Only 40 mins away by car or 20 mins by ferry, this town is the perfect day trip in the autumn. The small town of Tiburon, California only has a population of 8,600, but this town attracts thousands of visitors every year. In Tiburon you’ll get a charming vibe and almost small-town feel less than an hour from the city, and with less tourists than in Sausalito. Hit the road or board the ferry! This charming town near San Francisco is picture perfect for a Fall day trip.
Tiburon is on the steep tip of the Tiburon peninsula. Though it is definitely a coastal town just north of the Golden Gate Bridge, it is often compared to a New England fishing village due to its quaint nature.
Accessible by ferry
If you want your autumn trip to be car-free then jump on the ferry from San Francisco. However, you can easily get to Tiburon by car too.
Incredible views from Tiburon.
This is a great place to relax by the sea. Find a bench and admire the natural beauty and tranquility.
The beauty of Blackie's Pasture
The views across the Bay are spectacular at Blackie's Pasture Park. The park is ideal for jogging, biking, or just meeting with friends at one of the many benches and picnic tables.
Rent a bike for the day.
If you rent a bike then do part or all of the Paradise Drive Loop or just ride around and check out the numerous pretty houses with impressive bay views.
Main Street of Tiburon
The Main Street of Tiburon has been preserved as it was when the town was a Gold Rush train town. The scenic "Ark Row" shops are housed in turn of the century boat houses that were converted into homes and shops.
Classic and refined.
Take time to look around the surrounding hills with homes. The Tiburon Peninsula reaches south into the San Francisco Bay. The smaller city of Belvedere occupies the south-west part of the peninsula.
Railroad & Ferry Museum
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Railroad & Ferry Museum is a great way to learn about the rich railroad and maritime history of Tiburon. The museum showcases a working scale model of the Point Tiburon yard circa 1900-1910.
Visit local hotspot: Sam’s Anchor Cafe
Food and drinks are tough to beat on the water and Sam's Anchor Cafe is no exception. Also, this place is known for burgers, calamari and people watching.
More dining with even better views
Another dining option is Guaymas. This restaurant is a festive Mexican eatery right on the bay with a seafood-focused menu, full bar and outdoor seating.