Redwood Country Travel Guide
The iconic redwood with a car-size hole in it.
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
Take a gondola ride through the forest canopy. adults $14, kids 4–11 $7
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Watch modern-day carpenters carving gingerbread trim with antique tools.