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Where is the best part of California to see the Redwoods?

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Where is the best part of California to see the Redwoods?

Take us from Reno to Bakersfield in six days to see the best sites of the Redwoods.

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1. Re: Where is the best part of California to see the Redwoods?

That's an interesting challenge- not sure why you put this in the Crescent City forum.

I assume you want to see BOTH the coastal redwoods and the Giant Sequoias? Because if you just wanted to see the sequoias, you can easily head south from Tahoe on 395, cut through Yosemite and see some groves there, then head south to Sequoia National Park.

However, if you want to see coastal redwoods, too, the BEST sites are along the northern coast, at Redwood National Park and the Humboldt State park area where the Avenue of the Giants is located. That takes you significantly out of the way- basically a day's journey out there, and another day back to get to the Sierras. If that seems too far to go, you could also visit some groves near Santa Cruz or even Muir Woods near San Francisco and include some visiting time in those areas.

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2. Re: Where is the best part of California to see the Redwoods?

There are two kinds of redwoods: The big mountain Sequoias (Sequoiadendron giganteum) found in Sequoia NP (also Yosemite and Kings Canyon). These are the largest diameter trees. Then there are the tall California coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) , found along the coast from approximately Big Sur to Crescent City, these are the tallest trees. The best place to see the big trees is Sequoia National Park. The best place to see the tall trees would be one of the state parks along (or not too far from) highway 101 (aka the redwood highway) well north of San Francisco, although there are coastal groves closer to San Francisco as well such as Muir Woods. See this Readers Digest article for more info rd.com/home-garden/…article40556.html

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3. Re: Where is the best part of California to see the Redwoods?

Thanks for telling me the difference in the two redwoods, we would like to see both but know our time is limited so trying to figure out the best route.

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4. Re: Where is the best part of California to see the Redwoods?

Are the coastal redwoods just as good in Santa Cruz as in Crescent City? That would sure save us a lot of driving.

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5. Re: Where is the best part of California to see the Redwoods?

The Redwoods up near Crescent City and south of Eureka are the largest groves, with the tallest trees. If you really want a full "forest" experience, these parks are a better choice, due in part to the fact that they are indeed rather remote, are more untouched.

The southern groves near the populated Bay Area are still lovely, but smaller. There are some old growth trees which are very tall (at some point, the fact that they aren't QUITE as tall becomes rather moot...you can't really see the tops of them anyway.) So asking if they are "just as good" is tricky. The best forest experience is up north, but you will have a good sense of the redwoods in the south as well.

Mostly, I want to encourage you to include a visit to Yosemite if you are going to see the sequoias as well. There is so much to see along with the Big Trees (and I should add that the Mariposa Grove is the largest in the park.) I can guarantee you won't regret it!

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6. Re: Where is the best part of California to see the Redwoods?

Thank you so much for your information, we will check out Yosemite NP too.

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