Described by conservationist John Muir as “the best tree-lovers monument that could be possibly found in all the forests of the world”
Muir Woods, located just 12 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County near the town of Mill Valley is home to some of the most stunning and incredible coastal redwood trees which are the tallest living trees in the world, attracting millions of visitors from around the world every year.
Taking a stroll through six miles of winding wooded trails beneath a thick canopy of redwood trees, some of which as old as thousand years and reaching into the sky as high as 300 feet, gives one the feeling of being on an enchanting, magical and inspiring journey full of grandeur, beauty, history, and tranquility. Wildflowers in a subtle hue and sunshine peeking through the gigantic trees add a mystical feel to this ancient redwood forest.
Named after John Muir – Country’s famous naturalists and conservationists, this place has several important historical events associated with it. One of the significant events is well captured by this memorial plaque in Cathedral Grove Muir Woods, dated 1945;
“Here in this grove of enduring redwoods, preserved for posterity, members of the United Nations Conference on International Organization met on May 19, 1945, to honor the memory of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, thirty-first President of the United States, chief architect of the United Nations, and apostle of lasting peace for all mankind.”
Inside the park, there is a gift shop that offers locally crafted redwood products and other classic souvenir items. There is also a cafe where you can relax with a cup of coffee and savor local confectioneries. Given limited parking availability, I would recommend taking a public shuttle bus or booking a tour with a local tour operator. Those who enjoy the thrill of driving in hilly terrain with all its winding, steep and narrow roads can drive or hire a bike. The place is one of the most popular attractions and gets crowded, visit during weekdays as early as it opens at 8:00 AM to get the best experience.
Muir Woods – a Nature Lover’s Paradise, not to be missed when in the Bay Area.
Check out the link to know more about the recommended tours: Muir Woods Tours