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San Rafael Travel Guide: 157 reviews and 347 photos

San Rafael, California lies about 20 minutes north of San Francisco, across the Golden Gate bridge.

This city, which now has a population of 56,000, had its beginnings in 1817 as a town built around the Mission San Rafael Archangel. It was later incorporated in 1874.

The beauty of San Rafael

The San Rafael area is loaded with natural beauty. After living the urban life for 13 years in Los Angeles, the comparatively rural setting in San Rafael is pure heaven for me.

Our state flower is the California poppy. Beginning in March, this beautiful flower is abundant throughout Marin.

Home Sweet Home

This picture shows the beautiful valley in North San Rafael that is my home.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Mediterranean type weather, beautiful scenery, local news that reads like a comedy
  • Cons:No ice skating rink, NIMBYism
  • In a nutshell:If you look deep enough, you'll find more than just hot tubs and alfalfa sprouts here.
  • Intro Updated Dec 20, 2009
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  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    May 26, 2011 at 3:42 AM

    Mmm, seems like I should have dipped into your pages earlier. I'm heading your way, will be in S.F. Friday for four nights at the Chancellor. Interested in a meet with myself and Rosemarie? Cheers, Ian

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 18, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    This looks like a nice place to hike and enjoy the landscape. My trip to Utah/Arizona parks was similar in some terrain, and I really enjoyed the adventure.

  • Jenniflower's Profile Photo
    Apr 28, 2009 at 1:01 AM

    I've loved reading through your page today, thank you! Am hoping to come to San Fransisco in Aug/Sept so need ideas of accomm etc. and to see the neighbouring areas... love the hiking trails, just our cuppa tea :)

  • gugi66's Profile Photo
    Dec 17, 2008 at 12:50 AM

    It looks really nice in SR. Good pictures and tips.

  • Lhenne1's Profile Photo
    Apr 7, 2008 at 9:20 AM

    Thanks for the hiking tips. We stopped in San Rafael on a road trip from Monterey to Vancouver but didn't get a chance to stay long. Hoping to get back up north in the summer :)

  • Jan 1, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    do you know where in san rafael celebrate serbian christmas??

  • omidamini's Profile Photo
    Nov 6, 2007 at 9:56 PM

    Dear , you have very nice city with wonderful nature ,i hope see you in my country

  • GenuinelyCurious's Profile Photo
    Oct 8, 2007 at 4:21 PM

    Nice overview of SR. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and images.

  • Turtleshell's Profile Photo
    May 21, 2007 at 2:26 PM

    Awesome scenery, really.

  • Apr 1, 2007 at 5:58 PM

    It WAS a good restaurant but Bamyan Afghan Restaurant: The only Afghan restaurant in Marin is no longer open. They are already missed.

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