Giant Redwoods, California
Muir Woods National Monument is a small area located in Marin County, just outside of San Francisco. Here you can see a collection of the giant redwood trees which were once prevalent in the area and continue to grow in larger numbers along the northern California and Southern Oregon Coast. The national monument is a short drive from San Francisco. En route, you'll pass some spectacular coastal scenery and drive a winding incline road partway up Mount Tam before reaching Muir Woods.
For more information, feel free to visit my Muir Woods National Monument page.
The Chandelier Tree. A large Redwood tree that you can drive through. It's located near the town of Leggit in Northern California. It cost us $3 to drive through a hole in a tree, there was also many other fallen trees to stand inside (which I did)
My thoughts were that if you go into northern California you have to drive through a tree. (this is the one place you can do this without being drunk)
Leggett, CA-As we were driving along beautiful Route 1, it merged into Route 101 at Leggett, population 200. And we saw the sign for the Chandelier Tree and of course, had to go there. It's a 315 foot tall Redwood tree that's 21 feet in diameter and carved out so cars can drive through. So we did. And it was cool. And then we left because there's absolutely nothing else to do there unless you like crappy gift shops. Another one of those must-see old-fashioned tourist stops.
Piercy, CA-Head north on 101 and you'll drive through Redwood country, untouristy Redwood country. Piercy is one of those unmarked towns. I had to go there because I read about Confusion Hill, located on 101. It's supposed to be an experience in optical and physical sensations in a confused gravitational field. There was a small gift shop where you bought tickets for the house and miniature steam train up the hill. The house leaned. And a high-school kid did hokey physics experiments to excite the kiddies. And then the steam train took you up through the Redwoods past all sort of planted 'historical' memorabilia. The whole experience was so cornball that we had a blast!
Driving down Interstate 5 south, you cut across to the coast highway as soon as you come into California. This is a GREAT drive as it goes through the Redwoods and forests and then ends up on the coast. Lots of places on the road to stop and shop, eat or sightsee. The drive from Northern California to San Francisco down the coast is gorgeous.. albeit a little slow. Come back into San Francisco through Napa.
A senic drive through the Redwoods. You can stop at Stout Grove a VERY large tree and it is dark and quiet here
Not 'General Sherman' but a drive-thru' nevertheless!
The 'General'is the world's largest living thing at 275 ft tall! And it is still growing at about 1 cm every ten years!