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Muir Woods National Monument

If you’re visiting the San Francisco Bay Area for any amount of days, I would say that Muir Woods National Monument belongs on your list of must-see locations. We rented a car to get there, but the park is just a hop and a skip over the Golden Gate Bridge – 16 miles from downtown San Francisco. Muir Woods would make a fun, but tough, cycling destination from the city. The main draw to Muir is its 240 acres of old growth Coast Redwood trees. They’re just massive and beautiful, dwarfing everything in sight. We could have spent an entire day at Muir, but we wanted to save several hours for the Marin Headlands. Luckily, our visit happened to correspond with the beginning of a ranger tour. The best introduction to any national park is a great ranger-led hike.

Beginning of our Muir walk

Beginning of our Muir walk

These trees have seen it all!

These trees have seen it all!

Just a little farther than most tourists venture.

Just a little farther than most tourists venture.

From below

From below

Walking amongst the giants

Walking amongst the giants

Pit stop for some history

Pit stop for some history

A cut path

A cut path

Angela and I

Angela and I

Ferns

Ferns

We were not lost

We were not lost

This guy was so excited to be there.

This guy was so excited to be there.

John Muir carved out of wood

John Muir carved out of wood

About Taylor Lasseigne

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Taylor Lasseigne – Slices of America Webmaster / I was born and raised in the south Louisiana coastal parish of Lafourche. There, I was exposed to the good Cajun people, a bounty of amazing foods, an easygoing way of life, and a lush “sportsman’s paradise” where I first learned to appreciate nature. From a young age, I always showed interest in music. In my college years, after percolating through several state schools, I took a position as a high school music teacher in New Orleans. While music education is my calling, photography has always been a fun escape for me. I enjoy peering through a lens to document our world, and I hope that I can continue to share this pastime with others through Slices of America. / e-mail: taylor at slicesofamerica.com