The Muir Woods National Monument – Magical Moments in a Sea of Trees

The Muir Woods National Monument – Magical Moments in a Sea of Trees

The Muir Woods National Monument – Magical Moments in a Sea of Trees

Muir Woods National Monument is a protected area for coastal sequoia trees about 20 km north of San Francisco.

Coastal sequoia trees or redwoods are the highest trees in the world and can reach up to 115 m in height. At Muir Woods National Monument, the highest trees are about 80 meters high.

Red Woods im Muir Woods National Monument

Within this park there are several trails. The signage here was much better than at Yosemite National Park, so that I could deliberately choose the longest trail (about 2.5 hours, the shortest trail was signposted with half an hour). I admit, one reason why I chose this trail was because of his name: Ocean View!

Unfortunately, I didn’t know that the name comes from the fact that once a fire had opened the view up to the ocean. Luckily, the trees have grown again today. But because of this the sea is no longer visible.

The climb was more or less steep. It took me about 1.5 hours to reach my destination. On the way, I enjoyed the peace and the special energy of this place. It is amazing how peaceful you feel in such a place. Did you ever experience something like this?

Red Woods im Muir Woods National Monument

Red Woods im Muir Woods National Monument

 

What would these hundreds of years old trees tell us if they were able to speak?

Then, I slowly made my way through the woods and out “of the sea”.

Muir Woods National Monument

From above I could see the Muir Woods National Monument – what a peaceful place! It was a wonderful day…

And a fantastic view!

Muir Woods National Monument

Afterwards, I went back to the cool thicket. Also in summer the dense redwoods let only little sunlight through, so that it is always much cooler there. So don’t forget to bring layers to not get cold. You spend most of your time in the woods anyway.

An hour later, I arrived back where I had started.

The main path, from which all trails start, leads along a stream, which creates a pleasant and almost meditative atmosphere through its quiet but constant splashing…

Red Woods im Muir Woods National Monument

The sequoia trees reinforce this feeling. I could have spent much more time here.

Red Woods im Muir Woods National Monument

Even those who are not so close to nature will feel something magical here – between the 500 to 700 year old trees – which the mind cannot understand and will never understand and which hopefully (!) will last for many more hundred years and will survive the age of humans.

Have you ever stood in front of these gigantic trees and even been able to touch them?

I think it’s only possible to understand their size and greatness when seeing it with your own eyes.

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Highway 1 in California: About Beaches, Sunsets, Sea Lions & Whales

Highway 1 in California: About Beaches, Sunsets, Sea Lions & Whales

Highway 1 in California: About Beaches, Sunsets, Sea Lions & Whales

When you mention to Americans that you plan to drive Highway 1 from LA to San Francisco, it usually puts a smile on their face.

This road is known for its fantastic views of the sea.

I decided to rent a car, which I picked up in Los Angeles and returned to San Francisco.

The next day, I took advantage of having a car and drove to Santa Monica to the beach to the famous Santa Monica Pier and then to the beautiful Griffith Park, which has an observatory on the summit from where you have an incredible view of LA. It is also an excellent place to photograph the Hollywood sign.

Then, I started the real adventure! I put Santa Barbara as destination into my mobile phone and left LA.

Already this short distance was really beautiful: Over hills and through valleys I made my way to the north of California.

I was lucky with the weather, too. The sun was shining all the time and it was so warm that I had to switch on the air conditioning.

After about two hours I arrived in Santa Barbara, looked for a parking place near the pier and ate lunch by the sea, with the sound of the waves.

20 minutes later I was sitting in the car again, the sea to my left, and made my way up the well-known and popular Highway 1.

It leads right along the sea and winds partly through serpentines. There are parking spots so that you don’t miss any of the many postcard views. Have your camera ready!

An absolute highlight of this route for me was that on some beaches sea lions lay in the sun.

Big and small, loud and silent.

It was beautiful! I could hardly convince myself to move on.

My destination for the night was Monterey!

I reached it after dusk and found a place to stay in my car.

A friend of mine grew up there and she advised me to visit Fisherman’s Wharf and eat Clam Chowder there. What’s so special about it? It is served in a hollowed loaf of bread! Delicious!

On the internet I had asked for prices for whale watching tours. The tours all start at Fisherman’s Wharf, so I was in the right place. I went directly to the provider I chose online, got the promised discount if you refer to the website, and even got another discount of $2.50.

The whale watching tour lasted about three hours. Much longer than the tour I did in Patagonia.

However, it took much longer to get into open waters and within reach of whales.

When the boat finally stopped and we were close to the giants of the sea, they came up quite often, but unfortunately not really close to the boat.

These whales seemed to be shy compared to their relatives in Patagonia because there they swam constantly under our boat along and emerged directly beside it to take a deep breath.

I was still able to take some nice pictures. Or what do you think?

In the late afternoon I started my onwards journey to San Francisco – the drive was about two hours.

The way to Santa Cruz (about half an hour by car) continued along the sea, so that I could watch another breathtaking sunset.

After Santa Cruz, I left Highway 1.

Never before had I seen so many beautiful beaches, sunsets and animals in just two days.

So when you travel to California, you shouldn’t miss this experience and this beautiful route.

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Hotel Triton – San Francisco Hotel Tip

Hotel Triton – San Francisco Hotel Tip

Hotel Triton – San Francisco Hotel Tip

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San Francisco is one of the most exciting cities in the world for me. In 2015, it was at the top of my bucket list during my trip around the world – at that time I wrote about what I had noticed in particular: the stark contrast between the old hippies and the glamour of the USA. Today, I still notice that when I walk through the streets but I still try to perceive other aspects as well or even more. Of course, I needed a starting point for my explorations. This was the Hotel Triton during my last visit to San Francisco.

Hotel Triton – Hotel & Location

On an inconspicuous street corner on Grant Avenue in San Francisco, three major neighborhoods meet: Union Square, Chinatown, and the Financial District. The meeting of these three quarters led to the name of the hotel – Triton. To be honest, I never noticed that the word “tri” (three) is part of the word Triton. And apart from the trident, I see no reason to associate the number with the name. But I like to be inspired to think and do some research.

Perfectly located at the crossroads of these three quarters of San Francisco, hotel guests can immerse themselves in the culture from the very first moment. Just around the corner, for example, you can jump on a cable car. If you go in the other direction you come to a central junction of metro and bart – the local train system with which you can get to the airport on one side and to Oakland on the other.

(Attention: San Francisco wants to get away from paper tickets. That’s a great thing in principle, but not very practical if you’re a tourist and really only need one ticket for one trip. The plastic card costs 3 USD. The employees at the stations were unfortunately no help at all.)

And for business travelers, the hotel is located directly at the banking district.

Since 1913, Hotel Triton has welcomed its visitors with 140 guest rooms and suites, each with its own charm. Always with the concept of Hygge – thus a cordial, cheerful atmosphere – in mind, the hotel was designed with a lot of love for the detail.

 

Hotel Triton – Lobby, Library & Art Exhibition

The lobby is a real eye-catcher. Right here you get the feeling to sit with a friend in his living room. That’s why the lobby is not called a lobby – anyone can do that! – but Living Room.

Lobby / Living Room Triton Hotel San Francisco

Photo credits: RoseInk

Each piece of furniture tells a unique story here. Travel is always the central theme. Same goes for the books that are on display.

In the lobby there is also a display case with a mural that was discovered behind the walls during renovation work in 2018. The artwork was created by the Persian artist John Oshanna in the 1940s and features Mission Dolores, San Francisco’s oldest intact mission, built in 1776 – also the oldest building in San Francisco – and the City Hall.

Photo credits: RoseInk

On a mezzanine floor and in the living room, top-class art collections by local and international artists await you. Up-and-coming artists from San Francisco can host public exhibitions at the Hotel Triton.

 

Hotel Triton – The Rooms

You choose between three different categories:

  • There are Deluxe Rooms with king-size, queen-size and two double beds. In this smallest category you have a small, padded bench to sit on.
  • Premium King Rooms are 20 square meters and have a king-size bed waiting for you and your beauty sleep. The shower is spacious and at ground level, only separated from the toilet by a glass pane.
  • And on the other hand there are the Grant Avenue Studio Suites. Here you have more than 32 square meters at your disposal. They are all individually designed to reflect the coziness you would enjoy in a friend’s guest room. Also here you sleep in a king-size bed.

 

 

Hotel Triton – Breakfast & Dinner

San Francisco is a paradise for foodies (hence my tip for a food tour in my post about 5 cool activities in San Francisco) and directly at the Hotel Triton there are two restaurants.

On one side, there is the Café de la Presse – an authentic French bistro that is popular with locals and tourists alike. Here you’ll find delicious Eggs Benedict and Pancakes – you will lick your fingers after eating.

On the other side is Herlen Place, a lively café that turns into a cool wine bar in the evening. Here you can enjoy finger food.

The Hotel Triton also offers room service from the Café de la Presse: you can call it on weekdays from 7:30 to 21:30 and on weekends from 8:30 to 21:00.

 

Hotel Triton – The Gym

Those who don’t want to neglect their fitness during their stay in San Francisco can get active around the clock in the hotel’s own gym. There are machines such as a treadmill and also free weights.

So you can stay in shape during your holiday or business trip!

 

Hotel Triton – Final Thoughts

The room was cozy, the hotel staff was friendly and always helpful, and the location speaks for itself.

I would go back to Hotel Triton!

If you also want to stay at Hotel Triton, you can check here if there are still rooms available and book right away: Hotel Triton on Booking*. Alternatively, you can browse through the other hotels in San Francisco: Hotels in San Francisco on Booking*.

PS: I have been invited to this press trip to San Francisco by SFTravel. I didn’t get any monetary compensation. My opinion is my own and has not been influenced by this collaboration.

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