The Avenue of the Giants refers to the massive coastal redwood trees in California, but without having seen it, travelers may be wondering just what it's all about. There are three species of Giant Redwood trees in the world, and two of these are located in California. The coastal Redwood is what you will find at the Avenue of the Giants and the other parks that have Redwoods in them, like Humboldt Redwood State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods Park, and the Redwood National Park.
Sequoia National Park is located in Southern California, about 600 miles away from the coast redwoods of the Avenue of the Giants. This is where the first Giant Sequoia were found, and it's home to the biggest trees in the world, but the Coastal Redwoods actually grow taller than the giant sequoias that are in land. The old growth redwood trees on the coast are 200 years old and grow to more than 300 feet in height. The famous Avenue of the Giants is a scenic drive that California is known for, a 31-mile trip through the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
While the Sequoia National Park is no less impressive than the coastal redwood trees, it is an entirely different experience. In fact, there are miles of Redwood forests that you can include on your drive through the Avenue of the Giants. The Avenue of the Giants meanders alongside Highway 101 through the coast redwoods in Humboldt County, and there are clearly marked signs directing you to the highway where you can drive through an ancient grove of giant redwood trees.
The Chimney Tree is much shorter than it once was, standing only about 78 feet in height, but while it may lack size, it's still impressive: The tree is still growing despite being struck by a lightning bolt that burned a twelve-foot hole through it. It is close to Hobbiton, which gets a lot of visitors as well who are going to the Redwood National Park and other places with giant sequoia trees in the area. This is in Phillipsville, along with the One Log House, which is a log house which up of a 40-ton log from a fallen Redwood tree. Most visitors know about the Shrine Drive through tree, which can accommodate smaller vehicles. The Immortal Tree still stands near Redcrest, having endured flooding, fires, and numerous lightning strikes.
Although the official tallest Sequoia Trees has changed over the year, the latest and the tallest can be found in the Founders Grove, which is named after the founders of the Save-the-redwoods league, who lobbied to protect the forest and these ancient trees. Here you can find what used to be the biggest Giant Sequoia tree, the Dyerville Giant. This giant Redwood fell to the ground on March 24, 1991, and lost it reputation as the largest living redwood tree; that honor goes to Hyperion, which stands 379.3 feet in height.
The Avenue of the Giants is an awe-inspiring trip through Humboldt Country and the fog shrouded, mystical beauty of the Northern California wilderness. The small towns you'll find the way welcome tourists who come to see the redwood grove, which is protected as an International Biosphere reserve and a world heritage site. Visitors stop in Phillipsville, just south of the Giant Redwood trees for supplies and restaurants, take a dip in the river, or to stay in the motel for the night.
One of the most unforgettable parts of a California vacation is seeing these 2,000 year old giants who tower majestically over the misty woods of California, and can be found from the prairies and the rivers to the 37 miles of pristine Northern California Coast, where you can find Redwood National Park.