On my most recent trip, I drove 2,200 miles to the West Coast to explore what others had described as “the most amazing place to visit in the United States.”

What they didn’t tell me was that I was about to visit The Redwoods, a forest so enchanting that your soul escapes the captivity of its earthly chambers and your mind gravitates to the edges of the universe. It’s a place so awe-inspiring that you become entirely overwhelmed by the majesty of the giant beasts surrounding you. It’s an environment entirely preserved in its natural state, undisturbed by the hustle and bustle of city life.

In a place where life slows down, your voice is silenced by 2,500 year old trees and your life is reflected to you against the pristine waters of a trickling river below. It’s a pretty humbling experience. The parking ticket you got last week seems rather insignificant when you’re standing in the splendor of trees.

Ready to explore the Redwoods for yourself? Be sure to check out these must-sees from Explore del Norte:

  • Stout Grove: Families with children of all ages can enjoy the .5-mile walk through the river bottom grove of tremendous trees.
  • Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park: Lounge among giant trees beside the Wild and Scenic Smith River and hop into the river when you’re ready to cool down.
  • Trees of Mystery: Enjoy experiencing giant redwoods from the forest floor or aboard the Sky Trail, high up on the canopy.
  • Klamath Tour-Thru Tree: Take a drive through the base of a giant Redwood. Get your camera ready!

Have you been to the Redwoods? Share your experience below!