A visit to historic or meaningful trees provides a sense of connection to the wonder of the natural world. Vital parts of their ecosystems, trees also spark our imagination, inspire famous books, receive worship, and bear witness to history. Spending mindful, intentional time around trees—what the Japanese call shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing—can promote health and happiness.
From an ancient tree standing on holy ground in France for almost a thousand years to the canopy of a cashew tree the size of a soccer field in Brazil, here are some of our favorite trees around the globe that are worth a trip.
Based in Portland, Oregon, Kevin Johnson is a freelance writer for National Geographic Travel. Follow his adventures on Twitter.