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 afternoon 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.
As you go to Sausalito after visiting the Muir Woods National Monument you can either purchase a ferry bay cruise ticket to go back to San Francisco, or you can just stay with the group to be dropped off at your hotel. If you take the ferry back, you'll get to enjoy the stunning San Francisco waterfront. Spend time to explore the quaint seaside town of Sausalito and maybe have dinner 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.
1:20PM to 2:00 PM
2:00PM to 3:15 PM
3:45 PM to 5:00 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.
Money for lunch
Sunscreen if necessary
This tour takes about 5 hours.
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
The tour is narrated 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 when booking.
The tour is narrated and guided, but you will have time to spend on your own inside Muir Woods.
We use either a 13-passenger van or a 36-passenger minibus.
You will have up to 1.5 hours on your own inside Muir Woods National Monument. That's enough time to see all that Muir Woods has to offer.
No, there is a stop in Sausalito, where you can choose to take the ferry back to San Francisco instead.
Yes, the tour will come back to San Francisco by way of the Golden Gate Bridge. We stop in Sausalito and at the Golden Gate Bridge (weather permitting).
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.
The ferry takes about 25-30 minutes.