Imagine a huge canopy of leaves towering above you, thousands of feet over your head. Intermingling shades of green coalesce to form a rippling, hypnotizing roof; you suddenly feel small when standing next to these giants.

There’s something especially captivating about massive trees that tower far above the rest. Like an impressive mountain range rearing about the ground into the heavens, gigantic trees have the power to shock and awe those who clamber around their firmly planted roots.

Because it’s summertime, and many people are itching to get outside and explore, we decided to round up some of the best places to camp under giant trees.

Redwood, California

Nothing like a tall tree to put things in perspective. Photo: Nikolay Maslov/Unsplash

Any list concerning tall trees is sure to include the redwoods, and for good reason: The region features some of the tallest, oldest trees in the country.

Because of the area’s popularity, you’ll want to book a campsite as early as possible. Redwood National and State Parks offers developed and backcountry camping options, depending on what you’re looking for.

Olympic National Park, Washington

Olympic National Park is home to some of the oldest trees in the U.S. Photo: Yux Xiang/Unsplash

Founded in 1938, Olympic National Park is home to one of the largest, most breathtaking array of trees in the nation, including some trees up to 1,000 years old.

According to the National Park Service website, the park is home to some conifers over 20 stories tall, surrounded by an incredibly diverse selection of wildlife and plants.

Avenue of the Giants, California

One of the more well-known destinations for staggeringly large trees, Avenue of the Giants offers plenty of places to set up camp.

Surrounded by Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the 31-mile stretch of highway is in the middle of some of the largest remaining virgin redwoods in the world.

Yosemite, California

If trees alone aren’t enough to satisfy your craving for natural wonders, Yosemite’s countless waterfalls should do the trick.

Set amongst never-ending trees that stretch as high as the eye can see, the waterfalls are at their peak during May or June, drying up near the end of summer.

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