Hidden away in the upper reaches of California’s northwestern Pacific coast, Redwood National Park encompasses some of the world’s tallest and most ancient trees, along with a luxuriantly verdant mix of coastal, riverine and prairie wildlands. The massive stands of first-growth California coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) here, draped in moss and ferns and towering up to 379 feet tall, are managed in conjunction with three neighboring state parks – Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Coast Redwoods and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park (the latter famed as a backdrop in the original Star Wars movie).
Collectively the parks constitute an International Biosphere Reserve and World Heritage Site, yet they remain little visited when compared to their southern brethren, like the Sequoia National Park. It is worth contemplating that some of these trees have been standing here for time immemorial, predating the Roman Empire by over 500 years. Prepare to be impressed.