Places in North Coast & Redwoods
Southern Redwood Coast
There’s some real magic in the loamy soil and misty air ‘beyond the redwood curtain’; it yields the tallest trees and most potent herb on the planet. North of Fort Bragg, Bay Area weekenders and antique-stuffed B&Bs give way to lumber wars, pot farmers and an army of carved bears.
Along Highway 101
To get into the most remote and wild parts of the North Coast on the quick, eschew winding Hwy 1 for inland Hwy 101, which runs north from San Francisco as a freeway, then as a two- or four-lane highway north of Sonoma County, occasionally pausing under the traffic lights of small towns. Know that escaping the Bay Area at rush hour (weekdays between 4pm and 7pm) ain’t easy.
The North Coast’s most progressive town, Arcata surrounds a tidy central square that fills with college students, campers, transients and tourists. Sure, it occasionally reeks of patchouli and its politics lean far left, but its earnest embrace of sustainability has fostered some of the most progressive civic action in America.
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Tips and articles
The perfect California trip, pt 5: Redwood National Park
In the fifth and final instalment of the perfect California trip, (tailored by Lonely Planet author and California resident John Vlahides and taken from the July 2010 issue of Lonely Planet Magazine), we cruise on int...
The perfect California trip, pt 4: Sonoma County and Sonoma-Mendocino Coast
By now you're right in the swing of your California trip - you've started out in San Francisco, got into the great outdoors at Yosemite, then on to Point Reyes for the wildlife and wildflowers...
48 hours in Downtown LA
Think of Los Angeles and you probably think of Hollywood, Santa Monica, Venice and Beverly Hills, with Downtown barely registering on the where-to-go radar...
San Francisco's top cheap eats
Booms and busts come and go fast in this Gold Rush town, but there's one thing you can always count on: dinner. Whether you're flush or broke, San Francisco offers vast menu options and excellent value for money...