The Avenue of the Giants - Redwood Highlight of California
The Avenue of the Giants is a magnificent 31-mile scenic drive that takes you along a small portion of old Highway 101. Situated just 5 hours north of San Francisco and 2 hours south of the Oregon border, the Avenue of the Giants is a must-see section of this historic road.
Resting on 51,222 acres of redwood groves, this is the area's most impressive display of these giant trees. In fact, this particular section of the forest is home to the 8th, 6th, 4th and 2nd tallest trees, along with the "Champion Coast Redwood", which stands at an impressive 370 feet tall.
However, aside from these monolithic trees, the Avenue of the Giants offers an incredible array of activities that make this the perfect destination for a family RV rental vacation.
Start your adventure by visiting the Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Interpretive Center, where you will gain a fascinating insight into the history and formation of this forest. The Friends of the Eel River Information Center and Gift Shop also offers an interesting experience. Learn about the scenic Eel River - California's third largest river and Salmon producer, and the threats of extinction it faces.
Take a step back in time with a visit to the Blacksmith Shop in Ferndale, which is home to the largest collection of contemporary blacksmithing in the USA. The Spirit Art Glass is another fascinating place to visit as you will be able to see how fine hand-blown glass is made and browse the fine handcrafted artwork.
The towns of the Avenue of the Giants are also great places to visit. Garberville is where the main hub of activity in the area can be found. Enjoy the many unique shops and cafes that can be found within the town and finish your day with a drive down to Shelter Cove.
Shelter Cover offers everything your typical holiday destination should: an airport, golf course, fine dining and magnificent beaches. The area is perfect for ocean fishing and hiking, and is guaranteed to delight with its scenic beauty.
The options for RV campers are seemingly endless, with an impressive selection of RV campgrounds on offer. The Benbow Valley RV Resort and Golf Course in Garberville offers 112 RV sites, that all offer full hook ups and are big rig friendly. The Giant Redwoods RV and Camp is another great option and is situated right on a sandy beach, making river swimming a popular option with the kids.
The Avenue of the Giants is a spectacular natural destination for a campervan rental holiday. Visitors will marvel at the immensity of the giants, and will no doubt willingly soak up the undeniable beauty and intrigue of this region so much that they may never wish to leave.
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