On our coastal highway vacation we would like to stop along the way to see the Redwoods. Originally, we were going to go to Muir Woods during our stay but I'm trying to avoid renting a car while in SF. So I thought we could stop on our drive from San Fran to our overnight in Monterey. Should we stop in Henry Cowell or take the longer detour to Big Basin?
I've read that Big Basin trees are larger but is it worth the extra drive? I'd like to spend most of the day in Monterey as we already have some plans there. We would like to either drive through the trees or go on a short (1-2 mile hike). Thanks in advance!