San Rafael

 

Located in a beautiful setting, this healthy, happy city earns rave reviews from residents and visitors alike. Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, is where George Lucas first settled in and founded LucasFilm. 

The downtown area has seen a total renovation over the past few years, with charming restaurants and shops.

The Rafael Film Center is centrally location and hosts it's annual world famous film festival every fall.  

The city also has plenty to offer in terms of things to do and quality of life. The farmers market in the city, Sunday Marin Farmers Market, is the third largest in the state, with nearly 200 vendors. And while there are multiple parks in the city, nearby China Camp State Park draws a lot of visitors for hiking and other outdoors activities. San Rafael is also located on San Francisco Bay, which is great for those who love water sports. And the climate certainly helps keep people outside; there are 256 sunny days each year, the air quality is higher than the US average, and the average temperature ranges from 42-75 across the year.

If watching rather than doing sports is more your thing, San Rafael also has a relatively new Minor League baseball team, the San Rafael Pacifics. The Pacifics call the 1,000-seat Albert Park in the city their home and have won three championships since their founding in 2011.

Updated Oct 20, 2020 10:41:am
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