What to see, where to stay, shop, and dine across the bridge
Check into Cavallo Point, the Lodge at the Golden Gate, the first major new luxury hotel in a national park in years (from $250; cavallopoint.com). The Fort Baker fishing pier is a 10-minute walk toward the bridge, past the resort and the Coast Guard station.
Loop back for a glass of wine at Farley Bar ($$; at Cavallo Point, 601 Murray Circle), then have dinner in town at Sushi Ran ($$$; 107 Caledonia St.; 415/332-3620).
Drive to the Marin Headlands for an early hike to Black Sands Beach (download a map at nps.gov/goga), then get a friendly “Ciao” with your veggie frittata during brunch at Poggio ($; 777 Bridgeway; 415/332-7771).
In the afternoon, wander the galleries and shops on and around Caledonia Street: Flying Oliver Books (215 Caledonia; 415/332-1532), McCloud Design (closed Sun; 1201 Bridgeway; 415/331-2178), Pinestreet Papery (421/2 Caledonia; 415/332-0650), and Sausalito Picture Framing (closed Sun; 310 Caledonia; 415/331-3567).
Then watch the sailboats from Schoonmaker Beach (at the end of Liberty Ship Way) and dine at Le Garage ($$$; 85 Liberty Ship Way; 415/332-5625).
Take in Sausalito coffee culture at Caffe DiVino ($; 37 Caledonia; 415/331-9355) before exploring the houseboats at Waldo Point Harbor (at the end of Gate Six Rd.; waldopointharbor.com).
Afterward, browse tableware at the Heath Ceramics factory store (400 Gate Five Rd.; 415/332-3732), then walk across the street to Fish ($$; 350 Harbor Dr.; 415/331-3474) to fuel up on Dungeness crab rolls and fish tacos.
Check out the views: Sausalito day trip