California's Giant Sequoias
California's giant sequoias are the largest trees on the planet. They belong to the cypress family and are of three species: giant sequoia, mammoth sequoia and Chinese metasequoia. The first two species grow in California and the third species only in China.
The last virgin forests of mammoth sequoia are found in Humboldt Redwood State Park and have been designated by UNESCO as a Natural World Heritage Site. They are 3,000 years old and over 91 meters tall.
The largest sequoia is called General Sherman and is 112.6 m tall. Sequoias are also very thick trees. The trunk of the so-called Sacred Tree can be driven through, Tharps Lodge is an entire hut carved out of a fallen sequoia. The height of these trees is one of nature's wonders. There is a new museum where all sorts of information about these remarkable trees can be found.