Humboldt County is home to California's coast redwood forest, where you can see the world's tallest tree. Among its attractions are Redwood National & State Parks, the Avenue of the Giants, Fern Canyon, the Roosevelt Elk (North America's largest), several drive thru trees and the Lost Coast.
This is Bigfoot country, home of the legendary man-beast. Its towns and villages are famous for ornate Victorian architecture, artist communities and handmade crafts. Among them are Eureka, Ferndale, Arcata, Fortuna, Garberville, McKinleyville, Orick, Shelter Cove, Trinidad, and Willow Creek.
The North Coast of Humboldt County is famous for its craft beers and artisan cheeses. Whether you plan to camp in a state park or national park campground or stay in an historic inn or lodge, there's plenty of fine lodging and camping along California's Redwood Coast.
Getting to the Redwood Coast: Take U.S. 101 north from San Francisco. Beyond Santa Rosa, The Redwood Highway is a motorist's dream. It is lightly traveled with an ever-changing landscape to fascinate you. Time flies as you motor north. Time morphs as you enter a world where nature is timeless. Time stands still. These trees have stood through the ages. They are primordial, Jurassic. You have stopped aging.
On your drive, you'll pass roadside curiosities so compelling that they beg your inner child to pull over. Mom and Dad might have denied them when you were little. They'd have said the family had to get somewhere by 4 p.m. or they didn't want to spend the money. Adults make up excuses like that. But, what the heck, you're a grown-up now, and you've got the road, time and change in your pocket to spare. So, go ahead. Indulge yourself with a retro fantasy. Plaster your bumper with a sticker that declares you ate lunch inside a redwood, visited Confusion Hill or talked to Paul Bunyan. Drive through that tree. Buy that souvenir. Facebook a picture of what you bought to your friends. They'll think you're as big as the redwoods for buying that redwood burl trinket. After all, visiting the Redwood Coast is all about exploring, being inspired and having fun.
Autumn: The sunniest, warmest, driest days of the year occur during fall. It's a season when Roosevelt Elk bugle and challenge one another in noisy displays for mating rights to their herds of elk cows. Thousands of Chinook salmon swim up streams to spawn. It's when our Victorian villages and seaside towns are yours alone. The redwood forest flutters with yellow, orange, chartreuse and crimson leaves.
No where else can you tour a drive through tree in the morning, visit a Victorian village midday and watch a Pacific Ocean sunset in the evening while enjoying a plate of freshly harvested Humboldt oysters. You won't find those at Muir Woods, in Mendocino County or at Yosemite National Park. They're only found along California's Redwood Coast in Humboldt County.
Check it off your bucket list. You just visited the home of the world's tallest trees. These aren't your backyard variety of redwood. They have to be seen to be believed.
The Redwood Coast. It's worth the extra mile.
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