From the winding roads of Highway 101 to Redwoods that grow higher than the eye could see, this trip is one for the books. I am so excited to share with you the ins-and-outs of our trip so you can create your own adventure! Below you will find an overview of our trip, a breakdown of each day, and links to all the places we stayed and fun things we did!
An overview of our trip:
Day 1: Seattle, WA to Eugene OR
Day 2: Eugene, OR to Klamath, CA
Day 3: Klamath, CA to Myers Flat, CA
Day 4: Myers Flat, CA to Crescent City, CA
Day 5: Crescent City, CA to Yachats, OR
Day6: Yachats, OR to Seattle, WA
Our trip started out with a drive from Seattle to Eugene, OR. We stayed in the cutest camper airbnb and would stay there again in a heartbeat. Our hosts had a huge garden with fresh blueberries and raspberries for picking, and chickens for fresh eggs in the morning. And on a side note, they had a trampoline and who doesn’t love to pretend to be a kid again.
The next morning we headed to Highway 101 to catch views of the ocean all the way to California. After doing a little research, we realized we were passing right by some pretty amazing sand dunes. We hiked out on the John Dellenback Dunes Trail where we were surrounded by sand as far as the eye could see, more sun than these two Seattleites could handle, and the sound of the ocean waves in the background. I was a little fearful there would be some hidden quick sand but of course I was being dramatic. What’s new.
From there we cruised along until we got to Cape Sebastian for another hike to stretch our legs. Cape Sebastian is truly stunning. As we walked, Drew and I both could not stop saying how much it reminded us of Hawaii. With bright blue waters below us and wild flowers along the way, this hike is a must. It is all downhill to the beach so it is a nice little workout back to the top but nothing too strenuous.
We finally made our way to our campsite for the night where there was an airstream (!!!) that I walked by and stared at for a good while until someone gave me that “what the heck are you doing” look.
We started this day out earlier than normal partly due to the sun rising extra early but mostly because of our excitement to finally see the Redwoods (and Drew wanted to make coffee on our new fancy stove and I wasn’t complaining about free coffee). We packed up our campsite and made our way to Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park. This driving was AMAZING and there were hikes all along the way that are marked very well. This road (Newton B. Drury Scenic Pkwy) mirrors the 101 so even if you are not up for a hike, I recommend driving this instead of the 101- it is worth it!
After our morning hike and me possibly running into a thorn bush, we grabbed some breakfast and headed to Humboldt Redwoods State Park for more of those giant trees.
We made our way to our campsite (which I 100% recommend staying at! And they have 60 first come first serve campsites for all you spontaneous adventurers out there) and off to the trees we went. Important things to do:
- Avenue of the Giants– you can drive it, bike it, or pull over and hike it. Also this park was really accessible to people of all abilities, which made me be even more of a Redwood lover.
- If you are staying at our campsite, hike on down to the river! If you stay somewhere else, look up the nearest swimming hole to hike to!
- Stretch your neck because it will be sore from looking up the whole time.
After a slow morning, Drew and I packed up our campsite and headed back North through avenue of the giants, and made our first stop in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park to hike. A park ranger recommended the Brown Creek Loop Trail and even though it is currently “closed” for a bridge repair, she said to just hop on over it and keep going (so if the park ranger tells you to break the rules you just listen). All I have to say is shout out to that park ranger! This trail was my favorite. I would do it over and over again.
Once again we headed north to our airbnb AIRSTREAM. I even smiled as I wrote that out. Drew pulled some strings and found an airstream in the Redwoods and I was the happiest camper there ever was. For dinner we ate in Crescent City at 101 Hawaiian BBQ and pretended yet again to be in Hawaii (Crescent City is on the coast).
Once Drew convinced me to leave the airstream (just kidding…kinda) we made our way back into Oregon and a local recommended we stop at Face Rock Creamery for cheese and ice cream. Everyone should stop here. That’s really all I have to say about that.
With full stomachs and ice cream in hand, we made our way to Yachats, OR to our last campsite. When we pulled up we both just stared at our campsite because it was so unexpectedly amazing. This campground backs right up to the ocean and I am usually a mountain person but this day I was a total beach bum. We played catch, laid on the beach, and even met a really rad couple from Tennessee who told us all about how to buy a vintage camper. We ended the night eating fancy hot dogs, roasting s’mores (even though my marshmallows fell into the fire three times), and playing Phase 10.
After a morning walk on the beach with coffee in hand, we packed up one last time and headed home. We made a pit stop in Portland for Wailua Shave Ice (everyone should go there it is the best shave ice in the whole world) and finally made it back to our little home in Seattle.
To say this trip was incredible would be an understatement. No, it was not full of fancy hotels and restaurants, but it was full the Oregon coast, giant redwoods, campfires, and time with my favorite human. These are the types of memories I want to fold up and stick in my pocket for a lifetime.