San Francisco

Muir Woods Expedition Tour of Coastal Redwoods

San Francisco, United States

From $89.00

Price varies by group size

Select Date and Travelers

Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 4 to 5 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup from select hotels
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Experience the majesty of Northern California’s Coastal Redwood Sequoia trees at Muir Woods. This half-day tour takes visitors to some of the Bay Area’s most peaceful spots. Spend 1.5 hours beneath some of the tallest Redwood trees in the world, take a short hike, or just enjoy the views. Then stop for lunch in Sausalito and opt to take the scenic ferry ride back to the city, or be driven across the Golden Gate Bridge. Ideal for visitors looking to get out of the city and spend some relaxing time in the forest.
  • Experience the peaceful surroundings of giant Redwood trees in Muir Woods
  • Avoid the hassles of driving, parking and public transportation
  • Visit Muir Woods, the Golden Gate Bridge and the town of Sausalito
  • Convenient transportation from San Francisco hotels and Fisherman’s Wharf

What's Included

  • Pickup at a convenient location in Union Square and Fisherman's Wharf
  • Excursion to picturesque Sausalito and Muir Woods
  • Muir Woods Entrance fee
  • Guide Gratuities (for Private option ONLY)
  • Guide Gratuities (for Shared tour)
  • Lunch
  • Ferry from Sausalito to SF (if option not selected)

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Pickup details

Hilton San Francisco Union Square: Please meet at the Mason Street entrance (Eastern side of the hotel) Hotel Zephyr San Francisco: Please meet outside the main doors

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Exact destinations & itinerary may differ due to weather, road conditions, and the guide's discretion.
  • California law requires tour guests to bring a car safety seat for all children under 8 years and under 4' 9" (1.4 meters) in height. Any guest that does not provide their child's safety seat at the time of the tour and does not inform the tour operator in advance may not be allowed to board the tour and will not be subject to refund.
  • Audio guides are available in French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, and Japanese. Specify language at time of booking under special requirements.
  • Park entrance fee to Muir Woods National Monument included
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • For the rare event that commercial parking is not available at Muir Woods, we reserve the right to arrange an alternative destination for experiencing Giant Coastal Redwoods during your tour.
  • Meals and drink are not included but available for purchase at Muir Woods Visitor's Center and Sausalito.
  • Your pickup time for this tour may change due to the new parking reservation system for Muir Woods. Please make sure to reconfirm pick-up time prior to your tour
  • Time spent in Sausalito may vary. Purchase the ferry option to extend your stay in this quaint Coastal Village
  • For Private Tour option, size of vehicle will be dependent on the size of your party
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 33 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveler Tips


If you are taking younger children who get motion sick, advise to take Gravol a half hour before the drive out.
Reviews
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Fantastic guide and sites, unbearable administration.
DiePhoo, Jul 2022
The actual tour and our guide Randall were fantastic. Randall was very personable and knowledgeable. We had plenty of time in Muir woods and Sausalito. Take the ferry back if you are not in a rush and head down to Fort Baker for a magnificent view of the Golden Gate Bridge, especially if it was foggy in the morning. The whole booking process was horrendous. We had two different pick up places, three different times in three different emails and five different texts. That part needs to be smoothed out.
Worth the bucks!
Amy_W, Jul 2022
Great tour! Our guide was laid back and super informative. Muir Woods is amazing and Sausalito was a great stop on the way back. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Jul 2022
Thanks so much for the recommendation. I hope you took the ferry back to San Francisco from Sausalito...its a great ending the day. All the best.
Muir Sausalito tour
Laurence_Y, Mar 2022
Great tour. Joe was very well informed and gave us tips on the way to Muir, which was fantastic. Would suggest passing out local chamber maps of Sausalito though. We missed out on visiting the arts area just outside Sausalito.
Response from Host, Mar 2022
Thanks for joining our Muir Wood and Sausalito tour. It is such a nice way to spend a morning. Please come back again, soon.
Disappointed
Donna_M, Sep 2021
The weather was beautiful and the area was very clean and I felt the time allotted was sufficient. But I was told I could bring my dog if it was a service dog but was not allowed once I got to the Muir location. It needs to be explained in more detail what type of service dogs are allowed. I had to leave my do with the tour guide on the bus. The tour guide was very nice and helpful
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Sorry to hear about your experience. For readers of your review, allow me to clarify. Extranomical is fine with either service dogs or emotional support animals on our tours. The national park in Muir Woods, however, does not allow "emotional support animals" in the park to avoid incidents. We will try to make that more clear on our website. Thanks for the review!
Nice and peaceful
Gale_R, Sep 2021
Walking between the trees. Great driver. He knew a lot of details of area. Negative was initial fellow that handed out tickets. Also confusion of where I was supposed to be picked up.
Response from Host, Sep 2021
Thanks for your nice words. Sorry to hear there was a bit of confusion about the pick-up details but glad you had a great day! Let's do it again soon.
Tourists comments
Jonathan_P, Jul 2021
Simple to consider a hire car and do it yourself however having this particular driver and guide was by far a better option ! We lucked out with a European (German) guide. Us Scots and Brits always joke the Germans don’t have a sense of humor but his “patter” was great ! Nice to not have to worry about the roads and be taken “well care of”. We took 4 via toe trips this week - all on time and as advertised - Really appreciated !
Don’t waste your money!
Kimberly_M, Jun 2021
This was not a tour- it was a rushed bus ride to Muir Woods. The driver was friendly, but didn’t give a tour. He simply said “next stop” and then gave the time that the bus would leave. Additionally, the description says that they pick up from several of the hotels. This is false! They pick up from ONE hotel or from their office. I recommend renting a car and enjoying a non rushed experience. This was a waste of money!
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Sorry to hear that you were disappointed in your experience. Please contact us at (415) 357-0700 about a refund or "do-over" tour. We care deeply about your satisfaction.
FABULOUS!
Lisa_L, Jun 2021
Our tour guide was awesome. He was very personable - he had a lot of great information. The tour itself was also excellent. The scent of the trees once you arrive at Muir Woods was amazing - I never expected that. The beauty of it all was just spectacular! Our visit to Sausalito was fun too - great little shops. Highly recommend this tour!!!
Fun trip when not on the bus.
Mark_F, Jun 2021
Muir Woods was great, we were fortunate to have great weather. The tour guide Jill was also great, very informative and helpful. The tour bus was very cramped, hot and uncomfortable.
Muir Woods is beautiful
Sara_G, Jun 2021
Muir Woods was amazing and Sausalito was beautiful. Our tour had to be rescheduled at the last minute due to a driver calling in sick. They were able to get us on a tour the next morning. The driver was late picking us up. Tour guide (Gino) was knowledgeable and informative
Great half day tour
John_K, May 2021
Alberto was a fabulous driver and tour guide! Funny, personable and full of information. He made the drive very interesting! Obviously Muir Woods is amazing and Sausalito was picturesque. Highly recommend!
Response from Host, Jun 2021
Thanks for your kind words...I'll pass them on to Alberto. Hope we can do it again soon to a different SF attraction.
Don’t use
Michael_R, Feb 2020
The trip was canceled 10 minutes before after it cost me to travel to pick up location. They are selling tours that are not running
Mostly great - more Muir and less Sausalito, please!
Lynne_D, Jan 2020
The good: Muir Woods is fabulously beautiful, and a treat after a few days in the city. Well worth the fairly short trip. It wasn't much colder than the city itself. Our driver, Mr. Chabli, was informative, attentive, and humorous. After the Woods, he was the highlight of the trip. The cafe was limited but had decent enough food, The two bookstores were standard (the one by the visitor center is much smaller) and the lines for the women's restroom were long (also, sadly, standard.) . The main trail is actually a wooden pathway, which makes it manageable for those with mobility concerns. The bad: Many of us on the tour noted that we'd rather spend more time at the Woods and skip Sausalito. The hour and 15 minutes went by so quickly and those who walked the longest trail sprinted to get back on time. I'd prefer a trip that used the time spent in Sausalito at Muir Woods. Keep the drop off in Sausalito for those who want to spend time there and catch the ferry back. The ugly: Representatives from both companies were very helpful in resolving the problem, but there was a major communication snafu when we were shuffled to another tour company (gray line) when the original tour was canceled. This would have been fine except gray line was told we would be on the 8 a.m tour and we were told we were on the 11 am tour, which had been sold out for several days. Luckily, there were no shows for the 11 tour and we got to go.
Muir Woods Worth the Trip
Heather C, Oct 2019
The only downside to this trip is the brief time you have in Muir Woods - it's 90 minutes in total. We did the more ambitious hike to the 4th bridge up the hill ridge trail, and to really experience the woods it is best to be able to stand/sit in the groves, and enjoy the silence. We had to really turn up the speed on the hike back to make it back to our transportation on time. The woods itself is breathtaking - a special place worth remembering, and the smell in the air is so fresh. One other small detail - our entrance to the National Monument of Muir Woods was NOT included with this tour price - it was $15 for an adult, no charge for kids under 16, it would have been good to have more clarity that the tickets were not inclusive of this. Another tip, the roads accessing Muir woods are narrow and very windy. If you are taking younger children who get motion sick, advise to take Gravol a half hour before the drive out. The shuttle driver was excellent, very professional, and gave a good overview of the area and also gave some narration in San Francisco. A great guide.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Bridge FOUR...great hike and you got to see all the highlights on that trail! You'll be happy to know that we've listened and now include the Muir Woods entry fee within the tour price. Thanks for all your good suggestions.
Worth it!
KansasCityFamily, Oct 2019
We learned that Muir Woods schedules visits as our pick up time was changed by a few hours. But the Viator driver and guide were very friendly. It was nice being a smaller group. My only complaint is with the bus layout itself as you are unable to look out the front window (unless you duck your head to be waist level), especially during the windy road to the woods. Overall I highly recommend and would do it again.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Thanks for your kind words. Next time let us host you in Yosemite or Monterey. Travel well.
Fulfilled my Expectations
Thomsfun, Oct 2019
It took a while for the van driver to pick up all the customers, but after that we were taken directly to Muir woods. Muir woods is naturally awesome! We spent an hour an a half there. We proceeded on to Sausalito where we were on our own to choose a restaurant for lunch. We chose the option of taking the ferry back to San Francisco which we enjoyed.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
This is exactly the sort of slow-paced morning that we had in mind when designing the tour. Taking the ferry back gives you the ability to customize the Sausalito portion to your liking (Lappert's ice cream...mmmm!).
Awesome trip - recommend!
Anna_S, Oct 2019
We took the trip from San Fran to Muir Woods and to Sausalito for lunch. And our tour guide Roman was the best. He did such a good job narrating the trip, funny and accommodating to what the group wanted to see if we preferred something else. The time limits were good, perfect amount of time for lunch and some shopping. And the Muir Woods was beautiful, pictures couldn't capture it.
Response from Host, Oct 2019
Roman is a kick! Glad you enjoyed the day. Let's do it again soon.
Muir Woods & Sausalito
Wendall_S, Jul 2019
great tour guide and great tour. Had great recommendations for lunch and gave us enough time to eat.
Muir Woods Tour
Reneecwin, Jul 2018
Beautiful redwood national park. Would have liked a longer amount of time to visit the forest. Felt rushed with 90 minutes to see all the sites.
Our tour guide was Kimberly. She...
David B, Mar 2018
Our tour guide was Kimberly. She highlighted many of the San Francisco attractions and was able to provide additional background information about them. Muir woods was amazing! We highly recommend this trip for anyone visiting the bay area.