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Muir Woods Half Day Tour

Muir Woods Half Day Tour

Semi-Private Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour

  • What do I need to bring?

    • Solid shoes
    • Snack
    • Bottle water
    • Camera
    • Money for lunch
    • Sunscreen if necessary
  • How long is the tour?

    This tour takes about 4-5 hours.

  • Does the Muir Woods Expedition tour run everyday?

    Like all of smaller group tours, a minimum number of participants are required before the tour can be confirmed. If you have any questions about availability please contact our Reservations staff at: +1-415-357-0700

  • Do you offer that tour in different languages?

    This tour is only offered in English. If needed, we can organize a private tour in other languages. Please also take a look at our Redwoods and Wine Country Escape Tour - it is a great deal and includes complimentary audio tours in 8 different languages.

  • Is the Muir Woods Expedition a guided tour?

    The tour is narrated and guided, but you will have time to spend on your own inside Muir Woods.

  • What kind of vehicle will take us to Muir Woods?

    • We use either a 13-passenger van or a 36-passenger minibus. 

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  • How much time will we have inside Muir Woods? Will that be enough time to see everything?

    You will have up to two hours on your own inside Muir Woods National Monument. That's  enough time to see all that Muir Woods has to offer. Our competitors only spend about an hour at Muir Woods.

  • Do we only go to Muir Woods?

    No, there is an optional stop in Sausalito, where you can choose to take the ferry back to San Francisco instead (ferry ticket not included).

  • I would like to go on that tour during the afternoon. When would it start and until when?

    Please look at the itinerary for approximate times.

  • Can I combine this tour with another tour?

    You can book the Muir Woods Expedition & City Insider's combination or we also have a popular Redwoods & Wine Country Escape that goes to Muir Woods, Sonoma, & Napa Valley In one day

  • Are we crossing the Golden Gate Bridge?

    Yes, the tour will come back to San Francisco by way of the Golden Gate Bridge. There is also an optional stop in Sausalito or at the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • Do we stop in Sausalito?

    There is an optional stop in Sausalito or the Golden Gate Bridge. You can also choose to take the ferry back to San Francisco from Sausalito instead (ferry ticket not included).

  • Why should I stay in Sausalito and take the ferry instead of taking the bus back to San Francisco?

    Sausalito is a beautiful city North of San Francisco. It is well known for its beautiful views, boutique shops and art galleries. There are a lot of first-class restaurants with food from around the world. Taking the ferry back to San Francisco also allows a relaxing experience on the boat and offers a different yet fantastic view of San Francisco from the water.

  • Is the ferry ticket included in the price of the tour? If not, how much does the ferry cost from Sausalito to San Francisco

    No, the ferry ticket is not included in the price of our tour. Ferry services vary but it is around $!0 for adults. Prices are subject to change without notice and Extranomical Tours is not responsible for passengers that depart from the tour at this stage.

  • How long does the ferry take from Sausalito to San Francisco?

    The ferry takes about 25-30 minutes.

Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Tour

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Golden Gate National Recreation Area now requires advance reservations for private vehicles wishing to utilize the parking areas at Muir Woods National Monument. We offer daily departures -- book your Muir Woods Half Day Tour with us and secure your spot to see the Redwoods. 

Our Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Tour from San Francisco starts off with a complimentary hotel pick up in San Francisco. This is the combined Muir Woods Half Day Tour & Sausalito Tour that spends the most time in the forest! For approximately 1.5 hours, you'll be gazing up into the forest's canopy, surrounded by Coast Redwood before heading to the town of Sausalito.

Your Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Morning tour will include a short drive-by of the beautiful San Francisco Waterfront. Cruise along Embarcadero and enjoy a quick stop at the Ferry Building to explore some of San Francisco's iconic food and beverage vendors: Dandelion Chocolate, Mariposa Baking Company, Boulettes Larder, Cowgirl Creamery - to name just a few! Or grab some coffee at Blue Bottle Coffee.

Then cross the iconic Golden Gate Bridge and arrive in Muir Woods. Follow the trails and breathe in the fresh air during the best time of day to visit Muir Woods! The main trail has a boardwalk and runs along the shadowy Redwood creek. There is a half hour loop, a one hour loop, and a one hour and a half loop. Of course, there are longer trails that extend into surrounding parks, but the tallest Redwoods grow along the main trail, as it is at a lower elevation and the trees receive enough water from the creek. Other trails are pretty steep and require at least half a day to complete.

Don’t get a sore neck, these are some of the tallest trees in the word! Make sure you also appreciate the sights and smells down on the ground. During December, the heart of the Salmon breeding season, you may even get to see Salmon forging their way up stream to spawn and end their life cycle! In May it’s a race against time as the fingerling salmon hurry to get out to sea before the reducing water flow allows the waves to close off the mouth of the creek. 

Take it easy and stroll along the mostly flat valley floor along Redwood Creek, or get an aerobic workout climbing the paths up the valley slopes so you can look out at the tops of some of the tallest trees in the world. Then head to Sausalito to see the seaside city. Stroll along the waterfront or have some lunch! Here, we will drop off those who will take the ferry back to San Francisco.

Ferry Bay Cruise option: Upgrade your Muir Woods Half Day Tour & Sausalito Tour to include a ferry bay cruise ticket, where you will take the ferry from Sausalito to San Francisco after your Muir Woods tour. You'll get to enjoy the stunning San Francisco waterfront. Spend time to explore the quaint seaside town of Sausalito and maybe have lunch there before you make your way back to San Francisco. Please check ferry departure times to make sure you catch the last departure back to the city.

5 tips to make the most of the Muir Woods hike:

1.     Discover the main trail as all the attractions are there!
2.     Enjoy the tallest trees in the Bohemian Grove
3.     Feel the spirit of the woods in the Cathedral Grove
4.     Find the Kent Memorial 
5.     Grab a souvenir at the Visitors Center

Note: For the rare event that commercial parking is not available at Muir Woods, we reserve the right to arrange an alternative destination for experiencing Giant Coastal Redwoods during your half a day in San Francisco trip.

San Francisco Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito
Morning Tour - Times Approximate

Tour Length - 6 hours approximately

7:00 AM-8:30 AM
Pick up at San Francisco Hotels in Downtown or Fisherman's Wharf area. This tour will include a short drive-by of the beautiful San Francisco Waterfront and a quick stop at the Ferry Building.
8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Ride over the Golden Gate Bridge. Our Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Tour from San Francisco is the Muir Woods & Sausalito tour that lets you spend the most time in the forest! You'll have approximately 1.5 hours to gaze up into the forest's canopy and admire the Coastal Redwood Sequoias. Hike or walk while admiring some of the tallest redwood trees in the world. Stop in Sausalito and grab a quick lunch. Drop off those who are taking the ferry back to San Francisco.
12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
Tour will ride over the Golden Gate Bridge as it moves its way back to San Francisco. 
1:15 PM
Drop off at Hotel Zephyr - 250 Beach Street in Fisherman's Wharf; the heart of Fisherman's Wharf. 

Customer Reviews

Muir Woods Half Day Tour
– Peter V. on 07/03/2018

The Escape from the Rock Cruise and the Muir Woods - Sequoia Red Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour were both excellent. The accommodations were comfortable, and the narrations were clear and informative. Victor, our host in the Muir Woods tour, was particularly competent and congenial. A very satisfying part of our visit to San Francisco!
– Becky M. on 03/22/2018

We loved our tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito. Kimberly was great!
– Chris R. on 03/22/2018

Wonderful guide!
– D. V. on 03/22/2018

Great tour, lovely and well knowledged tour guide!
– Pep & Anna C. on 03/22/2018

Kimberly is such a great guide !!! We learned a lot about interesting things + we had a blast with her sense of humor and her particular song moments, we still laugh when we think about it. We had a fantastic time !
– Ian M. on 03/22/2018

Kimberly was fantastic!
– Gergana B. on 03/22/2018

Excelent Great customer service and great experience!
– Eric N. on 03/15/2018

Our tour guide Paul was excellent, he added a couple of extra stops on the way to and from Muir Woods that added value and pictures.
– Wayne O. on 02/22/2018

Muir forest Enjoyed everything
PRICE
Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Morning Tour
Tour Prices*Adults (12+)Children
Regular Price:$87$71
Internet Special:$82$67
ONLINE SAVINGS$5$4

*Tour prices do not include Muir Woods park entrance fee of $10 or meals. 


Muir Woods Expedition & Sausalito Morning Tour with Ferry Bay Cruise
Tour Prices*Adults (12+)Children
Regular Price:$101$85
Internet Special:$96$81
ONLINE SAVINGS$5$4

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Complimentary SF hotel pickup & drop off
  • Spend about 1.5 hours at the park
  • See some of the tallest trees in the world
  • Enjoy the tranquility inside the forest
  • Cross the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Optional drop-off at Sausalito
  • Upgrade to take the ferry back to SF
  • Free WiFi on vehicle
  • Also available in the afternoon
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