Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) travel advisories, some destinations may be unavailable for certain dates. Find out more.
Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5

Search over 1 million properties and 550 airlines worldwide

Members save 10% more on select hotels, cars, activities and vacation rentals. Sign up.

Free cancellation on most hotels. Because flexibility matters.

Muir Woods

Walk among towering redwoods hundreds of years old at this National Park, less than an hour’s drive from downtown San Francisco.

Muir Woods is a 550-acre (223-hectare) redwood paradise, full of monumental trees that reach as high as 258 feet (79 meters) above the forest floor. Sit and watch as sunlight dances between the branches of these colossal giants that have survived for centuries. The oldest trees are estimated to be at least 1,200 years old.

The coastal valleys of Northern California used to be blanketed with redwoods, but many were lost to logging. In the early 1900s, the Muir Woods nearly suffered a similar fate. It was considered ideal territory for a dam, which would have flooded the trees. Luckily, Congressman William Kent and his wife bought the land and donated it to the federal government. 

In 1908 president Theodore Roosevelt declared this awe-inspiring area a national monument. It was named after naturalist John Muir whose work helped to establish the national park system.

You don’t have to be an experienced hiker to enjoy strolling the paths among these majestic trees. The six miles (10 kilometers) of wooded trails provide hiking trips that vary in length and difficulty. Some trails are paved and for the most part level and easy to navigate. About 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometers) of the trails are wheelchair accessible. Download a map from the National Parks website or pick one up from the Visitor Center at the entrance to the woods.

Spending time among the towering redwoods creates the peaceful sense of being in a wilderness retreat, even though you’re only a 17-mile (27-kilometer) drive from downtown San Francisco. The woods can be crowded during summer weekends, so the best time to enjoy the serenity is on a weekday, or early or late on weekends. 

The park is open every day, and throughout the year this shaded environment is cool and damp, so dress accordingly. Visitors aren’t allowed to picnic in the park because of concerns that litter and human food will harm the wildlife. However, a café near the entrance to the park sells beverages and healthy snacks.


Guide to Exploring around Muir Woods National Monument


Top Muir Woods National Monument Flight + Hotel Deals

Best Lodging Options Near Muir Woods National Monument

See all 1,032 Properties near Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley/ Muir Casa Modern 1 Br House on Mount Tam Muir Woods
Mill Valley/ Muir Casa Modern 1 Br House on Mount Tam Muir Woods

Mill Valley/ Muir Casa Modern 1 Br House on Mount Tam Muir Woods

Mill Valley, CA
     
    0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Mill Valley, this vacation home is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Muir Woods National Monument and within 12 mi (20 km) of Tiburon Ferry and Presidio of San Francisco. Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Area Discovery Museum are also within 12 mi (20 km).

    Luxurious Creekside Studio Minutes From Downtown Mill Valley, Private Unit
    Luxurious Creekside Studio Minutes From Downtown Mill Valley, Private Unit

    Luxurious Creekside Studio Minutes From Downtown Mill Valley, Private Unit

    Mill Valley, CA
       
      0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Mill Valley, this romantic apartment building is 1.5 mi (2.5 km) from Muir Woods National Monument and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tiburon Ferry and Angel Island. Presidio of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge are also within 12 mi (20 km).

      Quintessenial Mill Valley Home
      Quintessenial Mill Valley Home

      Quintessenial Mill Valley Home

      Mill Valley, CA
         
        0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Mill Valley, this romantic vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Muir Woods National Monument and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tiburon Ferry and Mission San Rafael Arcangel. Presidio of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge are also within 12 mi (20 km).

        Spectacular Cottage Minutes From Town, Trails, and Biking!
        Spectacular Cottage Minutes From Town, Trails, and Biking!

        Spectacular Cottage Minutes From Town, Trails, and Biking!

        Mill Valley, CA
           
          0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Mill Valley, this cottage is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Muir Woods National Monument and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tiburon Ferry and Angel Island. Mission San Rafael Arcangel and Dominican University of California are also within 9 mi (15 km).

          Mill Valley Inn $254
          Mill Valley Inn

          Mill Valley Inn

          165 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Mill Valley, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.3 km) from Muir Woods National Monument and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tiburon Ferry and Mission San Rafael Arcangel. Presidio of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge are also within 12 mi (20 km).

            Detached Guest House: Walk To Town, 1030 Sq Ft, 1 Br/1.5 BA, Mt. Tam Vie
            Detached Guest House: Walk To Town, 1030 Sq Ft, 1 Br/1.5 BA, Mt. Tam Vie

            Detached Guest House: Walk To Town, 1030 Sq Ft, 1 Br/1.5 BA, Mt. Tam Vie

            Mill Valley, CA
               
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in Mill Valley, this cottage is 1.7 mi (2.8 km) from Muir Woods National Monument and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tiburon Ferry and Mission San Rafael Arcangel. Presidio of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge are also within 12 mi (20 km).

              Uptown in Downtown Mill Valley! The Only 3bd/2ba in the Heart of the City!
              Uptown in Downtown Mill Valley! The Only 3bd/2ba in the Heart of the City!

              Uptown in Downtown Mill Valley! The Only 3bd/2ba in the Heart of the City!

              Mill Valley, CA
                 
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Mill Valley, this historic apartment building is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Muir Woods National Monument and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tiburon Ferry and Mission San Rafael Arcangel. Presidio of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge are also within 12 mi (20 km).

                Mill Valley Hot Spot in the Center of Town
                Mill Valley Hot Spot in the Center of Town

                Mill Valley Hot Spot in the Center of Town

                Mill Valley, CA
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in the heart of Mill Valley, this apartment building is 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Muir Woods National Monument and within 9 mi (15 km) of Tiburon Ferry and Mission San Rafael Arcangel. Presidio of San Francisco and Golden Gate Bridge are also within 12 mi (20 km).