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Tree Time!

The most beautiful, weird and wonderful trees in America

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  • 68:46
  • $418
  • 4,134 mi.

Created by Roadtrippers - June 8th 2016

Regardless of how old you are, there’s something about spending an afternoon in a tree that just seems perfect. Poets, artists, songwriters, novelists and filmmakers continue to find inspiration in these arboreal beauties. So, to celebrate spring, we’ve compiled a list of America’s most awe-inspiring trees. From Charleston’s Angel Oak to California’s enchanted candelabra redwoods, here are 7 beautiful, amazing, and simply cool trees that defy belief. And just look pretty damn cool.

“I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.”
-Joyce Kilmer

Angel Oak Tree in South Carolina is believed to be over 1,500 years old! It’s a symbol of Charleston’s strong and enduring spirit. Its longest branch measures 187 feet from tip to tip.

Angel Oak Park

3688 Angel Oak Rd, Charleston, SC, US

Angel Oak Park

3016mi 46h 44m

To round out our favorite cool trees, I present Seattle’s epic Japanese fire-tree. Okay, it’s not really on fire. It’s actually a Japanese maple, but it’s one of Washington’s most photographed trees.

Kubota Garden

9817 55th Ave S, Seattle, WA, US

Kubota Garden

23mi 00h 57m

Speaking of odd trees, here’s one that ate a bike! The story is actually pretty sweet. In 1954 a recently-widowed woman gave her son a bicycle. However, it was a girl’s bike and the boy was too embarrassed to ride it. So he brought the bike into the woods and left it against a tree. He told his mother he lost it, and all was forgotten. Over the years the tree has grown around the bike, which is now 5ft high.

Bicycle Swallowed by a Tree

20312 Vashon Hwy SW, Vashon, WA, US

Bicycle Swallowed by a Tree

164mi 03h 20m

Along the Olympic Peninsula, on a secluded beach in Kalaloch, WA there’s a tree with no name. I call it “Tree Root Cave.” (Real creative, I know.) This weird tree just won’t quit, even after erosion took away the sand dune it was perched on, it’s still hanging on for dear life.

Tree Root Cave

HWY 101, Forks, WA, US

Tree Root Cave

743mi 13h 27m

So, you heard the one about the tree that swallowed a bike? Well, what about the cool tree you can drive through? California’s Drive-Through Chandelier tree is a coastal redwood that’s over 300 feet high, and 6 feet wide. It’s showcased in the opening titles of National Lampoon’s Vacation.

Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree

67402 Drive-Thru Tree Rd., Leggett, CA, US

Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree

22mi 00h 49m

Located deep in California’s Lost Coast, a redwood grove defies belief. Known to locals as the “Enchanted Forest”, these gnarly candelabra trees have so much to teach scientists. “We know that these gnarly branches and these strangely shaped trees create needed habitat for wildlife,” said Emily Burns, PhD, the League’s Director of Science. “We have a lot to learn from these trees. Their development offers clues into how the environment shapes redwood forests.”

Candelabra Trees

Shady Dell, CA, US

Candelabra Trees

163mi 03h 29m

Hyperion tree is one of the world’s tallest trees. It’s so incredible that its exact location is hidden. But, for those adventurous types out there…it’s located somewhere in California’s Redwood National Park.

Hyperion Tree


Hyperion Tree


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