The quaint and beautiful bayside town of Sausalito is a popular day-trip destination and draws tourists and residents from San Francisco and from other regions of the bay area. This town is an ideal getaway for those looking for a quick break outside of a busy city, and experience the easy-paced life of an American small town with history.
The origins of this place can be traced back to World War II when it became a center for shipbuilding which post the war transformed into a wealthy and artistic enclave and further evolved into a popular tourist destination.
Located just 9 miles from Pier 39, San Francisco by road, you will drive through the famous Golden Gate Bridge and have many beautiful views along the way. The town can also be reached by ferry which runs from the San Francisco Ferry Building and a few other points in the Pier area. The scenic ferry ride takes about half an hour and offers a spectacular view of the San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz Island and many more!
The place has a close resemblance to a Mediterranean village – gorgeous scenic beauty, sparkling waterfront views, flocks of seagulls and pelicans around, legendary floating homes, yacht-filled marinas and elegant Victorian houses nestled on the hillside.
The promenade area and the main street are lined with many upscale galleries, eclectic shops, boutiques, cafes, eateries, seafood restaurants, locally-owned shops, museums, and waterfront parks. The locale also offers many other attractions like sailing, hiking, etc. The Labour Day weekend, when the Sausilito Art festival is held, is a popular time to visit.
The town makes for a perfect day-trip destination, however, those who are looking for a more immersive experience can choose to stay longer in one of the beautiful inns or hotels or even houseboats that the place has to offer, though, the place has limited accommodation.
If you are visiting the San Francisco bay area, you would definitely want to include a visit to the Sausalito town in your itinerary.