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3 night roundtrip from San Francisco to Eureka

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3 night roundtrip from San Francisco to Eureka

Stopping over SF area for a week on way back to East Coast from Hawaii. Never been to the area before. Created the following Itinery based on cursory review of map and some forums. Any advice/suggestions - must sees would be appreciated. What is best stretch of Rt1?

7/3 Arrive at SFO airport. Rent Car drive Rt101 to Ukiah - Overnight

7/4 Rt 101 to Eureka - spend night

7/5 Eureka to Mendicino - via 101 to Leggett then Rt 1 - spend night (maybe Agate Cove or Brewery Gulch)

7/6 Rt 1 to Pantaluma then Rt101 to SF or Rt 128 to Rt101 to SF (9 winerys on Rt128?)

7/6, 7 & 8 - San Francisco

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1. Re: 3 night roundtrip from San Francisco to Eureka

An alternative routing would be:

1) Drive to Healdsburg in wine country and enjoy the night. What a relaxing way to enjoy this area after time in Hawaii.


This is a great tourist town - Ukiah is more of a working man's town./

2) To see the Avenue of the Giants, I would stop short and just go to Garberville. 3 days is a short amount of time in this area. Two possibilities of lodging here are:



the Best Western - nice wine and cheese reception at night; breakfast in morning; nice rooms; and close enough to walk to the restaurants in town


(note: Eureka is down right ordinary - so I would stop short given the limited amount of time you have and then truly explore Avenue of the Giants area - wonderful nature walks, large trees, etc.


3) Drive from Garberville to Mendocino - remember - this is windy road area so the distance might look short, but it takes time. Mendocino is beautiful so choose the location based on the type of property you want to stay at and your budget allows.

I would very much recommend Route 128 to route 101 to San Francisco - highway 1 is gorgeous, but very slow, windy, narrow roads - and you do not have time for it on this short of trip.

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2. Re: 3 night roundtrip from San Francisco to Eureka

There is a fair amount to do in Eureka -


What time are you getting in to SFO? That will affect how far you drive north on your first day. Straight driving, Eureka is about 5-6 hours from SF.

When is this trip?

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3. Re: 3 night roundtrip from San Francisco to Eureka

Stay here in Eureka. Not ordinary.


Try a cocktail cruise on Humboldt Bay. Not ordinary.


Check out the Flatmo murals. Don't miss the outstanding mural on the back side of the Arkley Center for the Performing Arts in Old Town. Definitely not ordinary.


Take in a donkey engine steam-up at Fort Humboldt. Not ordinary.


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4. Re: 3 night roundtrip from San Francisco to Eureka

Thanks for the suggestions, To answer Half-Brits questions: not sure what time we will reach SF. Cruise ends 7/2 and may either leave same day and get to SF late and spend night near airport or spend night in Hawaii and get off early next day and try to make it to SF by mid afternoon and drive to 1st stopover. First week of July (original post has dates).

5. Re: 3 night roundtrip from San Francisco to Eureka

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