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Driving down California’s Redwood Coast: List of Scenic Stops

written by ParoChak June 12, 2016
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Redwood coast drive

Picking up from where I left in the first post (a pet friendly guide to Mendocino), this post is all about our adventures along the redwood coast and pit-stops while returning to San Francisco after a restful long weekend at Little River, just south of the town of Mendocino. On our way up, we had taken the 101 North and 128 west (dotted with wineries) to get to our destination, so we decided to switch things a bit and take the Scenic highway/coastal route, aka California 1 for part of our drive back home. The scenic highway, although extremely winding,blesses you with incredible sights if you are in the passenger seat, with the jagged coastline, waves thrashing on the rocks and the angry waters of the Pacific, all meshed into one beautiful scene like no other. Also, we wanted to explore the small towns along the coast as we drove along, so we stopped at several points along the way.

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Redwood coast drive: Point Arena lighthouse

First on the list along the redwood coast, was Point Arena Lighthouse which is perched precariously on a piece of land jutting out into the ocean, that doubles up as a fog breaker for the coast down south. The lighthouse requires an entry fee and dogs are not allowed inside the structure, so we were content to take a few photos from a distance on the grounds like most others with their cameras. It was intensely foggy when we arrives, so much so that the top of the lighthouse had been completely swallowed by the fog. But we had fun taking in photos of the stormy sea-waves and the surrounding meadow, after which we continued our drive southward down the redwood coast.

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Redwood coast drive: Gualala

We drove through the quaint little town of Anchor Bay into Gualala, the last point of Mendocino county along the redwood coast, which gives way to Sonoma county. Gualala is famous for its inns and viewing points offering whale-watching from Dec-March and is another dog friendly town. We explored the Gualala bluff trail , part of the redwood coast conservancy effort, with the trail-head starting from the Surf motel (you cannot park there and parking has to be done on the street). The trail is a short one and provides amazing  estuary and ocean views for a half-mile stretch, parallel to the bluff edge as it runs west of the city’s commercial district. Because of sightings of otters, sea-lions and pelicans, this trail is not only popular with photographers but also with dog-owners since it is dog friendly. If you want to have even more fun with your pooch, a short drive further down will yield Gualala point regional park and beach, but the intense fog overruled beach exploration for us. For more ideas on where to stay and have fun with your canine companion in this beautiful village, visit this website.

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Redwood coast drive: Guerneville

We turned east from Gualala into the town of Guerneville in Sonoma County, which is know for its good eats. Guerneville is modestly dog-friendly and we did find a few places with outdoor seating that allowed dogs. We had a quick bite at Boon Eat + Drink, a nice little eatery with outdoor high chairs and then strolled through main street/downtown to peek into the local stores. After stretching our legs, it was back into the car and the final stretch to home, sweet home. As we drove out of the Robin Williams Tunnel, we were greeted with heavy fog that had enshrouded the Golden Gate bridge completely, with only the side railings peeking out. That was a surreal sight to behold, but we crawled along with the other cars and made it to the other side safely!

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This in a nutshell, was a long weekend well spent with Babu up north along the redwood coast, beyond the popular Sonoma county. The next dog-friendly trip will be down south, so watch out for this space!

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23 comments

Carleen August 25, 2017 at 9:30 pm

What a gorgeous drive! I would like to do that some day. Your photos are amazing too!

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Lori Hilliard August 25, 2017 at 9:36 pm

The photographs are beautiful; they give me the itch to visit the west coast and bring my dog along for the LONG ride from Pittsburgh, PA. It’s nice to see so many places where dogs can enjoy the natural beauty without people frowning in disapproval.

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Amy Shojai, CABC August 25, 2017 at 9:49 pm

The pictures really make me want to visit this area. Magical-Dawg would love a road trip–coming from Texas it would be quite the trip!

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Amy Shojai, CABC August 25, 2017 at 9:50 pm

I’m not sure if my comment went through, so trying again. Magical-Dawg loves road trips–so maybe I should put this on the calendar. The pictures are gorgeous!

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Tenacious Little Terrier August 25, 2017 at 10:54 pm

Otters, sea lions and pelicans! That sounds amazing. There are a couple whale watching tours that allow dogs here. I want to take Mr. N sometime.

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Shelby Gottschalk August 26, 2017 at 12:03 am

I am always in awe of the places you visit. Breathtaking! And great quality photos as usual.

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Shayla August 26, 2017 at 12:06 am

You are always in the most amazingly beautiful spaces! So jealous! I think my dogs would be off on a bird catching tangent in no time!

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The Daily Pip August 26, 2017 at 1:51 am

So did you see any otters and pelicans? I love the fog and sea photos – I can almost hear the sound of the waves.

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ParoChak August 26, 2017 at 2:53 am

Unfortunately no! Thanks for stopping by, it is always foggy around here

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Bettina - We Break Away August 26, 2017 at 9:48 am

Looks like you had an amazing trip 🙂 Beautiful spots – and even more beautiful with your dog in the photos to 🙂
I drove Highway 1 last year and it was just so pretty! My dogs had to stay at home (we live in Denmark) but I would have loved to have them with me. Next year we will drive through all of Europe with them for a year and I can’t wait to have this experience with them.

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Golden Daily Scoop August 26, 2017 at 6:01 pm

Your photos are amazing, looks like you had a great trip. We have never been on the west coast so thank you for taking us along! 🙂

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Heather Wallace August 27, 2017 at 4:20 pm

Lovely drive up the coast. This really makes me miss California and all it has to offer.

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Cathy Armato August 27, 2017 at 5:36 pm

The California coast is so magnificent! I wish I had driven it more when I lived in AZ. I never made it to the redwood forest either, which I’d love to see. Thanks for sharing these gorgeous photos.
Love & Biscuits,
Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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Happy-Go-Doodle August 27, 2017 at 6:11 pm

What a scenic trip! Your photos captured the experience and helped tell a wonderful travel story. Thanks for letting us follow along on your adventures!

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Lola The Rescued Cat August 27, 2017 at 8:15 pm

It must be amazing to be able to take a drive like this. The photos are amazing.

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Debbie August 28, 2017 at 12:27 am

What cool places to stop! I want to check out that lighthouse. We try to visit as many of them as we can whenever we’re near the coast

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Sweet Purrfections August 28, 2017 at 3:28 am

When I would visit my cousin who lived in LA, we would talk about the possibility of taking a trip up the Pacific Coast Highway. What a beautiful location!

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Paul Kirhagis August 28, 2017 at 11:20 am

Wanderlust engaged! This made me want to get outside today and take some pictures

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Karen August 28, 2017 at 1:37 pm

You’re killing me with these California pictures! So love it there! Next year, next year……………I’ll be back (said in non-Terminator voice)

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Beth August 28, 2017 at 2:46 pm

What a gorgeous trip! You have the best smile, I always smile back, I can’t help myself!

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Kelsie | It's Dog or Nothing August 28, 2017 at 7:01 pm

Oh, this makes me want to do this drive even more! Even when we lived in Cali we never had the opportunity to. We’re only in Washington so it’s definitely doable!

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Bryn Nowell August 28, 2017 at 7:31 pm

Great photos! Looks like you had a blast! We visited San Francisco & Napa Valley a couple years ago and had a wonderful time. I noticed a lot of sites were dog friendly while we were visiting and I’m glad to hear there are so many along the way up the coast too! Looking forward to hearing more about your adventures!

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Talent Hounds August 29, 2017 at 1:22 am

What a great drive and love the photos. Such a good area to explore.

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