Redwoods are some of the most impressive trees in the world – they can live up to 2,000 years and reach heights of over 350 feet! Northern California offers a chance to see these magnificent trees as well as miles of beautiful coastline.
Located between Redwood National and State Parks and Humboldt Redwoods State Park, the Victorian Inn is the perfect place to call home while you’re seeing the redwoods. Built in 1890, the hotel retains its Victorian style inside and out. Their elegant yet quaint rooms are the ideal setting for a romantic getaway. Book the “Suite” Romance Package and enjoy a two night stay in a King second floor room or suite, fresh flowers, chilled champagne and truffles, breakfast each morning, and a $125 voucher for the VI Restaurant.
Avenue of the Giants & Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Head south to the Avenue of the Giants, a 32-mile stretch of Highway 101 with incredible views of the redwoods. It’s one of Northern California’s best scenic drives. Drive your car through the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree, marvel at the 950+ year-old Immortal Tree, and see the Tree House, a house that’s partially built in a redwood. Avenue of the Giants runs through Humboldt Redwoods State Park, which has campsites, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, and swimming.
Loleta Cheese Factory
On your way up to Redwood National and State Parks, stop in the small town of Loleta to visit the Loleta Cheese Factory. They produce artisan cheeses with all-natural ingredients, and are especially known for their flavored Cheddar and Jack varieties. At the factory, you can take a tour to learn about cheese making and taste samples. Be sure to stop at their Grilled Cheese Bar, which offers gourmet grilled cheeses ranging from savory to sweet. Grab one and enjoy a picnic in their onsite garden.
Continue north on Highway 101, which hugs the coast and offers amazing views. Stop at Eureka, a Victorian-era coastal city with plenty of activities to fill an afternoon. Explore the Sequoia Park Zoo, or visit Old Town Eureka and stroll through antique shops, cafes, and coffee shops. Make sure you see the Carson Mansion, a stunning three-story, eighteen-room Victorian home built in the 1880s. It isn’t open to the public, but you can snap some photos of the impressive exterior and take a virtual tour online.
Redwood National and State Parks
See redwoods more than 350 feet tall and up to 2,000 years old at Redwood National and State Parks. The 130,000-acre area encompasses Redwood National Park, established in 1968, and three state parks (Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast State Park, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park) established in the 1920s. Take a hike through their 170-mile trail system to see the trees up close.