The majestic redwoods of Muir Woods tend to draw the tourists, but did you know the Bay Area boasts many magical places where you can be wowed the towering effect of our California state tree, but on a much smaller (and and more manageable) scale? From downtown SF to nearby Larkspur to points further north and south, we’ve rounded up eleven of our favorite spots to view redwoods. Click through to see them all!

Ecology Trail at the Presidio

This 1.4 mile route winds its way through Serpentine grasslands (that in springtime are full of gorgeous wildflowers in bloom) and the Presidio’s largest redwood grove. It leads to Inspiration Point Overlook with sweeping views of San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, and Angel Island—a perfect way to reflect on afternoon spent with those gentle giants.

The Presidio
San Francisco, Ca
Find directions and trail maps at presidio.gov
Online: presidio.gov
Photo by Brad Coy via Flickr

Where does your family like to explore the redwoods?  Let us know in the comments!

—Kate Loweth & Mae Respicio