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Muir Woods National Monument, Mill Valley

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Just a short drive north of San Francisco, Muir Woods National Monument protects a pristine area of about 97 hectares (240 acres) of old-growth redwood forest. Walk among the giant trees, which are some of the tallest living things on the planet. You can choose from several trails, ranging in length and difficulty. For an easy hike through a grove of trees nearly a millennium old, take the short main trail loop. If you feel a little more adventurous, put on pair of good hiking shoes and take the 3 km (2 mi) trail to the top of "Cardiac Hill," which offers unobstructed views of San Francisco and the Pacific Ocean. Put Muir Woods National Monument at the forefront of your travel plans using our Mill Valley trip builder.
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  • We went to Muir Woods on a tour with Viator Tours that we found from TripAdvisor. The woods were peaceful and serene. Very clean, well kept walking paths. The history of the trees intrigued us and the...  more »
  • We are so glad that we decided to drive to the park early ourselves instead of joining a tour. The drive was scenic but very curvy. Since we came here so early, we basically had the park to ourselves....  more »
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  • You must visit if in the San Fran area. These majestic giants are awe inspiring, breath taking and unique. If may seem out of the way but it's not! Take the time to visit these easily accessible redwoods. You'll be glad you did.
  • Great time! Such beautiful scenery and gorgeous views. Bathrooms located on premises. Great for a day trip but make sure you get there early or the crowds will beat you to the punch! Regardless of crowds you'll have a blast with these wonderful, massive ancient giants!
  • Absolutely beautiful environment. Great trails and awe inspiring redwood trees. It is also cool that Muir woods has so much history associated with it. Many films including Star Wars have been filmed here and when the United Nations was founded in San Francisco they dedicated a plaque to FDR. It does get insanely crowded on the main trails right near the visitor center with screaming babies and tons of tourists. That is less than peaceful obviously but if you are willing to hike farther in it gets a lot more quiet. Oh and the parking is miserable. If you don't get there before 9am you will likely either be driving back and forth for hours hoping someone will leave and open up a spot or you will park a mile or two down the side of the road and have to walk a long way down a narrow road with no sidewalks just to get to the entrance. I read that starting next year you will have to reserve you parking spot ahead of time. Parking and screaming babies aside this place is definitely worth checking out. Just go early and hike far.
  • This place is absolutely divine. But the best time to visit is after a few rains. It's green all around with massive redwood trees. There are guided tours but if you are a fan of a hike, there are multiple levels and one leading to Muir Beach as well.
  • The Muir Woods National Monument is a breathtaking place. It's incredibly close to the city so you can visit it on a 4 hour tour and get a taste of its unique vegetation. If you're lucky enough to avoid the crowds you will be able to appreciate the total silence interrupted by few animals and insects. It is a spiritual and meditative experience. The smells, the crisp air... I recommend reading about the vegetation and what makes it so special to appreciate it even more.