Road Trip: Pacifica, California to Northern Oregon Coast

I recently posted about my trip from Western Washington to LA, with links to photos of the spectacular coast from San Francisco to LA Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Los Angles

My initial plan was to take the Interstate (I-5) to Washington. Instead, as I love the coast, I returned to Pacifica from Los Angeles via highway 1 and from there took highway 101 north.

If you have the time, take highway 1 north thru California and explore the many small towns. The scenery is spectacular and it is a not to be missed trip.

As I have already made that incredible drive, I opted to try a new route: north on highway 101. I had read about the incredible redwood trees and decided to drive via the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwood State Park, on old highway 101.

Avenue of the Giants

Take the 31 mile detour which parallels highway 101. There are numerous places to stop, have a picnic, go hiking and explore this magical area. Walk among these majestic trees and feel their beauty. Sense the quietness of the forest.  Ave of the Giants, Northern CA ~ Photos

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Road Trip ~ Western Washington to Los Angles

I’ve driven several times between Los Angeles and western Washington, sometimes taking the coastal route the entire trip. This trip I drove to San Francisco via the interstates, breaking up the trip in Ashland, Oregon (check out their Shakespeare Festival), continuing on to San Francisco and Pacifica, California. I stayed in Pacifica as it’s right on the ocean, nice restaurant at the Best Western and only a short drive to San Francisco. Pacifica, California ~ Photos

I used Pacifica as a base to explore the area, including Sausalito (take the ferry), Tiburon, Muir Woods, The Presidio, Ghirardelli Square, the cable cars and driving on Lombard Street (the crooked street with eight hair pin curves). Have fun exploring and dining.

San Francisco ~ Photos

Drive South

From Pacifica start your drive south on Highway 1. Stop at Half Moon Bay for lunch (there are several terrific seafood places), walk about the Marina area. Explore the many state beaches along the highway.

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