Getting to the Avenue of the Giants

The Avenue of the Giants is a bypass from US Highway 101.  You can enter the Avenue from either end – at Phillipsville in the South (exit 645), or Pepperwood in the North (exit 674).

You can fly in to San Francisco or Sacramento airport; both are about a 4-hour drive from Phillipsville.

There is also a small airport in Eureka, which is about 40 minutes from Pepperwood, but you will probably need a connecting flight to get there.

There is a lot to see in this area of California.  If you are coming from out of state, we suggest the following road trip:

Fly into San Francisco, and spend a day or two enjoying the “City by the Bay.”  Enjoy Fisherman’s Wharf, Chinatown, and the world-class museums on Golden Gate Park.  Visit San Francisco de Asís (Mission Dolores), one of California’s famous Spanish Missions.

Drive North across the Golden Gate Bridge.  Take a slight detour to Sonoma, one of California’s major wine producing regions.  Sonoma is the site of the Bear Flag Revolt, where California declared its independence from Mexico, and it is also the site of Mission San Francisco de Solano, the northernmost of the California Missions.

Drive north to Phillipsville, where you can enter the Avenue.  Plan on spending a couple of days; there is lodging available in Miranda, Myers Flat, and RedCrest (but you should make reservations), and lots of hikes and sights to keep you busy!

When you leave the Avenue, continue North, and be sure to visit Ferndale, the “Victorian Village.”

Continue to Eureka, where you can fly home.  Flights from Eureka connect through San Franciso and Sacramento.