About Mill Valley, California
Mill Valley is a city located in Marin County, California, United States, approximately 14 miles north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge and 52 miles northwest of Oakland. The city has a population of 13,861 as of the 2024 census and covers an area of 4.85 square miles. Mill Valley is situated on the western and northern shores of Richardson Bay. The city is known for its quaint downtown area, which features one-of-a-kind shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Mill Valley is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, with its proximity to world-renowned hiking trails centered around Mount Tamalpais. The city is home to several annual events, including the Dipsea Race, the Mountain Play, and the Mill Valley Film Festival. Mill Valley is also known for its well-preserved downtown, hopping music scene, and stunning natural surroundings.
The city has a rich history, with the Mill Valley Public Library housing the Lucretia Hanson Little History Room, which contains thousands of books, photographs, newspapers, pamphlets, artifacts, and oral histories on the history of California, Marin County, and Mill Valley.
Mill Valley is also home to several boutiques and art galleries, such as Seager Gray Gallery, Robert Green Fine Arts, Aerena Galleries & Gardens, and Desta Gallery. In addition to its outdoor and cultural attractions, Mill Valley offers a variety of dining options, including restaurants like Equator Coffee and the second-oldest footrace in the United States, the Dipsea Race. The city is also a cultural hub, hosting events like the Mill Valley Film Festival and the Mountain Play, which attracts thousands of theater-goers to the top of Mount Tamalpais to watch Broadway musicals.