California North Coast Visitor Information

Wild Waves and Big Trees: Crescent City to Kelseyville

Explore in kayaks, ride horses, and see redwood giants on a top-down coastal drive.

Trip length: 3 days
Total distance: 330mi


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


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


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


(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

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


(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

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


(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

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

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Top Attractions in the North Coast Area

Avenue of the Giants
Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City
Bodega Bay Sport Fishing Center
Carson Falls Hike
Carson Mansion, Eureka
Charles M Schultz Museum, Santa Rosa
Hike & Climb in Bodega Bay
Historic Railroad Square, Santa Rosa
Mill Tour and Museum, Scotia
Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa
Petrified Forest, Calistoga
Redwoods National Park, Crescent City
Roosevelt Elk, Orick
Roots of Motive Power, Willits
Safari West, Santa Rosa
Salmon Spawning Tours, Redwood Nat’l Park
Samoa Cookhouse, Eureka
Six Rivers National Forest
Sonoma County Farm Trails
Trees of Mystery, Klamath
Trinidad Bay Charters, Trinidad
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