And we’re off! Brent and I successfully moved out of our apartment, wrapped up our time at work, and minimized all of our belongings for the next four months to fit into my Honda CRV. The days leading up to our trip were hectic to say the least - balancing catching up with friends and making time to get everything done is quite the challenge.
Day one on the road was very surreal. It still feels like we’re on a vacation and heading back to the Bay after our drive up the coast. We didn’t have much planned for the first day other than driving through the Avenue of the Giants to see the Redwoods, but of course Highway US 101 presented many stops and detours for us to explore.
1. Avenue of the Giants
The US 101 is the oldest and longest stretch of highway remaining in California, connecting all of the major cities along the coast of the Golden State. The Northern stretch, also known as the Redwood Highway has been on my bucket list since I moved to the Bay four years ago. Its twists and turns through the historic Redwood trees will leave you stunned.
Download the map of the 31 mile scenic drive here.
2. Visit Downtown Eureka
Eureka is the largest city between San Francisco and Portland and sits on the coast of Humboldt Bay amidst the Redwood Empire. The historic downtown area is a great place to stretch your legs or grab a bite to eat on your way up Highway US 101. Stroll through the downtown streets where you’ll find remnants of Victorian Era architecture, and then take in the Bay views at the seaport. Eureka is still an active fishing town, so if you stay long enough you’ll see boats chugging in and out of the harbor.
3. Lost Coast Brewery
Beyond the charming Victorian architecture and sweeping views of the Humboldt Bay, downtown Eureka offers many options for a tasty lunch break. Lost Coast was one of the first craft breweries that caught Brent’s attention when he first got into beer, so it was a no brainer when it came to pit stop consideration. I warned you, we’ll be eating and drinking our way across the country.
Lost Coast is most known for Great White, their interpretation of an American Wheat Ale (and one of my very favorites on a hot summer day), but I wanted to try something new since we were at the motherland. I went for the Sharkinator White IPA, a session IPA with a similar flavor profile to Great White, but with much bigger and bolder character.
Brent’s choice was the Indica IPA, which shifts away from the trendy citrus and tropical variations and offers a more floral taste.
Both were Brent approved ✓✓
4. Trinadad Beach
You can’t drive up Highway US 101 without a stop to revel in the natural beauty of the Pacific. There are many pull offs with impressive views, but our favorite was Trinidad Beach - just about 20 miles north of Eureka. We cracked open a Trumer and soaked in the scene.