A Forest Like No Other
Words cannot begin to describe the awe one feels in the old-growth forests of Redwood National and State Parks, home to the tallest, oldest and largest stands of redwoods. One must walk, breathe and touch them on their turf to find out why Lonely Planet called it the best place to visit in the United States in 2018. Standing, in some cases, six stories taller than the Statue of Liberty, the trees dwarf all others on the planet, thriving in a rare forest ecosystem that dates back to the age of dinosaurs.
On the ground, fern-laden creeks and occasional giant elk delight the senses. As for quietude, consider that one may be on the trail for hours without seeing another person. For another memorable excursion, the nearby Avenue of the Giants showcases more colossal redwoods along the most spectacular forest drive in the West.
Four hours north of San Francisco on Hwy 101, the Victorian seaport of Eureka serves as the ideal gateway to the park, the avenue and the Lost Coast, the longest natural shoreline in the continental United States. The city and nearby historic towns, while surrounded by coastal mountains and redwood forests, offer surprisingly luxurious accommodations and restaurants, including 4-diamond rated inns and Wine Spectator award-winning menus. Don’t have time to drive? Direct flights are available from Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Find out more at VisitRedwoods.com.