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Muir Woods Redwood Forest and Sausalito Morning Tour

TOUR DESCRIPTION

Tour Length - 5 hours approximately

Muir Woods park entrance fee
Up to 1,5 hours in Muir Woods
Time to eat and explore seaside Sausalito
Ferry boat ride back to San Francisco (if option selected)
Expert live narration (English)
Foreign language audios in 6 languages
Pickup at most San Francisco hotels
Daily departures
Meals or beverages
Guide gratuity: recommended
HIGHLIGHTS
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This guided morning tour slows down the pace so you can fully experience Muir Woods, the giant redwood forest nearest to San Francisco. Board your tour in San Francisco and cross the 1.7-mile Golden Gate Bridge on your way to the historical monument.

After arriving at serene Muir Woods, you’ll spend free time exploring this natural treasure set aside by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908 as a national monument. Today, you’ll find plenty of park rangers who are happy to answer your questions.

There are many trails to choose from, all with views of 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, we’ll reboard your tour vehicle and head off to Sausalito, a seaside community full of charm and unforgettable views of San Francisco. You’ll have time for lunch and browsing some of the charming shops. 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.

When you are ready, board a ferry for a cruise that floats by Angel Island and Alcatraz. Marvel at the Golden Gate Bridge and snap shareable panoramic memories of the San Francisco skyline.

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TOUR ITINERARY

10:00 AM to 10:45 AM

  • Make memories crossing over the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Journey through picturesque Marin County to Muir Woods

11:00 AM to 12:15 PM

  • Stroll the boardwalks and creek bridges under the Coastal Redwoods
  • Take time to reflect on ancient flora and fauna

12:45 PM to 2:00 PM

  • Arrive in the charming seaside town of Sausalito
  • Take time to explore, shop and have lunch

2:00 PM

  • Option 1: Extend your time in Sausalito and take one of the Blue and Gold ferry boats that depart approximately every hour to San Francisco’s Pier 41 or the Ferry Building
  • Come back to San Francisco with the tour bus and conclude the tour at your pickup location

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 advance reservations for private vehicles wishing to utilize the parking areas at Muir Woods National Monument. We offer daily departures - book your San Francisco Redwoods Tour with us and secure your spot to see the Redwoods.

Important Information

Does this tour operate every day?

Yes, this tour operates daily based on a minimum number of participants.

How long is the tour?

This tour takes about 5 hours.

Is admission included?

Unless stated otherwise the Muir Woods Entrance fee will be included in your tour cost.

Do we only go to Muir Woods?

No, there is also a stop in Sausalito, where you can choose to take the ferry back to San Francisco if you wish to stay longer.

Are we crossing the Golden Gate Bridge?

Yes, we will cross the Golden Gate Bridge to get to Muir Woods. We stop in Sausalito and at the Golden Gate Bridge (weather permitting).

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

Sausalito is a beautiful town 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.

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

The ferry takes about 25-30 minutes.

Do you offer this tour in different languages?

The tour is narrated in English but we offer complimentary recorded audio guides in 7 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, Japanese, and Portuguese. If an audio guide is required, please specify when booking.

I'm travelling with a child

Please note that for your child's safety, we require you to bring a child safety seat or booster seat for all children under 8 years of age or 4' 9" in height, as dictated by California State Law. You will be required to bring your own child seat on all motor vehicle tours. Failure to provide a seat for your child will result in forfeit of your seats on the tour without a refund. Please also note that any children 12 years and older must have an adult ticket as they do not qualify for a child-priced ticket.

Do you pick up outside of San Francisco?

We only pick-up from hotels located in Downtown San Francisco including Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf.

Is this a guided tour?

Yes, the tour is guided with an English-speaking guide. The time that you spend in Muir Woods will be on your own to enjoy at your own leisure.

What is the average temperature?

Muir Woods weather varies depending on the season. Average temperature data is below.

SUMMER MONTHS (JUNE, JULY, AUGUST):
Average High temperature: 82°F / 28°C
Average Low temperature: 51°F / 10°C

WINTER MONTHS (DECEMBER, JANUARY, FEBRUARY):
Average High temperature: 55°F / 13°C
Average Low temperature: 39°F / 4°C

What should I wear?

Temperatures vary depending on the season and time of day in the Bay Area, so we recommend that you wear layered clothing in case of unexpectedly climbing or falling temperatures. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. However, we realize that everyone is acclimated to different weather and thus trust you to make your own judgement. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. In the summer months, hiking sandals can be worn on the tour, but high heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.

What should I bring?

Comfortable shoes for walking
Extra spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc
A light jacket (easily removable) in case of wind
Camera
Water bottle
Warm clothes and a waterproof jacket (during the winter months)
Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain)

Are meals included? Can I buy or bring my own?

Meals are not included, however, there is a café in Muir Woods and you have the option to stay longer in Sausalito to enjoy a meal before heading back to San Francisco on the ferry.

How accurate are the times on the itinerary?

Times listed are approximates only. Traffic and other unforeseen issues can cause delays or changes in these times, which are out of our control. Please do not make flight/travel arrangements on the same day as your tour. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for and will not be providing any compensation for missed flights or appointments.

How will we recognize the vehicle?

As we have several different vehicles, we don’t know until the morning of your tour which vehicle will be hosting your tour as well as the name of your Expedition Leader. Please feel free to call us in the morning of your tour if you like. Regardless of which vehicle will come to your location, it should say “Extranomical Tours” on it.

Are there restrooms on board the vehicles?

Our vehicles at this time do not have any restroom facilities. We do, however, make several stops throughout the tours and there will be opportunities for you to use the restroom.

Do I need to call to reconfirm my tour?

Yes, we request that you reach out to us at least a day in advance to confirm your tour and pick up details. You can contact us via our live chat function or by calling our office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or +1-415-357-0700 (internationally) during office hours. You can call us from your hotel’s phone if you do not have a working mobile phone while you are in the area.

Can I bring a suitcase or large item?

We ask that you do not bring anything on tour larger than 22”x14”x9”, or 56cmx36cmx23cm.

Can I bring a wheelchair?

We do have wheelchair-capable vehicles available – subject to availability. Please notify us at time of booking if you are bringing a wheelchair on the tour so that we can make the appropriate arrangements. Please note that due to limitations we are unable to guarantee an ADA vehicle.

Do you have a lost and found?

Yes, items left in the vehicle are stored in a lost and found area for 30 days. If you left something on one of our tours, please give us a call office at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700 to see if it has been found. Once you have confirmed with us that your item has been found by our staff and you are still in town, you can come by our office to pick up your item. Otherwise, we will ship almost any item to any destination within the U.S. for a flat fee of $25. Extranomical Tours is not responsible for lost or stolen items

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