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“Grand natural beauty”

Avenue of the Giants
Ranked #48 of 9,147 things to do in California
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed March 23, 2013

The Avenue of Giants represents an idyllic type of Californian beauty as it has been for hundred of years. Some of these redwood trees are hundreds---if not thousands--- of years old. Their size and majesty are awesome to behold. One is tempted to drive as slowly as possible to savor how grand, mysterious, calming these woods are. Along the woods run creeks and rivers, and there are glimpses of the Pacific Ocean. The state park centers are extremely helpful for information about the history of the woods, the current state of flora and fauna, and efforts at conservation. The rangers tend to be a little curt and crusty. The trails through the woods are indescribably beautiful. We stayed in Eureka, a nice little town with several good restaurants. One of the amusing things that you will pass are some roadside places selling souvenirs, such as bowls and cups carved from wood, small "starter" redwood trees, and many souvenirs related to Paul Bunyan/Babe the Blue Ox and Sasquatch. Once in the Avenue of Giants, there are no restaurants to speak of, and few gas stations. Also, the road winds and is not lit at night. Precautions on driving at night.

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Reviewed March 9, 2013

If you are taking the scenic route from SFO on Hwy1 to Hwy 101 to Garbrville, you could perhaps make a detour after Mendocino. Between Mendocino and Fort Bragg, there is a Highway 20 which brings you to Hwy 101 and thereafter a faster and more comfortable way to Garberville.
The portion you would then skip is near Rockport where the roads are very winding and
very monotonous for nearly 2 hours. Best to skip that portion if you are prone to motion sickness.

7  Thank David E
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

Yes, at least I felt like a kid. I wanted to hug the trees and run around the place each time I stopped to take a photo. The drive is spectacular. I drove from Eureka to San Francisco on HWY 101 and took this scenic detour. Always wanted to do it as a Bay Area native and so glad I finally did. I recoommend going a little south to Leggett to the real drive thru tree-Chandelier Tree. Its a one of kind experience!

1  Thank Elizabeth_travelfun
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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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