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Novato is Marin County's northernmost city, located on Highway 101 north of San Francisco. The town of Novato has a rural atmosphere and is home to 27 parks and many open spaces, with plenty of outdoor recreational activities available. Olompali State Historic Park is situated three miles north of Novato and overlooks the picturesque Petaluma River and San Pablo Bay. Several preserved historical buildings are located inside the park, and trails are available for hiking and horseback riding, as well as shaded picnic areas. Miwok Park and Marin Museum of the American Indian is also located in Novato. This 35-acre shady park is built around a museum that offers group tours, nature walks and "hands-on" programs. The museum gallery mainly houses exhibits of the Coastal Miwok and Pomo Indian Cultures. Stafford Lake Park lies three miles east of Novato; a 139-acre park with lake fishing, a nature trail, picnic areas, lawn areas, a children's play area, volleyball and horseshoe courts. Two challenging golf courses in Novato offer scenic vistas of the hills beyond, and Sears Point Raceway, North America's most complete motorsports complex is located just 15 minutes east of the city on Highway 37. This is just a sampling of the kind of attractions you will find in this versatile town. There are also major special events held here each year, such as the Novato Festival of Art, Wine and Music each June, and concerts in the park throughout the summer months. Novato is also just a short drive to San Francisco and the Napa/Sonoma Valley Wine Country.

Surrounding areas: Fairfax, California (8.4 mi), San Rafael, California (9.5 mi), Ross, California (10.1 mi), Petaluma, California (10.2 mi), Larkspur, California (11.7 mi), Corte Madera, California (12.8 mi), Point Reyes Station, California (13.1 mi)

Novato Vacation Rentals




Novato Hotels and Resorts

 
Hotels & Motels
Best Western Novato Oaks Inn215 Alameda Del PradoNovato, CA (415) 883-4400
Inn Marin250 Entrada DrNovato, CA (415) 883-5952
Novato Courtyard By Marriott1400 N Hamilton PkwyNovato, CA (415) 883-8950
Novato Days Inn8141 Redwood BlvdNovato, CA (415) 897-7111
Skylark Motel275 Alameda Del PradoNovato, CA (415) 883-2406
Four Points By Sheraton Hotel1010 Northgate DrSan Rafael, CA6.9 mi.(415) 479-8800
Embassy Suites Marin County101 Mcinnis PkwySan Rafael, CA7.3 mi.(415) 499-9222
Villa Inn Motel1600 Lincoln AveSan Rafael, CA8.9 mi.(415) 456-4975
Sheraton Sonoma County - Petaluma745 Baywood DrPetaluma, CA9.0 mi.(707) 283-2888
San Anselmo Inn339 San Anselmo AveSan Anselmo, CA9.3 mi.(415) 455-5366
Hotel Petaluma LLC775 Boywood Dr #318Petaluma, CA9.4 mi.(707) 769-7793
Embassy Suites San Rafael Marin Co Conference Ctr101 Mc Innis PkwySan Rafael, CA9.5 mi.(415) 499-9222
Best Western Petaluma Inn200 S Mcdowell BlvdPetaluma, CA10.2 mi.(707) 763-0994
Travelodge San Rafael865 Francisco Blvd ESan Rafael, CA11.4 mi.(415) 454-9470
Courtyard By Marriott Larkspur Landing2500 Larkspur LNDG CTRLarkspur Landing, CA12.0 mi.(415) 925-1800
Extended Stay Deluxe1775 Francisco BlvdSan Rafael, CA12.0 mi.(415) 451-1887
Best Western Corte Madera Inn1815 Redwood HwyCorte Madera, CA12.3 mi.(415) 924-1502
Point Reyes Seashore Lodge10021 Coastal Hwy 1Olema, CA12.7 mi.(415) 663-9000
Motel 6 #13691368 N Mcdowell BlvdPetaluma, CA12.7 mi.(707) 765-0333
Quality Inn Petaluma5100 Montero WayPetaluma, CA12.8 mi.(707) 664-1155
Motel 65135 Montero WayPetaluma, CA12.9 mi.(707) 664-9090
The Lodge At Sonoma1325 BroadwaySonoma, CA13.1 mi.(707) 935-6600
Howard Johnson Express Inn1595 Casa Buena DrCorte Madera, CA13.6 mi.(415) 924-3570
Mac Arthur Place29 E Macarthur StSonoma, CA13.6 mi.(707) 938-2929
Trojan Horse Inn19455 Sonoma HwySonoma, CA13.9 mi.(707) 996-2430
Best Western Sonoma Valley Inn550 Second St WestSonoma, CA14.0 mi.(707) 938-9200
El Dorado Hotel405 First St WSonoma, CA14.2 mi.(707) 996-3030
Oakwood Hilltop Bayview3400 Richmond PkwyRichmond, CA15.8 mi.(510) 223-2000
Holiday Inn Express160 Shoreline HwyMill Valley, CA15.9 mi.(415) 332-5700
Acqua Hotel555 Redwood HwyMill Valley, CA16.1 mi.(415) 380-0400
Mill Valley/sausalito Travelodge707 Redwood HwyMill Valley, CA16.1 mi.(415) 383-0340
Courtyard By Marriott - Richmond3150 Garrity WayRichmond, CA16.1 mi.(510) 262-0700
Days Hotel3150 Garrity WayRichmond, CA16.1 mi.(510) 262-0700
Extended Stay America San Francisco Richmond3170 Garrity WaySan Pablo, CA16.1 mi.(510) 222-7383
Days Inn Point Richmond915 W Cutting BlvdPoint Richmond, CA16.3 mi.(510) 237-3000
Motel 6 #10491501 Fitzgerald DrPinole, CA16.6 mi.(510) 222-8174
Holiday Inn Express2525 San Pablo Dam RdSan Pablo, CA16.7 mi.(510) 965-1900
Days Inn-san Francisco/pinole2600 Appian WayPinole, CA16.9 mi.(510) 222-9400
Motel 6 #1361597 Sandy BCH RdVallejo, CA17.0 mi.(707) 552-2912
Regency Inn4326 Sonoma BlvdVallejo, CA17.1 mi.(707) 643-4150
 
Bed & Breakfast
Churchill Manor Bed & Breakfast485 Brown StNapa, CA20.1 mi.(707) 253-7733
Seraph Inn1409 Sutter StSan Francisco, CA23.5 mi.(415) 819-2380
Chateau Tivoli Bed & Breakfast1057 Steiner StSan Francisco, CA23.9 mi.(415) 776-5462
Bock's Bed And Breakfast1448 Willard StSan Francisco, CA24.6 mi.(415) 664-6842

Novato Weather & Climate

The Northern California coast, just north of San Francisco, is a mild climate region of warm days and cool nights. Right along the coast, summers are cool and foggy and the further inland you go, the sunnier and warmer it gets. Coastal low clouds and fog usually burns off by early afternoon. There is little or no rain May through September, with the rainy season beginning in late October or November. Flooding is a problem in winter when rains are heavy within a short period of time. There is an occasional light frost in the area, but generally temperatures stay above the freezing mark. Fall is usually the sunniest season along the northern California coast without the fog of summer or the clouds and rain of winter.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 56°F 41°F 7.38 in. 52°F
February 61°F 43°F 7.14 in. 52°F
March 64°F 45°F 4.89 in. 52°F
April 68°F 46°F 1.75 in. 50°F
May 72°F 49°F 0.70 in. 50°F
June 77°F 53°F 0.12 in. 51°F
July 80°F 54°F 0.06 in. 52°F
August 81°F 54°F 0.08 in. 54°F
September 79°F 53°F 0.34 in. 55°F
October 74°F 50°F 1.65 in. 54°F
November 63°F 45°F 4.86 in. 54°F
December 56°F 41°F 5.32 in. 53°F

Novato Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Napa County airport (APC) located about 17 miles east of Novato in Napa, California, Buchanan Field (CCR) located approximately 29 miles southeast of Novato in Concord, California, the Charles M Schulz Sonoma County airport (STS) located roughly 30 miles northwest of Novato in Santa Rosa, California, the Metropolitan Oakland International airport (OAK) located around 32 miles southeast of Novato in Oakland, California, the San Francisco International airport (SFO) located about 35 miles south of Novato in San Francisco, California, and finally the Hayward Executive airport (HWD) located approximately 39 miles southeast of Novato in Hayward, California.

Novato Attractions

 
Amusement and Theme Parks
TraintownSonomaCA14.1 mi.
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA17.0 mi.
Oakland ZooOaklandCA26.5 mi.
Pixieland ParkConcordCA30.6 mi.
J's Amusement ParkGuernevilleCA35.7 mi.
Paramount's Great AmericaSanta ClaraCA62.0 mi.
FunderlandSacramentoCA66.8 mi.
FunderwoodsLodiCA70.5 mi.
Santa Cruz Beach BoardwalkSanta CruzCA83.7 mi.
 
Water Parks
Waterworld USAConcordCA30.6 mi.
Raging WatersSan JoseCA64.6 mi.
Waterworld USASacramentoCA66.8 mi.
Big Bear ParkWaterfordCA103.8 mi.
 
Golf Courses
Indian Valley Golf ClubNovatoCA 
StoneTree Golf ClubNovatoCA 
San Geronimo Golf ClubSan GeronimoCA8.4 mi.
McInnis Park Golf CenterSan RafaelCA9.5 mi.
Peacock Gap Country ClubSan RafaelCA9.5 mi.
Adobe Creek Golf CoursePetalumaCA10.2 mi.
Rooster Run Golf ClubPetalumaCA10.2 mi.
Mill Valley Golf CourseMill ValleyCA13.6 mi.
Los Arroyos Golf ClubSonomaCA13.9 mi.
Sonoma Mission Inn & Golf CourseSonomaCA13.9 mi.
Blue Rock Springs Golf CourseVallejoCA17.3 mi.
Hiddenbrooke Golf ClubVallejoCA17.3 mi.
Joe Mortara Golf CourseVallejoCA17.3 mi.
Mare Island Golf ClubVallejoCA17.3 mi.
Chardonnay Golf ClubNapaCA20.0 mi.
Napa Golf Course at Kennedy ParkNapaCA20.0 mi.
Franklin Canyon Golf CourseRodeoCA20.3 mi.
Alondra Park Golf CourseLawndaleCA21.6 mi.
Bennett Valley Golf CourseSanta RosaCA22.4 mi.
Vintners Golf CourseYountvilleCA23.3 mi.
Tilden Park Golf CourseBerkeleyCA23.4 mi.
Golden Gate Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA23.7 mi.
Fairgrounds Golf CenterSanta RosaCA24.3 mi.
Oakmont Golf ClubSanta RosaCA24.3 mi.
Gleneagles Golf ClubSan FranciscoCA25.1 mi.
Harding Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA25.1 mi.
Lincoln Park Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA25.1 mi.
Presidio Golf CourseSan FranciscoCA25.1 mi.
Metropolitan Golf LinksOaklandCA27.1 mi.
Montclair Golf CourseOaklandCA27.1 mi.
 
State Parks
Samuel P Taylor State ParkCA10.2 mi. 
Mount Tamalpais State ParkCA14.4 mi. 
Tomales Bay State ParkCA16.9 mi. 
Angel Island State ParkCA18.7 mi. 
Marin Headlands State ParkCA20.2 mi. 
Annadel State ParkCA21.8 mi. 
Baker Beach State ParkCA22.5 mi. 
James D Phelan Beach State ParkCA23.0 mi. 
Sugarloaf Ridge State ParkCA23.3 mi. 
Thornton Beach State ParkCA29.2 mi. 
Bothe Napa Valley State ParkCA30.0 mi. 
San Bruno Mountain State ParkCA30.5 mi. 
Beach State ParkCA33.3 mi. 
Robert Louis Stevenson State ParkCA37.5 mi. 
Mills Estate ParkCA37.7 mi. 
Robert E Woolley State ParkCA37.9 mi. 
McNee Ranch State ParkCA38.8 mi. 
Mount Diablo State ParkCA38.8 mi. 
 
Museums
Bolinas MuseumBolinasCA15.1 mi.(Art)
Online Directory of International Sculpture Parks & GardensVallejoCA17.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Bay Area Discovery MuseumSausalitoCA17.8 mi.(Children's)
Byron Randall MuseumTomalesCA20.6 mi.(History)
Jewish-American Hall of Fame (Division of Magnes Museum)BerkeleyCA23.0 mi.(Miscellaneous)
Judah L. Magnes MuseumBerkeleyCA23.0 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
Lawrence Hall of ScienceBerkeleyCA23.0 mi.(Science)
Berkeley Art Museum + Pacific Film ArchiveBerkeleyCA23.0 mi.(Art)
Sonoma County MuseumSanta RosaCA24.3 mi.(History)
Pacific Coast Air MuseumSanta RosaCA24.3 mi.(Technology)
Mexican TextilesSanta RosaCA24.3 mi.(Art)
Museum of the City of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA24.4 mi.(History)
San Francisco Maritime National Historical ParkSan FranciscoCA24.4 mi.(History)
Fine Arts Museums of San FranciscoSan FranciscoCA24.4 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
California Academy of SciencesSan FranciscoCA24.4 mi.(Science)
ExploratoriumSan FranciscoCA24.4 mi.(Science)
Weaving Art Museum and Research InstituteSan FranciscoCA24.4 mi.(Technology)
Yerba Buena Center for the ArtsSan FranciscoCA24.4 mi.(Art)
ZEUMSan FranciscoCA24.4 mi.(Children's)
Oakland Museum of CaliforniaOaklandCA26.5 mi.(Multidisciplinary)
 
Zoos and Aquariums
Six Flags Marine WorldVallejoCA17.0 mi.
San Francisco Zoological GardensSan FranciscoCA24.4 mi.
Steinhart AquariumSan FranciscoCA24.4 mi.
The Oakland ZooOaklandCA26.5 mi.
Happy Hollow Park and ZooSan JoseCA64.6 mi.
Sacramento ZooSacramentoCA66.8 mi.
Micke Grove ZooLodiCA70.5 mi.
Monterey Bay AquariumMontereyCA110.6 mi.


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