You can’t spend time in Sausalito and not make it to the Marin Headlands, just a mile outside town―it’d be like going to Yosemite
and missing Half Dome. So join the parade of cars winding up twisty Conzelman Road to Hawk Hill, but don’t stop there.
Drive a bit farther to the beach parking area on your left, and you’ll see signs for the trail to Black Sands Beach. The 0.75-mile hike down (slightly rickety) steps is sure to put the rosy in your cheeks, and the narrow strip of beach is windy, wild, and stunning.
My secret? Instead of starting from the beach parking area, I like to drive past the Marin Headlands Visitor Center, turn right on Bunker Road, and start at the historic rifle range. It’s worth the extra 1.5 miles over the ridge for the views you’ll have all to yourself.