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Redwood NP to San Francisco in 3 days/ 3nights

Old Feb 25th, 2008, 07:58 PM
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Redwood NP to San Francisco in 3 days/ 3nights

We need help figuring out the last leg of our 2 week trip (mid May). We have 2 kids, 12 and 8.

We'll be leaving Brookings, OR on a Monday morning and headed to San Francisco on Wednesday evening for our flight Thursday morning. Here's what we're thinking for stops:

Day 1: leave Brookings, stop in Redwood NP, drive along coast, night in Trinidad area

Day 2: continue south, through Ave of the Giants, taking HWY 1 at Leggett, night in Mendocino/Fort Bragg area

Day 3: continue down the coast, arriving in San Fran late afternoon/early evening

some additional thoughts... we'd love to stay on the coast nights 1 and 2, but are having a hard time finding something affordable ($100-120ish?) in Trinidad. Would Eureka be better, even with those outer banks?

The goal is to see spectacular scenery, stopping along the way for short walks and picture taking.

We saw some of San Francisco 2 years ago (drove thru China Town, walked part of the GG bridge, drove and walked Lombard St, bought bread at Fisherman's Wharf, dinner in Sausalito), but this time would like to spend time in parks near GG bridge.

Any help would be fantastic!!
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Old Feb 25th, 2008, 09:26 PM
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There's probably a better selection of budget motels in Eureka but it's pretty built up, not as scenic as Trinidad. Try the View Crest in Trinidad--cute little cottages and reasonable for the area (although probably more than $120).
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Old Feb 26th, 2008, 03:06 PM
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Eureka is no where near as scenic as Trinidad, and I'm not sure there is much of a water view anywhere. However, there are more choices. Have you checked to see if there is anything in McKinleyville or Arcata? There isn't much lodging betweeen Cresent City and Trinidad.
Be sure to do lots of walking around Mendocino and have a great meal or two.
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Old Feb 26th, 2008, 03:36 PM
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I'll look into lodging in Arcata and McKinleyville.

What is Mendocino? Several people have mentioned it.

Thanks!
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Your best bet for the first night is probably in Arcata. There are a number of chain motels at the Giuntoli exit just north of town. We have stayed at all of them and they are pretty similar. Probably just pick the best deal for your family. The Quality Inn has a tennis court and nice heated pool if that makes a difference.

Don't stay in town or in Eureka (not sure what the outer banks are). There are nice B&Bs in Trinidad (and Arcata and Eureka) but they would be too expensive for your family.

For your second night, you are probably best off in Fort Bragg. Mendocino is a quaint seaside town but lodging there is more expensive. Fort Bragg has lots of motels. Try the Harbor Lite Lodge. It's got a nice view of the harbor and is not too expensive.

Hwy 1 is beautiful all of the way down to SF but it takes a whole day (or longer) to get from Fort Bragg to SF unless you never stop to see anything. You really should do it in two or three days. You might consider heading inland on Hwy 128 to Hwy 101 if the weather is not that nice. This will save a lot of driving.

I'm not sure about what you are planning to do in SF. You will not have much time since you arrive late Wednesday and leave Thursday morning.
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Old Feb 26th, 2008, 08:45 PM
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Thanks, Otis!

I'll check into lodging at Arcata. I might even try to talk hubby into splurging in Trinidad. Chain motel is really not what either of us is going for, but might get stuck there based on price.

Will try to stay away from Eureka. (outer banks is how my husband described that "land" that's between the ocean and a bay sort of area)

2-3 days to go from Ft Bragg to SF?? Really? That must be enjoying everything along the way. One poster said 5-6 hours. The mileage isn't bad, but I know coast driving is slow, and getting out to enjoy it is even slower. Thanks for the tip about cutting over at 128 if the weather is bad, or we're running out of time.

Not planning on spending much time IN San Francisco this time. Just want some good pics of the bridge from the north side.

Thanks again! you've been great!
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Old Feb 27th, 2008, 09:14 PM
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Woo-hoo! We're splurging and staying in Trinidad! Okay, so it's not one of the gorgeous, outrageous B&Bs, but there is a distant ocean view from our cabin at View Crest. We thought we'd take a look there again after NWWanderer mentioned it. We're getting 3 beds, kitchen, deck for $160. (we figured we're saving a lot of gas money by not driving up to the Gorge area, so we'll add it to the lodging!)

We did consider the Hidden Creek RV Park. Their cabins look really great, and price was only $130 total, but we got our hearts set on the setting of View Crest, not an RV park. If anyone really likes Hidden Creek though, speak up and we'll consider it!
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