Muir Woods National Monument

Just a stone’s throw north from the bright lights and big city of San Francisco sits one of the great treasures of the Bay Area, Muir Woods. Declared a National Monument in 1908 by President Theodore Roosevelt and named after environmentalist John Muir, the renowned grove of virgin redwoods is one of the last stands of old-growth coastal redwoods in the world. Go for a leisurely hike through its six miles of trails under the canopies of the coast redwoods (the tallest living organisms in the world), encounter the creatures that inhabit Muir Woods from banana slugs to the Steller Jays, and stop by the Redwood Creek to get a glimpse of the endangered Coho salmon. Muir Woods Shuttle Tours give a comprehensive, 4-1/2-hour tour.

In Mill Valley, 415.388.2595,

Erin Roth