California’s North Coast: Redwood Forests on the Wild Edge of America
Sky-high redwood trees and a dramatic coastline define the spirit of this idyllic and uncrowded region. Thundering waves smash against the shores and secluded coves beckon with their idiosyncratic charm. A haunting beauty pervades the coastal forests as the ocean fog slips in and whales swim offshore. Quaint lighthouses, romantic hamlets, and postcard-perfect bridges nestle among nature’s wildest palette. Lush vineyards roll across the inland valleys, growing organic grapes for carefully crafted wines.
You’ll also find artisan restaurants and an eclectic creative community in bohemian enclaves like Eureka and Mendocino. Roam up the far-flung Lost Coast for an end-of-the-earth experience.
Towering above it all are the spectacularly tall trees of Redwood National and State Parks. Strolling amongst these silent forest guardians will awaken your senses and thrill you to the core.
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Witness a majestic migration of 15,000 gray whales every December through May off the coast of Northern California. See them from the shore or book a whale-watching cruise. Humpback whales, orcas, and blue whales also favor the cold waters of the North Coast. Birdwatching opportunities abound. Watch the sea lion show at Ocean World in Crescent City and feed giraffes at B. Bryan Preserve in Point Arena, a sanctuary for African animals.
Step lightly on cliff-side trails that follow the jagged coastline. Venture deep into the fairy-tale forests and follow a path through the redwoods. Book an ocean fishing expedition in Eureka. Kayak down wide rivers and go horseback riding in the woods. From crabbing tours to llama treks to whitewater rafting, indulge in stimulating outdoor activities is this dramatic natural playland.
Noted for their sustainable and organic practices, the vineyards in this cool coastal region produce some incredible wines. From Redwood City in the north to Yorkville in the south, you’ll encounter a vibrant Wine Country with an artistic spirit. Find over 100 wineries in the inland valleys of moody Mendocino County – nearly 25% of the grapes produced here are grown organically.
Mossy forests on the misty North Coast cradle valleys of majestic redwoods, the tallest trees on the planet. Feel a palpable sense of nature’s magic in this hushed landscape, an ancient coastal ecosystem. At Redwood National and State Parks, you can journey through fern-covered canyons and watch for elk grazing the prairie. But your most memorable moment may also be the simplest: staring upward in awe at a soul-stirring redwood tree.