Can you hear it? True silence. It's a redwood grove specialty. Perhaps it's the immensity of these ancient trees diffusing all sounds from the outside world. Or maybe it's the fact that you practically have the park to yourself. It's a magical stillness. A serenity you'll never forget. And you'll never quite match.
1 Bike beneath colossal trees along the Avenue of Giants, home to the largest remaining stand of virgin redwood groves in the world Hike at Humboldt Redwoods State Park, in the company of some of the planet's oldest residents Stop by the park's visitor center, where the natural history of the redwood comes to life.
2 Feel like you've entered a prehistoric world as you stride amid old-growth redwoods, breathtaking in age and beauty Visit the extraordinary Rockefeller Forest and attempt to wrap your head (and arms!) around the 362-foot-tall and 14-foot-wide Rockefeller tree After a picnic lunch on the banks of the Eel River, explore the forest on the Bull Creek Loop.
3 Journey to Big Lagoon for a kayaking excursion As you glide across the water, survey the shoreline, marshes and surrounding hills for wildlife such as shorebirds, bald eagles, peregrine falcons and western pond turtles Set out on a hike along the Rim Trail, a pathway once used by the native Yurok people, to a viewpoint offering a striking panorama of the rocky coastline.
4-5 Head to Redwood National Park for an incredible hike among the tallest living things on Earth Meandering toward the coast, learn about the redwood ecosystem and keep an eye out for majestic Roosevelt elk that often graze in a nearby meadow Spend time exploring the beach.