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Two New Businesses on the Avenue!

On our most recent visit to the Avenue, we were pleased to see two new businesses in the thriving little town of Miranda.

Blackbird Boutique offers a range of fun and fashionable clothes and accessories.

Sweet Cravings has a mouth-watering selection of ice cream and candies. The carved sign on the storefront features bigfoot eating an ice-cream phone and driving a Volkswagen convertible… it’s a perfect fit for the Avenue!

The businesses, which opened in January, are in the same building, located directly across the street from Miranda Gardens Resort.

Lonely Planet names Redwood Coast “best US destination”

Lonely Planet, the travel-guidebook company, has selected California’s Redwood Coast as its number 1 US destination for 2018. Located four hours north of San Francisco, the wooded region spans 175 miles of coastline in Humboldt County and is home to the Avenue of the Giants, and trees that appear in blockbuster films such as Star Wars and Jurassic Park.

The travel company described the Redwood Coast as “an often overlooked region — even within California — but a vast and varied experience every traveler should have.”

The region, which includes Redwood National Park, is a perfect place to “lose all track of time.” It combines unique natural beauty with old-fashioned Americana and kitsch.

LA Times Adds the Avenue to Its California Bucket List

The Los Angeles times has just added the Avenue of the Giants to their California Bucket List.

As the article says, “This stretch of Humboldt County highway is a journey to the heart of redwood country, the largest remaining expanse of old-growth redwoods in the world.”

It goes on to mention several of the most notable trails and sites along the Avenue.

You’ll find many other interesting things to see and do in California while checking out the Bucket List.  Their are also tags to find Family-Friendly destinations, or attractions within a particular region.




For Release: June 19, 2017

Since 2003, AVEOFTHEGIANTS.COM has been providing information and recommendations for visitors to the Avenue of the Giants.

We’re very excited to announce a major update of the Avenue of the Giants website, just in time for Summer! The update will make the site more engaging and accessible, and will provide more information, especially for kids.

Here are a few of the changes:

  • A new section, Redwoods for Kids, featuring activities to engage children and teens visiting the Redwoods. The new section includes a downloadable guide of things to look for in the redwoods, as well as Fun Facts, and a Redwoods knowledge quiz.
  • An online store featuring redwoods-themed clothing and accessories.
  • A fresh new website design, which is easily accessible from phones and other mobile devices.

We invite you to visit AVEOFTHEGIANTS.COM, and give us your suggestions and feedback.

If you have a business on the Avenue of the Giants, please check the Towns section of our website to make sure the contact information for your business is correct.

For more information, contact:

Scientists Climb Redwoods to Study How Trees Resist Drought

Scientists Anthony Ambrose and Wendy Baxter, from UC Berkeley, are placing equipment in the crowns of five Redwood trees in a small grove at Bug Sur, California.  They plan to return to the grove regularly in the coming months to study how the trees are affected by climate conditions.

The equipment they have placed in the trees will monitor light, fog, humidity, temperature, and even the mix of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere around the trees. In addition, it will allow them to track how much water the trees are using, and how the water flows through the trunk.

Redwoods have the unusual capability to absorb water from fog, which helps to sustain the trees during rain-free months.  One goal of the study is to understand how much of the trees’ water needs are absorbed from fog, versus drawn from the ground.  This is important to predicting how the trees will be affected by climate changes.


Park Service Reminds Visitors: Stay on the Trails!



As more and more people visit the redwoods, the impact of walking off trail is affecting the health of the forest.  In addition to trampling plants, visitors can actually damage the roots of the redwoods, which grow near the surface.

The Park Service will sometimes build wooden walkways near some of the most famous trees (like the Giant Tree on the Bull Creek Flats trail), so visitors can get close without harming the trees or the plant life.


Drones Monitor the Health of the Redwoods

Llafranc, Spain. May 29, 2016. Parrot Bebop 2 Drone flying over the mountain in front of a coast city in costa brava, Spain

In order to protect the redwoods from future climate change, scientists must understand many things, including how the giant trees use and respond to water and sunlight.  This often requires laboriously surveying hundreds of acres of forest and surrounding land.

In a new study, Dr. Todd Dawson (a professor of integrative biology and environmental science, policy and management at UC Berkeley) is using drones to quickly construct detailed resource maps from the air.

By quickly and inexpensively gathering data, the drones free up scientists to focus on more complex research tasks.

The pilot project is partially sponsored by Parrot, a manufacturer of drones for both personal and commercial use.


‘Albino’ Redwoods may Act as Natural Filters for Toxins

albino-redwoodWhile hiking in the redwoods, you may sometimes see a small white, or albino, redwood tree. These rare trees are unable to generate chlorophyl, and so they tap into the root systems of surrounding trees in order to survive.

Researchers now theorize that albino redwoods may actually play a useful role in the forest ecosystem.  Zane Moore, a doctoral student at UC Davis, has found that the white trees contain unusually high concentrations of toxic metals such as nickel, copper and cadmium.  He believes that the trees may be acting as filters to remove toxins from the soil, just as the liver and kidneys filter toxins from the human body.

Moore presented his research at the Coast Redwood Science Symposium in Eureka, CA.


Avenue of the Giants featured on American Pickers

AmericanPickersA few months ago, the crew of the popular History Channel TV program America Pickers filmed an episode in Humboldt county.

In the episode, hosts Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz are seen driving along the Avenue of the Giants.

Among the treasures picked by the guys is a vintage Trees of Mystery sign.  (The Trees of Mystery is about two hours North of the Avenue, on the coast highway.)

For more information, visit the Lost Coast Outpost website.