It's no surprise that Mill Valley, located between the canyons at Mount Tamalpais and a valley that reaches the San Francisco Bay, is one of the most visually appealing destinations in all of California. With plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation, interesting museums, and friendly locals, it's easy to see why people keep returning here year after year. While you are here, take advantage of the bustling nightlife around Throckmorton Avenue, or peruse the bookstores and art shops along Miller Avenue.
Be sure to make time for some of these must-see attractions and destinations as well:
-Green Gulch Farms and Zen Center: Head to this peaceful location and learn more about organic farming while participating in the daily meditation sessions.
-Mill Valley Mill: Located along a redwood lined riverbed, remains of the mill are still standing, along with a railroad car that dates back to the early 1900s.
-Muir Woods National Monument: With over 560 acres of redwood trees that mostly stand over 200 feet tall, this is nature at its finest.
-Go Hiking: The most popular spot for hiking in the area is Mount Tam.
Mill Valley has a vibrant nightlife scene, with some sort of performance or presentation taking place almost every night of the week. In addition, the ideal year-round weather means that there are a number of major events and festivals held here throughout all four seasons of the year. Watch movies from some of the premiere filmmakers in the region at the Mill Valley Festival in October, celebrate the flowers coming into bloom at the Mt. Tamalpais Wildflower Festival in May, or sample paintings and sculptures from the best local artists at the Mill Valley Fall Arts Festival in September.
A vacation rental is the preferred option for those staying in Mill Valley. Rent a luxury condo with picturesque views from your bedroom window, or book an apartment that will put you in the center of all the major attractions.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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