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The North Coast Region of the state of California.
Arborist next to Del Norte Titan at the Grove of Titans.

The California North Coast (also called the Redwood Empire[1] or the Redwood Coast) is a region which commonly includes Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties.

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Cities

Much of the area is rural, and the only city within the region with a population of over 100,000 is Santa Rosa. Despite their size, many of the region's cities and towns have historical importance to the State and/or regional importance.

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County seats

Geography

The region's Pacific Ocean coast stretches from San Francisco Bay northwards to Humboldt Bay and on to the border of Oregon. The coastline is often inaccessible, and includes rocky cliffs and hills, streams and tide pools. Territory further inland is characterized by rugged, often steep mountains, dissected by rivers and their typically narrow valleys and canyons, and dense redwood, Douglas fir, and oak forests. The climate can range from coast side lands drenched with fog in mild winters and summers to inland reaches baked by hot sunshine on long summer days, which, at higher elevations, can be blanketed with snow in winter.

The southern portion of the North Coast is largely urbanized while the rest is mostly rural. The more remote northern areas are often referred to as the being located "behind the Redwood Curtain."[2] Notable seaside beaches can be found at Marin Headlands and Point Reyes National Seashore in the south, with innumerable examples of remote or less used beaches north of the SF Bay Area.

The grandeur of the redwoods can be experienced from Muir Woods National Monument in the south to Humboldt Redwoods State Park and the Avenue of the Giants in the north. Redwoods are also found in many other State and local parks, most of which are located along Highway 101 throughout the far North Coast. These, along with the region's Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve, Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Redwood National and State Parks, contain more than 45 percent of all remaining old-growth redwoods.

Related regions

Parts of these regions overlap parts of the North Coast:

Regions contained entirely within the North Coast:

The North Coast region is completely contained within:

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References


Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

The North Coast of California has beautiful redwoods and small coastal towns. It stretches along the Pacific from the Bay Area to the Oregon border. The inland valleys of Mendocino County are a significant wine-growing area, and the region is noted for organic produce and its art community. Recreation opportunities for hiking, birdwatching, boating, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding and simple sightseeing abound. For those with more urban tastes, art galleries, winetasting, and upscale restaurants are plentiful. Working harbors at Fort Bragg and Eureka offer opportunities for whale-watching, crabbing tours, ocean fishing and the chance to buy fresh salmon right from the boat. Even a simple drive along any road in this region is a refreshing experience.

  • Redwood National Park - ancient coast redwood ecosystem preserved in the park contains some of the planet's most majestic forests
  • Sinkyone Wilderness
  • Trinity Alps
  • Fort Ross - Historic Russian Outpost located on Historic Highway 1
  • City of Ten Thousand Buddhas - The largest Buddhist temples in the Western Hemisphere over 2,000 acres large, influened by Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese architecture. A must see. 4951 Bodhi Way.Ukiah, California 95482(707)462-0939 [1]

Get in

United Express and Horizon Air fly into the Arcata-Eureka airport, near McKinleyville.

United Express flies into the airport in Crescent City, but keep in mind that flights are expensive and scarce at this particular airport.

There are various Amtrak terminals on the North Coast but none go north of the Eureka area.

Greyhound has terminals in Rio Dell, Arcata, and Eureka ( Note: the Eureka station is not a full-service station).

Horizon flies from Santa Rosa (STS) direct to Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.

Get around

There are taxi cab companies, shuttles, and buses that provide public transportation.

See

Crescent City is home to Ocean World. This is an aquarium similar to Sea World (but much smaller).

Klamath is where the Trees of Mystery park is located. In addition to the actual trees, there is a statue of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.

There are three drive-thru redwood trees. One is the Chandlier Tree in Leggett. This is north of Laytonville, near the Highway 101 and Highway 1 junction.

The other two are located in Myers Flat (a town on the Avenue of the Giants)and Klamath (a town south of Crescent City).

There is a Redwoods National Park and a Redwoods State Park. Avenue of the Giants is a road that runs along side of Highway 101. It takes you through or near the following towns: Phillipsville, Miranda, Myers Flat, Weott, Redcrest, and Pepperwood. Many of the businesses that cater to tourists close after the summer tourist season. Phone ahead to verify opening dates and times.

Confusion Hill is near Piercy. This is a tourist attraction similar to the many so-called, "Mystery Spots."

Goat Rock Beach on Highway 1 between Jenner and Bodega Bay is a particularly scenic spot on the Sonoma Coast. There are many public beaches in this area, but most are too treacherous for swimming.

Drink

The Alexander Valley, Anderson Valley, Napa Valley, Dry Creek, and Russian River wine regions are all a day trip from Santa Rosa. There are hundreds of wineries, with tasting fees ranging anywhere from free to $20 and up. While most of the tourist-heavy wineries in Napa charge for a taste, many of the smaller operations in Sonoma and Mendocino counties do not.

Stay safe

Violent crime is low because the population is small on the North Coast. The usual safety precautions should be exercised.

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