Explore Muir Woods National Park and Downtown Sausalito with an educational tour guide from City Sightseeing San Francisco who shows you the best views, places to eat and tips about the park.
Explore Muir Woods National Park and Downtown Sausalito with an educational tour guide showing you the best views, places to eat and tips about the park. Whether you’re a local or out of town traveler, you should put this revitalizing Bay Area tour on your bucket list.
First: a Cup of Joe
The first stop we made was Peet’s Coffee, since we had to be at the Sunnyvale CalTrain station at 6:20 a.m. If you’re not a morning person, I recommend a cold brew or Mango Sunrise to jump-start your trip. I highly suggest taking public transit because it’s peaceful and a fantastic opportunity to people-watch, compared to driving in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Plus, no parking fees! Then you can take a bus or Uber to the Fisherman’s Wharf where you’ll meet your City Sightseeing tour guide.
Tour Bus & Guide
The bus leaves at 9am, but we suggest arriving at least 15 minutes early; you want to make sure you get a good seat! Once we hopped on the massive black bus—with comfortable seats—we we’re pumped. Our tour guide, Guillermo, is such a happy-go-lucky man and seems to truly love his job. If you love learning tid-bits about San Francisco, the construction of our famous Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the “Hippie Boats of North Sausalito” and other interesting historical facts, you’ll enjoy what he has to say. Plus, the scenic view is extremely pleasing for you and your travel mate(s).
Exploring Muir Woods
Once you arrive at Muir Woods National Park, you’ll have to pay an additional $10 for ages 16 and over, ages 15 and under are free. This is not included in your trip, but it helps keep our National Park thriving. Then let the smell of fresh air relax and transport you from your everyday life. You’ll be handed a pamphlet that includes a map, historical information and facts about the Redwood trees. You then pick which direction you’d like to start. We chose to take Canopy View Trail, which inclines and portrays a beautiful view of the Redwoods and Redwood Creek. You’ll want to stop and take pictures of your view, or maybe a few selfies with the huge trees. Just make sure to watch your step, as nature will grow where it desires. Happy hiking!
Satisfy Your Cravings
You will be hungry. Since you decide what time you get back on the bus and head to Sausalito, read about your options. There are two options for places to eat: Muir Woods has an all-organic Café, which uses locally grown ingredients for sandwiches, coffee, fruit and more. You can also refill your water jugs at the spouts installed along the counter, get a juice or a soda. But if you want to wait, Sausalito has many restaurants and good places to get lunch. Guillermo’s recommendations include: Hamburgers Sausalito, Fish & Chips of Sausalito, Barrel House, Poggio, Bar (if you’re looking for an alcoholic beverage) and Lapert’s Ice Cream for an after-lunch treat. We went to Fish & Chips and got nachos, and a BBQ bacon cheeseburger, which was delicious. Then we just had to get ice cream and choose from the abundant of flavors. Guillermo knows what he’s talking about!
Sausalito & the Ferry
Downtown Sausalito has lots of shopping locations, galleries and of course great views of the ocean. We finished our ice cream on a bench by the ocean; it’s a great spot to wait for the Ferry ride back. To our right children were learning how to sail and to the left otters were floating around enjoying the weather. Of course, you can stay in Sausalito as long as you’d like because the Ferry is constantly taking people to Fisherman’s Wharf. The ride is about 20 minutes and shows more fantastic views of the ocean, Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz. If you want to take pictures, make sure you get a spot on top of the boat. From there you can either head home, like we did, or walk around and enjoy San Francisco.
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