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San Rafael Vacation

San Rafael overview

Visitors to San Rafael have positive things to say about this family-friendly city and its restaurants. Enjoy the festivals and entertainment while in town. You can easily spend a relaxing day in San Rafael visiting Gerstle Park and China Camp State Park. Popular sights in the surrounding area include Muir Woods and Angel Island.

Where to stay in San Rafael

Whether traveling for business or pleasure, San Rafael can accommodate all visitors. There are 14 hotels in San Rafael and you can shop as many as 977 deals for rooms on Hotels.com, some with discounts of up to 72%. We have room prices as low as 24 USD per night and here's a breakdown of hotels by star rating in San Rafael as well as in the surrounding area:
  • • 15 5-star hotels from 202 USD per night
  • • 119 4-star hotels from 144 USD per night
  • • 171 3-star hotels from 96 USD per night
  • • 173 2-star hotels from 64 USD per night

How to get to San Rafael

Fly into Oakland, CA (OAK-Oakland Intl.), 24.9 mi (40 km) from the heart of San Rafael. San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.) is the next closest major airport, 25.8 mi (41.5 km) away.

What to see around San Rafael

Fun activities include attractions such as:
  • • Marina Bay Trail
  • • Perimeter Road
  • • Perimeter Trail
  • • Cesar Chavez Park
  • • Eastshore State Park
Known for its family-friendly sights such as:
  • • Marine Mammal Center
  • • Ride the Ducks San Francisco
  • • Magowan's Infinite Mirror Maze
  • • Pier 39
  • • Aquarium of the Bay
Festivals and live music are highlights of the area, along with cultural places like:
  • • Marin History Museum
  • • Barn Theatre
  • • Marin Museum of Bicycling
  • • Fairfax Pavillion
  • • Sweetwater Music Hall
The area is recognized for its natural setting, offering these places to visit:
  • • Gerstle Park
  • • China Camp State Park
  • • McNears Beach Country Park
Whether window-shopping or searching for a perfect souvenir, here are some favorite shopping areas:
  • • Marin County Civic Center Farmers' Market
  • • Marin Country Mart
  • • Lytton Square
  • • Ark Row
  • • Main Street
Recommended sights include:
  • • Mission San Rafael Arcangel
  • • Marin History Museum
  • • Marin Bocce Federation
  • • San Rafael Pacifics Albert Park
  • • Falkirk Cultural Center