My all-time favorite redwood grove is along the north Bull Creek Flats Trail in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. From San Francisco, drive north on highway 101 for about four hours, and then take the scenic route: the iconic Avenue of the Giants, where towering trees line the road through the park.
The fresh, salty air hung heavy as I wound my way south along the coastal highway with expansive vistas of the Pacific Ocean stretching across and meeting the blue sky infinitely far away. I’m on my way to see the giants I’d dreamed about since I was a kid. Could it be true? Entire cars driving through a tunnel in a tree trunk? No way.
Humboldt Redwoods State Park is home to the world’s first RV, Charles Kellogg’s Travel Log, handmade in 1917 from a fallen chunk of a redwood log and mounted on a 1917 Nash Quad truck, the toughest, most rugged vehicle of its kind at the time.