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Outdoor Activities ...

As we travel, we like to pursue some of our interests (such as astronomy and bird watching).

When in San Rafael, we use the following websites to find information relevant to San Rafael and the surrounding area.

  • Weather ...
  • Astronomy & Satellites ...
    • Whether using binoculars, a small telescope or the naked-eye, the Heavens-Above website can help you to find your way around the night-time sky. In addition to detailed sky charts, their website will help you find planets, asteriods, comets, satellites and their tracks across the sky.
    • To give accurate results, Heavens-Above requires the latitude and longitude of your location. As a starting point, when we link to Heavens-Above, we pass this GPS location for San Rafael:
    • 37.973161, -122.528241
    • Once you're on the Heavens-Above website, you can improve its accuracy by giving a more precise longitude and latitude as your actual position.
    • The Heavens-Above Website, centered on San Rafael
  • Waymarking ...
    • Looking for somewhere out of the ordinary? Find a unique place and want to share it with others? Then it's time to visit Waymarking.com:
    • Waymark.com

Communities Also Named San Rafael ...

We have found four communities that share the name San Rafael.

Within California, the name San Rafael is unique.

Beyond California, we know of another four communities that are located throughout in the United States.

  • Communities Elsewhere In North America ...
    • Arizona
      • Pima County
      • This San Rafael is located in Pima County and lies 733 miles [1,179.6 km]<1> to the east southeast of the San Rafael that is located in Marin County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Rafael
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Pima County community of San Rafael.
    • Colorado
      • Conejos County
      • We found mention of this community, but have little information.<2> For the information that we do have, please visit our profile page for the Colorado community of San Rafael [Conejos County].
    • New Mexico
      • Cibola County
      • This San Rafael is located in Cibola County and lies 835 miles [1,343.8 km]<1> to the east of the San Rafael that is located in Marin County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Rafael
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the Cibola County community of San Rafael.
      • San Miguel County
      • This San Rafael is located in San Miguel County and lies 1,012 miles [1,628.7 km] to the east of the San Rafael that is located in Marin County.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on San Rafael
      • For more information, please visit our profile page for the San Miguel County community of San Rafael.

Curious and Interesting Names Near San Rafael ...

As we travel, we always see a community with a name that gives pause. While there are names which are interesting or familiar, some catch our attention or strike our fancy. We always wonder about such a name. If time permits and the community is not too far, we'll usually try to make a side-trip.

  • Golf [Marin County] - Historic
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Golf
    • Golf [Marin County] was located 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the north of San Rafael
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Golf have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
  • Homestead Valley [Marin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Homestead Valley
    • Homestead Valley [Marin County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Homestead Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Homestead Valley
  • Kent Woodlands [Marin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Kent Woodlands
    • Kent Woodlands [Marin County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the southwest of San Rafael
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Kent Woodlands have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Kent Woodlands
  • Larkspur [Marin County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Larkspur
    • Larkspur [Marin County] lies 2 miles [3.2 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 12,236 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Larkspur
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Larkspur<4>
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    • Little Reed Heights [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Little Reed Heights
      • Little Reed Heights [Marin County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Little Reed Heights have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Little Reed Heights
    • Lucas Valley [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lucas Valley
      • Lucas Valley [Marin County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the northwest of San Rafael
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lucas Valley have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Lucas Valley
    • Manor [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Manor
      • Manor [Marin County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the west of San Rafael
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Manor have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Manor
    • Meadowsweet [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Meadowsweet
      • Meadowsweet [Marin County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Meadowsweet have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Meadowsweet
    • Paradise Cay [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Paradise Cay
      • Paradise Cay [Marin County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the southeast of San Rafael
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Paradise Cay
    • Reed [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Reed
      • Reed [Marin County] lies 4 miles [6.4 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Reed have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Reed
    • Sleepy Hollow [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Sleepy Hollow
      • Sleepy Hollow [Marin County] lies 3 miles [4.8 km]<1> to the northwest of San Rafael
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Sleepy Hollow have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Sleepy Hollow
    • Strawberry [Marin County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Strawberry
      • Strawberry [Marin County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<1> to the south of San Rafael
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Strawberry have been provided by the GNIS.<3> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Strawberry

Notable Births & Deaths ...

This is a new section for us and we are still collecting data.

Below is our list of notable people who were born, died or were buried in the area surrounding San Rafael. Please note that while we are collecting data on an ongoing basis, it's a big task and it's unlikely that our list will ever be more than a sample.

  • View Our List ...
    • Barbara Acklin     (Singer, songwriter)
      • Singer, songwriter. She was born in Oakland (CA) on February 28, 1943 (a Sunday) and died in Omaha (NE) on November 27, 1998 (a Friday) at the age of 55. She is buried at Burr Oak Cemetery (Cook County, Illinois).
      • Oakland is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southeast of San Rafael.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Barbara Acklin<5>
    • Ansel Adams     (Photographer)
      • Full name: Ansel Easton Adams
      • Photographer. He was born in San Francisco (CA) on February 20, 1902 (a Thursday) and died in Monterey (CA) on April 22, 1984 (a Sunday) at the age of 82. The body was cremated.
      • San Francisco is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast of San Rafael.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Ansel Adams<5>
    • Ernest S. 'Ernie' Adams     (Actor, writer)
    • Gracie Allen     (Comedian, actress)
    • Alexander Anderson, Jr.     (Cartoonist)
    • Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson     (Comedian, actor)
      • Full name: Edmund Lincoln Anderson
      • Comedian, actor. He was born in Oakland (CA) on September 18, 1905 (a Monday) and died in Los Angeles (CA) on February 28, 1977 (a Monday) at the age of 71.
      • Oakland is located 18 miles [29 km] to the southeast of San Rafael.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson<5>
    • Rodney Agatupu 'Yokozuna' Anoai     (Professional wrestler)
    • Eve Arden     (Oscar nominated actress)
      • Born: Eunice Mary Quedens
      • Oscar nominated actress. She was born in Mill Valley (CA) on April 30, 1908 (a Thursday) and died in Los Angeles (CA) on November 12, 1990 (a Monday) at the age of 82. She is buried at Westwood Memorial Park (Los Angeles County, California).
      • Mill Valley is located 4 miles [6.4 km] to the south of San Rafael.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Eve Arden<5>
    • Russell Loris 'Buzz' Arlett     (Major League Baseball)
    • Jacob Henry 'Buddy' Baer     (Professional boxer)
    • Raymond Bailey     (Actor, comedian)
      • Full name: Raymond Thomas Bailey
      • Actor, comedian. He was born in San Francisco (CA) on May 6, 1904 (a Friday) and died in Irvine (CA) on April 15, 1980 (a Tueday) at the age of 75. The body was cremated.
      • San Francisco is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast of San Rafael.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Raymond Bailey<5>
    • Kandi Barbour     (Actress, model)
      • Born: Linda Jean Smith
      • Actress, model. She was born in Russellville (AL) on February 15, 1959 (a Sunday) and died in San Francisco (CA) on January 18, 2012 (a Wednesday) at the age of 52. She is buried at Tulocay Cemetery (Napa County, California).
      • San Francisco is located 15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast of San Rafael.
      • Find-A-Grave Memorial: Kandi Barbour<5>
    • Jeanne Bates     (Actress)

How Far From San Rafael to ...

We spend a lot of time looking through Gazetteers that were published in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Many of the Gazetteers include the distance from a city such as San Rafael to various places of note, such as the White House.

With a nod to our favorite Gazetteers, the straight-line distance beginning in San Rafael and extending to:

  • View Our List ...
    • Sacramento, which is the State Capital of California, lies 70 miles [112.7 km]<1> to the northeast (NE). If you could drive a straight line from San Rafael to Sacramento, with an average speed<6>of 63 miles [101.4 km] per hour, it would take less than two hours to make the trip. A comfortable walk of 2.2 miles [3.5 km] per hour would take three full days. A horse and buggy averaging 3.2 miles [5.1 km] per hour would take about three full days.
    • The White House (Washington, DC) is 2,435 miles [3,918.8 km] to the east northeast (ENE). Driving would take 5 days, a buggy would take 96 days and walking would take 139 days.
    • The shortest distance<7> to Jerusalem (specifically the Temple Mount and the Dome of the Rock) is 7,404 miles [11,915.6 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<8>
    • The distance to the Great Mosque of Mecca (specifically the Ka'bah - or Kaaba ) is 8,170 miles [13,148.3 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<9>
    • The distance to Saint Peter's Basilica (The Vatican) is 6,229 miles [10,024.6 km] and it lies to the north northeast (NNE).<10>

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Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for San Rafael: www.cityofsanrafael.org/

The official website for Marin County: www.co.marin.ca.us/

The official website for State of California: https://www.ca.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line from Point A (ie- San Rafael) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for San Rafael. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from San RafaelOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in San Rafael. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.9732, Longitude: -122.5282    
<2>If we encounter the name of what might be a community, our methodology is to add that name to our Gazetteer as a placeholder. As we find more information about that community, it will be added to our Gazetteer.

Just as a reminder: Our definition of a community is rather broad and includes those places (or areas) where several families lived and had a name which identified that place. For example, you might hear somebody say that they are going over to Rock Creek to see Pete ... Rock Creek is just a gas station and a couple of homes at the crossroads. While it might not be on the map, everybody in the area knows it by that name.

Places of interest include buildings at a crossroad, several families clustered in a hollow or maybe the location of a way station. It also includes places like mines, lumber camps, ferry crossings, etc. The community might still exist, is now gone or only existed for just a short period of time.

Also keep in mind that San Rafael could have been on the original document by mistake, misspelled, the original/alternate name of a community that we've listed elsewhere or was placed in the wrong county. Sometimes a post office or train station would have a different name than the community where it's located, so two names might be referring to the same community - we're working to straighten it all out.
<3>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<5>The Find-a-Grave website is an excellent research tool with information about a cemetery's location and interments. They also offer a forum for their members which can provide additional help. More information about Find-a-Grave can be found on their website: findagrave.com.
<6>While we have tried to pick reasonable speeds, the rate of travel is very theoretical - obstacles like fences, hills, lakes, river crossings and rest stops have been ignored. When we say 'Days' of travel, we're assuming 8 hours of travel per day.
<7>The shortest line can be visualized by stretching a string on a Globe from Point A to Point B - this is known as a Great Circle Route. Where you might expect the shortest route from San Rafael to the Middle East to be East and South, the Great Circle Route actually lies to the North and East.
<8>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Jerusalem is 340.317 degrees.
<9>The calculated bearing (or angle) to Mecca is 341.302 degrees.
<10>The calculated bearing (or angle) to the Vatican is 328.233 degrees.




 

 

 

 

 


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