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Little known to most Americans, California is home to some of the most incredible forests in the world, particularly those featuring the massive, spectacular ancient coastal redwood trees. If you want to check out some of this majestic forestry, here are the best options for a place to visit.
On the side of Mount Tamalpais, 12 miles north of San Francisco, there stands a glorious redwood forest known as Muir Woods. A proud member of the National Park Service and a National Monument since 1908, this majestic forest is a popular destination for both locals and visitors to hike and explore. Muir Woods National Monument encompasses a total of 554 acres, 240 of which constitute old growth coast redwood forests.Once upon a time, these redwoods and sequoias grew all around the country, but today they only exist in a small strip between Monterey and southern Oregon. The rarity of these forests makes Muir Woods all the more special – the forest’s close proximity to the Pacific Ocean causes it to be frequently doused in fog, allowing the redwoods to avoid drought and creating a consistently wet environment that allows the rest of the forest’s plant life to thrive. The main activity on the agenda for Muir Woods visitors is hiking. There are six miles of trails throughout the forest made up of asphalt and boardwalk, including three main trails estimated to take half an hour, one hour, and two hours, respectively.