I would strongly advise against using RDD
as a jumpoff for Arcata/Eureka.
I think it's CA299 the state highway. A beautiful trip, but long and winding as it struggles to cross the crest of the Coast range. This time of year it's full of slow moving motorhomes and other slow moving vacationeers.
It is possible to leave RDD
with a temperature of 105, and arrive in Eureka 50 degrees cooler. The record high temp on Aug 1, is a mere 69 degrees F.
Try Medford OR
. Better road. Not sure if a better fare can be found...
Best bet unfortunately, is fly directly into the local airport.
Sure the drive from SFO
is "ONLY" six hours, but depending on the time of day, it could be 2 hours just from the airport to Marin, and then another 5 and a half up. And just because its Sunday, doesn't matter, traffic in NorCal is notoriously evil every day.
How is your dad, after flying all day, going to like this drive? Granted, CalTrans has made many improvements to 101, but it is still a hard drive...many 2 lane portions, slow logging trucks, long up grades, curves and slow moving tourists unfamiliar with the road....it can add up to a trip in the neighborhood of 8 to 9 hours. Getting out of the Bay Area is hard enough.
If you are dead-set on getting a cheap fare, look at flying WN
. Getting to Eureka is actually quicker from Sacramento, since one doesn't need to navigate the bay area traffic hell. Airport is north of the city, just hop on 5 north, cut over to Clear Lake, then catch 101 well north of the Bay Area traffic effect, this can be done, within five hours. And more consistently throughout the days and weeks...
If this proposal is not the best, I will personally come out and wash your dad's car.