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Disconnect from the city in just 15 minutes.

Most folks know San Francisco simply as Silicon Valley, but there is much more going on here than startups and venture capital seeking. Just 30 minutes north of the city, visitors will find a place that’s firmly rooted in rest and relaxation. Muir Woods, a 550-acre national park, invokes the quiet strength of old growth coast redwoods and ocean view trails to massage the psyche, putting even the busiest minds at ease. Treat yourself to waterfalls and trickling streams as they cut through fern grottos, or stick to the Main Trail, which is paved and perfect for wheelchairs and strollers. Hollowed out redwoods offer picturesque photo ops, but it’s the seclusion of getting off the beaten path that truly allows visitors to connect with nature.

Winding down in a city like San Francisco, with its ringing trolley cars and percussive construction, can be a difficult task so it’s nice to know that there is reprieve waiting just across the Golden Gate. Each trip to Muir Woods offers a completely unique experience, but the goals of its visitors are the same: to replace towering skyscrapers with 1,200-year-old treetop canopies. Wander among densely packed forests that break penetrating sunlight into kaleidoscopic beams with every gust of wind or just sit peacefully and take it all in. The choice is yours. More populated areas will grant backpackers access to woodland creatures like Sonoma chipmunks or garter snakes, but the further one ventures away from the crowds increases the possibility of sighting a black-tailed mule deer or gray fox. If you’re really lucky you might even spot a river otter or two. As always, should you happen across any wildlife it is important to keep a safe distance. Remember, you’re here to observe, not disturb.

For more information, tips and tricks to Day Trippin’ in Muir Woods, check out our native notes directly below.

Address: 1 Muir Woods Rd., Mill Valley CA 94941
Phone: 415-388-2595
Hours of Operation: Muir Woods is open 365 days a year between the hours of 8 am and 6 pm.
At the time of our visit, entrance fees were $10 per able bodied adult. Make sure to contact National Park Services at the number provided above for current pricing and fees.
Driving is an option; however, it is important to note that parking is very limited and restricted to personal sized vehicles. Here are some options for those looking to skip the dreaded parking lot shuffle.

Muir Woods Shuttle: By far the easiest and most cost effective way to plan a trip to this scenic national park. They’re even available during the winter holidays.

Local Tour Company: For a bit more freedom, check out this list of local companies offering daily tours from the San Francisco/Sausalito area.

To the tech savvy, going even a few hours without cell reception can feel like its own special kind of prison. That being said it is important to note that very little of the park has a serviceable signal, so make sure to prepare any digital maps or guides beforehand. Also, if you take a taxi be sure to make arrangements with your driver for a return trip. You won’t be able to call or use the internet once left to your own devices.