Sausalito is a pleasant and small waterfront community of pretty houses built into the hills of the Marin Headlands; Sausalito lies eight miles north of San Francisco across the Golden Gate Bridge, the town covers approximately 2 ½ mils.
Sausalito has gained a international reputation as a tourist destination, because of its Mediterranean-style, quaint architecture and the breathtaking views of the city and the surrounding bay including San Francisco, Sausalito is often compared to the French Riviera.
The area was named Sausalito by 18th century Spanish explorers. Sausalito comes from Sauzalito which means Little Grove of Willows for the willows that once populated the banks of its creeks. During the World War II, Sausalito became the site of Marinship Corporation, a huge shipbuilding centre, after the war the city won a reputation as an artistic enclave.
In Sausalito you can find fabulous mansions, world class hotels, numerous restaurants and a diverse selection of shopping opportunities; you will find both junkie souvenir shops and costly boutiques. Sausalito houses a thriving artist community; its common finds first-class art galleries; the renowned Sausalito Art Festival is held over Labour Day weekend each year, it draws a broad selection of artists and craftsmen. Sausalito's most important strip is Bridgeway where you will find numerous art galleries and souvenir shops.
Sausalito's main attractions include the Bay Model Visitor Center, a 1.5 acre three-dimensional hydraulic model of the San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta System; Sausalito's famous houseboat community; and the Bay Area Discovery Museum which offers interactive exhibits for kids of all ages. Near Sausalito you can tour some fabulous vineries. Sausalito is also adjacent to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including Muir Woods.
Renting bicycles in Sausalito is a great way to see the entire town. There are a lot of rental opportunities offered for water lovers also, including boat charters, bay tours and kayak rentals.
Sausalito is easily accessible by car, just take US 101 north across the Golden Gate Bridge; travel by ferry is another good option, take the Golden Gate Ferry from the Ferry Building on the Embarcadero or Blue and Gold Fleet from Pier 41 at Fisherman's Wharf. You can also rent a bicycle in the Fisherman's Wharf area and ride across the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito.
Sausalito has an unpredictable weather pattern, one day it might be over 60 degrees, sunny and the next day will be cloudy and cold. On sunny days San Francisco is visible across the bay.
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