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San Rafael Travel Guide: 154 reviews and 346 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 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.
This picture shows the beautiful valley in North San Rafael that is my home.
- 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.
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