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March 02, 2009

California Coast: Lost in Beauty

COASTING THROUGH: View of the California coast at MacKerricher State Park (Stockbyte)

There's no denying the spectacular scenery of Big Sur on the central Californian coast, the way the serpentine road hugs the cliffs as you're practically swallowed up by the expanse of the Pacific. But I'm surprised more families don't venture north of San Francisco on Highway 1 to Mendocino and onward to the Avenue of the Giants and the Lost Coast, where the lightly-traveled and rugged shoreline is backed by dozens of peaks. Just outside the town of Weott, Avenue of the Giants is that special place you've seen on postcards where you drive through the trunks of massive redwood trees, some reaching mind-boggling heights of 350 feet. Then it's on to the Victorian houses of Eureka, the gateway to the Lost Coast, the only stretch of California shoreline that doesn't have a major highway near the beach. Stay at the affordable Bayview Motel, which starts at $91 a night and overlooks Humboldt Bay. 

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Take an Rv up the 101 and stay at a few beautiful destinations even before you get to big sure and the surrounding areas.

What a great view! It'll nice to get out there and stay at a nice place like Bayview motel. Thanks for sharing!!

A great resource for California trip planning is the newly released Moon Guide--Moon California by Liz Hamill Scott. Check it out:

Dreaming to visit that marvelous place.Thanks for mentioning this wonderful place,perfect for my family.


Check out our California Dreaming Trip for
women at Serendipity Traveler.We explore the
California Coast from San Fran to Big Sur.
A world apart everyone ought to visit Big
Sur once in their lifetime!

Dont forget about the campgrounds in the big sur area. You can camp on the cliffs of big sur. Also, the state has a few RV parks in that area.

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