Things to do in Redwood Country
Beginning about four miles south of the town of Scotia is the 32-mile-long scenic road called Avenue of the Giants (named for the redwoods that flank it), which runs parallel to Highway 101: don’t miss the Immortal, a 950-year-old tree that withstood a 1908 logging attempt (you can still see the
The park is a miniature Yellowstone (complete with fumaroles and mud pots, as well as a new LEED-certified visitors’ center) created by the massive 1915 eruption of Lassen Peak.
The iconic redwood with a car-size hole in it.
Take a gondola ride through the forest canopy. adults $14, kids 4–11 $7
Don’t miss Fern Canyon, near Gold Bluffs Beach, in the Prairie Creek unit of the parks—it appeared in The Lost World: Jurassic Park.
The Mystery: This stunning snow-capped peak in the Cascade Mountain range, 60 miles south of the Oregon border, has long been considered one of the planet’s great “cosmic power spots,” luring everyone from Native Americans to Buddhist monks and hippies.
Historian Ray Hillman leads a walking tour through the historic waterfront district that includes such gems as an 1890s opera house. $28 for two people
Watch modern-day carpenters carving gingerbread trim with antique tools.
Santiago Calatrava’s sculptural Sundial footbridge leads over the Sacramento River to this combination science museum and arboretum aimed at families. adults $13, kids 4–12 $9