If you're driving north on Highway 1 or 101 from San Francisco, the town of Leggett is where big North Coast redwoods start to appear along the side of the road. And the very first redwood attraction that you'll encounter is the Drive-Thru Tree. For $5 you can drive through a small old-growth grove on a property that's sometimes known as Underwood Park. The drive culminates in a pass through a barely-wide-enough hole in the Chandelier Tree (you might want to fold your mirrors in), followed of course by a visit to one of the better redwood-themed gift shops on the North Coast. Underwood Park used to have cabins as well, but those are unfortunatly closed.
There are other drive-through redwoods, namely the Tour-Thru Tree in Klamath and the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree in Myers Flat, but this is the most photogenic. So as much as I disapprove of supporting the destruction of redwoods — most tunnel trees eventually fall if they weren't dead to begin with — if you really want to drive your car through a tree, this is the place to do it.
© 2017 David Baselt