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“Spent a great afternoon in Muir Woods”

Muir Woods National Monument
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Muir Woods Tour of California Coastal Redwoods
Ranked #1 of 30 things to do in Mill Valley
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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 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.
San Francisco, California
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69 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Spent a great afternoon in Muir Woods”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012 via mobile

Took my parents here the day after thanksgiving. We hiked for a few hours and loved it. It was beautiful and once you got away from the parking area, it wasn't too crowded.

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Faridabad, Haryana, India
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“A nature at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 31, 2012

Its a place where you see 1000 year old trees.... Its seems that somebody is there to tell about your past... Rent a car and take GPS and drive to MUIR Woods. Tickets are cheap... Worth visit...

Visited December 2012
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Birmingham, England, United Kingdom
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“Stunning Park”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2012

On our trip to San Fran, we'd never thought about going here but my brother got in touch with us and told us to go check it out "we'll love it". The park is such a wonderful place, easy to walk around and the biggest, tallest trees we've ever seen!
Make sure you nip to the loo before heading in though as each pathway is a few hours - although it doesn't feel it as you're taken in by this natural beauty. Oh and remember to bring your camera!

Visited September 2012
Thank Cheryl T
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Denver, Colorado
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“A great day trip that is fun to drive to”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2012

My wife and I were in San Francisco for a business trip and decided, being the tourists that we are, to see some of those big Redwood trees we had heard so much about. I opted for the close by Muir Woods and off we went. We were staying in the SOMA area of San Fran and stopped at Ton Kiang (see my other review) for some great dim sum as it was on the way.

The drive there was great in that when you exit the highway it's almost like you're immediately transformed to a slower pace of everyday life as you empty into a small town just outside of Muir Woods. While there was a lot of traffic, it was still navigable. Once we made our way through the town to Muir Woods we started to notice A LOT of cars just parked on the shoulder of the narrow road leading to the park entrance. We become acutely aware that parking is at an extreme premium in this area. None of the parking lots (I think there were 2 small ones) had any spaces left. We ended up driving past the entrance and looked for an opening on the road to park. We ended up driving about 1 mile past the entrance before we found a suitable opening and even that was due to someone leaving (we got there around noon). Since we were up for walking anyway, we didn't mind the warm up. Once we got to the park it was everything we thought it could be HUGE Redwoods and 2 different trails to choose from. I recommend everyone take the long trail around which loops back into part of the small trail. There are several places to stop, take a picture, and take a little break. The trail is also very well maintained and easily traveled. There were many spots where you could literally stand inside a tree for a picture. My wife got a big kick out of that as well as the kids that were there. There is a babbling creek that meanders through the lower part of the trail, while the long trail takes you on a slightly higher hill top allowing you to get a bird's eye view of the short trail.

All in all the park took us about 2-3 hours to walk at a steady pace although I can see it taking longer for some people. There are also trails that are less traveled that we noticed serious hikers taking. That will be a trip for next time. On the way out, my wife and I decided to take a left (instead of the right back to the highway) at the fork that leads to the park and ended up driving on a windy, narrow road along hillside cliffs overlooking the ocean. The road eventually lead to the town of Stinson Beach (more of a village and quite lovely) where we had oysters and walked the beach (parking is also a premium there in town). This is a great day trip for those looking for an outdoor activity that is good for kids as well as adults.

Visited October 2012
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Marin County, CA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Gorgeous! Go offpeak hours!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

Majestic. Close to San Francisco.
Go early or late (open until sunset in summer).
Do not go on Saturday late morning or early afternoon. The entrance feels like Disneyland at that hour.
If you're going in the early spring, look for trilium in bloom.

Visited October 2012
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