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“Avenue of the Giants was a great motorcycle ride!” 5 of 5 stars
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Redwood Highway
US Highways 101 and 199, Eureka, CA
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Florence, Oregon
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“Avenue of the Giants was a great motorcycle ride!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Beautiful surroundings, great road for riding. I did notice the lack of bathrooms along the way though!

Visited July 2013
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“Remarkable”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

A good alternative to I-5. Although this is called the Redwood Highway you sometimes have to leave the highway to see the best views of particular groves or special trees. This amazing tree grows in northern California and a few miles into Oregon then that's it. There is lots more to the highway than the trees as you drive the coast with views and harbor and beachfront towns. Well worth the extra day or two it will take to drive along it.

Visited December 2012
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“Get a Redwood Hwy Pamphlet”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Wish we had a free pamphlet before we went through Hwy. We got one after we reached Eureka at Hotel. We used it for the rest of the way to Oregon.

Visited June 2013
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“Highway 101 between about Leggett and the Oregon border”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

The term "Redwood Highway" means different things, depending upon what you read or who you talk to.

I recently drove north on Hwy 101 from San Francisco. The highway - whilst not yet in the redwoods - is a pleasant drive through rural areas and rolling hills.

The redwoods begin a few miles north of the town of Leggett in an area called Richardson Grove. This is your first taste of the "big trees". The highway gets narrow and winding here and this section has remained unchanged for at least half a century, maybe more.

As I continued north, I could see bits and pieces of the old road, which I remember driving many years ago. Thank goodness today's road is much wider and less winding in most places!

Then there is the Avenue of the Giants. Don't miss it if you have time. This is a section of old 101 that was preserved for a quiet country drive. There are huge trees along here.

Approaching Fortuna area, the trees give way to lush green pastures. Then the highway goes right through the center of Eureka. Although a small town by most standards, due to lots of traffic lights it always seems to take me 20 minutes or more to get through.

North of Eureka/Arcata, the redwood highway once again cuts through lovely rural areas. The modern highway bypasses the tiny village of Trinidad, then becomes two lane as it winds around past the three huge lagoons. You can usually see elk through here!

Past the wood carving town of Orick, you have an option to take Newton Drury Scenic Parkway. That is another section of old 101, and is a lovely drive through massive redwoods. If I'm not in a hurry, I opt for that every time. The "new" freeway is great if you're in a hurry, though. Buses are allowed on Newton Drury, but not commercial trucks.

I always enjoy crossing the mighty Klamath River, and the highway now winds through more magnificent trees. There are also spectacular ocean vistas. It then climbs up the hill through even more huge trees. There is often road construction through here, and you can't miss the huge wooden walls that hold back the hillside.

North of Crescent City, the redwood highway is freeway for a few miles, then a straight, flat two lane highway going right through a section of young redwoods. The redwoods disappear as you approach the Oregon border ... although the beautiful scenery continues into Oregon.

Anywhere you drive along it, this is a great scenic route :-)

Visited February 2013
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“Fantastic journey”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2013

The whole redwood highway is an adventure. We loved the beautiful Redwoods and the scenery on the ocean side. We took every side trip along the way we could in order to take full advantage of the view and the sghts.

Visited June 2013
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