Nestled below majestic Mount Tamalpais, Mill Valley is reminiscent of a charming European village. Surrounded by national parks, including Muir Woods, an ancient coast redwood forest, Mill Valley’s lush landscape of hills and canyons is a favorite place for visitors who enjoy hiking, mountain biking, and running. And don’t miss the delightful downtown area near Lytton Square, where people gather for coffee at Equator Coffee or for a game of chess. As you stroll up and down the quaint nearby streets, you’ll be tempted by an array of fashionable boutiques and restaurants.
The town has long been known as a cultural hub. The Mill Valley Film Festival is an internationally recognized festival that has attracted leading filmmakers and movie aficionados for the past forty-two years. The Mountain Play, produced in June in an outdoor amphitheater, attracts thousands of theater-goers to the top of Mount Tamalpais to watch Broadway musicals performed by talented local actors.
Outdoor and running enthusiasts should be sure to check out the legendary annual Dipsea Race, the second-oldest footrace in the United States. The race takes runners over a 7.1-mile course up and over Mount Tamalpais to one of the most beautiful California beaches on the Pacific Coast.