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Muir Woods and Sausalito Private Guided Tour

On this private tour to Muir Woods, your group will experience ancient, giant redwoods on your schedule. Enjoy a convenient hotel pickup, private transportation across the Golden Gate Bridge to San Francisco’s largest redwood forest. Spend an hour and a half in Muir Woods and visit charming Sausalito before returning to San Francisco.

Entry to Muir Woods National Monument
Crossing the Golden Gate Bridge
Time to explore charming Sausalito, CA
Live narration (English)
Guide gratuity
Pickup anywhere in the San Francisco Bay Area
Flexible departure times
Savings for large parties
Meals or beverages

Highlights of the Muir Woods Private Guided Tour

  • Convenient pickup anywhere in the Bay Area
  • Experience the tallest trees in the world
  • Shop and dine in seaside Sausalito
  • Stop to photograph the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Private group with dedicated guide

Tour Details

On this private tour, experience Muir Woods National Monument, the giant coastal redwood forest nearest to San Francisco, on your schedule. After boarding the tour vehicle at a Bay Area location chosen by your group, this fully guided tour includes a photo stop at the northern span of the Golden Gate Bridge so you can get the perfect photo.

After your private group arrives at Muir Woods, you’ll spend 90 minutes of free time exploring the national monument set aside by President Theodore Roosevelt and which hosts a monument honoring President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. You’ll find plenty of park rangers happy to answer your questions about these 250-foot-tall trees.

Although the redwoods are the stars of the show, if you lower your gaze you’ll find that Muir Woods is home to 13 species of ferns. Look for lady, maidenhair and goldback species. Your private group can hang together and walk the park’s trails, our favorite follows shadowy Redwood Creek where the tallest trees are located. Be on the lookout for raccoon, deer and the rare northern spotted owl.

When you finished strolling Muir Woods, we’ll re-board your private vehicle and be off to Sausalito, the seaside community with unforgettable charm and views of San Francisco. There, you’ll have time for browsing its charming shops or enjoying a quick meal at a waterfront table. Before leaving, take selfies against the city skyline, then post them so your friends can share the experience with you.

You tour will conclude with a return across the Golden Gate Bridge and back to your San Francisco hotel.

Why choose us:

Your private group gets special treatment with a custom pickup and the support of an attentive guide that stays flexible as you explore Muir Woods, then Sausalito. Relax and go at your own pace. Private tours offer special savings for larger groups.

Things to know:

The maximum time allowed in Muir Woods is 90 minutes.  Muir Woods National Monument requires all visitors to have a prepaid parking permit. Our private tours team will take care of this task for you.

Tour Itinerary

Hour 1

  • Start the tour at any San Francisco location
  • See the views and attractions on San Francisco’s waterfront
  • Enjoy a memorable trip across the Golden Gate Bridge
  • Learn the fascinating history of Muir Woods

Hours 2 and 3

  • Arrive at the Muir Woods and begin your redwoods experience
  • Photograph and hike the nature trails for up to 90 minutes
  • Board your tour vehicle and head to seaside Sausalito

Hours 4 and 5

  • Explore, shop and dine in charming Sausalito
  • Enjoy a ride back to your San Francisco hotel
  • Alternatively, take a ferry ride back to the city (ticket not included)

Read more helpful articles about Muir Woods in our BLOG.

Important Information
Is Muir Woods a national park?

Not on its own. Muir Woods was established in 1908 as a national monument, not a national park. Today, the park is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. a patchwork of lands in the San Francisco Bay Area that IS a national park.

What is there to do in Muir Woods?

Most visitors go to Muir Woods to see the Coast Redwoods, the tallest trees in the world. On its six miles of boardwalks and trails through old-growth California redwoods, visitors can also find over 300 species of plants and animals, even endangered ones like the northern spotted owl.

How far is the Muir Woods redwood forest from San Francisco?

Very close. Just 16 miles (25 km) from Union Square in San Francisco to Muir Woods National Monument. Plan on a 30-to-60-minute drive through city traffic. Public transportation on the Muir Woods Shuttle is available from Sausalito which can be reached on a Blue and Gold waterfront ferry.

How long is the tour?

This tour takes 4-5 hours. Allow a little extra time in the Summer and on holiday weekends.

Is admission included?

The Muir Woods National Monument entrance fee is included in your tour cost.

Are we crossing the Golden Gate Bridge?

Yes, we cross the Golden Gate Bridge to get to Muir Woods.

Is the Muir Woods private tour guided?

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.

What should I bring?

Extra spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc.
A light waterproof jacket (easily removable)
Water bottle
Warm, layered clothing
Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain)

How will we recognize the vehicle?

As we have several different vehicles, all are clearly marked “Extranomical Tours”. Your guide will have your name and announce the arrival of the vehicle at your pick-up location.

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

Meals are not included. There is a small café at the visitors center but we recommend having a meal before you arrive so you don’t waste precious time standing in line to order food.

Can I bring a wheelchair?

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 we are unable to guarantee an ADA vehicle.

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