Motorcycle travelling through the redwood trees on the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park

North Coast & Redwoods

Along Hwy 101, 53,000-acre Humboldt Redwoods State Park protects some of the world's oldest redwoods and has three-quarters of the world's tallest 100 trees. Even if you don't have time to hike in, drive the park's awe-inspiring Avenue of the Giants, a 32-mile, two-lane road parallel to Hwy 101.

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