The California trees referred to as California Redwoods are giant sequoias. The reason why they are so special is that they’re the most massive living things on earth, reaching a height of more than 280 feet. These Redwoods have been around for more than three thousand years and they can still be seen and admired today.
These trees could only be found in the Mountains of California in the United States–in Redwood forests visited by lots of people every year. There are many places to see these magnificent creations–in national parks, regional areas, forests, etc. Below are some of the places that will give you the ultimate redwood adventure; places where you will get to see these breattaking trees tower above everything.
Redwood National and State Parks
The name itself basically says it all: the Redwood National and State Park is one of the best places to see these magnificent trees. The coast redwood ecosystem in this park is so well-preserved and awe-inspiring, that you will have a pretty difficult time leaving. The biological diversity of this park is just so impressive, and efforts in preserving and maintaining its beauty is still being done today.
Aside from the admiring the redwoods, other things that you can do here are have fantastic views of the Enderts Beach and Crescent Beach, and perhaps even witness whale migration in the Klamath River Overlook; the beautiful Trillium Falls Trail where you’ll be enveloped in an ancestral forest that is just so absolutely stunning, and seemingly countless scenic drives that will just leave you gaping.
Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park–America’s third largest national park–us another place to admire the redwoods. This place is home to the Mariposa Grove, the largest forest in all of Yosemite. This historic place is home two of the largest Giant Sequoia trees in the planet. The best time to go in this sequoia grove is during the summer, where the hike will be easy and scenic.
The activities in store for visitore here are hiking, driving along scenic routes, stunning valleys, waterfalls, views of the Half Dome and Glacier Point, from which you can get some of the most fantastic views of the valley.
Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park
Also part of the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation (the same people that manage the Redwood National Park and Jedediah Smith), this is another place in the United States where you’ll find old growth redwood. Other activities in store here are wildlife viewing (whale watching, bird-watching, etc.), hiking, biking, beautiful naure trails, picnic areas, and a whole lot more. If you’re traveling with your family, this is an excellent place to visit.
Sequoia National Park
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park is known to be a “Land of Giants,” as it’s a place where you will find everything huge–the mountains, canyons, caverns, and of course–the trees.
This place is where you’ll find the General Sherman and the General Grant–two of the world’s tallest trees (the General Sherman is the tallest tree by volume in the world) that are estimated to be around more than 2000 years old. Exploring the 20 largest Giant Sequoias here will definitely an experience you won’t forget.