Summer Road Trips, Part 2


It’s finally here. That wonderful time of the year when you just can’t help but get out on the road and experience a little bit of America. This month, I’m going to focus on another place close to home… the Redwood Coast.

Last month I talked about the immense beauty of Yosemite National Park and I’m happy to report that I just returned from another trip there with my three daughters. As usual it was amazing. While we were having a good time roasting marshmallows over the fire (and the occasional flip-flop), my daughters started reminiscing about all the great road trips we’ve had over the past 15 years.

We’ve had some good ones, like the one we were on in Yosemite, but all three seemed to be in agreement that their favorite road trip was to the California Redwoods. Like so many of the great natural wonders in our state, the Redwoods are simply awe-inspiring, regardless of how many times you visited. And, like all the others, fairly easy to get to and one of the more enjoyable road trips you can take in our great state.

Traveling up Highway 101, first through the wine country, and then into the Redwoods, is a destination unto itself. This is another one of those trips that if you haven’t made it yet, you must put this on your bucket list, especially while you are living so close. Perhaps our greatest adventure on that road trip years ago was the hike in Fern Canyon. First, you travel a bumpy dirt road for several miles, a lot which travels right along the coast of the Pacific.

The first thing that caught our attention was the elk on the beach. Yes, I said elk on the beach. Of the Pacific Ocean. That was quite a sight. That was followed by one of the most amazing 1-mile walks I’ve ever experienced through the fern canyon. I couldn’t decide if I was on a tropical island or on the set of an Indiana Jones movie, but it was nothing short of amazing.

Then, of course, there are the giant redwood trees. Some of the oldest trees in the world. And some of the biggest. If you haven’t yet had a chance to see these giants close up, you must make some time for a trip with the family. The scenery is endlessly breathtaking and many of the campgrounds are about the best and most beautiful in all of the country. I wouldn’t recommend it, but this is a road trip that would be very satisfying even if you can only get away for a long weekend. Keep in mind it takes roughly 6 hours to get there from Sacramento.

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