10 Best Things to Do on the West Coast

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5) Muir Woods,  Mill Valley, California

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge north of San Francisco, sits a timeless voyage into a primeval forest of old growth redwoods. It’s part of the National Parks Service on Mount Tampalpais, which is in the southwestern coastal area of Marin County. In January of 1908, then President Theodore Roosevelt declared the land a national monument, and it was named after naturalist John Muir, whose environmental campaigns helped in the establishing of our National Parks system. The serenity of being among these magnificent trees would make one think that they are thousands of miles from the nearest city–which is actually only a short car ride away. The Woods are not only a refuge for travelers from near and far, and a great place for a family visit, but also a laboratory providing scientists and researchers insights into the complex web of life that is nature, and our relationship to it.

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