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“Do not miss this drive”

Avenue of the Giants
Ranked #48 of 9,147 things to do in California
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 11 September 2011

This is definitely a DO NOT miss attraction if you want to see the redwoods in California. We drove through part of it on one day, stayed at Miranda Gardens, then drove the rest the next morning. We stopped and got out of the car at Founders Tree. After seeing so many large trees you get used to them, until you look back at your pictures and/or the scenery changes and you realize how AWESOME they were!!!!

We also did the Howland Hill Road drive up north in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and also the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway. With these 3 main areas, we felt we really had a chance to see the Redwoods in 1 1/2 days. Stop at the visitor's center (coming from the North) at Hiouchi and they have much better maps to guide you. I was confused on "where' the Redwoods were before we left home and not sure on where exactly we should go. The helpful park rangers answered all those questions at Hiouchi.

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Reviewed 2 September 2011

We had a very inspiring trip through the Northern California coast area. What a spectacular drive through the redwoods. Thes are some of the oldest trees in the world and they are giant. I am so happy that we took the trip. There a few towns on the route with food and bathroom facilities.

1  Thank prensesdi
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Reviewed 2 September 2011

You can't drive by this and NOT tour the Avenue of the Giants. It is unlike anything else in the world. It is probably one of the coolest drives in existence. The road is lined with beautiful towering redwoods. The drive itself is about 25 miles of stunning beauty, with several exit points to get back on the freeway - though I can't imagine why anyone would. There are lots of campgrounds, creeks, spots to pull over, and several tiny towns to drive through, with other roadside attractions along the way, including: The One Log House and Confusion Hill. I've taken this drive several times, and it never gets old!

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Reviewed 28 August 2011

Avenue of the Giants is a must see for anyone who loves nature. It is almost impossible to put into words the majesty and size of these redwood trees. We were in awe and couldn't stop staring at them. You can start at the south end of the avenue (just north of Garberville) or at the north end of the avenue (just south of pepperwood). We found the northern half of the Avenue to be better than the southern half. More trees, less traffic, etc.

There are plenty of places to stop and enjoy the view, hike a short trail, or visit a gift house. Nothing can compare however to simply driving along the road with huge redwoods literally inches from your car. Must be seen with your own eyes to be appreciated.

The drive along the Avenue is about 45 miles total and will take you about 2-3 hours if you stop at a few places along the way. If you want to get out and do some light walking among the redwoods, give yourself a half-day. I think you would really have to be a slow-poke and stopping at every possible location to take up a full day on the Avenue. You can easily drive from end to end, and then back again to your starting point in less than a full day. Average speed is 30-40 mph.

Be prepared however, since there are very few services available along the route. Garberville on the south end is barely adequate, but does have a couple of gas stations (gas prices well above average) where you can fuel up. On the northern end you'll have to get up to Fortuna and Eureka to find good services.

A long ride from the San Francisco area but we are very happy that we took the time to go up there. Highly recommended!!

5  Thank joepekoe
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Reviewed 14 August 2011

We really hadn't left enough time to fully appreciate all these attractions. It was unfortunate that the visitor centre was closed as there were still plenty of visitors around. As we were touring we had to take the tour ourselves but it would have been better if we'd had the information from the visitor centre.

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