We (myself, my husband & 9 year old) are just starting to plan an August trip from Chico, heading over to the coast and up 101 through the Redwoods to Brookings OR, for maybe a 3 or 4 night stay. We were thinking of staying in Brookings ( The Bestwestern Beachfront Hotel) the whole time since its not to far from Crescent City, but we would be open stopping for a night somewhere on the way to break up the drive and so that we can explore more of the redwoods on the way up. I haven't done much research yet, but would appreciate any suggestions as to a good route and must see sites. We do want to go up to Gold beach and do a rafting trip one day, but we are open for the rest of the trip. This is our visit to the Redwood National Parks. Thank You!!