The majestic coast redwoods are as iconic of California in their own way as surfing and Hollywood and they truly have to be seen to be comprehended. The magnificent trees that grow in Armstrong Redwoods State Park (called sequoia sempervirens to the botanists) are considered a wonder of the natural world. They’re the tallest living things on the planet, and live to be 500 to 2000 years old – the oldest tree in the park is believed to be 1400 years old. They grow to a width of 12-15’ at the base and up to 350’ tall! The park is classified as a coastal rainforest, and is often shrouded in a mist that lends the area a mystical aura. Hiking and biking trails are clearly marked through the park, as are picnic grounds, and there are horse rental facilities as well.