Marin Convention and Visitors Bureau perfectly describes Novato:
Visit Novato and you'll find a charming, eclectic city waiting to be discovered. Ideally situated at the northern tip of Marin County, Novato is surrounded by pristine open space, teeming wetlands, and rolling coastal hills. The city is within perfect striking distance of the Sonoma-Napa Wine Country to the east, the Point Reyes National Seashore to the west, the Russian River to the north, and San Francisco to the south.
Visitors need not leave Novato's city limits to experience some of the North Bay’s best food & drink, accommodations, outdoor leisure, and entertainment values.Voted as one of the top 30 cities in the U.S. for healthy lifestyles, Novato has over 2,600 acres of open space with beautiful hiking & scenic cycling trails. You can hit the links on our premiere 18-hole golf courses, stroll Grant Avenue's quaint boutiques & eateries in historic Old Town, or sip award-winning local vintages by a cozy fire pit.
Our family-centered community has many wonderful recreational and educational venues that are perfect for parents and kids alike. Explore Novato by Nature and you’ll find an idyllic setting with the kind of California welcome spirit that comes naturally here.