Once an industrial city, Sausalito now caters to the luxurious. This artistic community sits on the northern edge of the Golden Gate Bridge, and gets plenty of visitors and celebrities. If you want the best view, however, you’ll find it down below on Kirby Cove. With its mile-long trail, the sandy shore of Kirby Cove offers an eye-popping view of the city and bridge. Meanwhile, Black Sands Beach is also found in the Marin Headlands region of Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Made up of smooth rocks and shells, you can catch a few rays or even spot some whales.