Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco lies Marin County, home to Northern California's most prosperous, educated, and active population.
Marin's many communities cater to their resident's cosmopolitan tastes, offering boutique stores, nationally recognized restaurants, and highly ranked schools, while still embodying the laid-back lifestyle the county is known for. Marin's towns are full of character, and include the hillside cities of Sausalito, Tiburon and Belvedere, where houseboat living is the norm. The wooded, small communities of Mill Valley, Larkspur, Ross, Kentfield and Fairfax lie against Mt. Tamalpais, and to the north are Corte Madera, Greenbrae and San Rafael, the county seat and home to the Civic Center, one of architect Frank Lloyd Wright’s best known works.
Marin's natural beauty ranges from the windswept bluffs of the Point Reyes National Seashore to the wooded trails and waterfalls of Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods, to the many beaches along the coast, making the county an ideal place for outdoor recreation. The United States' oldest cross country running event, the Dipsea Race, takes place annually in Marin, attracting thousands of athletes, and mountain biking was invented on the slopes of Mount Tamalpais.