California Coast, Hwy 101 & Hwy 1 – Fortuna to Halfmoon Bay

Secluded beaches, quaint coastal villages, rugged coastlines and great wines and beers 🙂

We drove thru Humbolt Redwoods State Park, (we did a post on this area “Avenue of the Giants”).  It still amazes me to see the Giant Redwoods, I appreciate them even more after learning about these majestic trees and how they have survived for 1,000’s of years.

When we reached Legget, CA we headed west on Hwy 1 for the coast.  About halfway to the coast we hit snow, luckily they had just cleared the road, if not we would have had to turn around or park on the side of the road and wait for the snow to melt.

Hwy 1, west of Legget, CA, east of Westport, CA

We made it to Westport and stayed at Westport Beach RV Park.  The park is in an amazing location, right on the beach, the facilities are older but the grounds and campsites are nice.

It was pretty stormy and cold when we were there but it was a wonderful place to stay, especially if you enjoy beachcombing.

Traveling south on Hwy 1 we stopped at MacKerricher State Park to see Glass Beach.  I had read about this place and wanted to see it first hand.  We parked the RV on a side road and walked the short distance to the beach.

It would have been cool to go on a warm, sunny day, during a low tide, but I’m thankful we were able to check it out.  We had lunch nearby at a place called Jenny’s Giant Burgers, super good burgers, we would definitely go back there again!

From Fort Bragg we continued south on Hwy 1 along the beautiful Mendocino coast (we did a post on the “Mendocino Coast”).   We headed east at Hwy 128 towards Anderson Valley, we stayed at Hendy Woods State Park near Philo, CA.  The campsites have no hook-ups but are spacious and clean.  The campground host was very nice!

We explored the campgrounds and trails and found the location of Hendy Hermits home.

We also visited a few wineries in the area and stopped in at Anderson Valley Brewery.  The Anderson Valley is a hidden gem, we’re so happy we decided to drive thru this area!

Our next stop was Santa Rosa, we stayed at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds RV park.  I don’t think we would stay here again, it was basically a gravel parking lot with everyone tightly packed together 😦 .  The park was also being used as temporary housing for people displaced from the Sonoma fires.  We did a post on visiting this area (“Windsor, California”), there is so much to see and do in Santa Rosa and we enjoy coming here.  One new place we tried here that we really enjoyed was Bravas Bar De Tapas, delicious food!

From Santa Rosa we headed to Olema, CA.  We stayed at Olema Campgrounds, the host said they had just had lots of rain so the campground was muddy and wet, luckily the site we were given was relatively dry.  Olema was believed to have been the epicenter of San Francisco’s massive 1906 earthquake.  We came to the area to see Point Reyes National Seashore, with over a 100 square miles of coastal wilderness and 80 miles of undeveloped shoreline.  It is the only Federally protected seashore on the west coast.

We were able to view the Elephant seals and their pups at Chimney Rock.

Driving around the Tomales Bay area we stumbled upon The Marshall Store, Oyster Bar and Smokehouse, it was delicious!  This place was so busy there was a line out the door.  The oysters were so good, we stopped at Tomales Bay Oyster Co to pick up more oysters.

We drove over the Golden Gate Bridge, on our way to Halfmoon Bay.

I have looked forward to staying in Halfmoon Bay, especially since several people have told us it’s one of their favorite places to stay,  I have to agree it’s a beautiful location!  We stayed at the Halfmoon Bay State Beach and had site # 47, it was perfect :).

The beach is pristine….

and the waves seemed to do a dance as they approached the shore.

We really enjoyed Halfmoon Bay and highly recommend visiting this beautiful place!

We enjoyed eating at Sam’s Chowder House, great food, terrific service.

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Fortuna, CA to Halfmoon Bay – 329 miles

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