Mill Valley is located just 15 minutes north of San Francisco in the shadow of beautiful Mount Tamalpais. Nested in the beautiful wooded canyons, Mill Valley has the charm of a small European town and all the amenities of an urban city in California.
Some of the most scenic state and national parks in northern California are close to Mill Valley. Visitors travel from countries around the world to enjoy what Mill Valley's residents are blessed with: the many recreational parks in town and those that surround Mill Valley, such as Mount Tamalpais State Park, the Muir Woods National Monument, and Golden Gate National Recreation Area. From the stunning open spaces in Northern California to the long stretches of beaches that go on for miles, Mill Valley has lovely lookout points in these areas where you can catch unparalleled views of the neighboring areas.
Mill Valley is very popular with outdoor enthusiasts who come here to hike, bike, and ride in the lovely wooded trails. Mill Valley is also known as the place where mountain biking was invented.
Besides the scenic beauty of our town, we have many diverse cultural events, gourmet restaurants, and plentiful shopping for avid shoppers. In downtown alone, you'll find Lytton Square bustling with activity. Stop at the Book Depot Cafe for a cup of coffee or relax and take in the sights. Style and comfort are the themes for boutiques. You'll find gourmet food from world cuisines at the many restaurants in Mill Valley's downtown.
One of the best known cultural events in Mill Valley is The Mill Valley Film Festival, an internationally renowned film festival that has been in business for 28 years. Here moviegoers and film directors congregate to enjoy new and innovative films. You can watch local theatre on a grand scale at The Mountain Play performed in a unique outdoor amphitheatre at the top of Mount Tamalpais. This uniquely charming community attracts a diverse group of residents among which are the wealthy and well-known celebrities. Mill Valley is one of the most desirable towns to live in and was named by MONEY and CNN/Money magazines as one of the top 10 best U.S. cities to live in.
Mill Valley is a small but dynamic community with exceptional schools that are known for academic excellence and all-round learning. The Mill Valley public school district is run by the Mill Valley School District. Tamalpais High School has won the California Distinguished School Award several times. Mill Valley is also close to renowned colleges and universities, including the Marin Community College District, Golden Gate Baptist Seminary, College of Marin, Dominican University of California, Ali Akbar College of Music, and University of California at Berkeley.
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