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What to see

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What to see

We will be spending one day in the Humboldt redwoods, staying in Eureka, then traveling on to Yosemite. We are currently considering driving across rt. 299 to Redding then down 5. We have one full day and one night unaccounted for before getting to Yosemite. The question is where to spend it and what to see on our way. We will be starting our vacation in San Francisco then heading north through Sonoma/Napa/Calistoga over to Highway 1 (my favorite part of the trip) up the coast to Fort Bragg and the glass beach. All of these rooms and routes have already been planned/booked. We are hikers but need fresh linens at the end of the day. Should we just zoom to Yosemite and give it another day or is there something equally awe-inspiring on the way to Yosemite that is worth going a little out of our way for that we shouldn't miss?

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1. Re: What to see

Hello Denise M, and welcome to the Eureka forum.

You are going to a lot of the places many tourists like to visit in Northern California. . . San Francisco, Napa, Sonoma, Calistoga, Fort Bragg (nice little town indeed) Eureka, Redwood National Park and surrounding State of California redwood parks.

You may not be aware of the Carson Mansion in Eureka, which is an outstanding piece of Victorian/Queen Anne style architecture in downtown Eureka. It's privately owned, and not open to tours. Still, you will want to see the exterior of it and the grounds. Lovely sight! Link here: www.eurekaheritage.org/the_carson_mansion.htm

Fort Ross near Jenner south of Fort Bragg is an often overlooked historical site. This was Russia's southernmost outpost in California before California became part of the United States in 1848. I loved visiting it for its wood timbered earthiness as a young 'pup, and still appreciate it today. Very historical and not the usual place to visit. . . well worth a visit. Link here:

http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=449

By the way, Glass Beach is where our family shell collection is mostly from. We got it back in the 1950's and 1960's well before successive groups of people found it and took even more shells and pretty rocks. Today you'd be hard pressed to find anything there you'd want to pick up and keep with you as a momento of your journey.

Yosemite National Park, of course, is far grander than even these two outstanding and historical buildings. Hard to outdo God's own handiwork! (wide grin) If time is an issue, just spend the extra day in Yosemite. It's by far one of California's best and most valued places to visit.

Enjoy your travels with us.

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Rt 299 a rest stop at the Joss House in Weaverville is interesting http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=457

If you have an extra day en route to Yosemite, maybe drive through Mt Lassen NP and stop at Manzanita Lake or hike Bumpass Hell. Then stay night around there before continuing on.

If not, Redding Sundial Bridge is worth a stop.

Edited: 04 June 2013, 15:14
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Thank you for your prompt input. We had already planned on the things you had suggested including the Carson mansion. Are you saying that we shouldn't waste our time at glass beach?

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Hi Denise. You can go to the glass beach, but don't expect to get the kind of items our family historically got in decades past. There undoubtably are smaller glass type rocks there, but not the larger size ones we found so long ago. Would I go if I hadn't ever been to it? Yes.

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Thank you

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Last year, there was still plenty of glass at Glass Beach but they are all in small pieces -- not like before. If you check my TA review, i have a photo of what a handful looks like.

I guess if everyone going forward avoids bringing home souvenirs that will help leave glass for future visitors.

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7. Re: What to see

There are many things to do right in Eureka! Click on this blue link to read about them:

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g32363-c144314/Eureka…

The Samoa Cookhouse is a fun experience - 'not fancy' food but pretty good and lots of it, plus an interesting logging museum right in the same building.

There are also many things to do within Redwood National Park, great places to walk (or truly 'hike') and lovely scenic drives.

Allow about 3 hours+ to get to Redding via 299. Along the way in Willow Creek is a nice little museum that has a "bigfoot" display room. Fun :-)

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