The Scenic Drive To Pelican State Beach Is Almost As Beautiful As The Destination Itself

Take a trip to the northernmost beach in California, Pelican State Beach, on Highway 101. Along the way, you’ll see stunning ocean views, towering redwood forests, and quaint towns you’ve probably never heard of. This scenic drive in Northern California is a great bucket-list item, and perfect to kick off a Pacific Northwest road trip. For this route, we’re starting in Eureka and going north on Highway 101 to the beach right near the border of Oregon. This route takes about two hours, not including stops, and goes along the coast almost the entire way.

You can drive for hours on Highway 101. If you’re in San Francisco and plan on going north on Highway 101 all the way to Pelican State Beach it’ll take about seven hours. From Santa Rosa, the drive takes five and a half hours. From Sacramento, the drive takes 7 and a half hours. To turn this scenic Northern California drive into a vacation, consider staying in Trinidad or camping year-round at this beach in Orick.

Have you taken Highway 101 all the way to the Oregon border? If yes, what was the best thing about the drive?

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