Whether you are in Southern California or in its northern counterpart, the current weather should be very cooperative for a little getaway up the coast. You may run into some rain, but since you’ll be travelling in an RV on this adventure, finding a beautiful place to pull over and stop to wait out the storm will not only be very easy but cozy as well! Pull out your favorite cold-weather movie, warm up the hot chocolate on the RV stove, start popping that tasty microwave popcorn and you’re all set! There’s hardly any travelling setbacks due to weather while vacationing in a motorhome.
You can rent your RV in San Francisco and start out driving up Pacific Coast Highway. This is one drive that has some of the best scenery in the country. Stay alert for curves and take your sweet time if the highway is wet, knowing that the drive itself is the best part of the trip and is well worth any effort made due to the amazing sights you will be seeing. The best thing about traveling up through Northern California is viewing the beautiful Redwood trees. Some of these trees are the largest and tallest trees anywhere. You are going to have a true nature experience on this trip!
The Humboldt Redwoods State Park has thousands of acres of trees and many of them are the coastal redwoods. You will discover fascinating exhibits at the visitor center and you can get directions on taking the auto tour (or we should say RV tour) which is 32 lovely miles. Don’t miss Avenue of the Giants and don’t fail to get out and do your own exploring of these forests.
When you reach Humboldt Bay, stop and visit Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum and learn a lot about maritime history. Do you love birds and wildlife? You’ll also want to stop at Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. This is a great place to fit in some bird watching and see many ducks, geese, swan and other birds.
As you move closer to your destination at Redwood National Park, you will come upon a coastal town called Eureka. You can enjoy many galleries, the boardwalk along the waterfront and the restored homes. Then continue on to Big Lagoon in Dry Lagoon State Park where you might want to fish. You can get more bird watching done here too, with lots of osprey and herons. Throw in a line and catch some fish as well.
Exploring Humboldt Lagoons State Park is the next adventure on your itinerary. You’ll discover this marshland is a wonderful place to see wildlife of all kinds. Hike and get some exercise in. You’ll want to be in shape so you can hike throughout Redwood National Park when you arrive.
So when you reach Redwood National Park you will be in an ideal location for whale watching, believe it or not! Although migration was over in December, you could still spot a whale or two off the coast. The forests here are some of the most gorgeous anywhere in California.
You may spot some black bears or elk in this area. For the perfect hike, take off along Lady Bird Johnson Grove. You will love checking out all that Mother Nature offers you here at Redwood National Park. Take your family on this California road trip not only once, but go back again and again in an RV to maximize this amazing awe-inspiring vacation experience!
Picture credits: El Monte RV in San Francisco is a company media stock photo and the photos of Redwood trees and Redwood elk by Arkansas shutterbug and Jeffery Delfiscio respectively are licensed under the Flickr Creative Commons Attribution license.