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Muir Woods Redwood Forest and Sausalito Afternoon Tour

This 5-hour Muir Woods National Monument and Sausalito tour from San Francisco begins with a crossing of the Golden Gate Bridge on your way to one of the best redwood forests in California. Enjoy 1 ½ hours strolling Muir Woods trails and seeing the world’s tallest redwood trees. As a bonus, enjoy dining and shopping in the seaside town of Sausalito.

Muir Woods park entrance fee
Muir Woods parking reservation
Up to 1.5 hours to explore Muir Woods
Visit to the seaside town of Sausalito
Pickup at most San Francisco hotels
Expert live narration (English)
Foreign language audios in 6 languages
Meals or beverages
Guide gratuity: recommended

Note: This tour is not available from October to March. Please check out our Muir Woods Redwood Forest and Sausalito Morning Tour

This guided tour slows down the pace so you can fully experience Muir Woods National Monument, one of the last remaining groves of giant coast redwood trees in California. Since it is the giant redwood forest nearest to San Francisco, you can fill your morning with other activities and do this tour in the afternoon.

What you can do in Muir Woods:

  • See coast redwood trees nearly 1,000 years old and taller than the U.S. Capitol Building
  • Hike Muir Woods trails that weave thru the giant redwoods and over Redwood Creek
  • Take a moment for reflection at the Cathedral or the Bohemian grove of redwoods
  • Learn about giant redwoods in California; get redwood souvenirs at the visitor center

What you can do in Sausalito:

  • Stroll to the shoreline and take incredible pictures of the San Francisco skyline
  • Do some shopping (or just looking) in the town’s art studios and craft shops
  • Have a California seafood at one of the historic boardwalk restaurants

Why choose us:

Our Muir Woods guides will make sure you arrive in great spirits, never hassling with parking reservations or entry tickets. Unlike others, we have designed this tour to give you most time in Muir Woods and added a visit to the town of Sausalito.

As part of our commitment to a sustainable environment, Extranomical Tours supports NatureBridge, whose proven in-the-field programs at national parks inspire self-discovery and environmental stewardship in young learners.  Help us by donating at checkout.


Your Muir Woods tour from San Francisco begins with a scenic trip across the 1.7-mile Golden Gate Bridge with views of the Pacific Ocean on you left and San Francisco Bay on your right. Along the way, your guide will tell you all about San Francisco’s giant redwoods and the fascinating story of how the government of President Theodore Roosevelt acquired the land, then set it aside for future generations to honor naturalist John Muir.

Grab a Muir Woods map as you enter the park. Then, enjoy 1 ½ hours of free time exploring on 6 miles (9.7 km) of Muir Woods trails. Depending on your pace, you will have time to follow the flat and easy walking Redwood Creek Trail up to either Bridge 2 or 3 and return via the Bohemian Grove trail.

Besides giant redwoods be on the lookout for northern spotted owl, deer, and other native creatures. Muir Woods is host to 13 species of ferns. Take the time to identify lady, maidenhair and goldback ferns as you lower your gaze from the redwood canopy above you.

When you’ve had your fill, we’ll reboard and make the short trip to Sausalito, a charming seaside community with unforgettable views of San Francisco. You’ll have time for food and browsing its California-themed shops. Share your experience with your friends by grabbing a selfie with the San Francisco skyline.

You have the option of extending your time in Sausalito by returning whenever you are ready to San Francisco via ferry boat. If not, just stay with the group and be dropped off at your hotel.


1:20PM to 2:00 PM

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

2:00PM to 3:30 PM

3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

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

5:00 PM

  • Arrive back to San Francisco 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.

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.

Does the tour run every day?

Yes, the Muir Wood afternoon tour is available any day of the year.

How long is the tour?

The Muir Woods afternoon tour takes about 5 hours.

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.

Do you offer this tour in different languages?

The tour has live narration in English but we offer complimentary recorded audio guides in 6 languages: Spanish, French, German, Italian, Mandarin, and Japanese. If an audio guide is required, please specify your preferred language when booking.

Is the Muir Woods 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 is the average temperature in Muir Woods?

Muir Woods weather varies depending on the season.
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

What should I wear?

The San Francisco Bay Area has a mostly mild Mediterranean climate, but winters can bring chilly rainstorms and brilliant sunshine, often in the same day. We recommend that you wear layered clothing and a waterproof top layer to be prepared for unexpected temperatures. We do not recommend wearing shorts or sleeveless shirts in the winter. For footwear, we recommend comfortable walking shoes, such as regular tennis shoes, sneakers, or boots with rubber soles and treads. High heels, beach flip-flops, and other open-toed shoes are not recommended.

Can you camp in Muir Woods?

There are camping options in the Marin County area but camping is not allowed in Muir Woods park boundaries.

What should I bring?

Here are some suggestions on what to bring to the park:
Spending money for meals, snacks, souvenirs etc
Bottle with at least 2 liters of water
Hat and sunscreen (during the summer months)
Sturdy umbrella (if the forecast calls for rain)
Binoculars for spotting wildlife and the tops of trees

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.

Do I need to call to reconfirm my tour?

Yes. We request that you contact us in advance to confirm your pick up details. You can reach us by calling 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or +1-415-357-0700 (internationally) during office hours.

Can I bring a suitcase or large item?

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

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 at 1-866-231-3752 (toll free from the USA) or 1-415-357-0700.

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