Silverfox From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2001, 1058 posts, RR: 0 Posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 598 times:
Apologies for putting this on again, but i will be in SFO for a day or so next autumn and would like to drive to a Redwood forest.
What isthe best forest to visit north of SFO, and whilst i would like to make it to Crescent Ciy i dont think time or the Highway patrol will let me
What about Avenue of the giants? could i do that by doing a bit on US 1 and then 101 , and how long would it take?
Yahoo gives a time of 5hrs, SFO to Weott, is this a gentle drive or going at the limits?
Any help, assistance, hints, tips, suggestions welcomed
BlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1868 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 596 times:
You can see some redwoods, and also the coast, if you drive up 101 into Marin, and then go out to Stinson Beach via Sir Francis Drake.
Maybe not the groves you want, but it is an impressive drive, and a good mix of the trees and ocean, I highly recommend it over just going to Muir Woods or something, especially if you are trying to maximize time.
BlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1868 posts, RR: 1 Reply 4, posted (9 years 7 months 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 567 times:
why not conserve and let technology find more logical choices to build homes from instead of chopping down a 500 year old forrest.
I'm no eco-nut, but shit, all our decks are made of redwood, and yes it's great stuff. When we tore up part of our deck, we put up a tiny sign outside on the street for free redwood, and our phone was ringing off the hook in a few hours.
BlatantEcho From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1868 posts, RR: 1 Reply 6, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 545 times:
You can maximize it even more by taking the 101 over the GG bridge, and driving through the marin headlands, seeing great views of the city, the bridge, the ocean, the faralon islands, the entire bay, then contuning up the coast, and maybe reutrn via Sir Francis Drake Blvd. back south on 101.
there is so much to see out there, the views take my breath away everytime I'm out there, and I grew up there!
Johnboy From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 2470 posts, RR: 1 Reply 9, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 538 times:
Did you particularly want to DRIVE thru old growth redwood forests, or did you just want to see groves of redwood trees?
Muir Woods is the closest old growth redwood grove (i.e. TALL trees) to San Francisco, and is across the Golden Gate Bridge on Highway 1 (about 30-40 minutes at most). However, you must park your car at the gate and proceed on foot to see the trees (not problematic, since the trees start at the entrance gate). Parking is a major problem at this location however, as the parking lot is tiny as compared to the throngs who visit -- consequently you may find yourself parking alongside the road and walking to the entrance.
Armstrong Redwoods State Park is close to the Russian River in Guerneville (pronounced GERN-ville), and is significantly less touristed than Muir Woods. This approach is about 1.5 hours north of San Francisco (take Highway 101 to Santa Rosa, and take the Guerneville/River Road exit). You are able to drive thru this smallish park on a short paved road, although there are no trees you can drive thru. This park does have numerous hiking trails though. The nice thing about the Santa Rosa/Guerneville area, is that you can take in some wineries in the area (Sonoma County). The Korbel champagne (oops! sparkling wine) cellar is on this route. Plus you can follow the road from Guerneville to Jenner (about 20 minutes, where the Russian River empties into the Pacific Ocean), drive a few short scenic miles to the south, and Bodega Bay is before you (if on a fog free day, that is). This is where Alfred Hitchcock filmed "The Birds." Take Highway 12 back to Santa Rosa/Highway 101, and you've taken a nice, compact, scenic route representing the best of Northern California.
Alas, I've never made it up to the Avenue of the Giants. But you're going to experience the Redwood Empire in all its glory up here. North of Willits, at the point where Highways 101 and 1 meet up again, there is a tourist trap place, where the owners proudly proclaim you can get a picture of your car driving thru a redwood tree, but I didn't pay the $10 or so it cost for the "privilege." As far as driving time, I have no idea, but I drove from Santa Rosa to Hopland on Highway 101 last week, and it took about an hour. When you look at a map, that segment may give you an idea of how long the journey may take in total. Plus Highway 101 is not a freeway for the entire distance, so you're passing thru several smaller towns with traffic lights. This will certainly add to your time spent driving.
Sorry so long-winded, but I enjoy driving thru this area, and I'm glad to provide any help you may need.
Superfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 38498 posts, RR: 80 Reply 10, posted (9 years 7 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 533 times:
You've picked the best time of the year to do this. I'd suggest renting a convertible for this trip. Those trees are very tall and the best way to experience this is with the top down.
This time of year, it's crisp clear blue skies, still warm and not too much fog in the mornings.