A tree turned into a jigsaw puzzle. A tree with a fire cave in it. A tree with a creek running through it. What do they have in common? Besides being among the world’s tallest trees in Humboldt County, they are all spotlighted by National Geographic's unprecedented coverage of the California redwoods.
Check out this video as renowned National Geographic photographer Nick Nichols documents the giants and explains how he created the largest ever photograph of a redwood tree, which the magazine included as an eight-page foldout.
You can find out more about the super trees in National Geographic's interactive special, which includes videos, photo gallery, puzzle game and natural history timeline: www.nationalgeographic.com/redwoods.
Here one can see firsthand the magnificence of natural skyscrapers that top 375 feet in height, five stories taller than the Statue of Liberty.
National Geographic Traveler has also selected Redwood National Park as one of the top 50 world destinations. Only five U.S. places earned such honors. For a look at the interactive map, visit: www.traveler.nationalgeographic.com.
Most of the redwoods showcased in both magazines are in Humboldt County, not surprising since the county is home to Redwood National & State Parks, which protect nearly half the remaining old growth redwoods in the world.
Want to see them yourself? Autumn is a good time to visit. The crowds are gone. The weather is nice. The Roosevelt elk bulls, the largest in North America, are rutting. And canopy tours are available in a nearby redwood forest.
To find out more about the National Geographic trees, and insider tips on visiting the Redwood Coast, browse through our website or contact us at 800-346-3482 or firstname.lastname@example.org.