Private Tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito (2022)

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Overview

Visit Muir Woods and Sausalito on a half-day private tour from San Francisco. Travel by SUV with your own driver-guide to experience Northern California's coastal redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument, where the tallest tree measures 258 feet (79 meters), and the grove averages from 500-800 years in age. You also have free time in Sausalito for dining, shopping, wine tasting, or sightseeing in the picturesque waterside town.

  • Private SUV tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito, from San Francisco

  • Skip the parking hassles at Muir Woods with convenient drop-off and pickup service

  • Have the option to remain on your own in Sausalito and return by ferry at your leisure

  • Customize the itinerary to your preferences

What's Included

  • Transportation to Muir Woods & Sausalito from the city of San Francisco

  • Up close Muir Woods parking fee

  • Drop off in San Francisco or Sausalito.

  • Pickups near SFO Airport ($75 more each way)

  • Food and drinks

  • Ferry/transportation tickets if you choose to depart in Sausalito

  • Extra time

  • $15 Muir Woods entry fee per adult over 15

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What To Expect

Your guide picks you up at your San Francisco hotel in a comfortable and spacious SUV that is well-equipped to handle both busy city streets and the steep winding road to Muir Woods.

Drive across the Golden Gate Bridge to Marin County, where Muir Woods sits in a deep valley near the Pacific Ocean. Your guide drops you off close to the forest entrance, allowing you to skip the parking hassles at this popular destination.

Have time to explore the coastal redwood forest on your own, with suggestions offered by your guide. Walk to Cathedral Grove to see some of the oldest trees in the area, or take the Hillside Trail for a longer hike. If you get hungry, you can purchase tasty food and drinks at the Muir Woods Trading Company Cafe.

Head to Sausalito next, making the scenic drive to the bayside town. Check out the waterfront restaurants, cafes, art galleries, and views of San Francisco. Your tour ends with a return to San Francisco by car.

Muir Woods now operates on a strict parking reservation system (parking reservation included). Some days Sausalito is first and other days it is Muir Woods. Due to the limited mandatory parking reservations, you must be flexible to visit Muir Woods. Your guide will do their best to get you the most time in each destination.

If you would like to return on your own by ferry from Sausalito, your guide can offer stops at scenic spots such as the Golden Gate Bridge viewpoint or Muir Beach, then provide drop-off in Sausalito to end your tour.

San Francisco Bay (Pass By)

Pick up at your hotel in San Francisco.

Golden Gate Bridge (Pass By)

Travel over the Golden Gate Bridge on the way to Muir Woods

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

  • ADA handicap passengers: If you are able to bring a handicap parking placard assigned to someone in your group, please message me upon booking. This will get you a better Muir Woods parking reservation.

  • A collapsible wheelchair or stroller can be accommodated in the trunk area.

  • The tour will be refunded if a Muir Woods reservation is not granted by the park at least 2 days in advance of the trip.

  • Parking time is limited and strictly enforced by Muir Woods. Expect 75-90 minutes in the forest. If you overstay, it is a 3 mile walk to the next possible pickup location.

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  • If you have children under 8, you must use a size appropriate booster or car seat. Children may not ride on the parent's lap, no exceptions. I have one booster and one adjustable (10-40lb) car seat which you may reserve free of charge. Contact me if you need local rental information for additional boosters or car seats.

  • Wheelchair accessible

  • Stroller accessible

  • Service animals allowed

  • Near public transportation

  • Infant seats available

  • Most travelers can participate

  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

    Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito?

    Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito?

    A:The policies on sanitization are:

    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

    Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour to Muir Woods and Sausalito?

    A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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    Reviews

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    Private Muir Woods/Sausalito

    Ricky_S,

    Sept 2018

    Thomas was very knowledgeable and friendly which made for a pleasant drive. Car was comfortable and spacious and it was a great way to skip the hassle of Muir Woods. Only thing I would change is to make the trip a 5 hour trip since San Fran traffic is horrendous. We barely got to spend any time in Sausalito before our time was up. The private tour with Thomas definitely beats sitting on a tour bus for half a day, just wish we would have had a little more time at our destinations.

    This trip was awesome! We were...

    Michael H,

    Apr 2017

    This trip was awesome! We were picked up at our Air B and B, drove around the city a bit. Since we had children with us, he took us to see the Mrs. Doubtfire house as well as the Full House house. After spending plenty of time at Muir Woods, we had some time to spare so we went to Muir beach and we also drove through Sausalito, drove down Lombard Street and went to Coit Tower before he dropped us off to end our day. Customer service was excellent and I highly recommend this tour!!

    Magnificent!!!

    Trek634394,

    Apr 2019

    The guide was extremely knowledgeable and had a lot of interesting stories about the places he took us. Very kind and professional

    Brillant tour by Thomas we did the...

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    marie_O,

    Feb 2017

    Brillant tour by Thomas we did the evening tour and got to see the golden gate bridge at nite which was class.He took us to Muir woods and was a full of knowledge about the area. I would highly recommend this tour.

    Tom was excellent. Really flexible...

    Kim R,

    Oct 2017

    Tom was excellent. Really flexible because we realised it was Fleet Week so he picked us up at a different location to avoid some of the traffic. Very pleasant and informative. Took us to a great photo palace on the way home above the Golden Gate Bridge. He also took us down the really steep zig-zag street. Muir Woods was worth the trip. Gorgeous forest and a really nice walk. His SUV was also spotlessly clean and easily fitted our party of 6. Happy to recommend Tom

    Thomas was incredibly knowledgeable...

    Wendy N,

    Dec 2017

    Thomas was incredibly knowledgeable about San fransisco and accommodating.

    Thomas was wonderful and so easy...

    mindy.stayton,

    Aug 2017

    Thomas was wonderful and so easy going. He took us to Muir Woods and even pointed out a few other things. He was very polite and full of great information about the area. He was open to conversation and questions. He also made great suggestions. I loved Muir Woods - it's so beautiful and peaceful. A must do in San Francisco and I would recommend Thomas and this tour again and again - this was a great way to start our trip!

    My family splurged on a private tour...

    Karen H,

    Nov 2016

    My family splurged on a private tour to Muir Woods and found it well worth the extra expense. Thomas was an excellent guide, knowledgeable about the area and even customized the last part of our tour for us. We swapped out the Sausalito portion for a stop at Muir Beach and Hawk Hill. My little boys enjoyed both places much more than seeing art galleries and cafes in Sausalito. The car Ford Expedition was comfortable and felt very safe going around the curvy hills near Muir Woods. I don't think a large tour bus would be that safe. I'd definitely recommend taking a tour with Thomas from Land's End Touring Company again.

    FAQs

    Can I go to Muir Woods by myself? ›

    In this post, I'll walk you through the easy process of planning a self-guided Muir Woods tour from San Francisco. You'll get to experience a gorgeous ferry ride across the bay, grab some lunch in famous Sausalito, and soak up the beauty of the largest living things on the planet, the giant redwoods.

    Can you Uber to Muir Woods? ›

    The distance from San Francisco to Muir Woods is only 17 miles. So, technically, you can take an Uber or Lyft driver to the park. However, there is no cell phone service in Muir Woods. So, it won't be possible for you to hire a driver for the ride back to San Francisco.

    Do you need a car for Muir Woods? ›

    You can easily get to Muir Woods without a car. The distance from San Francisco to Muir Woods is 16.4 miles, so it can take a while to get there if you don't know what the most efficient transport options are.

    How long is Muir Woods tour? ›

    The Muir Woods Tours depart from the Big Bus Tours Visitor Center at 99 Jefferson Street at 9:00am and 1:00pm. Tours take aproximately 3.5 hours. The 45-minute journey to Muir Woods takes you across the Golden Gate Bridge, and up into the Marin County headlands.

    Can I just drive through Muir Woods? ›

    Can you drive through Muir Woods? No, you can not drive through Muir Woods. While you can enjoy the Muir Woods drive, you can not drive through the park, and there are no redwoods you can drive through.

    How do I get to Muir Woods without a reservation? ›

    Visitors arriving by vehicle must have a parking reservation in advance. If you arrive to Muir Woods without a reservation, you will be turned away. Parking reservations are not sold on site, and there is no cell reception to make a phone or web reservation. We encourage park visitors to plan ahead.

    What is the best time to visit Muir Woods? ›

    The best time to visit Muir Woods regarding the weather is from May to October. Regarding the crowds in the summer, visit the National Monument in the morning or late afternoon. If you hike one of the half-day trails, you can enjoy the majestic ancient redwoods almost alone.

    How much time should I spend in Muir Woods? ›

    How long should you spend in Muir Woods? If you plan to explore the main area, I recommend setting aside a couple of hours for your visit. If you plan to hike one of the longer trails, you could spend up to 3 to 5 hours hiking around.

    Is Muir Woods Worth seeing? ›

    There are plenty of other locations that you can see redwood trees. However, Muir Woods is a destination that you should at least visit once. It is a historic and internationally known national monument. Even though it has become a little “touristy” the natural beauty and impressiveness of the redwoods still remains.

    Are there snakes in Muir Woods? ›

    Reptiles and amphibians such as western garter snakes, rubber boas, and California giant salamanders are uncommon, but slimy bright banana slugs are abundant during the rainy season. Most commonly seen are Steller's jays, Sonoma chipmunks, and Western gray squirrels.

    Is there cell service in Muir Woods? ›

    There is NO cell phone service or WiFi at or around Muir Woods National Monument. Download your parking reservation in advance.

    Is Sausalito worth visiting? ›

    Sausalito is a popular destination to visit for both residents of the city and visitors alike. We have been to Sausalito many times and enjoy taking our out-of-town family and friends there for a day trip. The town of Sausalito is known for its beautiful views of the Bay and San Francisco's skyline.

    Which is better Muir Woods or Redwood National park? ›

    The trees are the same type, but RNP is much larger - bigger area, larger groves, not very crowded. Muir Woods is relatively compact and due to its smaller size and proximity to SF, it can be crowded. Are you starting out from San Francisco?

    Are there guided tours of Muir Woods? ›

    GUIDED TOURS OF MUIR WOODS

    Skyline Sightseeing, Gray Line, and Tower Tours lead combination tours that include tours of Sausalito, Sonoma, and/or San Francisco. Most tour companies spend between 1.5 to 2 hours in the forest.

    What do I need to know before going to Muir Woods? ›

    Muir Woods is open until 8:00 am until approximately sunset. The Muir Woods Visitor Center is open 8:00 am to 30 minutes before the park closes. Parking reservations are always required via GoMuirWoods.com ahead of your visit. Please ensure you have a printout or downloaded copy of your parking voucher before arriving.

    Are there giant redwoods in Muir Woods? ›

    The large trees in Muir Woods are the coastal redwoods, the tallest of all living things, and some scattered Douglas firs. The tallest coastal redwood at Muir Woods is about 258 feet, approximately the height of a six-foot person stacked head to toe 45 times.

    Where is the giant tree you can drive through? ›

    It is in the Tuolumne Grove in Yosemite National Park. You can drive through a tunnel cut into a fallen giant sequoia tree in Sequoia National Park. This is the Tunnel Log (5) and it is in Giant Forest along the Moro Rock Road.

    What do I need to know before going to Muir Woods? ›

    Muir Woods is open until 8:00 am until approximately sunset. The Muir Woods Visitor Center is open 8:00 am to 30 minutes before the park closes. Parking reservations are always required via GoMuirWoods.com ahead of your visit. Please ensure you have a printout or downloaded copy of your parking voucher before arriving.

    Is Muir Woods worth going to? ›

    There is a reason Muir Woods is one of the most popular day trips from San Francisco – this small national monument packs a powerful punch. From experiencing breathtaking coastal and forest views to wandering through the famous redwood forest, Muir Woods is easily one of our favorite places in the Bay Area.

    What to know when visiting Muir Woods? ›

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    What is the best time of day to visit Muir Woods? ›

    To avoid the crowds during the day, get there very early or after 4 pm. When the crowds thin out and commercial parking is open to the public. The park is open from 8 a.m. until sunset. Be there at about 7:30 if you are an early bird.

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