Forget Black Friday – get outside

Looking for some redwood alternatives to the malls? We’ve got a few ideas.

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Don’t waste time in stores this Black Friday. Get out on the trails. Photo by Vivian Chen.

If the massive wave of Black Friday consumerism is getting you down this year, we at Save the Redwoods League feel you. And we’re right there with all of those who are going to “opt-outside” this Friday, Nov. 25, instead of standing in line at the mall looking for a few deals. 

To that end, we thought we’d share some resources and ideas for enjoying the redwoods and other great outdoor spots. 

  • Explore Redwoods: This is the League’s go-to online tool for planning a trip to the redwoods. Most of these are in the northern part of the state, but there are also a few So Cal gems in there. 
  • California State Parks: With 279 park units in every corner of the state, California State Parks are one of the great treasures of the Golden State. Lots of great redwood parks in here, for sure, but also wonderful options of all kinds. 
  • League travel guides: Want to know which redwood parks are great for dogs? We’ve got your back. Wondering which parks support those with disabilities? We’re got that, too. Into birding? You bet. League guides highlight all kinds of terrific opportunities in the redwoods. Explore them and enjoy. 
  • Paddling in the redwoods: Are you into kayaking or canoeing? Check out this recent blog post. 
  • Four awesome bike rides through the redwoods: The name of this blog speaks for itself. 
  • Four peaceful redwood groves in San Francisco: If you’re stuck in the city, fear not. There are some great redwood experiences hiding in the urban surroundings. 
  • The allure of Big Sur: Right before the pandemic, we put together this cool feature on exploring the redwood of Big Sur. 

There is a lot of other great stuff on our website–look around and you might find a great idea. We hope this information is helpful. We hope to see you out on the trails on Friday! 

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Since 1918, Save the Redwoods League has protected and restored redwood forests and connected people with their peace and beauty so these wonders of the natural world flourish.

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