John Muir, founder of the Sierra Club, is also considered the Father of the National Park Service because of his efforts to preserve areas such as Yellowstone, Yosemite Valley, Mt. Rainier, and the Grand Canyon.
John Muir National Historic Site is actually the home of Dr. and Mrs. John Strentzel, Muir’s in-laws. Muir and his wife lived here while they were building their own home. The site serves as a museum to the initiative, scholarship, and contributions of one of the country’s leading preservationists and naturalists.
The 20-minute film, A Glorious Journey, provides an introduction to Muir’s life and work. You can tour the lovely Victorian house and wander the surrounding orchards. Sample the wares: In season, the rangers stock boxes with fresh fruit, free for the taking.
Mt. Wanda, a 326-acre natural area within the park, is known for its spring burst of wildflowers and the birds they attract. In summer, you can take night walks up the mountain during the full moon.