California’s Redwood Highway
North California Coast
Lassen Volcanic National Park
Mention California and immediately San Francisco, the Big Sur, Hollywood, Yosemite, Lake Tahoe and Death Valley may come to mind.
But there’s another California that lies to the north of the Golden Gate just waiting to be explored; a landscape of rugged coastlines, towering forests, sparkling lakes and rivers – a California which is unspoiled, uncrowded and relatively undiscovered.
The Redwood Highway connects the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border and passes through some of California’s best unspoilt quaint towns, scenic coastline, mountains, family owned vineyards and wineries and gourmet local organic food. And, as its name implies, you will find yourself amongst the magnificent California Redwoods, the tallest trees in the world, driving along secluded scenic roads, far removed from the busy interstates.
The Highway which started in the 19th century as a patchwork of stagecoach and logging trails connecting the rural communities scattered throughout the forests of the north coast, began to attract tourists after the Golden Gate Bridge opened in 1933,
For outdoor enthusiasts the area offers incredible walking opportunities, kayaking, river rafting, mountain biking and wildlife viewing. In addition to The Redwoods National Park and Point Reyes National Seashore, the route passes through numerous state parks and reserves.
Include the Highway as part of your holiday to Northern California or continue up the coast in neighbouring unspoilt Oregon.