Muir Woods and Sausalito Tour from San Francisco.

Why We Love this Tour

“Despite being only a short journey from the city, you’ll feel worlds away once you step into the redwood forest of Muir Woods. These ancient trees are captivating beautiful and you’ll soon realize why John Muir said “the clearest way into the Universe is through a forest wilderness.” Walk along a stream while gazing up at the 350 feet high trees on a stroll you won’t forget. On your way back to San Francisco, enjoy the fresh air and stunning views of the charming coastal town of Sausalito and grab an ice cream before heading back over the Golden Gate Bridge.”

– Molly Spector
Tour Guide

Tour Highlights

  • Golden Gate Bridge Viewpoints
  • Muir Woods Giant Redwoods
  • Beautiful bay views from Sausalito
  • Add an optional ferry ride across the bay!
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Price: $79

*Child rates available for those under 11. Rates change annually – please check “book now” pricing for exact rate for your desired date. Add Sausalito-to-SF ferry tickets for only $11 additional (see below).

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Overview

Muir Woods and Sausalito Half-Day Tour

On this half-day 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. Just a quick 30 minutes from downtown San Francisco, Muir Woods contains trees 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 get a quick narrated tour through the beautiful seaside Mediterranean-style town of Sausalito, after which you’ll get a chance to 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!

Ferry return is subject to availability at the time of booking. Some tours may be moved to a preferred partner operator or larger vehicle to best accommodate our guests.

 

Take the ferry back to San Francisco!

Explore Sausalito for a longer time and take the ferry back across the Bay back to the iconic San Francisco ferry building! Only $11 extra added to the price of your tour.

The ferry from Sausalito departs approximately every hour and a half, from 11:30am to 9:00pm daily.

Itinerary

Morning – Muir Woods National Monument

7:15-9:00am Make your way to the pre-arranged pick-up spot at Hilton Union Square Hotel (333 O’Farrell St, San Francisco). Be sure to check the booking calendar for the exact start time, as it varies by day.

Cross the Bridge: From the cozy vantage of your mini-coach, you’ll take in panoramic scenes that span from the city skyline, to Alcatraz Island, and across the boat-speckled bay; catching glimpses of scenes that have inspired countless authors, poets, and artists. We’ll take the winding coastal mountain path of 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 shade of the redwood forest.

See the Trees: Are you ready to feel small next to a redwood? You’ll step off the mini-shuttle into a wonderland of greenery, where you’ll have an hour to an hour and a half to wander along the path among the tallest species of tree in the world. These unique trees only thrive in Northern California and Oregon, due to the thick fog that blankets the west coast in the summer months. 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, the sights, sounds and smells of this living museum are 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 with a 15 minute in-coach narrated tour and about 30 minutes to explore* on foot! 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 (choose the PLUS FERRY option at check-out). Ferry is subject to availability.

Home Again: We’ll drop you back in San Francisco to get you close to more items to cross off your San Francisco bucket list.

 

 

**Sample Itineraries: Please note that due to conditions outside of our control (special events, traffic), it is sometimes necessary to alter your itinerary to best suit the needs of the group. While we guarantee that we’ll do our best to provide you with all of the highlights within this itinerary (conditions permitting), we do not guarantee them in this specific order. Depending on our 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 to the itinerary and times listed above. We will communicate exact details to you in your confirmation.

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 focus on industry shifted and it is now a wealthy and artistic residential and tourist area. Here you will see houseboats, multi-million dollar homes along the cliffs, and many small boutique shops.

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 cablecar back to your SF hotel.

*Tickets are an additional $11 for all ages and are not included in the base tour price. Ferry return is subject to availability.

Why Not Stay Longer?

Add tickets to the world famous Alcatraz Island to your tour. Right after your trip to Muir Woods and Sausalito, you can head over to “The Rock” and experience their night tour that walks you through what it was like to be in the prison decades ago.

OR… Spend a full day in beautiful Muir Woods, followed by two award-winning tastings in Sonoma Wine Country. Alcatraz tickets may also be added to this tour for the day before – either during the day or at night.

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Entertaining and Informative

Our tour took us by bus to Muir Woods & then dropped us off in Sausalito where we caught a ferry back to the City. Our tour guide, John, was both entertaining and informative, which made the trip enjoyable. We were allowed to spend 90 minutes at Muir Woods…enough to whet our appetites to go back in the future… Catching the ferry back to Pier 39 was easy and the ride a treat. I recommend the bus over and ferry back to anyone going to Muir Woods & Sausalito.

– Charles R, Indiana traveled September 2013 Muir Woods & Sausalito Half-Day Tour

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