Driving out of the Muir Woods parking lot, we saw a sign on the road that said Beach, so we decided to head in that direction to check it out. Muir Beach was only about a 10 minute drive and very worth stopping by if you’re planning on visiting Muir Woods in the morning.
There were many colorful houses on the hillside and I could only imagine how wonderful it must be to wake up every morning to that beautiful ocean view.
After our hike, we visited the Muir Woods Trading Cafe located towards the beginning of the park. The cafe is attached to a souvenir shop that had really interesting items that would be great for gift giving or to keep as souvenirs. From locally made jewelry, little seedlings that you can plant in your garden, to chocolates shaped like Banana Slugs. Outside there were wooden benches where people sat to rest, and enjoy their food.
Since we were already in the Bay Area, we made sure to check out Muir Woods before we left. Located in Marin County, Muir Woods is only about 40 minutes north of San Francisco. Though not actually filmed in Muir Woods, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, referenced it and apparently more people have been visiting the park since the movie was released. I must warn you though, please be prepared to drive on narrow and winding roads. I was so nervous that I found myself closing my eyes a few times!
There are many different trails that you can hike while you’re in Muir Woods. The trail map was only a few dollars and definitely nice to keep as a souvenir. Since it was our first time there, we just hiked the main trail that everyone else seemed to be on.