The charm of this little gem by the bay starts with the journey there.

See for yourself why creatives and those looking for a peaceful break have been coming to Sausalito for decades. The ferry here from San Fran rates as one of the world’s best ferry rides. Indeed, the life aquatic is a big part of local culture in Sausalito — the hundreds of houseboats here are testament to that (tip: check out these vessels during the annual floating homes tour). This little town is a great day trip, but best take overnight essentials as you’ll probably want to stay.