Half-Day Private Tour of Muir Woods Park of Giant Sequoias
Description of Muir Woods and Sausalito Guided Tour
Why should you visit Muir Woods National Monument? Why choose a private Tour?
Muir Woods National Monument is home to the famous giant coastal redwoods, the tallest trees on the planet. Did you know that if you were to stack three of these trees together, they would be the same height as the Eiffel Tower in Paris? And if you add one more tree on top of that, it would be as tall as the Empire State Building in New York City!
We are all aware of how inconvenient it is riding in a large tour bus because of its size and inability to drive through certain roads and neighborhoods. By choosing Golden Horizon Tours, you be escorted by your own professional tour guide, not just simply a driver, and he or she will take you through these giant redwoods and share information about their natural wonders. Your guide is multifaceted: Your trusted driver, tour guide, and photographer. They strive to make each tour unique and exciting for your enjoyment.
Golden Horizon Tours offers top of the line 4X4 SUV vehicles, and luxury vans. Your tour guide will make sure to give you plenty of opportunities to take pictures along the way, even if it means stopping the vehicle! The tour will be catered to your interests and timeline, and will pass through backroads where other tour and bus companies are prohibited, if you’d like. For groups traveling with children, we can modify the tour to fit younger audiences.
Our Muir Woods tour includes an optional side trip to Muir Woods Beach overlook (weather permitting). You may also visit Sausalito and Marin Headlands, to see breathtaking views over the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. Our private tours are completely customizable as we strive to provide ample time to see as much as you’d like! Our prices include all applicable taxes and entrance fees for Muir Woods.
We offer daily morning (a.m.) and afternoon (p.m.) private, custom tours by SUV or luxury van. Our 4X4 SUV tours are the most popular and highly recommended. Please check out our tour itinerary below to learn more about our tours to Muir Woods and Sausalito.
Muir Woods Park Half-Day Tour Itinerary and Schedule
When booking online, please choose the Morning (AM) or Afternoon (PM) Tour
Our Muir Woods Morning Tour is from 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m
Our Muir Woods Afternoon Tour is from 2:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m
Our private tours are customizable
Muir Woods Trip Itinerary
Outline of the tour, depending upon weather/traffic conditions
- Complimentary pick-up
- 9:00 a.m. (morning tour) or 2:30 p.m. (afternoon tour)
- Roam through this ancient forest of redwoods
- Visit Muir Beach Overlook
- Mill Valley and Mount Tamalpais High School
- Visit Sausalito - a Mediterranean-style coastal town
- Sausalito and the houseboat community
- Famous Sausalito
- Golden Gate Bridge overlook
- 1:00 p.m. drop-off (morning tour) or 6:30 p.m. drop-off (afternoon tour)
2:30 p.m Pick up time for the Afternoon Tour (PM)Back to Top
Your guide will pick you up from your hotel in San Francisco or Sausalito, greeting you with a sign displaying your first and last name.
Drive to Muir WoodsBack to Top
You will first head north to Muir Woods National Monument via the Golden Gate Bridge and along a panoramic highway with views of Marin County, Sausalito, Tiburon, and San Francisco Bay.
Stroll through the ancient Redwood ForestBack to Top
It takes about 45 minutes to get to Muir Woods from your designated pick up spot, and your guide will provide your entrance tickets (included in your tour price). Your guide will share interesting facts about these unique trees before you may go on a walk to contemplate the serenity of this majestic ancient forest on your own. Muir Woods National Monument's new regulations prohibit guides from leading tours inside this ancient forest to preserve its peace and tranquility. The park offers a number of easy and very accessible hiking trails along the creek for you to explore. There is also a gift shop with a "locally grown" organic cafeteria and public restrooms.
Fun fact: Did you know that four of these redwood trees stacked on top of each other would be as tall as the Empire State Building?Visit Muir Beach OverlookBack to Top
After visiting Muir Woods, your guide will drive you through Kent Canyon to beautiful Muir Beach overlook (fog permitting), part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, with a beautiful hidden beach and cove. The short but breathtaking trail follows a narrow crest of coastal promontory where the land sheers off dramatically on both sides down to the ocean, hundreds of feet below. On clear days, you can see as far as San Francisco, and Farallon Islands in the distance. The clear views from this high coastal bluff led the U.S. Army to build bunkers and cannons here immediately after the attack on Pearl Harbor, as many Californians feared San Francisco would be the next target. This overlook is also a wonderful bird watching point: red-tailed hawks, osprey, ravens, and turkey vultures have all been seen! During the right season, you might even catch a glimpse of whales swimming by during their winter migrations.Mill Valley and Mount Tamalpais High School Back to Top
Mill Valley, a small, charming community located 5 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, was inhabited by the Coast Miwok for over 10,000 years before Spanish and Mexican explorers arrived. It is characterized by its scenic views, marshlands, and wooded canyons. It also has a strong artistic heritage and is (and has been) home to musicians, authors, actors, poets, and TV personalities like John Lennon, Sammy Hagar, Janis Joplin, Jack London, Kathleen Quinlan, Michael Tucker, Tom Cruise, Nicole Kidman, Eve Arden, and Mariel Hemingway. It is also home to the Mill Valley Film Festival & was immortalized by the song "Mill Valley" (recorded in 1970).
In July 2005, CNN ranked Mill Valley tenth on its list of the “100 Best Places to live in the United States”! Tamalpais High School there, named after Mount Tamalpais, which stands 2,500 feet high, includes notable alumni including Joe DeMaestri, Daniel Caldwell, Signy Coleman, Tupac Shakur, the actress Kathleen Quinlan, who began her acting career in George Lucas' "American Graffiti" (which was filmed in the school’s gym). Other notable residents include Barbara Boxer, George Lucas, Andre Agassi, Sean Penn, and Carlos Santana.Visit Sausalito - a Mediterranean-Style Coastal TownBack to Top
Now you will head to Sausalito, where you can enjoy a walk downtown in this charming Mediterranean-style coastal town, filled with history, culture, and beautiful waterfront shops. Spend an hour, or the rest of the day at this enchanting village for a romantic dinner and return to San Francisco on the ferry (ferry tickets are not included). Sausalito's cliff-hanging cottages and houseboats contribute to its Mediterranean ambiance.
Sausalito was once a settlement for the native Coast Miwok. Spanish explorer Don José de Cañizares, who arrived in Sausalito in 1775 looking for a suitable anchorage for vessels, reported that there were friendly native Miwoks and a large population of deer, elk, bear, seals, and otters there. In 1776, Spaniards, led by Juan Bautista de Anza (who already opened the overland route from Mexico to California), decided to establish the first settlement in the Presidio of San Francisco instead of Sausalito. During the Mexican Era (1821-1846), the British mariner William Richardson was the first to develop Sausalito as a private rancho. By 1825, Richardson had assumed Mexican citizenship, converted to Catholicism, and married the daughter of Don Ignacio Martínez, commandant of the Presidio, to acquire lands that included Sausalito. In the post-Gold Rush era, Sausalito played a major role in leisure, commercial, and military maritime transportation as many fishermen and wealthy yachting enthusiasts had already settled there. This era came to an end in May 1937 when the Golden Gate Bridge opened eliminating the need for large-scale ferry operations from Sausalito. The villages soon received a steady stream of visitors thanks to the new bridge. In 1942, the Sausalito Yacht Club was founded to promote yachting for racing and cruising enthusiasts.Sausalito and the "House Boat Wars"Back to Top
When the United States entered World War II, Fort Barry on Point Bonita was reoccupied. Fort Baker hosted many troops and a major shipyard was created along the shoreline of Sausalito. After WWII, a lively waterfront community grew in the abandoned shipyard. By the late 1960s, at least three houseboat communities occupied the waterfront along and adjacent to Sausalito's shore, and in the early 1970s, an intense conflict erupted between houseboat residents and developers— dubbed the "Houseboat Wars." The conflict stemmed from county authorities attempting to forcibly remove residents and developers. This long fight pitted the waterfront against the wealthy "hillside community." Today, three houseboat communities consisting of more than 400 boats of various shapes, sizes, and values, still exist — Galilee Harbor, Waldo Point Harbor and the Gates Cooperative. It was in a houseboat at Waldo Point in Sausalito where the singer Otis Redding wrote his famous "Dock of the Bay" song in 1967: " I'm sittin' on the dock of the bay - Watching the ships roll in…the tide roll away - I left my home in Georgia - Headed for the 'Frisco bay - Just to make this dock my home"The Famous and Notable Residents of SausalitoBack to Top
Sausalito is featured in many novels and movies: “The Lady from Shanghai” (Orson Welles and Rita Hayworth); in a section of the 1892 novel "The Wrecker" by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osborn; in the opening of "The Sea-Wolf," by Jack London, which is set on a ferryboat travelling from Sausalito to San Francisco; in many scenes of the 1965 film "Dear Brigitte" with James Stewart; in the 1968 film “Petulia” when Richard Chamberlain was fishing Julie Christie out of the water at the foot of Johnson Street; and in a scene from the 1972 movie “Play It Again, Sam,” which was shot using interiors of the Trident (the Horizons) restaurant and exteriors of the Spinnaker restaurant. Sausalito is also featured in the 1978 novel "The House of God" and in Sausalito's fictional "Cetacean Institute" from Star Trek IV. The area is, or has been, home to celebrities including Gina Berriault, Gordon Onslow Ford, Phil Frank (cartoonist), Jerry Garcia, actor Sterling Hayden, William Randolph Hearst, Otis Redding, actress Julie Christie, Isabel Allende (Chilean-American novelist), Tim Lincecum, (San Francisco Giants pitcher), Carlos Santana, and Georges Lucas.Golden Gate Bridge Sky View Overlook Back to Top
Return to San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge where a great photo stop is scheduled at the Marin Headland overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco Bay. The bridge is among the most photographed in the world and its spectacular and sweeping views have drawn millions of people from all over the world. It is featured in some of Hollywood's most famous movies including James Bond's "A View to Kill," "X-Men," "The Rock," "Planet of the Apes," and more!Back to your hotelBack to Top
Your guide will drive you back to your hotel via Pacific Heights, the most expensive district in San Francisco, where movies stars and celebrities live. You may see movie locations including the Victorian house where “Mrs. Doubtfire” was filmed.
This SUV tour is totally private and the price is per person.
|Tour Prices by SUV:
Muir Woods Entrance fees,
taxes are included
This VAN tour is totally private and not available for public
or individual reservations. The price is per party and not per person.
|Tour Prices:||Price per group|
|1 - 5 Guests||$699.00|
|6 - 7 Guests||$749.00|
|8 - 10 Guests||$799.00|
|11 - 12 Guests||$869.00|
|13 - 14 Guests||$989.00|
Included: Pick-up and drop off in San Francisco downtown or Fisherman’ Wharf, all applicable taxes, Muir Woods park entrance fees, a private 4-hour guided tour.
Not included: The price does not include meals, driver’s gratuity, overtime and optional activities or features.