The Stunning Drive Through Northern California’s Avenue of the Giants

Sitting in in the middle of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park is the Avenue of the Giants, a 31-mile two lane stretch of old Highway 101 that features some of the most beautiful scenes of Northern California’s world-famous redwoods.

This roadway has become a popular destination for roadtrippers to get a quick glimpse of the beauty of the North Coast without even having to leave their vehicle. The massive trees aligning the highway are a portion of the largest remaining stand of virgin redwoods in the world.

The drive offers distinct views of the redwoods along with multiple trailhead access to the State Park and you can even access the Eel River for fishing, swimming and other water fun. Along the Avenue there are a number of sleepy small towns including Pepperwood, Redcrest, Weott, Myers Flat, Miranda and Phillipsville, where you can explore quaint shops or stop in for supplies.

The drive lined with titan trees is mostly flat with gentle turns, highlighted with forest hamlets, campgrounds, picnic areas and numerous trailhead that lead into the magical redwood forest. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite photos of the beautiful roadway:

Here is the location of the Avenue of the Giants:

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  1. I live in Humboldt county California…the Redwoods are DEFINITELY the most beautiful feature of California…The weather is perfect in the summer… never too hot or too cold … maybe a little foggy on some mornings..but by noon it’s 65 °. I would recommend it to anyone’s BUCKET LIST .💓😁😎

    1. And after living there through all the seasons, I can say that it is beautiful, spectacular, and humbling all year long. Del Norte Co., adjacent to Humboldt Co. contains the same inspiring beauty. I would have to say that the BEST time to enjoy it (if you don’t love stormy weather like I do) is September when the tourists have gone home and the elk are breeding and the bears are fattening on the berries.

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