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“Well worth the side trip” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Avenue of the Giants

Avenue of the Giants
Avenue of the Giants, CA 95571
(707) 946-2263
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Biloxi, Mississippi
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“Well worth the side trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2009

Be sure and visit this place. You take the old highway 101 at Phillipsville, CA just north of Garberville. This old highway is well maintained and take you through many groves of giant redwoods. There are many places to pull off or stop along the way. We stopped for a picnic lunch under the big redwoods. We had to rush through but wish we could have spent a full day here just sightseeing. So allow some time if you really want to see all that is available.

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“A nice drive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2009

The Avenue of the Giants is a 30 mile stretch of old highway 101. It is a lovely drive that winds through some nice large redwood trees, and there are plenty of places to stop and walk a bit. The visitor's center, located about half-way along, is interesting and well done. [Note - this is scheduled to be closed in fall of 2009 due to CA budget cuts.]

To drive from one end to the other, it will take about two hours, including a couple of stops. It is not the road to take if you are in a hurry -- stay on the freeway if you are!

With the exception of Garberville, most of the towns located along the Avenue of the Giants are very small. There are some services, but restaurants come and go, so may not be open. Fuel is limited, so fill up at either end.

There is one of three drive-thru trees located along here, the Shrine Tree. There is a slight charge to drive through, and large SUV's and pickup trucks will not fit. Near the Founders Tree there is a sign documenting the water level of the 1964 flood.

The main website for Avenue of the Giants suggests a drive west to Shelter Cove, but that is a very long and slow journey up over the coast range, so not recommended unless you have a full day for that drive.

The Avenue of the Giants is a nice pleasant drive through lovely big trees and worth taking the extra time.

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Los Angeles, California
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“Beautiful Redwoods”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2009

My husband and I just got back from a two week road trip from Los Angeles to Canada and back. On our way up we decided to check out the Avenue of the Giants and we're sure glad we did. It has a lot of little places to stop and enjoy the Redwoods. We went on a few nature trails and saw some beautiful Redwoods, the trails had signs to teach you about the trees and their history. We did the tourist trap Shrine's Drive-Thru Tree for $4. Our car fit fine, but some people behind us with a truck did not make it.

Farther up the Avenue of the Giants we saw the fallen Dyerville Giant (it was huge). It's definitely worth the drive and better than driving on I-5 or the 101. Along with the trees there are some pretty birds and other animal life to enjoy.

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New York City, New York
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“A Breathtaking Road Through the Redwoods”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2008

While making our way down south from Eureka to Mendocino, we opted for the Avenue of the Giants instead of that stretch of Highway 101. It was an excellent decision. There are so many beautiful old growth redwoods to see along this route. I'd highly recommend this route. You can stop along the way at some of the rest stops for souvenirs and information about the forests. There are many stop off points where you can park your car and hike.

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Concord, California
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“A must see to believe trip for all ages!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2007

The scenic, beautiful relaxing drive is for all ages. You can stay in your car the whole time, or get out and explore for days. I've been here a few times before and still love the wonder of it all. This is such a serene drive. We didn't have time for any hiking this trip, but plan to make a special trip back just to stay and play here. There is so much to see and some beautiful trails to hike. We noticed most the campgrounds were full and can see why people reserve way in advance to stay here. Even if you don't have tie to "visit", you must take an hour or so just to drive thru and see for yourself. Life is too short to not take an hour out as you are passing through. Just north of the Avenue of the Giants, on 101 and it's scenic byway, we spotten 20-30 wild elk along the side of the road. No fences to stop them from roaming. They were just north of Orick, CA in front of an old school house and a campground. Unbelievable!!

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