Top Ten Places to Watch the Sunset

Patch picks the best places around here for a beautiful or romantic end to the day.

1. Marin Headlands (Sausalito) - With the Bay to your left, the Pacific to your right and the San Francisco cityscape beyond, it's near impossible to beat this postcard perfect perch.

2. Stinson Beach (Stinson) - Soundtracked by waves, and often rather tranquil by the late afternoon, sitting back on the sand is how sunsets were meant to be watched.

3. Christmas Tree Hill (Corte Madera) - If you're willing to do a bit of driving, this hidden mecca of a view is well-worth the pay-off.

4. The Lava House (Belvedere) - You'll have to operate cautiously around this expansive hillside, once the site of a waterside mansion. Take a flashlight and enjoy the triptych of San Francisco, the Golden Gate and Sausalito.

5. Muir Beach (Muir Beach) - A quicker excursion than Stinson, and stunningly gorgeous in its own right.

6. Tennessee Valley (Mill Valley) - You'll want to make good time on the mile and a half back to the trailhead, but the serenity of a sunset at Tennessee Valley Beach is unsurpassed. 

7. Samuel P. Taylor Park (Lagunitas) - Immerse yourself in the brush of a campground or just let your picnic run long to enjoy clear skies just beyond the hubbub of suburbia.

8. Bald Hill (San Anselmo) - A fast and efficient way to make the most of a spare moment. Bring your own chairs.

9. China Camp State Park (San Rafael) - Great for a family outing, there's a bevy of lovely views scattered throughout this park.

10. Sam’s Tavern back porch (Tiburon) - If you can't spell "sunset" without cocktail, head in to Sam's Tavern and nab a coveted back porch table to get the best of both worlds.


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