Plan a summer trip to one of the area's largest old-growth forests.
Sometimes the simplest escapes are the best. California’s Humboldt Redwoods State Park  makes an inspiring summer destination. The park includes the region’s largest old- growth redwood forest among its nearly 53,000 acres set on Highway 101 about 230 miles north of San Francisco. Just steps from an Avenue of the Giants parking area, the Grieg-French-Bell Trail passes through carpeted groves of soaring trees.
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