Mill Valley

Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, in the North Bay region of the Bay Area of California. The city begins in the canyons and ridges at the base of Mount Tamalpais and extends into a broad valley that reaches the Richardson Bay portion of the San Francisco Bay.

Get in

By car

Mill Valley is easiest to see by car. From Highway 101 take the Mill Valley/Tiburon Blvd exit or the Mill Valley/Stinson Beach exit.

By bus

Buses from San Francisco drop off along the highway. Commuter buses run into downtown as well as to and from the ferry in nearby Tiburon.

Mill Valley is served by Golden Gate Transit route 4, a commuter route to San Francisco, as well as route 17.

Get around

While downtown is nice to see on foot, the parks and woods are best reached by car. Mountain bikes were invented near here, and remain a popular way to get around.


Muir Woods

Muir Woods

Frank Valley (Muir Woods) Road (Marin Transit #66 , summer weekends and holidays only), Phone: +1 415 388-2596, . 8AM-sunset every day. $3.

Muir Woods National Monument. is home to 560 acres (2.2 km2) of unlogged stands of old-growth redwood trees (Sequoia sempervirens), and is one of the few remaining places where these trees (the tallest living things on the planet) can be seen in their full glory. Many of the redwoods are over 200 (60 m) feet tall, 10 feet (3 m) wide, and over 600 years old. The woodland is served by a number of board-walks and other walking trails where visitors can get a close look at the magnificent trees.




For a small town, Mill Valley has a wide range of excellent restaurants from cozy local joints to upscale eateries.



Budget options (a relative word in Marin County) can be found along Highway 101 -- the further north you go, the more reasonable they will be. Other, more romantic options are scattered on the mountain behind town.

There are a lot of Vacation Rentals by Home Owner (VRBO) and Home Away options available in this community as well, if one is interested in a more 'local' experience, people actually rent away their actual houses. There are great places usually very central to town and have great prices for weeks and nights!

Stay safe

Mill Valley has a very low crime rate, thanks to high property values and insulation by other exclusive towns like Tiburon, Larkspur, and Corte Madera. Prevalence of dangerous crimes is low enough to actually induce stricter enforcement of traffic infractions, since the police would not have much to do otherwise.

Common sense should prevail, though. Do not hike alone when rambling across the trails in Mill Valley and Mt. Tamalpais. The likelihood of having a negative encounter during a hike is minimal, but you will benefit greatly with the aid of another person should you meet an unsavory character—animal or human—along the way.

Go next

Routes through Mill Valley

Santa Rosa Corte Madera  N  S  Sausalito San Francisco

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