Area GuideArea Guide

Novato RV Park is within an hour’s drive of many of the most popular Bay Area attractions.  Whatever your pleasure, we can help you plan itineraries to match your time and interests.

 Napa and Sonoma Valley

 

Wine Country

Travel north, and soon the vineyards of Napa and Sonoma Valley will surround you. Tour a winery to learn how wine is made, visit a tasting room or two, and stay for dinner at one of the area’s fine restaurants.  Or, opt for an early morning hot air balloon ride, play a round of golf, spend a day at a spa or take a leisurely drive down miles of quiet country roads.  There is so much to do, you’ll want to return again and again.  

 

  

Golden Gate Bridge

San Francisco 

Spend a few days in San Francisco, and you might leave your heart there as well.  Take a walk across the Golden Gate Bridge, ride a cable car and visit Alcatraz or Angel Island.  See a museum, an art gallery or take in a play. Stroll through the Ferry Building and sample the local cheeses and olive oil.  Or, simply sit along the waterfront and watch the sailboats drift by.

 

Mount Tamalpais and Point Reyes National SeashorePoint Reyes

Marin County offers a wide selection of activities, right outside your door.  If you love to hike, head to Point Reyes National Seashore for miles of wooded trails and ocean beaches.  Or, take a drive up to Mount Tamalpais and enjoy its stellar views.  If you enjoy strolling through quaint downtowns, Sausalito and Tiburon are filled with unique bayside shops.  If auto racing is your passion, Infineon Raceway is popular with many of our guests.

 

Marin Headlands

The Marin Headlands form the southern tip of Marin. If you are looking to take a picture of San Francisco, there is no better spot. Take the last exit before the Golden Gate Bridge; it is marked Sausalito number 442. Take a left on to Alexander Ave. then a right onto Conzelman Rd.

 

Kirby Cove:

Kirby Cove is a beach slightly west of the Golden Gate Bridge. To get to Kriby Cove, take the Kirby Cove Road off of Conzelman Rd. As seen in the picture, you will have a view looking underneath the bridge toward San Francisco. Also at this location are two First World War Coastal Batteries.

 

Hawk Hill:

Hawk Hill presents the premier view of San Francisco. If the shot is taken correctly you will get the Golden Gate Bridge in the foreground, Alcatraz Island in the north and Downtown San Francisco in the south.

As the name suggests, Hawk Hill is frequented migratory raptors. From September to October up to eight hundred Birds of Prey can be seen flying over Hawk Hill. Also on Hawk Hill, one can explore a series of Second World War Coastal Batteries.  

 

Nike Missile Site:

SF-88 was built in 1954 to protect the San Francisco Bay Area from Soviet Bombers in the Cold War. The Site has Nike-Hercules Missiles is open Wednesday-Friday and on the first Saturday of each month base veterans give special tours.

 

Point Bonita:

Point Bonita was the last man operated lighthouse in California. The current structure was built in 1877, after the initial lighthouse was built too tall for California’s high Pacific Fog. Point was the first West Coast Light House with a fog signal and is the only Lighthouse in America which must be reached by bridge (a miniature replica of the Golden Gate Bridge.)

In 1901 the SS City of Rio de Janeiro struck rocks a few hundred yards off of Point Bonita. The Fog was so thick; the lighthouse operator was unaware of the situation for two hours. US Consul General to Hong Kong Rounsevelle Wildman, traveling to the inauguration of William McKinley was lost in the shipwreck. The light house is open for visitors Saturdays Sundays and Monday from 12:30 to 3:30PM.

 

     Downtown Novato 

 

Shopping

Downtown Novato is only five minutes away, where you’ll find major grocery stores, name brand services and dozens of unique restaurants.  A short drive away is Vintage Oaks, a one-stop shopping center complete with Target, Costco, Old Navy, Petco and many more major chain stores.  The Petaluma Premium Outlets are also less than 15 minutes away.  Join their VIP shopping club and receive $5 OFF your next stay at the Novato RV Park!

 

 

 

Public Transportation

The Golden Gate Transit system can easily take you to San Francisco and other local cities.  Or, you can ride the Larkspur Ferry to San Francisco and enjoy the unbeatable views  

Golden Gate Ferry

 

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