San Francisco to Muir Woods Tour
Dylan’s Famous Tour with Muir Woods
Explore San Francisco, grab a bite to eat in the quaint waterfront town of Sausalito and experience Muir Woods Redwood National Monument on our Famous minibus tour through the eyes of a local.
Interested in going to Alcatraz? Add-on an Official Alcatraz Tour
Time & Duration
Departs daily at 8:30 AM
- Explore the top neighborhoods with your local guide and learn the stories, history, and diversity of San Francisco.
- 11 locations, 6 amazing photo stops (Including Chinatown, Painted Ladies, Golden Gate Bridge, and more!)
- Enjoy a nice break in the beautiful town of Sausalito.
- Spend over an hour in Muir Woods and stand in awe of the famous redwood trees. (Additional $15 fee for entrance to Muir Woods for guests 16 yrs+)
- We offer a 100% refund if you cancel at least 12 hours (or more) in advance of your scheduled tour.
- Add-on Alcatraz Tickets to your tour at checkout!
Dylan’s Famous Tour with Muir Woods –
Highly Rated San Francisco to Muir Woods Tour
Our Famous Tour is far from your typical San Francisco bus tour. We take you in a small group on a minibus to the most iconic city landmarks and to the coolest neighborhoods San Francisco has to offer. We stop in strategic locations to take in the sites, take photos and learn the amazing transformational stories that makes San Francisco special. After a snack stop in the charming waterfront town of Sausalito, we recharge you with a journey to Muir Woods where you will experience one of the last remaining, coastal redwood forests in the world!
This tour of San Francisco is #1 for a reason— you get to see the coolest sites and neighborhoods weaved with history, culture and humor only a local can show you. It is the best way to cover all of your “San Francisco must-see” list in one tour.
If you’re only in town for a short time and want to see as much as possible, this is the most comfortable and comprehensive tour you’ll find!
See the itinerary and additional details below.
Want to add Alcatraz to your tour itinerary?
Add-on Official Alcatraz Island Tour at Checkout
Enjoy San Francisco sightseeing and exploring Muir Woods, then visit Alcatraz Island— all on the same day with our Alcatraz add-on option. Alcatraz tickets are always in high demand so booking in advance is required. You can see it all in one day with Dylan’s Tours— San Francisco neighborhoods and iconic attractions, Sausalito, Muir Woods and Alcatraz!
8:30 AM – Depart Fisherman’s Wharf
Our guide meets you at our departure location shortly before 8:30 AM. After a brief roll call, we board the bus and begin our adventure. Our first stops include all the most famous neighborhoods in San Francisco!
8:30 AM-11:00 AM – Explore San Francisco’s BEST neighborhoods!
During this time, you are treated to entertaining stories about the neighborhoods, as well as the history, diversity, and geographical nuances that make San Francisco one of the most unique cities in the world!
We exit the bus several times (10-15 minute breaks) to soak in the neighborhoods and capture amazing photos! Please see “neighborhoods visited” (below) for details on each neighborhood, as well as where we stop for photos.
11:00 AM-11:30 AM – Snack break in Sausalito
Enjoy a quick and easy break, our guides provide plenty of recommendations for our favorite local spots during your visit. You are sure to fall in love with this quaint little town.
12:00 PM-1:15 PM – Explore Muir Woods
After Sausalito, we board the minibus and head for Muir Woods. Here, you have over an hour to walk amongst some of the last remaining coastal redwoods in the world! This is an unforgettable photo opportunity. Many of our customers consider Muir Woods the highlight of the entire day!
2:00 PM –Return to Fisherman’s Wharf
At the end of our amazing adventure, we drop you off at the same location where you boarded the bus.
Fisherman’s Wharf (Start)— One of San Francisco’s most popular destinations – from old shipyards to Boudin’s Bakery and the smell of fresh clam chowder, Fisherman’s Wharf has it all.
North Beach— Voted as one of the USA’s “ten great neighborhoods”, North Beach is best known as the home of Little Italy. From delicious restaurants to authentic sidewalk cafes and bakeries, you will feel the charm of San Francisco as soon as you arrive.
Chinatown— Boasting the largest Chinatown in the United States, this 24-block mecca is bustling with energy, amazing food, and unique and colorful shops that give this area its charm.
City Hall— This beautiful Beaux-Arts monument epitomizes the high-minded American Renaissance of the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The site of Joe Dimaggio and Marilyn Monroe’s marriage in 1954.
*Painted Ladies— Also known as the “Full House Houses” and “Postcard Row”. Victorian homes, beautiful parks and the hippie culture are all what make up this historic neighborhood.
Haight Ashbury— The origin of the hippie culture and the birthplace of the “Summer of Love.” From the stunning Painted Ladies to the homes of music’s favorite 60’s bands, this district started the counter-culture movement across the USA.
*Pacific Heights— Offering one of the most scenic outlooks in all of Northern California, Pacific Heights is home to Billionaire’s Row, featuring the estates of politicians, tech titans and other San Francisco celebrities (includes Mrs. Doubtfire house!)
Presidio— Former military base, now a beautiful park that includes Crissy Field, Fort Point, Lucasfilm’s (George Lucas) headquarters and the Walt Disney Museum.
*Fort Point— Located just beneath the Golden Gate Bridge, Fort Point gives you a front row seat to the Bay and is a great photo stop. This former military fortification was used during WWII.
Golden Gate Bridge— Declared “one of the 10 wonders of the modern world,” the Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most recognized symbols of San Francisco. Simply stunning!
*Sausalito— Located just across the Golden Gate Bridge, this artistic enclave has the setting and beauty of a European Mediterranean town.
***Marin Headlands— Offering a stunning perspective of the Golden Gate Bridge with downtown San Francisco in the background, this awe-inspiring view is the perfect place to capture a memorable photo.
Muir Woods (End)— Muir Woods National Monument is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful trees in the world. Many of our guests consider this stop to be the highlight of their trip.
***Only available on private tours
Well thought out, well paced and covers all of the best locations around San Francisco. "First, this tour is suitable for all ages - the guide really made a point to interact with my kids! Second, the stops were plentiful and gave everyone the chance to get off often, take photos and really broke-up the day nicely. Last, Muir Woods is an absolute must while visiting - the trees are stunning and it’s a wonderful break from the busyness of the city - thank you, Dylan’s!”Billy B.
The absolute best tour to take on your 1st day in San Francisco! "I was initially hesitant to book the 7-hour tour for my family but I am so incredibly happy I did. The pacing of the tour was perfect with the thoughtful stops in San Francisco (Twin Peaks was amazing), the casual waterfront lunch stop in Sausalito and the peaceful time spent at Muir Woods. We received amazing recommendations for the kids for the remainder of our stay in the city - I really can’t recommend it enough!”Kylie F.
I have a family of 4 and was concerned the tour might be too long, but the day literally flew by! "It truly feels like 3 tours in 1 between the well chosen photo stops in San Francisco, lunch in lovely Sausalito and the exploration of Muir Woods. I highly recommend this tour for families of any size!"Dawn W.
Does the Dylan’s Famous Tour add-on come with an official Alcatraz island visit?
Yes! You can book Dylan’s Famous Tour with Muir Woods and add-on an Official Alcatraz Tour at checkout!
Can I just take the Alcatraz tour without going on a tour?
Unfortunately not. All companies offering Alcatraz tickets must offer a tour package, per our contract with Alcatraz Cruises.
What is Muir Woods
Muir Woods: Muir Woods National Monument is located 20 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge and is home to some of the oldest and tallest living trees in the world.
This popular destination is part of the United States National Park Service and is considered to be one of the most peaceful destinations in the Bay Area.
Where does the minibus tour pick-up and drop-off?
Pick-ups: Our minibus tours pick-up in a convenient location in Fisherman’s Wharf, across from 710 Beach Street.
Drop-offs: Depending on your tour we can drop you off in Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard Street, North Beach, or Chinatown.
Is there a parking garage near the starting point?
Yes, there are several parking garages located near our meeting point.
How does the hotel pick-up work?
What is your cancellation policy?
Payments: Please note our site is secure and offers SSL security on all credit card purchases.
Cancellations: We offer a 100% refund if you cancel at least 24 hours (or more) in advance of your scheduled tour**. All tours cancelled within 24 hours of scheduled departure are non-refundable. We also offer rescheduling options for a future tour date without penalty.
**Please note for any tour including Alcatraz we require 10-day notice.
Can I make changes to my reservation?
There are many websites across the internet where you can book a tour with us. They all have different terms. When possible, we request that you book directly here on our website. This enables us to not only provide you the best pricing available, but it also enables us to provide a much more customized level of service. Just give us 24 hours notice, and it’s our pleasure to accommodate any possible changes to your tour.**Please note Alcatraz tours must be changed 7-days in advance
- Duration: 6 hours
- Departure Time: Daily at 8:30 AM
- Return Time: Approx. 2:30 PM
- Adult (12+ yrs old): $99
- Child (0-11 yrs old): $69
- Addition Muir Woods Entrance Fee: $15/person
- Optional Alcatraz Add-on: $159 total ($50 per Alcatraz ticket add-on)
We are not a big bus company! It’s very common to see large hop-on, hop-off buses around town, we take a much more personal approach. Our guides not only have intimate knowledge and unmatched enthusiasm for our city, but we also use specialized minibuses which are built specifically for sightseeing tours. We take you where the big buses can’t go.
Our minibuses have large windows for full view of the city as we conduct the tour and are climate controlled with plenty of room for everyone. We stop several times and provide many photo opportunities.
With Dylan’s, you aren’t just a number. Our minibuses are the perfect size to make sure you are comfortable, well looked after, and are having FUN!
Our tour guides are Bay Area locals who love their city. From in-depth knowledge to the best restaurant recommendations, they are invested in making each tour special.
Our minibus tours are priced to give our guests the best possible locations in the shortest amount of time without feeling rushed.
100% REFUND GUARANTEE
Change of plans? Feeling under the weather? We are happy to refund your entire tour with 24 hours advance notice.
We aren’t one of the big San Francisco bus tour companies, and it shows. Dylan’s is owned and operated by San Francisco native Dylan David.
YOUR EXPERIENCE IS OUR TOP PRIORITY
From our convenient meeting location to each stop on your tour, our goal is to make your tour fun and enjoyable. We have thought of the small things so you don’t have to.