• Gabriella Viola

Driving Through Northern California's Avenue of the Giants (And Tips For Photographing It!)

Updated: Jul 10


Driving Through Avenue of the Giants

Avenue of the Giants is a scenic drive that parallels Highway 101 in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The 31 miles stretch, lined with California redwoods (the tallest trees in the world), has been on my bucket list for quite some time. This past June of 2020, I finally got to experience the majestic road while road-tripping through Northern California and Southern Oregon.


In this post, I’ll be sharing a few tips that might be helpful to anyone who is planning on doing the drive through Avenue to Giants.


Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt State Park California


WHERE IS AVENUE OF THE GIANTS:


Avenue of the Giants is located in Humboldt Redwoods State Park and parallels Highway 101 and the Eel River for 31 miles. It can be accessed via Exit 672 or Exit 645 off HWY 101, depending on which direction you are traveling.


Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt State Park California

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO DRIVE AVENUE OF THE GIANTS:


The full avenue will take about 2.5 hours, and that's without stopping to take pictures or hiking the groves. If you can, plan on spending half a day to get the most out of Avenue of the Giants.


Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt State Park California

BEST TIME OF YEAR TO VISIT AVENUE OF THE GIANTS:


I would imagine Avenue of the Giants is beautiful any time of year. We went at the end of June. I found this to be a great time to visit because it's right before peak season (July and August are the busiest times to visit) and because the weather is ideal (warm, less rainfall). It's also a great time to go if you're looking for foggy conditions.


Foggy Day at Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt State Park California
Early morning fog near Avenue of the Giants in June
Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt State Park California

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