Muir Woods National Monument
- Type: Beaches, Hiking, Parks and Gardens
- Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
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What better exemplifies California's dramatic landscape than 380-foot-tall Redwood Trees? That's what you'll find at Muir Woods, the beautiful and expansive national monument just a half-hour drive north of San Francisco. If you want to leave the city, this is a must-see attraction. In addition to exploring the giant Redwood groves, you can also sunbathe or swim at the nearby Muir Beach or the larger Stinson Beach. Muir Woods is also an excellent spot for trail runners, bicyclists and hikers.
Previous visitors also recommend Muir Woods for its awe-inspiring sights, but some say parking lots are more often full and a distance away from the main entrance. One TripAdvisor traveler notes: "Giant Redwoods [are] just a short trip from the city. Great for short hikes. Parking can be difficult, but there is a shuttle from a parking lot in Sausalito." If you do decide to take a bus, Route 66 Muir Woods Shuttle buses run regularly from San Francisco. Admission to Muir Woods costs $7 for adults and is free for those younger than 16. Muir Woods welcomes visitors every day at 8 a.m. Closing times vary by season. For more information, consult the Muir Woods official website.