Muir Woods National Monument
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Walk Among Redwoods
My kids and I spent a week in California and Arizona seeing big things: whales, redwoods, the Grand Canyon. My favorite stop was our visit to Muir Woods, just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. The redwood forest was amazing, not only for the height of the trees, but also for the sense of peace and wonder that came over me as we walked among the giant trees.

My nine-year-old missed a bit of the peace and wonder, but she had a blast completing the junior ranger quest. The quest led her (and us) on a walk through the forest, teaching her (and us) about the forest and its trees along the way. There was a just a bit of puzzle solving involved, enough to keep her moving along and excited.

Our afternoon in Muir Woods was maybe the most fun we've had as a family. It was magical.
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Take a break from the City and explore Muir Woods while visiting San Fran
Every time I travel to San Francisco I make sure to visit my favorite spots and find at least one new adventure. On my last trip, I decided to take a day and spend it outside of the city. I found myself wandering around Muir Woods. It is a beautiful park and well worth the visit! Just one more reason to love San Fran.

It is good for solo travelers and families. No car? No worries, there are plenty of options to take tour buses from the city just be sure to look into it in advance of your trip.
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Woodland Giants
No trip to the Bay Area is complete without a stop at the Muir Woods. This beautiful Redwood forest has something for everyone. Handicap accessible for those less mobile to great sea hikes for those with more time.

My favorite reward on the way home is a stop at the Pelican Inn for some wine and cheese in the setting sun.
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