As the festival approaches, it’s time to start planning out your roadtrip! Whether you’re coming from North or South of Northern Nights, check out our top picks for places to stop along Highway 101 as you #makethejourney:
Golden Gate Bridge
We’ll start with the obvious. You definitely shouldn’t miss out on snapping some pictures of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, but make sure to get the best view of it from Marin Headlands. Take 101 North and cross the bridge. After the bridge take the Sausalito/Alexander Ave exit and turn immediately left onto Alexander Ave and cross under the freeway. Keep driving on Alexander Ave and take a right to Conzelman Rd. Drive uphill until you come to a small parking lot on your left. Park your car there (free parking!). Then, follow the path towards the Golden Gate Bridge and it takes you to an old military bunker. You can’t beat this view.
If you love wine, this is definitely worth the stop, because Healdsburg is wine paradise! This charming town is centrally located to over 100 world-class wineries and tasting rooms, so it’s the perfect place to discover all the best that Sonoma County wine country has to offer. Visitors often compare it to Tuscany! Our favorite is White Oak Winery which is nestled in the heart of Alexander Valley and is the perfect stop for some wine tasting and picnicking amongst a beautiful backdrop.
Address: 7505 CA-128, Healdsburg, CA 95448
Vichy Mineral Springs Resort
This 160-year old historic hot springs resort offers the only naturally warm and carbonated "Vichy" mineral baths in North America. You can soak in carbonated 90° mineral baths or 104° pool for only $35 for up to two hours or spend the whole day there for $65.
Address: 2605 Vichy Springs Rd, Ukiah, CA 95482
They don’t have the saying “Never Don’t Stop at the Peg House” for no reason. Grab one of their top-rated burgers hot off the grill and sit back and enjoy some outdoor live music.
Address: 69501 US-101, Leggett, CA 95585
Come see a house hollowed out of a 2100 year old redwood tree! This 7 foot high and 32 foot long house, created in 1946, includes living, dining, and bedrooms areas. Plus this “original tiny house” only costs $1 to view and it’s a mile down the road from Northern Nights!
Address: 705 US-101, Garberville, CA 95542
Avenue of the Giants
This is a definite “must see” and only 15 minutes from Northern Nights! This is a 31 mile scenic drive on the old Highway 101, which runs parallel to the current Highway 101 for about 31 miles. It winds through endless groves of massive redwood trees, 51,222 acres of redwood groves to be exact. You’ll definitely want to bring your camera!
North end: US 101 near Stafford
South end: US 101 near Phillipsville
Loleta Cheese Factory
If you love cheese, you can’t miss out on this stop! Here Eel River Valley Cream is turned into dozens of cheese varieties. You can watch the cheesemakers at work and, best of all, try samples!
Address: 252 Loleta Dr, Loleta, CA 95551
Historic Eagle House
If you are looking for a place to stay overnight, the Inn at 2nd and C just opened May 8th and is located in the old Eagle House, a historic Victorian hotel first opened in 1886. Once inside, you will be enchanted by the Old World feel and modern flair.
Address: 139 2nd Street, Eureka, CA 95501
Redwood National & State Parks
Home to the tallest trees on earth! But there’s more to do here than meets the eye! Drive to Klamath River Overlook to watch gray whale migration, hang out with some Roosevelt Elk in Elk Meadow on Davison Drive, or explore Enderts beach at low tides to see a myriad of multi-colored tidepool creatures.