North Coast California Camping and RVing Information

Easy Being Green

Screenshot 2014-09-11 10.08.10Find the ultimate in “eco” along this northern stretch of the state, with tall trees, quiet beaches, fine wines, and organic eats.

 

Trip Time: 4 Days

Day 1
Crescent City
. Explore
 Battery Point Lighthouse, accessible only at low tide. At Del Norte County Museum (May–Sep), learn about ships the lighthouse didn’t help, and see Native American baskets. INFO: Crescent City/Del Norte County Chamber

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Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park (14 mi: 21 min). Eight miles of ocean edged by old-growth redwoods make this a spectacular state park to disappear in the foggy summer mornings and evenings. Stroll the half-mile of sandy beach, and poke in tidepools at low tide. INFO: Crescent City/Del Norte County Chamber 

Arcata (65 mi/: 1 hr 12 min). Hike the trails in the Arcata Community Forest, then feast at Samoa Cookhouse. The area hops with lively music too, thanks to the college scene. INFO: California Welcome Center Arcata

 

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Free & Easy.  Take the northernmost Sea Ranch access trail for an ocean panorama from the bluffs. Bird-watch for 422 species—Aleutian geese to white-tailed kites—on the California Redwoods Birding Trail in Crescent City and Del Norte County.


Day 2


Eureka
 (10 mi: 13 min). Browse the Old Town shops featuring locally produced, sustainable housewares, artworks, and gifts. Take a walking tour of the waterfront’s colorful Victorian buildings. INFO:
Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Humboldt Redwoods State Park (57 mi: 59 min). The tall trees will take your breath away. In spring and fall, the Avenue of the Giants hosts one of the fastest, and certainly prettiest, marathons in the state. INFO: Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau

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Westport–Union Landing State Beach (66 mi: 1 hr 21 min). The stretch of sand at the mouth of Howard Creek is a good spot to catch silvery smelt—both day and night varie-ties. INFO: Visit Mendocino

willitsukiahkoa3JPGFort Bragg (19 mi/: 33 min). Ride a former logging route on old-fashioned mass transit, the Skunk Train, inland to Willits. INFO: Visit Mendocino

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Day 3
Mendocino 
(11 mi: 21 min). Look for gray whales off the coast of
 Mendocino Headlands State Park (best Dec–Mar). For golf with ocean views, try Little River Inn. Refuel at organic Cafe Beaujolais or the MacCallum House RestaurantINFO: Visit Mendocino 

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Day 4
Bodega Bay 
(98 mi: 2 hr 31 min). Take in the inspiring seascape from Bodega Head, then browse eclectic local galleries, such as
 Bodega Bay HeritageLocal Color, Bodega Landmark Studio, and Ren Brown. INFO: California Welcome Center Santa Rosa

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Santa Rosa (18 mi: 38 min). Explore a wealth of wineries, including 
Balletto Vineyards, eco-friendly DeLoach VineyardsHanna Winery & Vineyard’s Santa Rosa outpost, and Matanzas Creek Winery with its beautiful lavender gardens. INFO: California Welcome Center Santa Rosa

 

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