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.