Nature lovers put Muir Woods tours at the top of their list of things to do in San Francisco, but anyone can appreciate the stunning beauty that is present in this pristine coastal forest. Muir Woods is a National Monument and a treasure located just minutes from downtown San Francisco. When you take one of our tours of Muir Woods, you’ll enjoy a scenic ride across the Golden Gate Bridge followed by a few hours spent in one of the most picturesque spots on Earth. In fact, naturalist John Muir declared that the redwood forest named after him was “the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all of the forests in the world.”
William and Elizabeth Kent purchased Muir Woods to preserve and protect it, and then donated the land to the federal government in 1908 so that it could be cherished by generations to come. Even it the earliest days of Muir Woods’ history, the area was beloved, as the Coast Miwok people called the forest home.
When you visit Muir Woods, you’ll be able to walk on well-maintained trails with easy grades, accompanied only by glorious redwoods, a few small forest critters, and a sparse group of respectful visitors who always seem to respect the peacefulness of the area. While you’re on your tour, you may notice a discreet sign that prompts you to “listen to the heartbeat of the Earth.” We suggest you do just that, and then come back to San Francisco to experience sensory stimulation of another wonderful kind.
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