The Redwood National Park offers many of the same ambience as the other Coastal Redwood Parks in the area. This is one of the largest parks that offers old growth coastal redwoods in California. There are miles of biking and hiking trails, beeches that offers camping and wild elk that roam the area. We were not lucky enough to see any roaming elk herds in the area, maybe I'll save that adventure for another time.
Here I am standing in front of "Big Tree" one of the widest trees within Redwood National Park with a circumference of 86 feet. It's difficult to imagine the giant trees until you experience one of them firsthand.
Here you can see new growth on top of one of the many fallen trees within this park. Because of the width of the Coastal Redwood, new trees and plants have ample space to grow off of the forest floor.
While I attempt to stay away from tourist traps, because they are often overcrowded, expensive and take away from the calmness of the wilderness, I couldn't pass up the chance to drive through the Shrine Tree just outside of the park. This is privately owned property with an entrance fee, luckily because I'm driving through California before the peak of tourist season, I was the only one in this small park. The opening in the tree is 7 feet tall and wide, I was just barely able to fit my VW Bus through the tree. I imagine this will be my only opportunity to drive through a tree in my life.