NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Highway 1 North- Things To Do

Doran County Park- Bodega Bay

Doran County Park- Bodega Bay

State Parks & Recreation Areas

This stretch of road, including the lower portions from the Golden Gate Bridge as far north as Leggett above Ft. Bragg, to the upper sections where Hwy. 1 merges with Hwy. 101 to the Oregon border, pass by more state parks and recreation areas than any of the trips we cover. Some are coastal areas, offering access to the Pacific Ocean and adjoining bays like Tomales, Bodega and Humboldt. Examples include: Point Reyes National Seashore (part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area), Tomales Bay State Park, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Salt Point State Park, Manchester State Park, Van Damme State Park, Russian Gulch State Park, MacKerricher State Park and others. Other parks celebrate and protect redwoods. Examples include Redwood National Park and her sister parks Jedediah Smith Redwoods, Prairie Creek Redwoods, Del Norte Coast Redwoods and others. There's history; Ft. Ross State Historic Park has a fascinating Visitor Center detailing the Russian influence in California back in the early to mid 1800's. And there are flowers; Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve is just north of Ft. Ross.


There is camping to suit any taste, from well-appointed state parks with flush toilets and showers to remote sites appealing to the rugged individualist who wants fewer amenities and fewer people. We list dozens of public parks from one end of the road to the other. Click the campground link.

Unique Inns and B&B's

Classy lodging abounds all along the coast, starting in the south with the villages of Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, Olema, Pt. Reyes Station, Inverness, Bolinas, Marshall, Tomales, Bodega Bay, Jenner, Sea Ranch, Gualala, Pt. Arena, Elk, Little River, Mendocino and Ft. Bragg. And there are others, with no village to call home but with views to die for. Over time we'll cover some of the more unique and classy places to call home when the tent or RV  seems too confining in a section called "Getaways."

Off- Road

The off-road opportunities occur after Hwy. 1 merges with Hwy. 101 so see our write-ups on Hwy. 101 North for information.

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