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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