I think it really depends on how much time you have and what your plan is. If you’re going to be around San Francisco and have an extra day then going to Muir Woods would be a great option. The trees in Yosemite are Sequoias and not Redwoods. Muir Woods and Redwood NP are both redwood trees (and Redwood NP is quite a hike up the coast). If you’re going to stay in the Sierras then I would highly recommend going to Sequoia NP instead. You get a real feel for the trees and the biggest in the world grow there. Another option if you are going to the coast is Big Basin Redwood State Park. It’s a hidden gem I discovered when I lived there. It’s about 1 hour south of SF- highly recommended.
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Thank you for the info…it really helped! Another question, is the weather oppressive ( That’s how they call the weather when it is close to 90F and humidity is high in Boston) during the summer there? That will be when I get time off work. Thanks!
Ha! I grew up in Chicago so I know! ;) Actually, my parents and I hit a freak week in Sept where it was just over 100. In Chicago (or Boston) terms, it was more like 80! ;) There is no humidity and you’re in higher elevation. I think that the weather tends to be much cooler than that but even if it’s California hot, it’s not the same as Boston hot! Just remember one thing: no matter how cool you think it is, the sun is still VERY strong so make sure to sun block A LOT and drink TONS of water. You’ll have an absolutely blast- it’s the most beautiful place I have ever been to (Yosemite) and if you see my profile you’ll know that is a STRONG statement!
One last thing- I picked up ’Fodor’s National Parks of the West’ and it’s great to have! Or at least look through it at Borders before you go esp when you’re deciding which trails to take. Book your accommodations super early, too! ;)