Welcome to North Coast Redwoods District
The misty, rugged North Coast lies in stark contrast to the
sunny, sandy beaches around the southern cities of San Francisco,
Los Angeles and San Diego that epitomise the Californian beach
lifestyle. Stretching north of San Francisco to the Oregon border
there are endless miles of rocky coastline, with panoramic views of
towering cliffs and crashing waves.
Aside from seascapes, the region boasts some of the oldest and
tallest trees on earth: magnificent coastal redwoods that are
thousands of years old and hundreds of feet tall. A huge network of
national, state and regional parks have joined together to preserve
the acres of remaining old-growth redwood forests threatened by
heavy logging. The State Parks of Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte
Coast Redwoods and Jedediah Smith Redwoods make up the Redwood
National and State Parks.
The redwood forests include giants that grow to more than 300ft
(91m) tall. The parks offer miles of hiking trails, camping and
picnicking, scenic drives, rivers and an abundance of wildlife
including bears, elk and deer. Prairie Creek is the most popular
park containing herds of Roosevelt Elk, weighing up to 400 pounds
(181kg); trails with spectacular coastal views; Tall Trees Grove
sheltering the world's tallest tree at 367ft (112m); and the
impressive Cathedral Tree where nine massive trees have grown
together from one root.
Further south the Humboldt Redwoods State Park, California's
largest state park, is the site of the 33-mile (53km) long Avenue
of the Giants, a spectacular scenic drive lined by some of the
world's tallest trees. Along the route are several 'attractions'
such as the hollow Chimney Tree where the Hobbit has his mythical
home, and a Drive-Thru Tree that allows tourists to drive through a
living hollow redwood. Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park boasts
the most astounding drive in the Redwoods National Park District,
the Howland Hill Road that winds through incredibly magnificent
old-growth forest that is considered to be one of the most
beautiful areas on earth.
Information & Facts
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.