Thursday, 9 June 2016
The giant redwoods of Northern California are the biggest trees in the world with trunks so thick that it's possible to carve a small driveway through them. Early park promoters thought this was a good idea - create drive-through tunnels and charge tourists a fee to drive their cars through to the other side.
It provided a great photo opportunity and the idea quickly caught on. Over time numerous drive-through trees, as well as walk-through trees and even step-thru stumps came along. The National Parks Service and environmentalists no longer allow drive-through trees to be created, but a handful of these tunnels that survive are carefully preserved.