The N Judah, the 1 California, the 76 Marin Headlands…come again? Let Muni give you a different perspective as it takes you and your picnic treats across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Marin Headlands. Any Sunday, catch the 76 in the city, and before you can say “fast-pass” you’ll be dipping your toes in the sand. The bus drops you off at Rodeo Beach, a local surfing spot for ripping shortboarders (who have a penchant for dropping in on big, mean waves just minutes before sundown). From here, the adventure is yours to create: Should you hike up the Coastal Trail to Hill 88 for scenic headland coastal views? Take a short walk around Rodeo Lagoon with an eye out for egrets and herons? Or just lay a blanket on the beach and enjoy your spread in the salt-tinged Pacific air? Whatever you choose, at the end of the day you get to just sit back and snooze – the beach bus is your hassle-free ticket home.
The 76 Marin Headlands runs only on Sundays; the first bus departs the city at 9:30 a.m., and the last bus leaves Rodeo Beach/Fort Cronkhite at 6:30 p.m. Buses run every hour, and the fare is $2. Marin Headlands Visitor Center: 415-331-1540.