A drive or cycle up Mount Tamalpais (locals call it Mount Tam) is superb. The rolling fog and rolling hills make for spectacular scenery with the ocean on your right and views of the Bay and San Francisco on your left.
Bring a picnic, your camera, and rest and relax and just enjoy the views.
Photos of and from Mount Tamalpais: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mcgrayjr/sets/72157624317542948/
And it's just a short ride to Stinson Beach, which is probably the most quintessential California surfer town there is.
These two spots, along with Suasalito, Cavallo Point, Muir Woods and the Marin Headlands, give you an unforgettably peaceful day surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery all within a 30 minutes drive from the metropolitan city of San Francisco.
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Sunset Hike on Mt Tam
The Verna Dunshee Loop around the East Peak of Mount Tamalpais (or Mt Tam as locals call it) provides some of the best views of any trail in the Bay Area. The is paved, although it narrows as you go up. From the summit on a clear day, you can see the Marin County hills, San Francisco and the bay, hills and cities of the East Bay, and Mount Diablo.