Driving up the coast from San Francisco heading towards Oregon we decided to take the scenic drive through the ‘Avenue of the Giants’. This is a 31 mile country road which is an alternative route to just driving on Highway 101. This country road in lined with the stunning ancient redwoods in all their glory on either side of you. The Avenue of the Giants is surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park and there are plenty of opportunities to pull over and take some photos. To be standing beside these magnificent trees and wonder at the age and height of them makes you see the world and nature in a completely different way. They are located about 200 miles north of San Francisco and 100 miles south of the Oregon border but there are plenty of little towns, motels, rv parks, cafes, restaurants, gift shops in the surrounding areas which enables you to stay over and then spend more time in the area exploring the Humboldt Redwoods State Park where you can camp, hike, swim, cycle, fish and picnic.
If you are passing through the town of Legget them you must stop at the Chandelier Tree – which is a drive through tree park and cost $5 dollars per car – it is also well signposted and just off the main highway. We were in a hire car and were a bit apprehensive in case the car got stuck but we got through it with ease and then took lots of photos – for those thinking about doing it, the tree is 315 foot tall and the hole in the tree is 6 foot wide and 6 foot 9 inches high. We also helped guide some other cars through as it can get a bit tight for some bigger cars. There is also a little shop and cafe for people just past the tree that you can park up at and sit and enjoy the scenery and watch to see who is brave enough to drive through it.