Destination guide

Beneath the redwoods in Mill Valley

North out of San Francisco, where the redwood forests sprout from the sculpted ridges of the Marin Hills, homey Mill Valley comes hidden beneath the trees. It's a great place to base a family visit to the Bay Area, what with those quaint coffeeshops, cozy Californian lodges, and handsome Mill Valley vacation rentals on the edge of the Muir Woods. In the town, old lumber mills ooze history, hikers devour organic foods in the local diners, yogis meditate in Zen gardens, and there's just an all-round rustic charm to enjoy.

Things to do

From Mill Valley to San Fran

Less than 30 minutes in the car will take you all the way from the wild redwood groves of Mill Valley to the heart of San Francisco. As you scoot out of the town, be sure to see the historical remnants of the Mill Valley Mill – the old lumber station that started things off. Then, you're on to the Golden Gate Bridge and the uber-cool Mission District. From there, you can sort out trips across to haunting Alcatraz Island, visits to Madame Tussauds San Francisco, and street walks around the bustling blocks of Chinatown.


Make the most of your surroundings in Mill Valley

Whether you've opted for a modern condo in the heart of the old lumber town or Mill Valley vacation rentals in the Muir Woods, you're never going to be too far from a trailhead in these parts. Wax up the walking boots and you could find yourself scrambling between the Douglas firs to the summit of Mount Tamalpais, where panoramas of the Pacific Ocean unfold. Meditation sessions also await in the local Zen centers for New Age types, while hearty bookstores and boutiques pepper the streets for shoppers.


From spring to fall in Mill Valley

With so many miles of unforgettable hiking trails just a stone's throw from those Mill Valley vacation rentals, it's hardly a surprise that most people flock here with the walking gear in tow during the warmer, drier months of the year. It all starts with the flower blooms of spring in April and May, and continues right through to September. Adventurers aren't the only happy ones then, either. Sightseers and culture vultures with the delights of greater San Fran in mind will also have the best conditions for touring the so-called Paris of the West.

Natural features

Mill Valley is the land of mighty redwoods

Mill Valley is one of the few places where you can bed down close to both the bustling heart of San Francisco and the towering groves of redwood trees that make the forests of North Cali so famous. They erupt all over the town, and creep up to unimaginable heights with the beautiful reserves of the Muir Woods. Mount Tamalpais is the great peak that crashes over the horizon to the west – it cascades dramatically down to meet the roaring waves of the Pacific on its far side.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Mill Valley

The nearest airport is in Novato, CA (NOT-Gnoss Field), located 16.2 mi (26.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into San Francisco, CA (SFO-San Francisco Intl.), which is 21.9 mi (35.2 km) away.

Where to stay around Mill Valley?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,316 vacation rentals near Mill Valley. From 438 Houses to 664 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Mill Valley for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Mill Valley?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Mill Valley:

  • Almonte: 59 vacation rentals
  • Alto Sutton Manor: 15 vacation rentals
  • Fisherman's Wharf: 741 vacation rentals
  • Downtown: 633 vacation rentals
  • Marina District: 377 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Mill Valley?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Mill Valley. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mount Tamalpais State Park: 1,766 vacation rentals
  • Golden Gate National Recreation Area: 1,955 vacation rentals
  • Old Mill Park: 1,932 vacation rentals
  • Lytton Square: 1,941 vacation rentals
  • Tennessee Valley Trailhead: 2,020 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Mill Valley listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Mill Valley?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 438 Houses in Mill Valley. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Mill Valley include:

  • Condos/Apartments: 664 rentals available
  • Cottages: 51 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 51 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Mill Valley?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 169 vacation rentals with pool available in Mill Valley. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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