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Travel April San Francisco to arcata via hwy 1

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Travel April San Francisco to arcata via hwy 1

My daughter and I are doing a college visit trip end of April. I was thinking of driving hwy 1. How long can I realistically expect it to take w stops . Was planning 3 nights in arcata but maybe should 1 night enroute? Thanks

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1. Re: Travel April San Francisco to arcata via hwy 1

Yes, plan to spend one night on the road if you are driving Highway 1. Otherwise, it's just too darn long if you want to stop here and there to take pics or short walks.

Highway 101 is much faster, is easily done in a day and is a pleasant drive but not nearly as scenic :-)

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2. Re: Travel April San Francisco to arcata via hwy 1

Stay on the Mendocino Coast more than 4 hrs from SF much to see along the way, beautiful drive couple of hrs more to Arcata take Ave of the Giants enjoy the redwoods.

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3. Re: Travel April San Francisco to arcata via hwy 1

I live in Arcata and graduated from Humboldt State two years ago. The most direct route from SF is highway 101. You don't actually have to get on Hwy 1 to drive from SF to Arcata, it's really a detour that will add and hour to your trip. Highway 101 is very scenic and once you get up to Arcata it is just as close to the ocean as anywhere along Hwy 1 is. I Drive from Arcata to SF and back almost every month and it's really not that long of a drive. Have you decided where you're going to stay? I can suggest some places.

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4. Re: Travel April San Francisco to arcata via hwy 1

Hi SanDiegoMom08

Do you mean drive 1 from San Diego to Arcata or just the section north of San Francisco to Arcata? Highway 1 north of San Francisco will add more than one hour to Arcata. From the Golden Gate bridge on 101 to Arcata is now about 5 and a half hours without stops. If you wanted to take 1 it would be 8+ hours. If you drive 1, I would plan to take my time, enjoy the drive and overnight in the Fort Bragg area.

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