From Fort Bragg and the Skunk Train fun, continue north-east to this remarkable route, a narrow strip of Highway 101 with coast redwoods so close and so tall that they create a dramatic wall of enormous russet trunks rocketing skyward as you wind through the forest.
Some of the route’s 32 miles pass through the impressive stands protected within Humboldt Redwoods State Park (for more details, see next stop). Aside from the park and the sheer beauty of the drive, there are other historic finds along the way, such as the lookalike cottages in the tiny town of Scotia, once a booming 'company town' for the local lumber company. And there are a handful of gift shops with tables made out of redwood burls, and folksy attractions that can add a kitsch charm to your visit. Order an espresso in the famous One Log House, we know it is famous because it says so right on its sign, and the privately owned (in other words, there is a fee) Shrine Drive Thru Tree. This is the kind of stuff that you’ll want to buy a bumpersticker for when you get back home.
Plan time now to explore historic and impressive Humboldt Redwoods State Park.