For some of us, there are certain things that we want to see in our life. For those of us who are landlocked, it could be the ocean. For others who are from small towns, it could be to see what it’s like to be in a city. For a lot of us, it is seeing something in nature that is just so amazing that it can only be believed when you see it for yourself. Here in California, we have a plethora of truly spectacular nature habitats for travelers to enjoy. Besides the ocean, we have some of the most beautiful redwoods too. When we at Sea Rock Inn have visitors who want to experience the redwoods, we highly recommend to them to go and see the Avenue of the Giants. Let’s have a look at where they are located and how you can explore them.
The Avenue of the Giants is located off of Hwy 101 and is surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park. From us in Mendocino, it’s about a 2-hour drive to this northern region of California but it is worth taking a day to explore this area. There are two ways to get to the Avenue of the Giants and we highly suggest taking Hwy 1 to Hwy 101. When you are on Hwy 1, you will get to see so many beautiful sights of the northern California coast as well as just be on an iconic highway. Once you get close to the area where the Avenue of the Giants is, there will be several Auto Tour signs for you to stop and have a look at these stunning redwoods. We suggest that you have a look at these beforehand and plan out which ones you would like to explore. We suggest this because there are over 51,000 acres of redwood forests and trying to see it all can be quite daunting.
One stop you might want to consider while you are out discovering the Avenue of the Giants is the Humboldt Redwoods State Park. They have a wealth of information about the area and the trees as well as activities that you can do that don’t involve staying in your car. One of the most popular activities is hiking. There are many trails to choose from and they are listed in order from easy to moderate and then strenuous. Be sure to have a look at them and plan out your hiking trip. Some trails are less than a mile long and can go up to a little over 13 miles. This is a great way to really get to know the area and the trees. Be sure to take your time on the trails and, of course, bring your camera! There will not only be trees but wildlife and other plants and flowers for you to see.
Another way to enjoy the Avenue of the Giants is to bike it. Not only will you be able to see the trees from a different vantage point but you will be able to see more of them. One thing to note is that the main trail for bikers is the Avenue of the Giants and is on a highway so be sure to to be prepared to share the road with others. Biking is also a good idea for adults only as many of the trails can be steep. Families who bike tend to enjoy the campgrounds.
When you have such a unique natural feature, like the Avenue of the Giants, near you, it’s hard to not to want to experience it. When you do decide to plan a trip to northern California, we hope you will consider staying with us at Sea Rock Inn in Mendocino. Our area is lovely and has so many different attractions and activities for those who love being outdoors, the arts, shopping, or amazing food. Our B&B in Mendocino is located right on the cliffs and has spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean. Many of our rooms have wonderful views as well. Be sure to enjoy at least one sunset from our lawns as they are truly breathtaking. Inside our rooms, you will find many modern touches that will make your stay not only enjoyable but just like home. Be sure to join us each morning for a delicious breakfast before you head out for your day’s activities. Contact us today and let us help you plan a fun trip to California.
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Photo by Kirt Edblom