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Located in Mill Valley, just a few miles north of San Francisco, Muir Woods National Monument is a must-see during your visit to the Bay Area. Here you’ll find magnificent redwoods, all levels of hiking paths, and even delicious local cuisine!
However, getting to the park can be a bit of a hassle.
The great news is that there are several Muir Woods tours that you can take that allow you to see the beauty of Muir Woods without all the stress. We’ve put together this list of the best Muir Woods tours and San Francisco bus tours to help make your trip fun and stress-free.
**2019 Muir Woods Update**
Because of the popularity of Muir Woods Tours, shuttles, and private cars, over the last few years the National Park Service at Muir Woods has made several changes.
- Visitors to the redwoods are now required to make online reservations for the Muir Woods Shuttle.
- If you’re planning to drive yourself to the park, you’ll also have to make advanced paid parking reservations.
With these new changes to the system, we think that visiting Muir Woods is easiest if you simply hop on one of the many Muir Woods tours that leave from the city!
Which Muir Woods Tour Should You Choose?
TripAdvisor lists hundreds of tour operators that offer tours to Muir Woods. So, choosing the best Muir Woods tour can definitely feel like an overwhelming task. From shuttle buses, to day tours and San Francisco bike tours, there is a Muir Woods tour for everyone.
The good news for travelers and tourists is that TripAdvisor’s rating system does make the decision a little easier! Be sure to look at the tours ratings to help you determine which tour is right for you. (Here at Dylan’s Tours, we’re considered a 5-star best Muir Woods tour from San Francisco provider.)
In fact, our full day San Francisco, Muir Woods and Sausalito tour is even listed as the #1 Outdoor Activity in San Francisco on TripAdvisor!
To help make your decision on which San Francisco redwoods tour to take easier, we’ve compiled this list of our three Muir Woods Redwood tours from San Francisco. We’ll take a look at our San Francisco Muir Woods tour, our Alcatraz tickets / tour and Muir Woods tours, and our unique biking tour of the Golden Gate Bridge & Muir Woods.
Each of our three top-rated Muir Woods San Francisco tours includes more than an hour in the park and convenient transportation to and from San Francisco. Whichever Muir Woods tour option you choose, we’re sure you’ll enjoy exploring these San Francisco woods!
Note: The Muir Woods entrance fee is $15 per adult. This is not included in the price of these tours.
Dylan’s Tours – Muir Woods Tours
#1 – Famous Tour with Muir Woods
While seven hours may seem like a long time for a tour, there’s really never a dull moment along the ride to go to Muir Woods! Our guides are entertaining and extremely knowledgeable. As you travel, you can be sure to learn all about the history and culture of the Bay Area. You’ll also hear some fun and unique stories that only a local would know!
Plus, we provide complimentary water bottles and snacks. So, don’t worry about getting hungry along the way to the John Muir redwoods!
How it Works
This redwood tour departs daily from San Francisco at 9:30 AM, when one of our local guides will meet you outside of Fisherman’s Wharf. Our guide will be wearing one of our Dylan’s Tours shirts, so you can be sure to spot them easily. After a brief roll call, we’ll board the bus and travel to our first stop.
We’ll spend the morning exploring the iconic sights and landmarks of San Francisco. Over that time, you’ll be treated to stories about the neighborhoods, diversity, and geography of the area. Our guides are all well informed about the city, so be sure to ask any questions you may have along the way! You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to hop off the bus to take photos and explore.
Around lunchtime, we’ll cross the Golden Gate Bridge and head over to Sausalito. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the coastal town and pick up some lunch at one of the many fantastic local delis. We’ll then board our private Muir Woods shuttle from Sausalito.
Once we get to John Muir Woods, you’ll have over an hour to spend exploring the magnificent redwoods at this National Monument.
We’ll take care of the park reservations ahead of time, so you don’t have to worry about reserving a spot in advance! However, you will have to pay the entrance fee for visiting Muir Woods National Park Site, which is $15 for adults.
Once you get inside Muir Woods, you’ll be on your own for a little more than an hour. Don’t worry, we’ll give you an exact meeting time to rendezvous back at the bus!
An hour is the perfect amount of time to take a self-guided Muir forest tour and wander through some of the most popular Muir Woods hikes. Before you leave, be sure to grab a bite to eat at the Muir Woods Trading Company Cafe. The cafe is located right in the center of the park, and has coffee as well as some fantastic eats!
At the appointed meeting time, we’ll all board the bus again. After a brief roll call, we’ll head back across the bridge from Muir Forest to San Francisco and drop you off at the same location where you boarded the bus.
Ready to plan your trip? This is our most popular tour and tickets sell out quickly, so don’t wait to reserve your seats on this Muir Woods tour bus! Click here to book now.
#2 – Famous Tour with Muir Woods and Alcatraz
Looking for a tour option that will let you see even more of the city, along with the Muir Woods redwoods? We’ve got you covered!
Our Famous San Francisco, Muir Woods, and Alcatraz tour is a one of a kind adventure. In fact, we are the only company offering a tour that goes to both of these iconic national park sites in one day! So if you want a complete tour experience, this is definitely one of the best Bay Area tours for you.
The tour covers the iconic landmarks and historic neighborhoods of San Francisco, lunch in the charming coastal town of Sausalito, an hour to explore the redwoods near San Francisco, and tickets on the official Alcatraz Island cruise and tour.
When planning your San Francisco trip, remember that tickets to Alcatraz sell out incredibly fast. So, this tour is a great way to make sure you have a reservation to see the island.
We’ll spend pretty much the full day together on this ten-hour tour, so you can be sure to come away with a lot of fun memories and interesting facts about Muir Redwoods, San Francisco, and the Bay Area!
How it Works
We’ll start the day bright and early at 8 AM outside of Fisherman’s Wharf. One of our local guides, wearing a Dylan’s Tours shirt, will meet you there and conduct a brief roll call.
Then we’ll board the bus and start exploring! We’ll spend the morning visiting some of San Francisco’s most famous sights and neighborhoods like Chinatown, Haight Ashbury, the Presidio, and of course the Golden Gate Bridge. Along the way, you’ll hear interesting stories about the city’s history. You’ll also have plenty of opportunities to step off the bus, take photos, and even wander around a bit!
After crossing the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll have an opportunity to enjoy the coastal town of Sausalito. We encourage you to grab a bite to eat at one of the local delis and spend some time taking in the beautiful waterfront views. Then we’ll board the bus again and head over from Sausalito to Muir Woods. Once we get to the park, you’ll have over an hour on this Muir Woods tour of the California coastal redwoods!
Wondering what to do in Muir Woods? There are some amazing hikes in the park for all levels of walkers. The Bohemian Grove trail is one of the most popular Muir Woods walks, as it is mostly flat and well maintained with boardwalks. This route also leads right alongside some of the most famous trees and groves in the park!
The Bohemian Grove Trail is lined with informational signs and key location markers, so this is a great way to learn more about the historical and environmental significance of Muir Wood National Park Site.
If you need a break after all that walking, stop by the Muir Woods Trading Co. for some locally inspired snacks, like the Marin Melt sandwich or the Local Wild Berry Scone. You won’t be disappointed! Or, head over to the gift shop to pick up a souvenir for your trip.
After exploring the Muir Woods forest, we’ll cruise back across the bridge where our minibus will drop you at Pier 33, the Alcatraz departure point. We’ll have taken care of your Alcatraz reservations, so you can just hop on the ferry for the official tour of the island.
See two of the Bay Area’s most famous national park sites, Muir Woods and Alcatraz Island, in one day! Don’t wait, tickets sell out quickly. Click here to book this tour.
#3 – Bike The Bridge + Muir Woods Shuttle
Looking for a more adventurous Muir Woods tour from San Francisco?
We’ve recently launched a one of a kind San Francisco redwoods tour. In fact, it’s the only tour of its kind in the Bay Area! Our Bike the Bridge and Shuttle to Muir Woods tour is a combination bike rental and private Muir Woods shuttle.
This San Francisco Muir Woods tour includes a self-guided bike ride across the Golden Gate Bridge and down into Sausalito, followed by a private shuttle to John Muir National Forest. After exploring the redwoods, simply hop back on our guided shuttle bus to cover the distance from San Francisco to Muir Woods.
It’s the perfect option for adventurous travelers, or just for anyone who wants to make the most of San Francisco’s mild weather!
How it Works
For this Muir Woods day trip, you can stop by our rental shop to pick up your bike anytime between 9:15 and 10:30 AM. We offer both electric bicycles and standard 7-speed bikes.
When you’re choosing which bike to rent, just keep in mind that there are a few steep hills between San Francisco to Muir Woods. So, if you’re concerned about the ride being too strenuous, we’d recommend choosing an E-bike. You don’t even have to pedal with our powerful Pedago E-bikes, and they’ll make the trip much more relaxing and fun!
Before you hit the road we’ll go through some basic safety precautions to ensure that you’re familiar with the bike, the helmet, and the lock. We’ll also tell you about our recommended route, and offer suggestions about some key places you may want to make a point of seeing along the way.
Then you’re on your own! Feel free to take your time cruising through San Francisco and stopping for photos at places like the Marina, Fisherman’s Wharf, the Palace of Fine Arts, and of course, the bike Golden Gate Bridge.
After making your way across the bridge, enjoy a leisurely downhill ride to the charming town of Sausalito. Here, you’ll drop off your bike and have the opportunity to enjoy lunch at one of the many delis. You’re also welcome to pack your own lunch and just spend your time exploring the beautiful waterfront town.
Our private guided shuttle will leave Sausalito for Muir Woods Redwood National Monument in the afternoon, at around 2 PM. During the drive, we’ll suggest plenty of trails to follow and other things to do in Muir Woods. After more than an hour exploring the magnificent Muir Woods trees, hop on the shuttle for a relaxing ride back to Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco!
See the Golden Gate Bridge, Sausalito, and Muir Woods on our redwood forest San Francisco tour! Click here to book this tour.
Bonus – #4 – Direct Shuttle to Muir Woods Tour
In search of a shuttle that takes you directly from San Francisco to Muir Woods and back, with no extra stops?
We’ve recently launched a standalone Muir Woods shuttle. In fact, it’s the only tour of its kind in the Bay Area!
Our shuttle service is perfect for locals and tourists who simply want convenient transportation to and from the national monument. You can book it here!
There you have it, our four favorite tours of the Muir Woods forests near San Francisco. Still have questions about how to visit Muir Woods? Check out our FAQ section below to learn all you need to know about tours in Muir Redwood Forest!
Muir National Monument FAQ’s
What is the best Muir Woods tour?
There is a tour for everyone, whether it is a self guided shuttle tour, a combination bike and minibus tour, or even a city and Muir Woods tour – you can visit Muir Woods how you like!
How long does it take to tour Muir Woods?
For a National Park it is quite small. However, you can still spend an entire day hiking Muir Woods, or you can spend just an hour or two and get a sense of the park in all of its beauty.
How do you tour Muir Woods?
Make sure to book with a Muir Woods tour company ahead of time. Remember, even if you go to Muir Woods on your own you have to request parking in advance.
How far is Muir Woods from San Francisco?
The distance from Muir Woods to San Francisco is 16.4 miles and usually takes about 45 minutes by car or tour bus.
Where is Muir Woods?
Muir Woods National Monument is in Mill Valley CA.
What is the Muir Woods admission fee?
To enter the park, Muir Woods costs $15 for adults (16 or older). A parking reservation costs $8 per vehicle, and the shuttles to the park are $3 per person.
Can I drive to Muir Woods?
Yes, you can drive directly into Muir Woods Redwood Forest. You should be aware that cell service is limited, so your phone or GPS may not work on the roads to the park. Also, remember to make an advanced parking reservation if you plan on driving to Muir Woods!
How can I get to Muir Woods without a Car?
We’d recommend booking one of the many redwood forest tours from San Francisco that are available. These tours will take care of all your transportation to Muir Woods, so you can just focus on enjoying the forest!
Is there a public Muir Woods Shuttle from San Francisco?
There is a shuttle that runs from Sausalito and Mill Valley to Muir Woods. While there is no direct bus to Muir Woods from San Francisco, you can take public transportation to one of these towns and hop on the shuttle to Muir Woods from there! Or, you could just take the easy route and book a spot on our direct shuttle from San Francisco.
Is there a ferry to Muir Woods from San Francisco?
There is no ferry that goes directly to Muir Woods from San Francisco. If taking a ferry is your preferred way for how to get to Muir Woods, you can take a ferry from San Francisco to Sausalito, and then board the Muir Woods shuttle bus to complete your trip.
Is there a bus from Sausalito to Muir Woods?
Yes! There is a Muir Woods shuttle stop in both Mill Valley and Sausalito. The bus to Muir Woods price is $3 per person.
What is the best way to get to Muir Woods from San Francisco?
We think the best way to see Muir Woods is by booking a Muir Woods tour. Our San Francisco, Sausalito, and Muir Woods tour is a great option! You can book it here.
Can you bike to Muir Woods?
Technically, yes. However, the roads are steep, winding, and crowded with drivers—so it’s not the safest option!
What is the best time to go to Muir Woods?
Muir Redwood Park generally experiences mildly chilly weather year round. Winter and spring months tend to be somewhat cold and wet, while summer and autumn often have warmer temperatures and a drier climate. If you choose to make your Muir Woods visit during the peak seasons, try to get to the park as early as possible as this will help you avoid crowds!
What are Muir Woods Hours?
Muir Redwood Park is open every day of the year, including all holidays, from 8:00 a.m. to sunset.
Is there a Muir Woods free day?
You can visit Muir Woods on a budget by heading to the park on a free day.
2019 Free Days: Monday, January 21 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Saturday, April 20 – First Day of National Park Week/National Junior Ranger Day, Sunday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary, Saturday, September 28 – National Public Lands Day, Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day
How big is Muir Woods?
The protected area of Muir Redwood Park covers 554 acres, and 240 of those acres of land are covered in ancient growths of coastal redwoods.