Muir Woods National Monument
This amazing 554 acres of California Redwoods sits just 12 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge outside of San Francisco. It is the only section of Redwoods left in this part of California after millions of acres were cut down in the 1800s for railroad ties and other construction projections. John Muir and the Kent family saved the woods by talking President Theodore Roosevelt into declaring it a national monument. Otherwise it would have been destroyed with the rest of the Redwood trees in the area. Not only are the trees great, but they are super close to downtown San Francisco.
Hiking through the woods was peaceful and had us wanting more. This small redwood forest made us want to see Redwood National Park in northern California. Maybe next trip.