You know that we're rich in natural beauty, but it's another thing when the largest travel guide publisher in the world confirms it.
The travel experts just posted their 2018 list of best American destinations. Citing ancient forests, empty beaches and boutique businesses, Lonely Planet describes the region as "a quieter side of California."
The redwood coast sits atop a list of communities like Minneapolis and Chattanooga. See the Lonely Planet announcement video below.
Here's what Lonely Planet thinks of the redwood coast:
"Lose all track of time (and cell signal) along California's Redwood Coast. Movie buffs might recognize the region’s scene-stealing backdrops from Hollywood blockbusters like Jurassic Park, E.T. and Star Wars. But the full wonder of California’s 2000-year-old redwoods – some reaching 20 stories high – is impossible to capture on any screen.
"Look up at the forest canopy: that last 100ft of redwood growth marks 50 years since Redwood National Park was established in California's tree-hugging triumph over logging. And this year, in celebration of their 100th anniversary, Save the Redwoods League are offering free entry to over 40 redwood state parks every second Saturday of each month.
"In 2018, another kind of greenery has been making headlines as California introduces the state-wide legalization of marijuana. But the draws of the Redwood Coast far surpass changes in this industry, inviting travelers to achieve the ultimate California mellow with its quirky shops, brewpubs, coffee roasters and oyster happy hours."