6. Get lost among the Redwood trees at Muir Woods National Monument (Mill Valley, CA)
The northern California wilderness is pretty much synonymous with the towering, centuries-old redwood trees that populate many of the sprawling forests near the coasts—and one of the best places to get up close and personal with these giant arboreal beasts is the Muir Woods National Monument in Marin County.
Muir Woods is a nature-lover’s utopia: The perfect place to spend a few hours exploring densely populated redwood groves or hiking trails that overlook the Pacific Ocean and nearby Mount Tamalpais (which you can also hike). You’ll probably—scratch that, definitely—be hungry after a day roaming the forest, so we recommend taking a short 10-minute drive to Sol Food in nearby Mill Valley, where you can chow down on some fantastic (and filling) Puerto Rican food.Back to top