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Over the Golden Gate Bridge // Sausalito & Muir Beach with Kids

sausalito and muir beach

Whenever I visit a big city, I always make an effort to go beyond the city limits, and see what the surrounding areas have to offer. If you’re even just a little bit like me, you’ll love San Francisco.

We felt like we had hit the jackpot, as during our week-long stay in San Francisco we stayed in a secluded and magical house in the woods near Sausalito. It gave us a great chance to explore what’s on this side of the bridge, including the postcard-perfect Muir Beach and the picturesque seaside town of Sausalito.

Muir Beach San Franciscomuirbeach5muirbeach2

The famous San Francisco foggy weather was there, enveloping the landscape in a moody dreamscape, full of earthy tones. I find this sort of weather creates layers of stories and emotions that are so starkly different from a sunny day, when no one seems to have a care in the world.

We spent the morning at the beach, driving around and exploring what we saw along, including this fantastic row of dozens of mailboxes on the side of the road.

Muir Beach San Francisco

Muir Beach San Francisco

Muir Beach San Francisco

Muir Beach San Francisco

By the time we arrived in Sausalito the sun was shining through, allowing us to make the most of the gorgeous Sausalito streets, its architecture and those spectacular views over San Francisco.

Muir Beach San Francisco

Muir Beach San Francisco




Sausalito San Francisco

Sausalito is a great spot for a romantic getaway, as well as a family-friendly destination. It’s known for its excellent dining and shopping options (albeit the high-end type), but it’s even better to just wander aimlessly, eating gelato, people watching and soaking in the views.

How to get there (from San Francisco): You can either drive over the Golden Gate Bridge, or take the ferry to Sausalito. We had a car, and the ferry was rather pricey for all of us, so we decided to drive.

Where to stay: The house we stayed in San Francisco was the most beautiful airbnb we experienced in 6 months of roadtripping the USA. A little far from town, but worth every traveling minute. I have a review coming up, so keep your eyes peeled!


This post is the first of a series we’re doing on San Francisco. Make sure you follow us on Facebook & Instagram for more!

Linking with Coombe Mill #CountryKids & Packing My Suitcase / My Travel Monkey for #MondayEscapes

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  • What an amazing trip. Look at all that colour. Such a contrast to my trip to the beach at Weston Super Mere today.

    • one tiny leap

      A perfect palette right? I was so in love with it <3 We're in Brighton now, and it has been raining without a break for days (sniff, sniff!) x

  • john adams

    Never been to the West Coast but your photos make San Fran look stunning. It’s a destination I’d love to visit. Look forward to the rest of the series. #CountryKids

    • one tiny leap

      We loved the West Coast, especially Oregon & Northern California – really quaint villages with rugged coastline, just beautiful. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  • This looks lovely – I’ve been thinking about a road trip along the Pacific Coast so will need to check out your posts #countrykids

    • one tiny leap

      I will collate them all into one when I finish them all. I’m almost there 😉 It was definitely one of our favourite parts of the US x

  • Coombe Mill (Fiona)

    What a beautiful place to have visited, it looks so quaint and friendly, perfect for a family roadtrip. Is there a reason for all of those mailboxes to be lined up? They definitely give off a rustic homely feel. The fog really does give your photos a more dramatic look, but the ones where the sun shone through makes it look so bright and cheery. Thanks for linking up with me on Country Kids,

    • one tiny leap

      I think it’s just country roads that go on and on and on, so they put the mailbox on the main road so the postman doesn’t have to go so far. We stayed in an airbnb in Oregon where we had to drive 10 miles through deserted countryside to get to our place! It was really beautiful here, perfect spot to live I imagine!

  • It looks a wonderful place to visit. Love the row of postboxes. It’s great the way you capture the quirky sights on your trip. Happy new year

    • one tiny leap

      Thanks Emma, together with food it’s what I love to find the most on our travels – the little details 🙂 Happy New Year!

  • We have our holiday in San Francisco booked for the end of July and I cant wait! The mix between amazing views and quirky atmospheres is exactly what I think I will love about it – my only fear, and I mean this, is that I might like it over there a bit too much and find coming back difficult… happy new year!

  • I haven’t had the opportunity to visit Sausalito or a lot of places surrounding San Francisco. I should make a point to visit this year. There are so many interesting places up there.

  • Beautiful post. Sauselito is one of my favorite places – Tiburon too – and hope to take my kids there for the first time some day soon. Lovely photos. #MondayEscapes

  • Stacey Peters

    Stunning photography, thanks for sharing.

  • Nicole

    I love how your photos have captured what life is like there and not a typical postcard you expect from San Fransico area. You uncovered a hidden gem, great work!

  • wow that first photo of the golden gate bridge is outstanding work Maria. I always say anyone can take a picture but the photographer needs vision to take great photo’s.

  • Marianne @ Mum on the Move

    Beautiful post! I love the photos of the fog rolling down the hills, amazing!

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  • I’ve never heard of Sausalito – so thank you Maria for drawing it to my attention. It looks such a lovely place, somewhere I could quite happily stay in. Another one to add to the list! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes