5) Redwood Forest
One of California’s claims to fame are the massive, staggeringly tall Redwood trees, also known as Giant Sequoias or Coastal Redwoods. Redwood forests are scattered throughout central and northern California, presenting plenty of opportunities to gaze upon their greatness. The Bay Area of northern California, from the coast to the Santa Cruz Mountains, has several parks worth a visit. Closest to the city of San Francisco is Muir Woods National Monument. Here you will find easy, well-groomed trails that most everyone can tackle. For a slightly more secluded experience, trek 50 miles farther north to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. If you’re looking to be completely awe-struck, the Sequoia National Park in the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range is where you want to go. This park is home to some of the largest and oldest trees in the world, some reaching over 2,000 years old.
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