Driving Through Redwood National Park

Post Summary: What To Do In The Redwood National and State Parks in California

Redwood National and State Parks was the main stop on Day 4 of our Pacific Coast Road Trip.

Before this, we finished driving through Washington seeing Cape Disappointment and La Push, exploring the crazy beautiful Cape Kiwanda, and finding hidden gems along the Oregon Coast.

Now, we are taking the scenic routes through the Redwood State Park on our way south. And yes,

The trees were actually this tall.

One important reason we took this road trip is to work for a company called Caravan Outfitter. They are a company that outfits Nissan cargo vans into a roadtrippers dream car. We were on assignment to capture this van in classic road-trip style. We took pictures every epic stop of the way, and it was super fun! Check out their site for more information on their camper vans.

Driving Through The Redwood National Park

The Redwood National and State Parks are famously known for their tall, spectacular trees.

Here you can find tons of camping spots, gorgeous hikes, and lots of scenic byways.

We were hoping to camp in the actual National Park in a campground like Jedidiah Smith or Mill Creek but we learned a hard lesson – these spots book out MONTHS in advance! If you are planning to spend a good amount of time in the Redwoods, book months in advance!

We drove through two sections – Redwood National + State Parks (nearby Crescent City) and the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

They each had a scenic route with pullouts ever so often. We took these roads and enjoyed our views of tall trees and rich green forests. These scenic byways have much slower speed limits than the freeways and add a few extra hours to your drive, but it’s worth it in our opinion!

Starting this trip, we’ve expanded our repertoire and added video to the mix!

Berty documented this entire trip and we’re slowly editing them day by day. Watch our latest videos here. (We’ll also add the Redwoods video here when it’s done!)

Cal-Barrel Road

After a long drive, we came to a scenic road OFF of the scenic road.

Cal-Barrel Road is 3 miles of a rocky, dirt path that can only handle one car going one way. We drove about a mile or so stopping often to take photos of the huge trees that surrounded us.

This road was incredible. Cal-Barrel is a place where the trees stand so tall you can’t help but be intimidated.


Have you been to the Redwood National Park? What was your favorite part/stop along the way? Share with us in the comments below!



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