Our first road trip after our baby was born! We headed north on CA-1 with a bearing towards Redwood National Park. Along the way we stopped at interesting spots like the quaint old town of Mendocino, Fort Bragg, Ferndale (western most city in continental USA), Eureka etc.
Glass Beach in Fort Bragg is a unique but hard to find beach. In the early 20th century, Fort Bragg residents threw their household garbage of glass, appliances etc. over cliffs onto what is now Glass Beach. Over the next several decades the pounding waves cleaned the beach, by breaking down everything but glass and pottery and tumbling those into the small, smooth, colored pieces that cover Glass Beach. Today the beach is visited by tourists who comb the beach. The glass pieces are very few, probably a result of the wave action and tourists removing them.
Carson Mansion is a Victorian mansion located in Eureka, CA. The Redwood mansion built in the Queen Anne style of architecture is the most photographed and written about Victorian house in America. Images of this house has been used in paintings, posters, haunted house artwork and even on the clock tower on the train station at Disneyland. So we couldn’t miss this opportunity to take a family picture at the most photographed Victorian house in America! The house and grounds are not open to the public.
Avenue of the Giants is a scenic highway through groves of Coastal Redwood trees. A walk along one of the trails that wind through these giant trees, is a must do. The entire stretch of the highway seems to commercialized though and it is hard to miss tourist traps. Avenue of the Giants features three trees in Northern California that visitors can drive through. The southernmost of these trees, Chandelier Tree is the one we visited.