I've cut this trip into two drives...
The first one from Cresent Bay to Leggett (where the 101 meets the 1 South of Humboldt Redwoods State Park)
Then from Leggett to Bodega Bay via Hwy 1 through Mendocino.
So the first drive involves a lot of Redwoods, coast and nature,
The second one seems to be more of the winding slow drive on the coast with stops on the way.
From what I can tell, the first drive has more potential side trips with stops in places like Trinidad, Eureka and Ferndale as well as the parks: Del Norte, Klamath (where I've heard you might see Elk) Prairie Creek, Patricks Point... possibilites for short hikes, bike rides and visitors centers.
From Leggett and especially from Mendocino down to Bodega Bay looks like it will be a very beautiful and stunning drive, (like Big Sur?) and Salt Point State Park really looks interesting... but it looks to be more of the "scenic drive" with fewer stops that could potentially take up a lot of time?
I'm just hoping for some clarity, because we'll be making one overnight, and I'm thinking of staying over in Ferndale or Fortuna, and make the following day the longer "driving day" including driving through the Avenue of the Giants and of course Hwy 1.
We wont however, want to be driving Hwy 1 after dark so if we don't make it as far as Bodega, we'll have alternate routes to turn inland to the San Rafael area where we plan to stay at a motel.
Any thought would surely be appreciated!
Thanks so much!!!