Explore in kayaks, ride horses, and see redwood giants on a top-down coastal drive.
Trip length: 3 days
ORICK (42mi/68km; 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 ; 800/346-3482
EUREKA (42mi/68km; 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 ; 800/346-3482
FORT BRAGG (88mi/142km; 1hr41min). 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 ; 866466-3636
MENDOCINO (10mi/16km; 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 ; 866466-3636
KELSEYVILLE (42mi/67km; 47min). Rent a kayak or canoe to explore Clear Lake State Park. Pitch a tent at a lakefront campsite (reserve in advance). INFO Clear Lake State Park ; 707/279-2267