Redwood National Park was established in 1968 and since then has been a worldwide tourist draw. Federal lands of redwood trees saw nearly 400,000 tourists in 2007. When you know what makes this area so special, you will understand why outdoor enthusiasts make this a destination for hiking, camping, horseback riding and photography.
Redwood National Park is located in northern California. The majestic trees and their national and state protected areas cover more than 100,000 acres along the coast and up to Oregon.
The special climate that contributes to the health of the amazing redwoods hovers between 40 and 60 degrees. While summers are a bit warmer and winters slightly cooler, the coastal lands always experience a misty fog and a good chance of wet weather.
Drive nearly 30 miles on a tourist-friendly stretch through Humboldt County in Northern California to view thousands of acres of these 2,000-year-old grand trees. This area is referred to as the Avenue of the Giants, because your trip takes you past trees that are some of the largest in the world.
Enjoy the splendid views from the saddle of a horse when you hook up with a guided horseback outfit in Orrick, Calif. Trails of varying length will take you through old-growth forests as you observe spotted owls and the rare bald eagle.
For a $3 fee (as of summer 2009), you can drive your car through the Leggett Chandelier Tree. This tree is more than 300 feet tall and 20 feet wide and it's located in Northern California in the small town of Leggett.
Article Written By Alexandra Haller
Alexandra Haller has more than 10 years' experience as a writer. She has written for numerous health and fitness outlets, including "Runner's World" and "Reuters." She has worked as a copy editor for the American Mathematical Society, editor-in-chief for Her Active Life and is now a proofreader for Plante & Moran.