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Muir Woods National Monument

Highway 101, Mill Valley, CA 94941
(415) 388-2595
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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Mill Valley
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Forests, Monuments/ Statues, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, National Parks
Activities: Hiking, Walking
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Muir Woods has a rich and varied history, from its use by the Coast Miwok people, to its early days of tourism and the Mount Tamalpais Mill Valley... more » Owner description: Muir Woods has a rich and varied history, from its use by the Coast Miwok people, to its early days of tourism and the Mount Tamalpais Mill Valley Scenic Railway, to an era of conservation, to modern preservation. In each era, the forest has been affected by the actions of humans, for better or for worse.Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, this coastal redwood preserve features majestic redwoods and scenic hiking trails that draw more than 1.5 million visitors each year. « less
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Mississauga
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

You have to see this if you are in San Francisco area. My teenaged boys were July impressed, and they are usually stuck on their electronic devices. What you see and smell is unbelievable. We were actually on a tour bus booked through Viator. They were highly inefficient, poor with conveying scheduling information, as we had combined this day with... More

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Alamo, California
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

I hadn't been since the Park Service took it over. It can be just a walk or a good hike. We had friends visiting. We picked them up at their hotel in San Francisco and headed over. If the road sign say the parking lots are full they are. Follow the directions to the shuttle lots ($5.00 round trip). We... More

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Charlottte NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

When I lived in San Francisco I encouraged visitors to do three things: Walk across the Gold Gate Bridge; Walk down the Filbert Steps, and visit Muir Woods. Today Muir Woods is much busier than it used to be so go early. And please if you are taking kids, impress on them the importance of being reverent -no running, yelling,... More

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Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

The parking is awful, so get there early! I dropped the family off and had a 1 mile run back to the entry. Lack of picnic facilities in the welcome area. We drove to nearby Muir Beach and it was perfect for a picnic Negatives over, now the positives. This is a lovely area with fantastic photo opportunities. A short... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

This was the best tour/hike/outdoor activity we had in San Francisco. It was wonderful, don't miss seeing these amazing trees. You can hike in the park too. We actually did a tour with Best Bay Area Tours. They were wonderful and we would recommend them.

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Medicine Hat, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This is a beautiful place to spend some time, cool and serene. There are a variety of trails with different levels of difficulty to choose from. As others have mentioned, there can be crowds with the accompanying conversation and photo-taking, but I did not find that it marred my enjoyment of the woods in general. We went on a Thursday... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

...then I guess I could see why this place gets the rave reviews. Otherwise, I just don't understand why so many people rave about this place. We put Muir Woods on our MUST DO SF list because of the rave reviews. TripAdvisor rarely leads us astray but in this case, it did. Here's why: 1.) The parking situation is terrible.... More

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Chichester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

The only thing you must do if nothing else, tourist/business trip/day tripper/traveller, if you visit San Francisco is to cross the Golden Gate Bridge and spend as much time as possible in this National Park. Serenity, grandeur, tranquility and a chance to be alone with your own thoughts. I am biased as bonsai and arboreal studies is my hobby but... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Wow! I'm so glad we went when they opened as some of the guide books suggested. It was in fact silent and majestic. We also had no trouble parking. We took the Ocean View Trail. We didn't realize until we got to the bottom that it was listed as steep and strenuous. It took about two hours. The only drawback... More

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Lucknow, India
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

The tree line is majestic and one can easily merge in the environment there! The red wood trees are among the tallest species available on the earth (can grow as high as 110 meters) and one can easily appreciate this as they rise above the nearby hillocks. There is very sincere effort on part of the park administration to preserve... More

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