Your private SUV tour is driven and narrated by a Bay Area born owner-operator with almost a decade of professional tour experience. Private tours save time and provide a level of service not always available to bus & van passengers ... More info ›
Your private SUV tour is driven and narrated by a Bay Area born owner-operator with almost a decade of professional tour experience. Private tours save time and provide a level of service not always available to bus & van passengers. Feel free to interact with your personal guide and ask questions on route to the park. Located just 12 miles (19km) from San Francisco's city limits, Muir Woods makes a perfect quick getaway from the concrete jungle. The fog is good for more than just natural air conditioning, it helps grow really tall coastal redwoods! Muir Wood's tallest tree is 258 feet (79m) in length. The Muir grove averages in age from 500-800 years with the oldest estimated to be at least 1200 years old. After the Woods you get free time in Sausalito to walk along the water, shop, dine or sip some wine.
Transportation is provided in an extended 2015 Ford Expedition EL XLT equipped with 4-wheel drive (just in case). This vehicle was selected for its size and 3rd row space which has 17% more leg room than other SUVs of its model year.
Coach buses over 35 ft are not advised on the steep, narrow, and winding road down to Muir Woods. You may request that your driver takes slow if you are sensitive to the road conditions near Mount Tamalpais. If you are thinking about driving yourself, the popularity of this park has led to some major parking congestion. About 80% of the one million or so visitors per year attempt to arrive by car and compete for 150 or so parking spaces. Your private SUV tour picks you up at your hotel and drops you off close to the forest entrance. Since private tours don't have multiple pick up/drop off locations like some mixed group tours, you will save valuable time. You won't get stuck waiting on tardy strangers either.
Pickup is at your San Francisco hotel at 8:30am or 2pm. You typically arrive at Muir Woods after 40 to 60 minutes of driving depending on pickup location, loading time and traffic. Not included: $10 admission per person 16 years and older. This fee is not included to prevent overcharging of smaller groups under 7 people, National Park annual pass holders and families with children. This way you only pay for the entrance fees you need.
Only rangers can guide inside the park so your driver will give you instructions before you set off to explore on your own. It takes about 45 minutes round trip to Cathedral Grove where you find the oldest trees in this grove. If you want to take a longer walk, the Hillside Trail may be open depending on conditions (60-75 minutes). If you did not eat yet, The Muir Woods Cafe has coffee, tea and tries to use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Most people love their berry scone. To provide adequate time in Sausalito, it is recommended that you depart Muir Woods at 10:45 am (4:15 pm tour) for the 30 minute drive to the seaside town. Enjoy a seaside meal, taste some wine or stroll the harbor while taking in the views of San Francisco. The tour departs Sausalito for San Francisco at 12:15 pm (5:45 pm tour) Depending on your hotel's location and traffic, you should be back at your SF hotel between 12:30-12:45 (6:00-6:15 pm tour). If you want more time in Sausalito, you may take the ferry boat back at a time of your choosing (ferry ticket not included).
Private tour advantage: If you are 100% sure you will depart the tour in Sausalito and make your own way back, scenic alternatives such as the Golden Gate Bridge viewpoint & Muir Beach may be available so ferry passengers don't get shorted on time they paid for.