15 days in North Coast California Itinerary

15 days in North Coast California Itinerary

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15 days in North Coast California Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + Drive:  20​h 30​min
1
Philo
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Fort Bragg
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Crescent City
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Eureka
— 5 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h
End: Auckland

3
nights
Philo

Philo ©
Philo is a census-designated place in Mendocino County, California. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Sea Ranch Chapel and Manchester Beach / Mendocino Coast KOA. Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Schooner Gulch State Beach and Gualala Point Regional Park. Step out of Philo to go to Ukiah and see The City of Ten Thousand Buddhas, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: do a tasting at Handley Cellars Winery, admire the majestic nature at Montgomery Woods State Reserve, and examine the collection at Grace Hudson Museum.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Philo day trip planning tool .

Auckland, New Zealand to Philo is an approximately 20.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from New Zealand Standard Time (NZST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -20 hour difference. When traveling from Auckland in July, plan for much hotter days in Philo, with highs around 41°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Philo

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Ukiah, Point Arena, Gualala Point Regional Park, Sea Ranch Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Schooner Gulch State Beach ©
Schooner Gulch State Beach
Montgomery Woods State Reserve ©
Montgomery Woods State Reserve

2
nights
Fort Bragg

Fort Bragg ©
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. On the 28th (Sun), stop by Gallery Bookshop & Bookwinkle's Children's Books, admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Pudding Creek Beach. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Big River, steep yourself in history at Ford House Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Noyo Headlands Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Fort Bragg trip planner.

You can drive from Philo to Fort Bragg in 1.5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Fort Bragg are 41°C, while nighttime lows are 16°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can go by car to Crescent City.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Mendocino
Highlights from your plan
Jug Handle State Reserve ©
Jug Handle State Reserve
Pudding Creek Beach ©
Pudding Creek Beach
Big River ©
Big River

3
nights
Crescent City

Crescent City ©
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. Escape the urban bustle at Boy Scout Big Tree Trail and Tall Trees Grove. Explore hidden gems such as Klamath River and End of the Trail Museum. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Crescent City: Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy (in Orick) and Klamath (Requa Road & Wilson Creek Beach). It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Northcoast Marine Mammal Center and look for gifts at Rumiano Cheese Company.

To find photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Crescent City travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Fort Bragg to Crescent City in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Fort Bragg in July: highs in Crescent City hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 13°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Thu) early enough to go by car to Eureka.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Klamath, Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy, Tall Trees Grove
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Klamath River ©
Klamath River
Tall Trees Grove ©
Tall Trees Grove
Requa Road ©
Requa Road

5
nights
Eureka

Eureka ©
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. Get in touch with nature at Humboldt Lagoons State Park and Humboldt Bay. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ferndale Historic Cemetery and Trinidad Memorial Lighthouse. When in Eureka, make a side trip to see The Victorian Village of Ferndale in Ferndale, approximately 30 minutes away. There's much more to do: admire the majestic nature at Sequoia Park Garden, kick back and relax at Trinidad State Beach, tour the pleasant surroundings at Moonstone Beach, and identify plant and animal life at Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary.

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You can drive from Crescent City to Eureka in 2 hours. Another option is to take a bus. August in Eureka sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Eureka

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Trinidad, Ferndale, Arcata, Clendenen's Cider Works
Highlights from your plan
Trinidad State Beach ©
Trinidad State Beach
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary ©
Arcata Community Forest ©
Arcata Community Forest