California to Oregon Road Trip

Paul and I are planning a road trip in our new camper-van from hometown in Buellton, California to Coos Bay, Oregon. We’re the type that flies by the seat of our pants so our trip might not go as planned. However, here are a few of the spots I’m hopping on on stopping at on the way.

Stops (From South to North)


Big Sur, California
Big Sur is a sparsely populated region of the Central Coast of California where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise abruptly from the Pacific Ocean. Although it has no specific boundaries, many definitions of the area include the 90 miles (140 km) of coastline from the Carmel River in Monterey County south to the San Carpoforo Creek in San Luis Obispo County,[1][2] and extend about 20 miles (30 km) inland to the eastern foothills of the Santa Lucias.

Alliance Redwoods
Located in the beautiful redwoods near Paul’s hometown of Santa Rosa, California. A few friends from the Love Does tour who stayed with us on their trip work here and are coordinating a cabin for us.

Avenue of the Giants, California
The Avenue of the Giants is a scenic highway in Northern California, U.S.A., running through Humboldt Redwoods State Park. It is an old alignment of U.S. Route 101, and continues to be maintained by the state as State Route 254

Eureka, California
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. The city is located on U.S. Route 101 on the shores of Humboldt Bay, 270 miles (430 km) north of San Francisco and 100 miles (160 km) south of the Oregon border.

Arcata, California
Arcata, originally Union Town or Union, is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County.

Patrick’s Point (Trinidad, California)
Sandy beaches & forested cliffs border the Pacific at this park with hiking trails & campgrounds.

Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park (California)
Expansive park boasts 75 miles of trails, campgrounds & a visitor center amid old-growth redwoods.

Jedidiah Smith Redwood State Park Campground (Crescent City, California)
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park is a state park of California, United States, preserving old-growth redwoods along the Smith River. It is located along U.S. Route 199 approximately 9 miles east of Crescent City.

Gold Beach, Oregon
Gold Beach is a city in and the county seat of Curry County, Oregon, United States, on the Oregon Coast.

Coos Bay, Oregon
Coos Bay is the name of both a city and a body of water. It is the largest town on the Southern Oregon Coast and along with its sister city North Bend constitutes the largest metro area on the entire Oregon Coast. Both cities developed due to the timber industry. Tourists are more attracted to Charleston, located where Coos Bay opens onto the Pacific Ocean. The famous gardens of Shore Acres are just south along the Cape Arago Highway.

Bend, Oregon
Bend is located on the eastern edge of the Cascade Range along the Deschutes River.

Have you ever taken a California-Oregon roadtrip? What are some tops you recommend along the way?

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