Just north of the Redwood National and State Parks on Highway 101 near Klamath, a “what on Earth?” sight comes into view. Those giant size statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox signal you’ve arrived at Trees of Mystery, one of America’s best known roadside attractions. A 50-year labor of love by a multigenerational family, this many-faceted stop includes a gigantic dog-friendly gift store and the awesome End of the Trail Museum.
A paid-admission area adjacent to the main complex encompasses interpretive trails through old-growth redwood forest and SkyTrail, a Swiss gondola ride that takes passengers (dogs included) on a nine-minute ride through the treetops. You don’t want to miss this five-paw DogTrekker stop, especially if you have kids in tow.
Motel Trees, just across the street, is a convenient place to spend the night if you couldn’t get enough of this place, but you’ll find more choices just up the road. Crescent City, named by Forbes as one of America’s Prettiest Towns, makes a great base for exploring Del Norte County, where unspoiled nature calls from every point of the compass.
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