North Coast California Camping and RVing Information

Wild Waves and Big Trees: Crescent City to Kelseyville

Screenshot 2014-09-11 16.06.21Explore in kayaks, ride horses, and see redwood giants on a top-down coastal drive.

Trip length: 3 days
Total distance: 330mi

 

DAY 1


CRESCENT CITY:
At low tide, walk to 
Battery Point Lighthouse, blinking its warning light at passing ships since 1856. In town, visit the museum to see 19th-century mementos from lighthouse keepers. INFO: Crescent City/Del Norte County Visitors Bureau

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ORICK (42mi; 50min). Spy Roosevelt elk in the meadows at Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. Take a guided horseback ride through Redwood National Park with Redwood Adventures. INFO: Humboldt County Visitors Bureau

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EUREKA (42mi; 46min). Stroll past restored Victorians along the Old Town waterfront. Step inside Venlo Chocolates to see how sweet treats are made here by hand. INFO: Humboldt County Visitors Bureau

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DAY 2


WEOTT
(45mi; 45min). Stop by the outstanding visitor center at Humboldt Redwoods State Park; flat and level Founder’s Grove nature trail is ultra-family-friendly. Drive south along the unforgettable Avenue of the Giants. INFO:
 Humboldt Redwoods State Park

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FORT BRAGG (88mi; 1hr 41min). See the sand glisten at dazzling Glass Beach. Dare to order mushroom ice cream (don’t worry; there’s vanilla too) at Cowlick’s Ice Cream. INFO Visit Mendocino County

MENDOCINO (10mi; 16min). Explore sea caves on a guided trip with Kayak Mendocino. Dress up for a supper of award-winning crab cakes at Little River Inn. INFO: Visit Mendocino County

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DAY 3


PHILO
(34mi; 43min). Amble through redwoods in 
Hendy Woods State Park. Cannonball into sparkling Navarro River. Let the kids watch weed-eating sheep while you sip Pinot Noir at Navarro Vineyards & Winery. INFO: Visit Mendocino County

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BOONVILLE (6mi; 8min). Cool off with house made popsicles at Paysanne Then look for unique gifts at irresistible Farmhouse Mercantile INFO: Visit Mendocino County

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DAY 4


UKIAH
(21mi; 33min). Join the likes of Teddy Roosevelt and Mark Twain by taking a naturally carbonated “champagne bath” at 
Vichy Springs Spa, open since 1852. Learn Native American history at the Grace Hudson Museum. INFO: Visit Mendocino County

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KELSEYVILLE (42mi; 47min). Rent a kayak or canoe to explore Clear Lake State Park. INFO: Clear Lake State Park 

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