Where to Find the Coolest Trees in the US

Let's see some trees please!

Today is Arbor Day, a holiday where we recognize the importance of trees! Why not plant a tree, or take some time to care for one in the traditional spirit of the holiday? BUT, once you're done with that, wouldn't it be awesome to know where you can go see some of the coolest trees in the US?

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Angel Oak Tree

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The Angel Oak can be found in Charleston, South Carolina. It's located in Angel Oak Park, on Johns Island, and it stands 65 feet tall, with the crown covering an area of 17,000 square feet. Although it can't be officially determined, the Angel Oak is estimated to be about 1,500 years old, which would make it the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi River.

Fun Fact: Its longest limb is 89 feet long and 11 feet thick. 

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Rainbow Eucalyptus

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The Rainbow Eucalyptus probably has the most unique and beautiful tree bark in the world. It is the only Eucalyptus species found naturally in the Northern Hemisphere. While it is native to the Philippines, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia, you can also find the Rainbow Eucalyptus at the Keahua Arboretum in Kauai, Hawaii.

Fun Fact: The Rainbow Eucalyptus can grow up to 225 feet tall and grows more colorful as it ages.

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Giant Sequoia Redwoods

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If you're looking for these giant majestic trees, California is the place for you.

"Coastal redwoods (sequoia sempervirens) are the tallest living things on our planet, growing 300-350 feet tall and 16-18 feet across, with record specimens soaring to 360 feet. You can find them in redwood forests along the California coast from the northern border down to Big Sur." – Betsy Malloy, California Travel Expert

A fun little thing to do is visit some of the trees you can actually drive through, but to see the biggest of the big, you need to go to Sequoia National Park. It contains 18 of the 30 largest specimens of sequoiadendron giganteum in the world.

Fun Fact: According to Animals/Wildlife Expert, Laura Klappenbach, "the largest individual giant sequoia alive today, referred to as 'General Sherman', is estimated to be more than 2,100 years old and is thought to weigh as much as 2.7 million pounds."

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Joshua Trees

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What better place to see these funny-looking trees than in the park named after them? Joshua Tree National Park covers almost 800,000 acres of the Mojave Desert, which is actually the only place these trees can be found. 

Fun Fact: This is how the Joshua tree got its name.

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Axel Erlandson's Circus Trees

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While these trees didn't grow into crazy shapes from the start, they're still an impressive sight to behold. Alex Erlandson, and American tree sculptor, created tree masterpieces by pruning, grafting, and bending the seedlings. 25 of his 70 trees are still alive, and 19 of them are preserved in Gilroy Gardens.

Fun Fact: As you walk around Gilroy Gardens you can find the basket tree, four-legged giant, spiral staircase, oil well and others.

For More: The World's Largest Trees (Trees Considered The Most Massive, Oldest and Tallest)

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