This National Monument was the first and is only 19 km north of San Francisco over and into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
This area of Redwood trees was somehow saved by the man (William Kent) who enjoyed playing in these forests as a child himself when all around the other magnificent trees were getting torn down. While many of these giants are around 1000 years old some go back much further through history. When one of these monsters fall other Redwoods rise up to take its place, sprouting a straight track of new saplings rising up in a line.
The coastal Sequoia redwoods of Muir Woods. You will find especially large trees in the Bohemian and Cathedral groves at over 250 feet.
The weather here is never really that warm, then go prepared for cold weather. This is especially true in the shoulder seasons and winter. But at least that means it is a little easier to find a park.
Biography of John Muir
Kids may enjoy hearing the biography of John Wood. For interest, children can learn the location of time in which he walked these areas in comparison to a trees life. Perhaps you could even locate this time somewhere along the trunk of a tree.
HIGH SIERRA JOHN MUIR TRAIL
This documentary takes you on a tour along the John Muir Trail. In this tour teenagers follow John Muir’s footsteps.