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“Beautiful, but there are better ways to see the REAL Redwoods...”

Avenue of the Giants
Ranked #46 of 9,218 things to do in California
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 29, 2009

We just drove North through the Avenue of the Giants, true, it's gorgeous, your surrounded by the big giants. However, we feel a bit "spoiled" because a couple years ago we took the advice of a park ranger as we entered California from the Grants Pass Oregon area (on highwaym 199). I can't remember exactly where this was, but it far after the border inspection. We took a NON-paved road (we did fine in a mini-van) back through what we call the REAL Redwoods! It was AWESOME! It's S L O W going that's for sure, but you end up pulling right into Crescent City. Imagine Avenue of the Giants only with trees that literally DWARF the ones on the ave. Ample opportunities to pull off and explore. Again, warning: This is a rather precarious, sometimes bumpy/rutty road, but if you take your time you will NOT be disappointed. It is absolutely "magical" back in there! Find a Park Ranger, ask about the Jedediah Redwoods (Smith area) back road. The Avenue of the Giants, which is beautiful in it's own right......just won't ever seem the same. Check it out!

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Reviewed August 22, 2009

I believe we all need a little bit of nature to help us re-focus. If you have a little extra time while traveling the 101 and want some oxygen and nature, take Route 254 off the 101 and take it all the way even when it encourages you back on the 101. And drive slowly - ignore the drivers behind you. Oh, and stop in Garbersville first for sandwiches or a sub and have a picnic lunch among the serenity. And don't say a word. Take a brief walk, look up and then down for a four-leaf clover. When you get back to your car you'll feel awake.

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Reviewed July 21, 2009

On a trip from San Francisco to Eureka, we left Hwy 101 at Exit 650. The drive through the Avenue is gorgeous. We stopped several times and were able to take great photos. One stop was in Miranda. Then we drove on to Myers Flat and stopped at the drive through tree. The admission was $6 per vehicle. This was worth it for the children. There is also a tree house and small play area inside the paid area. From there we went to the visitor's center and used the restrooms. Then on to Founders Grove to see the Dyerville Giant (370 ft fallen tree). From there we turned and went under 101 to the Rockefeller Grove. This is a primitive road - paved, but not smooth or wide. The Giant Tree is located in here and there is great access to the Eel River and a small bridge to walk across it.

Prior to the trip, I ordered a free map from www.avenueofthegiants.net

8  Thank StarfishandSeashells
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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.

3  Thank Chuck W
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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.

7  Thank half-Brit
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