Redwood Highway Scenic Drive — great family road trip

Trees of Mystery on US Hwy. 101. (Julianne G. Crane)
Sequoia sempervirens in Redwood National Park (NPS)

Redwood Highway Scenic Drive  is one of the most amazing sections of U. S. Highway 101 in northern California. It runs is the between the seaside towns of Crescent City and Eureka.

During a time of COVID-19 when families are itching to explore, taking a road trip seems to fill the bill.  For 78-miles, the Redwood Highway Scenic Drive “parallels the rugged Pacific coast, passing redwood groves and the wave-carved shoreline of beaches, cliffs and sea stacks.”

“California’s coastal redwoods are the world’s tallest living things. Walking beneath a 300-foot forest canopy among these silent giants from the age of the dinosaurs is an unforgettable experience.”

Must stops: Redwood National and State Parks … all of them. Trees of Mystery is a fun family stop, about 36 miles south of the Oregon boarder. For the latest in National Parks’ camping information (click here).

Julianne G. Crane

Photo: Sequoia sempervirens in Redwood National Park from the NPS Archive.

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  • My family lives in Crescent City and I am very unhappy with your article because people from outside this community spent the summer here emptying our supermarket shelves, visiting our sites maskless, and leaving trash and feces along our beautiful trails, beaches, and river banks. Everyone is now blaming Californian residents on our current Covid surge, but it isn’t the residents. It is the many out of state people, people who read articles like yours, who come to our commities and behave wrecklessly and without any consideration for the people who live here. Under the circumstances I wish you would have considered the health and safety of this community before opening it’s doors to tourists. After all I don’t come to your house, dump trash or poop on your lawn, deplete food and resources, cough all over your family, and invite anyone, everyone to join in.

    • Erin.
      No where in any of my writing do I ever encourage irresponsible human behavior. Unfortunately slobs live everywhere, and many of them travel taking their bad behavior with them. Certainly during these stressful times we all need to be sensitive to others’ feelings and respectful of communities we visit. Until this pandemic is over, when in public, wear a face covering, maintain 6-feet distance, and try not travel when sick or contagious.

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