Northern California Redwoods
In northern California, you can see awe-inspiring redwood groves at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. Take the 0.6-mile Stout Grove Trail at Jedidah Smith to see a picture-perfect stand of redwoods. Visit Humboldt Redwoods State Park and hike to the Big Tree Area to see the "Giant Tree" (see References 1 and 3).
Redwoods in Marin County
Just over the Golden Gate Bridge, Marin County is home to stunning redwood forests. Visit popular, sometimes crowded, Muir Woods National Monument. Go off the beaten path to Samuel P. Taylor State Park in West Marin. Hike the 2.7 mile Pioneer Tree Trail to see beautiful, old-growth redwood stands (see Reference 2).
South of San Francisco
Take the drive down Highway 1 south of San Francisco to see the redwoods near Santa Cruz. Visit Big Basin Redwoods State Park, California's first state park (see References 1 and 3).
Continue south on Highway 1 to Big Sur, enjoying some of California's most stunning coastline. See soaring stands of redwoods at Molera State Park, Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park and Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park (see References 1 and 3).
Where to Stay
State and national parks might offer camping, cabins and RV hookups. Check official park websites for more information about each park's accommodations. Local inns, motels and Bed and Breakfasts are good options, too. When visiting San Francisco, Santa Cruz, or other metropolitan areas, squeeze in a day trip to see the majestic redwoods (see References 1 and 3).
Article Written By Katiana Zimmerman
Katiana Zimmerman is a writer, composer, and singer. She has written children's musicals, including the Emmy Award-winning HBO film Autism: The Musical. Kat has received two ASCAP awards. She holds a Master's degree from the Manhattan School of Music. Kat studied nutrition for disease prevention at the McDougall Institute, the Pritikin Institute, and FitPath in British Columbia.