The incredible Redwood National Park and the three surrounding state parks of Jedediah Smith, Del Norte Coast and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park contain and protect nearly half of the world’s coastal redwoods. The world’s tallest living organisms, these gentle giants can grow to over an astonishing 350 feet high. When visiting this spectacular region, a guided tour of the park is highly recommended, as the area is not as well set set up for tourists as other national parks might be – this definitely adds to the magic and charm though, it is simply incredible.
In the warmer months you can enjoy a whole host of outdoor activities, such as zip-lining, white water rafting and endless strolls along the stunning, wild beaches. Wander through the lush green parks which offer an abundance of walking and hiking trails, allowing you to gaze up at the humongous trees and spot wildlife including the majestic herds of Roosevelt elk.
Some great base camps for exploring the area include the quaint coastal town of Trinidad or the larger town of Eureka. The picture-perfect beach front hamlet of Trinidad sits on a bluff overlooking the Trinidad Bay harbour and it was the site of the first human settlement on California’s north coast, the Yurok Native village of Tsurai.
Nearby you’ll find Eureka, the largest coastal city located between San Francisco and Portland, Oregon. The lovingly restored Victorian era old town has fused with a bustling and modern seaport that is still active, with chugging fishing vessels and loaded logging lorries continuing to rumble through.