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Redwood National Park: the park of giant sequoias

Redwood National Park is one of California’s parks famous for hosting giant redwoods. This park is located along the northern California coast near the towns of Eureka and Crescent City. While it is located approximately 520 km (325 miles) north of San Francisco.

The park is partially crossed by road 101 which allows a partial visit. For a more in-depth visit it is better to take one of the different roads that go inside the park.

However, already traveling on road 101 in the 125 km (78 mile) stretch between Eureka and Crescent City, one of the most spectacular roads in California, will give an idea of this particular natural environment.

Redwood National Park encompasses a region of coastal mountains bordering the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco, covered in a magnificent redwood forest.

THE GIANT SEQUOIAS OF CALIFORNIA

In the territory of Redwood National Park live some of the tallest trees in the world: the giant sequoias of the California coast (Sequoia semperviren). These trees can live up to two thousand years of age and can grow to a height of 115 meters, while their width at the base can reach over 7 meters. The northern California coast is the only natural environment in the world where these trees live.

There are three types of giant sequoias in the world: The sequoia of the California coast (Sequoia semperviren), that is, the one present in Redwood park. Then the giant sequoias of the Sierra Nevada (Sequoiadendron giganteum), visible in Sequoia National Park. Finally, the metasequoia sequoias (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) present in small areas of central China.

Rare animals such as sea lions, bald eagles and brown pelicans live in the park area. This park was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1980.

USEFUL INFORMATION:

Hours: Redwood Park is open 24/7 throughout the year.

Tickets: Entrance to the park is free.

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