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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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White Plains, New York
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107 reviews 107 reviews
54 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

We arrived around noon, and as many others have noted below, you had to park literally miles from the entrance. The 2 tiny parking lots are not even close to adequate, and fill up very early. That said, Muir Woods is a cool place to visit, and you can pose inside the hollowed out insides of enormously large redwoods. My... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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48 reviews 48 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I visited Muir woods recently on my trip to San Francisco. This is around 45 mins - 1 hr drive from the SFO Airport. During summer, it is very crowded and the parking situation is not ideal. I had to park around a mile away from the entrance. If you want to park close, plan to be there close to... More

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Lenexa, Kansas
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11 reviews 11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Breathtaking views with very nice pathways around Muir Woods. I really appreciate their focus on recycling and composting. They have educational postings in the cafe located by the visitors center. People need to remember this and do the same in their own household! Thank you for the great experience.

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Tennessee
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36 reviews 36 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

I enjoyed he serene environment and the history of the woods. It was absolutely beautiful. I can not wait to take my boys here.

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Houston, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

It's a beautiful national park right outside of San Francisco. The Redwoods are gorgeous and there is a nice walking path to view the trees. I needed a wheelchair and was able to get one free of charge. The only negative, is that parking is limited and if you don't get there at the right time, you could have a... More

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Jefferson, Massachusetts
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Well worth the drive. What a blast driving into the park along the winding road. They really have the smallest of parking lots and the overflow isn't so big either. Travel tip: there are spots reserved for delivery that open up to cars after 4pm... right in front of entrance, not many but a few. Been here a few times... More

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Chicago
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38 reviews 38 reviews
12 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Just 30 minutes from SF, it was a beautiful drive to Muir Woods. The trails are so nice -- well kept, trees are of course, breathtaking. Was a great break in the middle of a trip to see this forest.

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Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Problem is that you have to get there early to park otherwise you are going in circles trying to get someone's spot; the park is beautiful - but less enjoyable when there are so many people there. I would go early in the morning and leave when everyone else is coming!

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mar del plata
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Muir Woods is definitely worth a visit. Not far from San Francisco it is a great way to be in touch with majestic nature. In fact what I may recommend is to spend the morning in Sausalito and then keep driving from downtown Sausalito to the boat houses direction, and a little further, you´ll arrive to a big parking lot.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

I have never been to a nature place that was as crowded as Disneyland until now. That being said, it was exceedingly beautiful. There is a flat porch like trail to walk on, so it is accessible for strollers, wheelchairs or walkers which is lovely. There is food and bathrooms, but a long wait for both. We wanted to get... More

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