Can anyone recommend an optimal time to visit Muir Woods (i.e. when the crowds aren't as bad)? I know many mentioned that weekends can be quite crowded, although it may clear out in the late afternoon.
I have narrowed my options to either rent a car for the day and go in the early morning (8am), or preferably, to combine Muir Woods with our GGB/Sausalito bike trip and visit in the late afternoon.
With option 1, we could fit Muir Woods anywhere in our itinerary, but with option 2, we obviously would have to go on a weekend since we would be utilizing the shuttle which only runs on weekends. I have allotted 2-3 hours for the Muir Woods park alone.... opinions on whether this is sufficient time? Also, I would prefer not to do a guided tour. Thanks in advance guys!