Wednesday, November 29, 2023


Have you ever visited the California Redwoods?

I just got back from a long trip around California and spent a few days in the Redwoods. It was my third time there, but it didn’t matter—I was in just as much awe as I was the first time I visited. They are so darn HUGE!

My road trip companion, Cait, tiny among the trees.

Have you ever visited the California Redwoods? If so, have you been more than once? If not, would you like to go or do you not really have any desire to? Trust me, you’ve never seen anything like those beautiful giants. They are absolutely worth a visit (or two or three or four!).

As always, thanks for voting.

Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury
Emily Woodbury is the editor here at She was lucky enough to grow up alongside two traveling parents, one domestically by RV (yep, Chuck Woodbury) and the other for international adventures, and has been lucky to see a great deal of our world (and counting!). She lives near Seattle with her dog and chickens. When she's not cranking out 365+ newsletters for she's hiking, cooking or, well, probably traveling.



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Neal Davis (@guest_257398)
1 month ago

Thank you, Emily! No, no interest in being in California for any reason (aside from laying over while flying from Atlanta to Kauai). Pictures of stuff there are more than sufficient. I have two good friends in Oregon, or I would have no incentive to ever venture to the left coast at all.

KellyR (@guest_257351)
1 month ago

With everyone hating California maybe the Redwoods have a chance of surviving. Fewer people to wear them out.

Tom (@guest_257436)
1 month ago
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Bill Byerly (@guest_257348)
1 month ago

Just returned from our trip last week. Up through the Eastern Sierras and up into Oregon. On our round about return we stayed near Mt. Lassen and Mt. Shasta then over to the Avenue of the Giants at Ancient Redwoods RV Park for a few nights, (nice little park and market) and enjoyed the beautiful trees and sights. Then down and across to spend a few more days near Sequoia NP, to see more giant redwood trees and the rivers and valleys. As for gas prices, oh well, we didn’t let it ruin our trip..

Bill Byerly (@guest_257350)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bill Byerly

We might have crossed paths with you somewhere, Emily. From mountain pines to redwood forests!!

CeeCee (@guest_257346)
1 month ago

Visited them several times growing up, once as an adult. Today, we have no interest whatsoever in vacationing in CA. Loved it when I went to college there, hate what it has become.

Charlie Harrigan (@guest_257332)
1 month ago

I vacationed there with my parents and grandparents many moons ago. I also lived in Eureka for a couple of years when I worked at one of the radio stations. The state of California has evolved into a quagmire of political corruption as far as I’m concerned, and although I was born and grew up there, I left for good in the 90s… Have no interest in ever going back… for any reason…

Diane Mc (@guest_257328)
1 month ago

Husband grew up in Eureka, CA from age 4 to 18. Drove his Porsche on the back roads in the redwoods & elsewhere. We were going up every year for a long time with our 39 ft motorhome, towing. Stay at the Benbow RV Park…now a KOA. Just miles away from the Avenue of the Giants and other redwood parks. For a number of years, friends my husband grew up with would join us there for 3 to 4 days (we stayed 2 weeks, they have a golf course, although not in good condition now, one of the reasons we don’t go up anymore). Great times…breathtaking area. Lots to do and see.

Tony Barthel
1 month ago

It is a truly magical place and I go any chance I get.

Tom (@guest_257322)
1 month ago

Yes, we been there several times, and these are amazing. It always strikes me how as soon as the word California is mention it bring all the negative out in some people.

Jay J (@guest_257341)
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

No offense personally, but hope it doesn’t strike you as hard as crime, drugs, high taxes, homeless, cost of housing, political craziness,etc, as it has hit the average everyday, law abiding citizens.

Tom (@guest_257437)
1 month ago
Reply to  Jay J

Most Dangerous Cities in the US

  1. St. Louis, Missouri
  2. Birmingham, Alabama
  3. Baltimore, Maryland
  4. Memphis, Tennessee
  5. Detroit, Michigan
  6. Cleveland, Ohio
  7. New Orleans, Louisiana
  8. Shreveport, Louisiana
  9. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  10. Little Rock, Arkansas
  11. Oakland, California
  12. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  13. Kansas City, Missouri
  14. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  15. Richmond, Virginia

8 southern and Only 1 in California 🤔, must not be done by 🦊 news.

Mary Hazel (@guest_257321)
1 month ago

I have close friends and family in N. California so camp at Jedidiah Smith coming and going a couple of times a year. I’m traveling fall and winter and also during week and never had an issue getting a spot. I do have a senior pass. However, Jedidiah Smith doesn’t take the big rigs- happily my toyota mini RV is only 21 ft. I always add extra hours to stop and wander through the redwoods and my family and friends know I’ll be late!

Dick and Sandy near Buffalo, NY (@guest_257308)
1 month ago

On our way back from Alaska in 2009, an 88 day round trip of 12,806 miles from Buffalo, NY and back, not only did we visit California and the Red Woods, but we also stopped at Glacier National Park and Yellowstone and others. A wonderful adventure

Kathy (@guest_257299)
1 month ago

I enjoyed them over 50 years ago, when California wonderful. Won’t go in that state anymore. Great place to grow up, but a mess now.

Bob P (@guest_257310)
1 month ago
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GeorgeB (@guest_257319)
1 month ago
Reply to  Kathy

Couldn’t agree more Kathy. I’m third generation CA, now 76, but had to leave two years ago to MO (didn’t take CA with me). Grew up on the beaches of So CA, perfect place to live in the 50’s and 60’s.

Cheryl (@guest_257329)
1 month ago
Reply to  Kathy

We go there every year. Never saw a problem. Just nice people and beauty. Still think CA is wonderful.

Garland (@guest_257298)
1 month ago

the red woods were very beautiful and majestic. Hope to visit them again real soon. Also visited Big Sur and was overwhelmed by it’s beauty.

Bob (@guest_257295)
1 month ago

My parents took me there when I was a kid and my wife and I visited once about 20 yrs ago. I won’t be going back again since I don’t plan on EVER going back into the state of California for ANY reason.

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Cheryl (@guest_257330)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob

What happened to you there? We have never had a bad experience and have been all over the state.

Terry (@guest_257293)
1 month ago

I visited when growing up. Never after being grown. Last time to visit California in a RV was about 12 years ago. Was there about 3 years ago visiting friends and relatives but just in a car. If I ever go back will just go in a car to save money. Last time I went I couldn’t find a park that would accept my 20 year old like new Newmar motorhome where I wanted to go, found out I could save money on gas and staying with family and economy motels.

Deborah Mason (@guest_257292)
1 month ago

I was lucky enough to live & work in both the redwoods & the sequoias. If you are going to visit both, go first to the redwoods – the tallest – then to the sequoias – the most massive trees. Both are incredible, in different ways

Bob M (@guest_257290)
1 month ago

Visited the Redwoods when in the Air Force. Would never go to California anymore.

Cheryl (@guest_257331)
1 month ago
Reply to  Bob M

What happened to you there? We have been all over the state and have had only wonderful experiences.

Wayne Caldwell (@guest_257289)
1 month ago

I grew up in the San Joaquin Valley in the mid-60s and visited often. I remember going through the giant redwood trees in my grand parent’s car. Have only been back a couple of times since, but impressed each time.

Retired Traveling Teachers (@guest_257288)
1 month ago

Luckily we live in California and are able to visit these majestic beauties often! Visiting and camping amongst these trees is magical.

Tony Barthel
1 month ago

it truly is and, unless you’ve got some monster RV, there are plenty of places to camp in this incredible part of the world.

Neal Davis (@guest_257399)
1 month ago
Reply to  Tony Barthel

Thanks for the confirmation, Tony. We’ll take our monster RV other than California. 🙂

Seann Fox (@guest_257287)
1 month ago

Too bad it’s in ******fornia can’t afford the fuel prices there

Robert Champlin (@guest_257300)
1 month ago
Reply to  Seann Fox

Agreed! Lived in Sacramento 26 years while in the Air Force and working for Procter and Gamble. Once Reagan was gone from the governor’s office, the state went down the toilet. I’ll never go back unless there are some drastic changes. It’s a shame because there is so much to see and enjoy there.

Pat (@guest_257283)
1 month ago

Our son went to college at Humboldt State University in Arcata. We had many opportunities to visit the redwoods, both on our drives north from San Francisco and in and around Arcata. This was in the early 2000’s and we did not have a motorhome at the time.

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