This tour of Muir Woods and Sausalito from San Francisco starts with beautiful views of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way to the redwoods. Walk among the world’s tallest trees. Enjoy free time for dining and shopping in the seaside town of Sausalito. Return to San Francisco by ferry. Tour Length - 5 hours approximately
This guided tour has a relaxed pace so you can take the time to fully experience Muir Woods National Monument, the giant redwood forest nearest to San Francisco. The tour features a morning crossing of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge on your way to the Muir Wood National Monument and a bonus stop at mid-day in the charming seaside town of Sausalito.
After arriving at serene Muir Woods, you will enjoy up to 90 minutes of free time exploring this natural treasure set aside by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 as a national monument. There are a good number of park rangers on the Muir Woods trails, they are always happy to answer your questions.
There are many trails to choose from, all with towering California Redwoods, some over 250 feet tall. Our favorite trail meanders along the shadowy Redwood Creek where the tallest trees are located. Be on the lookout for the northern spotted owl, deer, and other native creatures to the area.
Although the stars of the show are the redwoods, Muir Woods is host to 13 species of ferns, a plant that has been on earth for more than 300 million years. Take the time to identify lady, maidenhair and goldback ferns as you lower your gaze from the redwood canopy above you.
Then, your guide will gather the group and head to Sausalito, a seaside community full of charm and unforgettable views of San Francisco. You’ll have time to browse the charming shops and perhaps have some lunch. Take pictures against the city skyline across the bay, then post them to your social media timeline so your friends can share the experience with you.
After our excursion in Sausalito, we will make our return trip back to San Francisco but not before a satisfying southbound jaunt across the Golden Gate Bridge as the sun nears the Pacific Ocean horizon.
If you select the option to return by ferry, we will have the ticket waiting for you. The Blue and Gold ferry will cruise past Angel Island and Alcatraz as you marvel at the Golden Gate Bridge and snap shareable panoramic memories of the San Francisco skyline.
Instead of hassling with parking reservations and navigating San Francisco’s busy streets, our tour guides will entertain you all the way to the park. To make it special, we have designed this tour to give you maximum time in Muir Woods and included a visit to delightful Sausalito.
8:15 AM to 8:45 AM
8:45 AM to 10:15 AM
10:30 AM to 11:30 AM
Optional Return: Extend your time in Sausalito by taking a later Blue and Gold ferry to San Francisco’s Pier 41 or the Ferry Building.
12:30 PM to 1:00 PM
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.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Golden Gate National Recreation Area now requires private vehicles to have an advance reservation for the parking area at Muir Woods National Monument.
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Muir Woods was established in 1908 as a national monument. It is the centerpiece of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area a collection of protected places in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Muir Woods is home to the most impressive stand of Coast Redwoods in California. On its six miles of trails through ancient redwoods, visitors can also find over 300 plants and animals. If you are lucky, you might spot an endangered northern spotted owl.
The entrance to Muir Woods National Monument is just 16 miles (25 km) from downtown San Francisco. Plan to arrive early since the trip through city traffic can far longer than you think. On crowded days, you may choose to take public transportation on the Muir Woods Shuttle from Sausalito.
The Muir Woods and Sausalito tour takes approximately 5 hours.
Yes. The park entrance fee is included in your tour cost.
Yes. You will cross the Golden Gate Bridge on your way Muir Woods and again on your return.
The ferry back to San Francisco is a relaxing and offer great photo opportunities of Angel Island, Alcatraz and the San Francisco skyline. Plus, you get to spend more time in Sausalito!
We offer complimentary recorded audio guides in 6 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, and Japanese. Please specify your preferred language when booking.
Yes, the tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. The time that you spend in Muir Woods will be on your own without guided commentary. Park rangers are available for questions.
San Francisco Bay Area has a most mild Mediterranean climate, but winters can bring chilly rainstorms and brilliant sunshine, often in the same day. Muir Woods always feels a bit chillier than the surrounding area due to the abundance of shade.
Average High temperature: 82°F / 28°C
Average Low temperature: 51°F / 10°C
Average High temperature: 55°F / 13°C
Average Low temperature: 39°F / 4°C
Wear layered clothing and bring along a waterproof top layer in case of precipitation. We recommend comfortable walking shoes, like tennis shoes or boots with rubber treads. High heels, beach flip-flops, and open-toed shoes are not recommended.
No. Overnight camping is not allowed in Muir Wood’s park boundaries.
Here are some suggestions on what to bring to the park:
Umbrella Binoculars for spotting wildlife
Spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc.
Camera with telephoto lens
In summer: hat and sunscreen
Meals are not included. Picnics are not allowed in the park. There is a small café at the visitors center. It is best to have a meal before you go so you don’t waste spending precious time standing in line for food at the visitors center.
To make sure we are all on the same page, we request that you contact us in advance to confirm your pick up details. You can reach us during business hours (Pacific time zone) by calling 1-866-231-3752 or +1-415-357-0700.
There will not be room on the tour vehicle for anything larger than 22”x14”x9” (56cmx36cmx23cm).
Yes, items left in the vehicle are stored in a lost and found area for 30 days. You can reach us during business hours (Pacific time zone) at 1-866-231-3752 or 1-415-357-0700.