Even if you've already visited the giant sequoia groves of Yosemite, Kings Canyon, and Sequoia National Parks, you'll still be awed by California's coast redwoods. In fact, they're the tallest trees on earth. Their only native habitat is the northern Pacific Coast of California, where many old-growth forests are now preserved by Redwoods National and State Parks.
The parks are also a haven for wildlife such as shaggy Roosevelt elk, wild salmon, and coastal seals and sea lions. The parks encompass forests, wind-whipped beaches, ferny canyons, and scenic drives galore. From Yosemite Valley, it's a 200-mile drive west to the San Francisco Bay Area, then another 300 more miles north along Highway 101 to Redwoods National Park. Visit www.nps.gov/rewd for more information about the national park, and www.parks.ca.gov for details about all of the state parks.