Visiting the RedWood Forest – CA
By Brandon Dudley January 18, 2011
We get it. Not everyone’s a tree hugger. And the idea of taking a trip to stare at a forest probably sounds a little bit anti-climactic.
Unless the forest that you’re going to stare at is a redwood forest in California. Before you nix the idea of planning a group outing to visit some foliage consider these top ten reasons to check out redwood trees:
- Redwood trees are actually made up of two varieties of trees. The first, Giant Sequoias, are the widest growing plant. The second, Coastal Redwoods, are the tallest growing plant.
- When we say wide, we mean it. The largest redwood tree was 30 feet across. That’s bigger than a two lane road.
- Likewise, when we say tall, we mean TALL. Redwoods have reached heights of 400 feet. That’s equivalent to a 30-story building. That’s taller than Niagara Falls.
- The massive size of redwoods means massive weight. Large varieties weigh over 1,000,000 lbs.
- Redwoods are among the oldest living things. We’re talking 3,000 years ancient.
- Redwoods abound in numerous California state parks, including Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Redwood National Park, Headwaters Forest Reserve, Rockefeller Forest, Yosemite National Park, Big Basin Redwoods National Park, Petrified Redwood Forest, and Sequoia National Park.
- Avenue of the Giants is one of the most famous redwood spots – 51,222 acres of some of the largest redwoods.
- Surrounding historic towns offer excellent lodging, dining, and shopping experiences. Check out Scotia, Shelter Cove, and Garberville.
- California redwood parks offer much more than just trees. Gorgeous beaches, coastline cliffs, and hiking trails abound. Fishing, horseback riding, mountain biking, kayaking, and canoeing are permissible in many of the state parks.
- Transportation is a cinch. Contact The BusBank to learn how Charter Bus California can service your trip to see the redwoods. Who knows? You may even become a tree hugger yourself.