Guide: Marin County Hotels

Picking a great location for your SF Bay Area stay

Basing at least part of your San Francisco Bay Area hotel stay in Marin County CA may make good sense.
You'll end up closer to the Muir Woods, Sausalito, Point Reyes National Seashore, Stinson Beach, Napa and Sonoma Wine Country, Mount Tamalpais State Park, the Frank Lloyd Wright Marin County Civic Center (perhaps Wright's most influential work), and other must sees.

Moeover, you avoid the higher hotel costs and parking fees of downtown San Francisco.

Marin offers high quality of life

Some say Marin County offers the highest quality of life in the United States. For sure, Marin towns such as Mill Valley, Larkspur, San Rafael, Novato, and Tiburon are pleasant places to spend time.

For decades, Mill Valley CA residents have not cut down any trees. Just 14 miles from downtown San Francisco, you'll find homes and driveways built around tall redwoods in the western part of the city that was not clearcut before the ban on cutting.

A large portion of the county remains in its natural state preserved as parks or greenbelts, including a substantial portion of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

Main hotel area

Your main hotel belt lies along U.S. Highway 101 between Mill Valley and Novato.

San Rafael and Novato usually have the best values. Novato is farthest from San Francisco, but closest to the Wine Country.

To view curent hotel neighborhood maps, click on

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and then fill in the city. Links show for maps of each area.

Instead of driving, you can reach downtown San Francisco by scenic ferry from Larkspur (adjacent to San Rafael) or Sausalito.

In addition, you have quick airport access from Oakland, San Francisco, and San Jose airports with these easy-to-follow directions.

A word about

You CAN stay in the best neighborhoods and in quality hotels. There is an easy way to reduce the cost of good accommodation and that is

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At Priceline, you bid on a star-quality range in a neighborhood. This feature works well since most people want particular amenities, price, and neighborhood, rather than a specific hotel.

Learn more about bidding on You can reserve up to 11:00 p.m. Marin (Pacific) time, if hotels are not sold out.

Have a great trip!

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