San Francisco Journals

A Day at Muir Woods and Stinson Beach

A July 2004 trip to San Francisco by lgarcia45

Quote: Muir Woods, named after the famed naturalist, is a short drive across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. Muir Woods is the home of one of the few remaining stands of Giant Costal Redwood Trees.

Pelican Inn


Pelican Inn is a little piece of Great Britian transported to the California Coast. The owners are former Brits who have fashioned an inn that looks like it was transported from Surrey, with its exposed timbers, low ceilings, and roaring fireplaces. Although we did not stay at Pelican, we did opt to enjoy lunch there after a morning of hiking at nearby Muir Woods. The menu is features many English items, and I opted for Shepherd's Pie. It was marvelous, arriving piping-hot, baked in its own dish. My less adventoursome niece chose a chicken Caesar salad, which she proclaimed as "the best I've ever had". We also enjoyed a hot apple crisp dessert. We were seated next to a crackling fireplace, a welcomed ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 22, 2004

Pelican Inn
Route 1 (at the corner of Panoramic Highway)
Muir Beach, California 94965
(415) 383-6000

Muir Woods

Attraction | "Exploring Muir Woods and Surronding Beaches"

Muir Woods is a popular day trip for visitors to San Francisco. Many tour operators offer trips and pick-up from your SF hotel. We have done this in the past, but on this trip, we opted to instead rent a car and explore the area on our own. I can now say renting a car offers distinct advantages. First, you can arrive well before the hordes of tourists and enjoy the magnificent SILENCE of Muir Woods. When tour groups do begin to arrive, you will note people can be as noisy as a gaggle of seagulls! Second, tours do not include nearby Muir Beach or Stinson Beach, just a few miles up Highway 1. Thirdly, you can take in things at your own pace and not worry about being "back at the bus" at a certain time. ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 22, 2004

Muir Woods
Muir Woods National Monument
Mill Valley, CA 94941-2696
(415) 561-4700

Muir Beach

Attraction | "Muir and Stinson Beaches"

Muir and Stinson Beaches are located off winding, plunging, picturesque Highway 1, just over the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco. They are good stops if you have your own vehicle and are also visiting Muir Woods. Please note, though, that the waters are very chilly (high 50s/very low 60s) and somewhat rough, especially to someone like me accustomed to the very warm, tranquil waters of the Gulf of Mexico. I was surprised to find a lack of shells, also—just flotsam and jetsam. I guess I am spoiled by the great shelling of South Padre Island. Swimming or surfing either requires a great constitution or a wetsuit. We had neither, and just wading was painful because of the cold. If you'd like, there i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 22, 2004

Muir Beach
6 miles from the Highway 1 exit
San Francisco, California