MARTINEZ

The John Muir National Historic Site is a 14-room Victorian villa John Muir called home from 1890 until his death in 1916. With the help of Muir’s efforts, the National Park Service was established in 1916.

 

While living in Martinez, Muir fought to prevent a dam from being built in Yosemite’s Hetch Hetchy Valley. John Muir was the first president and a founding member of the Sierra Club and was crucial in the development of many national parks such as Yosemite, Sequoia, the Grand Canyon, and Mount Rainier.

 

Muir worked tirelessly to establish National Parks people visit to this day. John Muir National Historic Site is a testament to his efforts.

 

The site is located just 5 minutes east of I-68 and less than an hour west of San Francisco in San Martinez of Contra Costa County. After visiting this historic landmark and mansion, Avalon is a brief drive north.

Starting at 7 Flags Self-Service Car Wash in Martinez. The carwash is located on Alhambra Ave. Drive .03 miles north until you see the  Muir Lodge Motel.

After passing the motel named after conservationist John Muir, continue north on Alhambra Ave for .02 miles where you will see Martinez Coin & Jewelry Exchange on the right.        

After you see Martinez Coin & Jewelry Exchange, continue north for .03 miles. After you pass Walgreens to the right, you will see a sign for Alhambra High School, located at 150 E. Street.

Continue north on Alhambra Ave for.01 miles. Turn right into D Street/Shell Avenue. Continue on Shell Avenue for 1.9 miles, then turnturn left on Marina Vista Ave; in 0.1 miles, turn right; in 203 feet, turn left on Mococo Rd; in 207 feet, turn right to stay on Mococo Rd; in 2.1 miles, take left on Park Rd; in 1.5 miles, turn right on Industrial Way; in less than 400 feet, turn right on Bayshore Rd.

 

Turn north on 1-680, cross Benicia-Martinez Bridge, and drive 2.7 miles via Park Rd to Avalon RV located at 510 E Channel Rd in Benicia, CA.