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. To visit Muir Woods National Monument and other attractions in Mill Valley, use our Mill Valley trip planner .
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  • Seeing these amazing giant trees is humbling. The park is beautiful. The trails are easy to follow. There was a great gift shop that I wish I had more time to check out but we were on a big bus tour a...  more »
  • We drove out to Muir woods our first day on the west coast and had a great time. Parking reservations are a must and I would recommend going first thing in the morning. Great views and walking paths. ...  more »
  • The first leg of our California tour was Muir Woods, on a midweek afternoon. Very few tourists, day from the clear sky and with an enviable temperature allowed us to enjoy the quietness of this place.. Several paths that you can walk according to the desired length (from half an hour to an hour and a half), completely immersed in the green of nature and in its silence, surrounded by giant sequoias.
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  • If you want to run wild with your imagination, this nature park is the place to come to in the United States. What lies inside is massive and green. It's beyond comprehension. I had the opportunity to do this once with a friend while I was in college and it was simply mesmerizing. You feel like you're in a science fiction movie. The height of the trees and the thickness of the bark are something you see in a movie. You can walk for hours and enjoy the quiet calm of the forest. It's something you have to do at least once in your life if you have the opportunity and you're at this part of California. This is something for the family to enjoy. You will not be disappointed. I am from the East Coast and there's nothing like this here and I'm sure there's not to many places of the world that can rival it. Make sure you do your homework on prices, parking, and cell phone access. Enjoy!
  • Heaven on earth. Wonderful place to visit. Enjoyed each and every moment spend in the park. Try doing meditation in the park, you will love it. Very peaceful place. I’m sure you will love this place. Book your parking in advance, so that you don’t need to worry about it. Be there on time to avoid any confusion.
  • Absolutely LOVED. Stunning trees, the tallest in the world! Could spend all day here. NOTE: You MUST make reservations for a parking spot ($8.00) in advance via their website. You can't just show up. Alternatively they offer shuttle service from many convenient locations with free parking (shuttle $3.00). This is also booked the via website too. I highly recommend the shuttle service as the parking lot is about a half a mile away from the the entrance, the shuttle drops you off right in front. Either way you must make reservations in advance the other website or you won't be able to get in. (Entrance tickets you can buy on the spot.) Also be sure to check out the gift shop, they have some really beautiful locally-produced items.
  • This is a serene location, A wonderful place to go and relax and get a break from the city. The trails offer decent walks and are full of greenery and life. The peace and solitude are only magnified by the gigantic trees that have a way of making you feel insignificant, or if your imagination permits you may feel as a small ant in a world of giants. When you come here, be sure to bring some drinking water and drive carefully while on your way to the monument.
  • What a wonderful day we had here in Muir Woods. Be sure to make advanced reservations for parking on the Muir Woods website. You can prepay your parking and park admission. Parking is VERY limited. Don’t try to go without a reservation it could ruin your whole day. Plan to spend from an hour to several hours here depending whether you stay on the main paved path or take one of the longer I paved trails. Whatever you do be sure to grab a map! There is NO CELL SERVICE HERE. I don’t mean “a little” or “ poor” or “slow”. It’s NONE. So plan accordingly. If you don’t print your park tickets and want to show them on your phone be sure to download before you too far from civilization. Most of all...... enjoy disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with nature. Also it can be chilly in the woods. Be sure to bring a jacket and/or wear layers
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