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“A Wonderful Day At The Avenue Of The Giants”

Avenue of the Giants
Ranked #46 of 9,229 things to do in California
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 13, 2013

When traveling on Highway 101 through the redwood country of Humboldt County you will pass the city of Garberville. Just beyond begins your journey through the forested drive that offers many opportunities to stop and view attractions like Hobbit Hill (open during the warmer months) with its quaint, small houses. There is a small motel, gift shops and an RV park beyond the hill. Traveling north is a Drive-Thru tree attraction however be advised that high clearance vehicles are prohibited. A visitors center including many redwood country displays is a must see especially for the youngsters. Further east there is a parking lot for those who care to take an easy hike through the redwoods. One of the high points of this area is a very tall redwood tree that fell during a storm named the Deyerville Giant. East of this area is a gift shop with some beautiful artwork seen from the windows however it appeared to be closed in a mid September visit. More parking on the north of the highway near the gift shop is available for hiking on level ground. This is a must see and do allow several hours for hiking and stopping at a few of the attractions, shops and day use areas. There are campgrounds along the highway for tenting and RVing if staying overnight or longer. Happy Trails all!

1  Thank woofmangreg
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have always been surprised how many people don't know about the giant redwoods in California. I have never seen a photograph that truly captures the height and size of these trees. Some of the trees exceed 300 ft. in height. Imagine more than 55 people with a height of about 5'5" stacked vertically! The reason I would put this place at the very top of your list of must sees is based upon the fact that, unlike the Grand Canyon, Carlsbad Canyon, or Niagra Falls, THIS natural wonder is vulnerable. I became keenly aware of this years ago when there was a fire not too far away from these trees. Although I am no expert on the subject, I can only imagine that with climate change occurring and any possibility of fire, we could lose this rarity. All I can say is that you MUST GO!

4  Thank Bonnie G
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Spooky isn't quite the right word, but beautiful is. Maybe eerie. We were there on a cold, partly rainy, partly sunny day. Seeing that landscape in the mist and drizzle felt right. But it's show-stopping when the sun shines through the canopy. Driving north to Eureka, we left the main road and followed the Avenue as far as we could. It's like entering another world. Seeing the groves of enormous trees is almost like seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time. Leave the car and walk some of the many trails. You won't soon forget the sights, silence and feel of the place.

Thank Tom F
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Reviewed January 12, 2013

The redwoods are great. A quick stop in Miranda is always fun. I'd recommended getting off the beaten path, however.

Thank crumford
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Reviewed January 4, 2013

You will be amazed at every turn. Make sure you have all day to really get in there and hike the trails that are well marked. Amzaing to see how huge these trees are and how resilient they are. Maps are available of all the trails. The trees grow right beside the highway making a canopy of green that make it look dark it is so thick. Drive carefully! Very beautiful a must see.

Thank paulszedshed
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