Avenue of the Giants – A Destination Vacation: This world-famous scenic drive is a 31-mile portion of old Highway 101, which parallels Freeway 101 with its 51,222 acres of redwood groves. It is by far the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the entire 500 mile redwood belt and is accessible to all with convenient services provided along the way. The Avenue of the Giants is surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park which has the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world. Take time to picnic, camp, hike, swim, fish, raft or bike ride in the cool hush of these ancient redwood forests.
Don’t miss visiting ROCKEFELLER FOREST, where 10,000 acres of indescribable beauty will surely awe any visitor. There are many trails in this forest, as well as, the 8th, 6th, 4th, and 2nd tallest trees, and the “Champion Coast Redwood” at 370 feet tall!
SCOTIA is one of the last “company-owned” towns in California. There is a Historic Logging Museum (open in the summer months) with photos, artifacts and machinery used in old logging camps.
SHELTER COVE The community of Shelter Cove offers an airport, golf course, superb lodging and fine dining, surrounded by beaches, mountains and outstanding coastal views. Shelter Cove boasts excellent ocean fishing, beachcombing and mountain trail hiking, all at your doorstep. While on the North Coast, a visit to Shelter Cove is definitely in order.
GARBERVILLE – The main hub of activities and commerce in the Southern Humboldt county area. You’ll find a nice variety of eating establishments and a nice selection of lodging. Check out the many unique shops in town. Garberville is just ten minutes from the Avenue of the Giants and about 45 minutes from Shelter Cove.
FERNDALE – 21 miles north of the “Avenue of the Giants” discover Northern California’s best-kept secret—The Victorian Village of Ferndale. A photographer’s paradise and a shopper’s delight. Explore the classic architecture, old-fashioned mercantiles, antique stores, art galleries, and specialty shops and talk with the friendly people.
DYERVILLE GIANT – Within Humboldt Redwoods State Park, along the Founders Grove nature trail, are two special examples of the many giant redwoods found near the South Fork of the Eel River. The Founders Tree was dedicated to those who led the drive to establish the “Save-the-Redwoods League”. The Dyerville Giant was recognized as the “Champion” Coast Redwood as certified by the American Forestry Association until it fell on March 24, 1991. Before it fell, it was at least 362 feet tall (estimates from two different sources measured it at 370 feet after it fell). That is 200 feet taller than Niagara Falls or comparable to a 30-story building. It is also 17 feet in diameter and 52 feet in circumference. It probably weighs over 1,000,000 pounds.
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