Historic Residence on San Francisco Bay
Muir Woods is one of the Bay Area's major tourist destinations, and rightly so. It is an awesome experience to walk among these massive redwoods and sequoias.
But go up there mid week in the winter and you will have it to yourself. Or use your poximity to get out there at daybreak or at the end of the day.
You will find it hard to believe that such an impressive pristine wilderness is only a few monents away. If feels like you are going to run into Gandalf at any moment.