There is no excuse for the intrepid traveler to not pay a visit to The Avenue of the Giants. The Avenue is a thirty-mile stretch of the last old growth redwoods in the world. The fact that the 101 cuts right through it makes it unbelievably accessible. It’s a living, breathing contradiction because it seems so remote, but at the same time it’s so simple to get to.
So, what exactly is there to see? There are redwoods. Lots and lots of redwoods. In fact Humbolt Redwoods State Park butts right up against the Avenue. If you like trees, this is the place for you.
However, I understand that there’s a rube inside of all of us that wants to do more than just look at an old tree. Don’t worry. The locals have provided plenty of roadside attractions to give you a reason step on the breaks and spend some money.
Drive through trees, walk through trees, houses made from trees, it’s all there.
We approached the redwoods from the north. I got really excited when I saw this thing. We pulled over and took a few pictures. However, I want to assure you that this is not the only drive through tree you will encounter on the 101. I counted no less that three of them. No regrets, though. Our one-dollar admission went to support the local economy.