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Hands down California's (and possibly the world's) most beautiful natural setting, Humboldt Redwoods State Park must be visited at least once in your lifetime. Redwood trees are native to the Northern California coast and can rarely be seen elsewhere. Notable for their immense size (hundreds of feet tall) and age (dating back to dinosaur times), redwoods inspire and humble visitors from around the globe. The Humboldt Redwoods are quite possibly the largest collection of these trees, as well as the oldest and tallest. There are more than 100 miles of hiking trails, 250 campsites, and over 17,000 acres of old-growth redwood trees. A real treat ...

Hands down California's (and possibly the world's) most beautiful natural setting, Humboldt Redwoods State Park must be visited at least once in your lifetime. Redwood trees are native to the Northern California coast and can rarely be seen elsewhere. Notable for their immense size (hundreds of feet tall) and age (dating back to dinosaur times), redwoods inspire and humble visitors from around the globe. The Humboldt Redwoods are quite possibly the largest collection of these trees, as well as the oldest and tallest. There are more than 100 miles of hiking trails, 250 campsites, and over 17,000 acres of old-growth redwood trees. A real treat is taking the 32-mile Avenue of the Giants scenic drive, which twists through redwoods — and even allows access to drive through one. The park provides a vast array of trails for all levels as well as ample opportunities for wildlife viewing, swimming, biking, fishing and more. The weather can be chilly (those big trees thrive in the fog), so wear layers.

Michele Bigley
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Michele Bigley is the author of Northern California: An Explorer's Guide and Great Destinations Kauai from Countryman Press.

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    Summer, fall