Redwood National Park's Trees Are Unlike Any Other

Allison Burney

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Ever since I saw the movie Wild, I’ve been dreaming of the redwood and giant sequoia trees native to the Pacific Northwest.

Well, truthfully, they were on my radar long before that, having seen them featured in countless documentaries and BBC nature series. When I first learned of their sheer size, my mind exploded. I couldn’t fathom how a living organism could be that big. I decided right then and there that I needed to see them for myself. Someday, I knew I would walk among these magnificent giants.

Reading about author Cheryl Strayed’s solo hiking journey on the Pacific Crest Trail—and then seeing it on the big screen when it later became a movie—only further enhanced my desire to go. The trail features scenes of unimaginable beauty across a wide variety of landscapes ranging from old-growth forests to deserts, mountains, and rivers. At nearly 3,000 miles long, it passes through 25 national forests and seven national parks.

Despite the abundance of beautiful scenes, though, the forests of California were what stood out to me. It seemed like there was something magical about them. Scenes of the towering groves nestled among beds of vibrant green ferns (also huge in size) and the fog that seemed to hover between the trunks danced in my head.

I haven’t made it to Redwood National Park in California yet, but it’s rooted firmly in my mind atop my ‘U.S. National Parks Bucket List.’

In a Frommer’s article, writer Blake Snow says:

No place on Earth will make you crane your neck, feel as small, or even as young as Northern California's Redwood National Park does.

That’s reason enough for me.

I think it’s important to seek out experiences that remind us how big the world is and how much life exists outside the realm of our own little bubble. Some of my very best travel memories are of places that took my breath away because of how vast and expansive they were, and how small and insignificant I was in comparison.

A walk among the tallest trees in the world, including the tallest ever recorded at 380.1 feet, will also do the trick.

There is nothing like a good dose of nature to gain some perspective and bring you back to the wonders of the world.

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