<p><br> When author John Steinbeck stood in the presence of redwood trees—the tallest living things on the planet—he described the sensation as a "cathedral hush." Among the trees preserved in <a href="http://travel.nationalgeographic.com/travel/united-states/california-guide/" target="_blank">California</a>'s Redwood National Park are the oldest, largest, and tallest of coast redwoods.</p>

Coast Redwoods


When author John Steinbeck stood in the presence of redwood trees—the tallest living things on the planet—he described the sensation as a "cathedral hush." Among the trees preserved in California's Redwood National Park are the oldest, largest, and tallest of coast redwoods.

Photograph by Phil Schermeister, Nat Geo Image Collection

Pictures: Redwood National Park

See photos of Redwood National Park and the giant trees it protects in this gallery from National Geographic.

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