Getting on/off a coach. Optional walk across Golden Gate Bridge is 1.7 miles. One mile walk to/from Point Bonita; pathway has uneven terrain with a steep decline to the point and a steep incline on the way back up. Road to Muir Woods is curvy. If you are prone to motion sickness, plan accordingly.
In the hotel restaurant, the tasty breakfast buffet offers a selection of eggs, breakfast meats, breakfast potatoes, Belgian waffles, cold cuts, cold and hot cereals and milks, fresh fruit, yogurts, bagels, muffins, Danish, toast, and a variety of juices, coffee, tea, water.
We’ll ride to San Francisco's most iconic landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge — exceptional for its length of 1.7 miles, 746-foot tall towers, sweeping cables, and Art Deco styling, flanked on each side by beautiful parks. Built in 1937, the Golden Gate hosts thousands of people and cars daily. Upon arrival, you may ride across or walk with the Group Leader. You are also free to visit the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion with exhibits that tell fascinating stories such as the Halfway-to-Hell Club or sit and relax. Especially for kids: Movie trivia. The bridge has been featured in dozens of movies, from disaster epics to science fiction, action pics, and romances. One of the first was “The Maltese Falcon” in 1941 that your grandparents might have seen. One of the latest was “Rise of the Planet of the Apes.” How many can you name?
At a nearby restaurant, we will have a 3-course lunch that includes a choice of soda, iced tea, water.
After lunch, we will hike to Point Bonita Lighthouse, which was built in 1855 and is still active. Point Bonita is one of the Bay Area’s jewels. It was only the third lighthouse on the California coast and is the only lighthouse in the U.S. crossing a suspension bridge. When the fog is dense, as it often is, a foghorn supplements the Fresnel lens in the light. A park ranger will lead our exploration of the lighthouse and surrounding area. Next, we’ll ride to Muir Woods National Monument in Mill Valley, famous for huge redwood trees. For thousands of years, native peoples lived here in harmony with the primeval forest when trees lived to unknown ages. Those we see today are estimated to be from 400-800 years old. Settlers began arriving in significant numbers in the 1800s and needed raw materials to build houses. Logging began cutting vast swaths through these ancient trees, clear-cutting many areas. The conservation movement gathered momentum in the early 20th century. Muir Woods has been protected since 1908, but by the time Redwood National Park was created in 1968, it’s been estimated that more than 90% of the original old growth forest was gone. Especially for kids: We’ll have some time for personal independent exploration. You can tell your friends back home you walked on trails through a grove of never-been-logged redwood trees in this cathedral of nature.
At a nearby restaurant, we’ll enjoy dinner with beverage choices of soft drinks, coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.
At leisure. A perfect time to take a swim in the hotel's rooftop heated pool.