The Muir Woods
When you take a road trip up the Pacific 1 and stop in every major coastal city, you’ve seen a lot. When someone asks you what part was your favorite and you have a quick response, that says a lot. The Muir Woods was that place for me.
Downtown San Francisco is a mini NYC, in my opinion… and I’m from NYC. To be able to drive across a bridge and escape that concrete jungle is an amazing thing, but when this place is your escape, it’s a whole new level. Yes, the drive in can be challenging since it’s one lane and roads can be closed. Yes, parking can take a few minutes because there aren’t a ton of spaces and the lots fill. Yes, it can be hard to take pictures of the beautiful landscape because of the mist and rain. Yes, the first five minutes can be a bit of a mess with all the people there. But it’s all worth it.
Once you enter the woods, there are multiple paths that span miles to the peak of Mt Tamalpais. They aren’t the most challenging, but there’s enough mileage to give anyone a workout. Plus, if you’re just a tourist stopping for your bucket list, the ten-dollar entry fee is well worth every penny just to make it to the second bridge.
The colors of the forest are vibrant and the size of the trees is breathtaking. Also, the gift shop provides more unique and high quality souvenirs than I’ve seen almost anywhere… around the world. If you’re visiting SF, you really should stop by and if you’re from SF, this is your escape. Visit the Muir Woods to stay hungry and fit!