About four hours North of San Francisco, you reach the land of the giant redwoods. The aptly titled Avenue of the Giants is a very pleasant 30 mile drive through dappled light. In fact, there are parts where the Sun barely makes it through these massive trees.
There are equally pleasant cafes dotted along the way. Apart from the necessary coffee and sandwich, you can also choose from a dazzling array of objects honed out of redwood. As interesting as they were, none took our fancy.