Best of California's Redwood Coast Itinerary

Humboldt is a four hour drive north from San Francisco along scenic Hwy 101. Find yourself surrounded by towering, ancient redwood groves, pristine coastline, and historic towns with their unique charm.

Day 1: Tour the Avenue of the Giants and Drive Through a Redwood Tree.

Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. - On this scenic byway to Hwy 101, you will be surrounded by old growth redwoods that grow right up to the edge of the road.

Shrine Drive-Thru Tree - in Myers Flat (take the Myers Flat Exit on Hwy 101), will let you have the unique opportunity to drive your car through a redwood tree.

Visitor Center in Weott. - The visitor center is staffed year round with knowledgeable volunteers who can answer your questions and give you great hiking suggestions.

Day 2:  Redwood Coast Heritage, History and Culture

Humboldt County's towns and cities have retained much of their history.

Victorian Village of Ferndale - Virtually unchanged since the 1800s, Ferndale, Calif. (pop. 1,387) is a living history museum of Victoriana and other architectural treasures.

Eureka Visitor's Center located inside Clarke Historical Museum - Explore the rich history of Humboldt County, which includes vibrant Native American cultures, gold rush settlements, the lumber industry, prosperous ranching, farming and livelihoods wrung from the sea.

Madaket, the last survivor of seven original ferries that transported mill workers and families around Humboldt Bay, listen as the captain tells tales old and new. This not-to-be missed 75 minute narrated cruise runs mid May thru September.

Victorian Homes & Historic Building a walking tour of Eureka.

Day 3: Trinidad / Redwood National & State Parks

Trinidad: Scenic seaside village with pristine beaches and ocean views. Grab a picnic lunch to take with you to Redwood National.

At Sue-meg St Park find beautiful lookouts, easy hikes through the trees straight to the ocean's shore.

Ladybird Johnson Grove - This easy hike on level ground provides a breathtaking view of the redwoods.

Fern Canyon (an approx. 25 min. drive) at the very end of Davison Rd., just north of Orick, south of the park entrance, and take a magical walk through a narrow canyon where the walls are completely covered with ferns and mosses.

Due to the volume of visitors, California State Parks / National Park Service will require Day Use Permits to access to Gold Bluffs Beach and Fern Canyon.  Reservations will be required May 15th to September 15th. Reservations are not required September 16th to May 14th. Visitors are still required to pay the day-use fee.  Apply for a Permit:

Newton B Drury Parkway which will take you into Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Look for elk feeding in the large flat prairie just before the Visitor Center.



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