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Shrine Drive-Thru Tree

13708 Ave of the Giants, Myers Flat, California 95554 USA

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Opens Thu 6a
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“An iconic road trip attraction”

The Shrine Drive Thru Tree has been attracting visitors for years. Located in Myers Flat, four miles south of the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center, it's an easy stop right on the Avenue of the Giants -- just look for the signs and the Gift Shop. There is a minimal fee to drive through the tree. Kids also like the two 2-story tree houses and the children's walk-through stump. "During the early 1920s, promoters of California’s tourism industry devised a clever way to entice visitors to see the captivating beauty of the redwood forests—cut a tunnel through a redwood and charge people a fee to drive their cars through to the other side. It was a great photo opportunity that quickly caught on. In time, there were drive-thru trees, drive-on trees, walk-through trees and even step-thru stumps. Three trees with open trunks remain, one near Humboldt Redwoods State Park on Hwy 101. All are privately owned, charge a nominal entrance fee and are open daily year-round."

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  • 2 Reviews
  • 4 Helpful
July 03, 2017
Rated 1.0

Cannot believe how rude the older woman at the counter was. All of the cars pulling into this place and the only clearance notice they have is to the sign saying drive through tree which is almost 9ft. But then you have to pay to get through then to learn that's it's only 7 ft x 7ft which a ford super duty is just wider than with the mirrors in. There's suppose to be a guy in the shack outside but he was no where to be found. We pulled in after I went inside to pay and then parked on the side trying to measure the truck and finally decided to leave. I go to get my money back in which she's like "well you looked at the tree." I told her we actually barely pulled inside by the tree house to check how big the truck was and realized we couldn't. So she preceded to tell me since the guy wasn't out there she doesn't know and that's there's no refund. Unbelievable. Drove over 500 miles and get that Linda service. This lady needs to be put out to pasture. They need a sign first thing before you can even pull in telling how wide, and people pointing out who can and can't go

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Reviewed by
Rich and Emme

  • 11 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 15, 2019
Rated 2.0

Dont waste your time. Only $3 per adult or $10 per car. Our F250 was too big to drive through.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
candied camper

  • 5 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
November 29, 2015
Rated 2.0

We had high hopes for our first drive thru tree experience, but it was a huge let down. It was so much smaller than expected. The best part was the adorable tree playhouses that were intricately carved! I could see how it might be a cute detour for a younger family to stop and stretch their legs but as a couple of 24 year olds it was a bit of a waste.

1 person found this review helpful

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  • 10 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
May 27, 2015
Rated 4.0

Wasn't the greatest Drive Thru Tree, but it was still a nice place to stop and visit with kids. Still fun for them to go thru a tree. Tight fit. We have an SUV and pulled in the side mirrors, and just made it through. We went when it was closed, just put money in slot and went through. No one else was there. Had the place to ourselves. Had a couple cute carvings, and tiny houses to explore. Easy stop to make if your traveling along the Avenue of the Giants.

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Reviewed by

  • 3 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
June 28, 2014

Decent tree but it looks like the entire top part was hollowed out. You are better off visiting one of the earlier trees before going to Humboldt Park. The good one is apparently chandelier drive thru tree.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
H. Adam Lenz

  • 6 Reviews
  • 3 Helpful
August 22, 2017
Rated 3.0

it's not really a tree so much as a stump. no branches or leaves or anything. The tree house area is cool

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Anna Hider

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  • 615 Helpful
April 21, 2015

Yes, the top blew off in a storm... but I like how the tunnel looks natural. Plus, the redwood stump playhouses are neat!

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  • 19 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 16, 2015
Rated 1.0

Thats not a single tree..its
through two trees..Looking for ChandelierDrive-Thru Tree

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Reviewed by

  • 16 Reviews
  • 9 Helpful
September 29, 2014

This was a dead tree that had been on fire, cool but not what I expected, kept driving and found a chandelier drive they tree! It's WAY better! Huge and still living! Worth it

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Shrine Drive-Thru Tree

13708 Ave of the Giants
Myers Flat, California
95554 USA


Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
  • Sun - Sat: 6:00 am - 8:00 pm

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