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San Rafael overview

San Rafael is a friendly place, unique for its architecture and known for festivals and live music. You'll enjoy the ample coffee and bar options, along with outdoor areas for cycling and hiking. Take in some local culture at popular attractions, such as Ripley's Believe It Or Not Museum and Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf. Alcatraz Island and Golden Gate Bridge are popular places to visit. San Rafael is a family- and business-friendly destination with something for everyone.

Where to stay in San Rafael

Whether you're planning to stay for a night or for the week, the area around San Rafael has accommodations to fit every need. Search for hotels in San Rafael with by checking our online maps. These display the areas and neighbourhoods around all San Rafael hotels so you can see how close you are from landmarks and attractions, and then refine your search within the larger area. The best San Rafael hotel deals are here with our lowest price guarantee.

How to get to San Rafael

Fly in to Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), 24.9 mi (40 km) from central San Rafael. San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) is the next closest major airport, 25.8 mi (41.5 km) away.

What to see around San Rafael

Fun activities include attractions such as:
  • • Marina Bay Trail
  • • Perimeter Road
  • • Perimeter Trail
  • • Cesar Chavez Park
  • • Eastshore State Park
Known for its family-friendly sights such as:
  • • Marine Mammal Center
  • • Ride the Ducks San Francisco
  • • Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze
  • • Pier 39
  • • Aquarium of the Bay
Festivals and live music are highlights of the area, along with cultural places like:
  • • Marin History Museum
  • • Barn Theatre
  • • Marin Museum of Bicycling
  • • Fairfax Pavillion
  • • Sweetwater Music Hall
It's notable for its hiking trails and favourite places for nature lovers that include:
  • • Gerstle Park
  • • San Anselmo Memorial Park
  • • Phoenix Lake
  • • Peri Park
  • • China Camp State Park
Whether window-shopping or searching for a perfect souvenir, here are some favourite shopping areas:
  • • Marin County Civic Center Farmers' Market
  • • Marin Country Mart
  • • Lytton Square
  • • Ark Row
  • • Main Street
Popular places in the area to visit include:
  • • Alcatraz Island
  • • Golden Gate Bridge
  • • Palace of Fine Arts
  • • Fisherman's Wharf
  • • Lombard Street
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  • Business-friendly
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