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“A great quick trip out of the city”

Muir Woods National Monument
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Muir Woods Tour of California Coastal Redwoods
Ranked #1 of 31 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.
Reviewed February 13, 2013

We Muir Woods early one morning on our way back from Sonoma. The whole park area is beautiful, and Muir Woods was an easy choice for a place to stop. We arrived early, before the tour buses arrived, and were treated to free entrance, no crowds, and a few quiet tai chi practitioners. The redwoods were lovely, the trails clearly laid out, and the whole area very peaceful. You definitely feel like you are completely away from civilization, not just a quick drive from downtown. While impressive in the quiet of the morning, I would imagine the light closer to sundown would give it an even better feel.

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Reviewed February 12, 2013

I first went to Muir Woods 14 years ago. I remembered it as a beautiful, awe inspiring spot. Going back there a week ago, I wondered if it could live up to my memories. It actually exceeded them. Don't miss it and go early in the morning, before the tour buses pull in.

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Reviewed February 11, 2013

I visited Muir Woods being in California for a business trip. I've heard so much about those big Redwood trees, so I decided that this stunning place is a must visit, because they say, it represents another, magical side of California.
I decided to go there by a car because heard a lot about how exciting this mountainous route is. And it was really truth! But be sure to drive carefully, slow and sober by this windy road with 90-degree turns and without a barrier. You can enjoy the stunning view if you are a passenger, but do not distract the driver, because the road sometimes can be pretty scary and dangerous.
Muir Woods is a very popular place, so parking there can be a challenge. Despite the road which leads to the park entrance is narrow, there are a lot of cars parked on its shoulder, and it was not so simple to find a free space. But in the end I had luck and managed to park a car when someone was leaving. I had to walk to the entrance about 1.5 miles but it was worth it.
This is a so peaceful place and the air there is so fresh, that you can not really imagine that noisy city of San Francisco is just 12 miles away. If you want to take a rest of the urban hustle and bustle, then this is an ideal place for you.
Muir Woods is notable for its red woods and sequoias. Some of these amazing trees are tallest and oldest in the world being around for thousands of years — you don't see it everyday. You can choose from two main trails and several less traveled trails for a hike, taken basically by more serious hikers. I'd taken the longer route and would recommend it to everyone, because it is really amazing. The trail is pretty easy to hike and well maintained as well. There are several spots where you can take a break and take a picture including those where you can literally stand inside a tree for a picture.
The hike took me about three hours, so I was happy that brought a water with me – otherwise I'd be extremely thirsty. Besides, you can grab a drink while sitting on the bench in the middle of the forest and enjoying the beauty of surroundings. But there is a souvenir shop and a cafe with food and drinks near the entrance as well.
Summing-up, if you a looking for an outdoor activity – this will definitely be a great trip for you.

1  Thank Spephen B
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Muir woods is one of those places that can be what you want it to be. If you're in the mood for quiet contemplation, you can sit or walk among these tall giants and even meditate. There are trails beyond what most people cover, and you can take on as much as you want, from 0.5 miles to 10+ miles. If you're there with a companion or with friends, it can be a peaceful and/or cheerful place depending on where the day takes you.

This is also not very far from downtown SF, and if you're a tourist, you can visit some spectacular viewpoints north of the Golden Gate Bridge with a short detour on the way to Muir Woods.

Btw here's a tip: if your group has 3 or more people traveling in 1 car, get the annual pass instead :)

Thank Viv1theWanderer
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Reviewed February 3, 2013

If you have never seen virgin redwood trees that at ontime covered one third of the State you must go. They can live several thousand years with some before Christ walked the earth. Huge,soaring,spiritual and only 30 minutes fron San Francisco!!!

Thank wineguy777
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