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California Greening: Redwoods and Yosemite Park

California Greening: Redwoods and Yosemite Park

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Although the state of sunny California is home to LA, where 'greening' probably means drinking plenty of healthy green juice or eating kale, in reality there are several things to do here that are more traditionally green. In California, the Redwoods Forest soars towards the sky with some of the world's biggest trees, and the Yosemite National Park steals breaths with its natural beauty.

Here is your guide for visiting both these must-see California attractions.

Redwoods Forest

Kiss technology goodbye as you venture through these incredible trees, some of the tallest on this planet. Proudly known as California's giants, the redwood trees can reach the dizzying heights of 116 metres. Live Science notes this is just a bit taller than a football field is long! The redwoods forests stretch along the 64-kilometre coastline of the state, with the picturesque Big Sur beach front in the north towards the border of the state. 

Ideal places to see these trees are the Humboldt Redwoods State Park and Muir Woods National Monument. The first is a great place to see nearly three quarters of the globe's 100 tallest trees, according to Lonely Planet.

While the best way to admire the trees at Humboldt Redwoods State Park is to walk beneath their cathedral-esque canopies, any travellers pressed for time can still drive past these beauties by heading along the Avenue of the Giants road. This two-lane 51-kilometre road runs parallel to the iconic Highway 101, and allows you to see these magnificent trees from the comforts of your car on your quintessential Cali road trip. 

Now, that's not to say that the Muir Woods National Monument doesn't have its own charm. 

"This is the best tree-lovers monument that could possibly be found in all the forests of the world," said John Muir, legendary naturalist and the namesake for this monument. 

This special landmark was legally made a national monument by President Theodore Roosevelt in 1908. Today in 2015, you can enjoy a warming cup of coffee at the cafe here or indulge in some scrumptious organic meals cooked with local produce. Located only 19 kilometres north of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, it's easy to visit. 

Yosemite National Park

This splendid area has been protected for a few hundred years, since 1864. Famous for its cascading waterfalls, there are a plethora of hikes nature lovers can embark on throughout the staggering 1,931 square kilometres of the park's boundaries.

For the ultimate tranquil experience, stay in a tent here overnight at one of the many designated camping grounds. Catch a glimpse of the uninterrupted starry night sky before you slumber with the soothing sounds of the park lulling you to sleep. 

Must-see natural wonders in the Yosemite Valley are the Vernal and Nevada Falls, both spectacular waterfalls that can be fairly easily accessed through clear hiking trails. The top of the Vernal Falls has a concrete viewing platform looking down towards the rocky pools at the base of the waterfalls, so be sure to take a camera with a large lens if you have one for some excellent photography. 

If you're after views that will make your jaw drop, hike towards the cliff​-top edge of Taft Point. There is a railing-secured viewing platform here, built right onto the edge of the cliff to offer a spellbinding view of the deep Yosemite Valley and El Capitan vertical rock formation in the distance. 

California greening can take on a whole new meaning as you wander through these woodlands, making the most of your time in the sunny state's natural bounty. 

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