Muir Woods and Sausalito Half-Day Tour

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  • Day Tour
  • Pick Up Location(s)Hilton San Francisco Union Square (333 O’Farrell Street) Meet on the Mason Street side of the hotel.
  • Duration Half Day (~ 5 hours)
  • TransportationBiofueled mini-coach (generally 13 max, possibly up to 23)

On this half-day Muir Woods and Sausalito tour, you’ll wander through ancient groves of coastal redwoods at the Muir Woods National Monument and take a leisurely walk along the historic flower-lined sidewalks of Sausalito. If you’ve never seen an old-growth redwood forest, prepare for a full sensory experience.

An unforgettable Muir Woods guided tour… 

Our redwood tours from San Francisco are just a quick 30 minutes from downtown, so before long you’ll see the trees of Muir Woods that are between 800 and 1,200 years old. You’ll take a full hour and a half to roam through this ‘living museum’ where you can walk among the towering trees that used to dominate the west coast from Santa Barbara to Washington.

After exploring Muir Woods, you’ll have a narrated tour through the beautiful seaside Mediterranean-style town of Sausalito, after which you’ll get a chance to explore the 2.5-mile waterfront (approx 45 minutes total) before returning to the city across the Golden Gate Bridge.

Have a full day to fill? You can also choose to skip the ride back in the mini-shuttle and opt for a picturesque ferry ride back to San Francisco!

Catch the ferry back to San Francisco at the end of your Muir Woods private tour

Taking one of our Sausalito tours means you can explore for longer and take the ferry across the Bay! For only $14 extra, explore this beautiful town at your leisure and take the scenic ride to Fisherman’s Wharf or the San Francisco Ferry Building.

From there, enjoy some more sightseeing and easily reach your hotel via cable car or public transportation. The ferry from Sausalito departs at various times depending on the season.

(Looking for more things to do in San Francisco and its surroundings? Explore our full selection of San Francisco Tours.)

Departure

Daily departures at 7:15am & 1:30pm

Muir Woods tour from San Francisco highlights

  • Cruise over the famous Golden Gate Bridge
  • Stop for photos of the iconic bridge and San Francisco skyline
  • Explore the towering coastal redwoods of Muir Woods National Monument
  • Enjoy beautiful bay views from Sausalito
  • Add an optional ferry ride across the bay!

Muir Woods excursion price includes

  • Complimentary pickup/dropoff from Hilton Union Square
  • Full-time professional, knowledgeable guide
  • Muir Woods entrance fee
  • Free time to explore Sausalito (45 min + more with ferry option!)
  • Transportation to/from Muir Woods & Sausalito by minicoach

Price Excludes

  • Meals(stops will be made to purchase food)
  • Sausalito-to-SF ferry ticket (unless booked as inclusion)
  • Guide Gratuity(customary 15-20% of tour cost as per TripAdvisor tipping guide)

Why We Love This Tour

“This half-day tour is a great way to spend some time in nature among the ancient redwoods of coastal California, while still being so close to San Francisco. The redwood forest is an amazing site, and there’s plenty of time to stroll around the ancient groves. Grabbing a coffee or pastry in the coastal community of Sausalito is the perfect addition to this trip before you head back to the city.”

Jordan Freese
General Manager

Muir Woods Trip Itinerary

*These are sample itineraries for tours of Muir Woods and Sausalito. Please note that due to conditions outside of our control, your itinerary may be altered to best suit the groups’ needs.

While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of our Muir Woods and Sausalito tour highlights (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order.

Depending on passenger numbers and guest needs, your tour may be moved to a larger vehicle or operated by a preferred partner company. In this case, there may be slight differences in the itinerary and times. We will communicate the exact details to you in your confirmation.

Please be advised that during your tour with us, it is possible that your group may be joined by guests from one of our other tours for the return journey to San Francisco. While we strive to provide dedicated transportation for each tour group, occasionally circumstances may require us to combine groups for logistical reasons. Rest assured, we prioritize your comfort and safety throughout the entirety of your experience with us. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

7:15am & 1:30pm:

Our Muir Woods and Sausalito tour begins as you make your way to the pre-arranged pick-up spot at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square (333 O’Farrell St).

Make sure to be on the Mason Street side of the hotel to meet your Incredible Adventures guide and vehicle.

Cross the Bridge:

From the cozy vantage of the mini-coach, take in panoramic scenes that span the city skyline, Alcatraz Island, and the boat-speckled bay.

We’ll next make a very brief stop in Sausalito, possibly picking up more guests from our other tours, before continuing our journey. Then, we’ll take the winding coastal mountain path through the Marin Headlands where you’ll see the base of Mt. Tamalpais (the highest point in the North Bay region) before we arrive in the cool, shaded canyon home to these special coastal redwoods.

See the Trees:

Are you ready to feel small beside a redwood? You’ll step off the mini-coach into a wonderland of greenery. On our redwood tours from San Francisco, you’ll have an hour to 90 minutes to wander along the wooden boardwalks through the tallest species of tree in the world.

Due to the thick fog that blankets the west coast in the summer, redwoods only thrive in Northern California and Oregon. In 1908, Senator William Kent and his wife donated their land to the state and President Theodore Roosevelt designated it as a federally protected area.

Muir Woods is the only surviving stand of old-growth forest in the Bay Area. Wandering amongst these towering giants is sure to reconnect you with a natural world that was almost lost forever.

Free Time in Sausalito:

From Muir Woods, it’s a short drive to Sausalito, a picturesque town that starts with hilltop mansions and spills down to boutique shops and cafes along the waterfront.

The pier offers a panoramic view of the San Francisco skyline, the Bay Bridge, and Angel Island. Take it all in on our Sausalito tours with an in-coach narrated tour and 45 minutes to explore. Then, loop around for the return trip to San Francisco.

You can also choose to hop off the coach and linger at one of the sidewalk cafes, shop for one-of-a-kind souvenirs, or sample freshly caught seafood before taking the ferry back to the city on our Sausalito tours. Just choose the PLUS FERRY option at checkout.

Home Again:

We’ll drop you back off at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square just in time for lunch or dinner, depending on the tour you’ve chosen.

Taking the Ferry

Take the ferry back to San Francisco* and spend more time exploring Sausalito at your own pace!

Sausalito is located to the north of the Golden Gate Bridge and began as a hub for car, ferry, and rail traffic to reach the city. After World War II, its industry focus shifted, transforming it into a wealthy and artistic residential and tourist area.

You can add the ferry tickets to your tour, and the driver will drop you off before heading back to the city. Simply choose the PLUS FERRY tour option during the check-out process, and the tickets will be provided to you on the tour.

Taking the ferry back from Sausalito will afford you amazing views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, and the San Francisco city skyline from the north. Don’t forget your jacket, though – it can get chilly out on the bay!

You’ll disembark the ferry in the Fisherman’s Wharf/Embarcadero area where you can easily hail a cab or take the cable car back to your hotel.

* Tickets are an additional $14 for all ages and are not included in the base tour price. Ferry return is subject to availability.

Book Our Muir Woods with Sausalito Half-Day tour as a private tour

We understand how important quality time with your friends and family is. We also understand the hesitation some customers may have in sharing a vehicle with people they don’t know.

While we love the ease of travel and the new friendships that shared tours provide, we have adapted our tours of Muir Woods and Sausalito to give customers more options when booking.

This tour is now available to book as a private excursion for up to 22 guests. You’ll receive the same itinerary and inclusions that our typical tour would provide, plus personal one-on-one attention from your guide and the ability to choose who you’ll bring with you.

Feeling like making some changes or additions to the itinerary? Contact us and we can create a quote for a custom experience across any of the 50 states.

Reserve your Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour as a private excursion now!

Our rates are based on group size. After clicking below and choosing an available date, select how many travelers will be in your group.

Private tour for 1-13 guests: $989 total
Private tour for 14-22 guests: $1,489 total

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