The Perfect SF Day Trip: Muir Woods

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I was going to use this space to talk about the signs of Spring in New York City but alas, Spring has not yet sprung…It’s cold and damp. So instead I’ll tell you about one of the best day trip ideas ever. I’ve already gushed about San Fran but what makes that part of the world so great are the surrounding areas accessible with just a short car ride.

Muir Woods

Crossing over San Francisco’s bodies of water is part of the fun and no matter which exit point you take you’ll be treated to some amazing views. Driving over the towering Golden Gate Bridge for the first time is one of those great travel experiences you’ll always remember.

Beautiful Stinson Beach

As we headed to the Muir Woods National Monument we passed another famous Landmark – the San Quentin State Prison, where Johnny Cash once played a show for inmates. “What a nice place for a prison” my ever-optimistic travel companion remarked. Do the inmates get to see the bay?”, we wondered? Often the bridge and surround bay is covered in a shroud of fog, adding to the romance of the place, a spectacle we were treated to on the way back. The route there is along Highway One, a coast-hugging road that offers distractingly beautiful views (note to drivers – keep your eyes on the road!)

Enchanted forest


What I noticed about California is the fact that you always feel like you’ve been there before, even when you haven’t. That’s because so many of the places you visit have been immortalized on TV shows and in movies (the week I got back I saw Humphrey Bogart complete the same car ride I had in an old film noir).

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