When most people think of California they might just consider sunny Southern California like Los Angeles or San Diego. Or they might think of the Central Coast hone to beautiful Ventura and Paso Robles. Then there is the San Francisco area, which also encompasses the wine countries of Napa and Sonoma. But have you ever ventured even farther north? If you haven’t you are missing the Hidden Treasures of California’s North Coast.Head over to Eureka, California and drive north on the 101 Freeway and meander through small towns that have a ton of character. Stop at Patrick’s Point State Park either for the day or camp overnight.
Patrick’s Point has some amazing views of the Pacific Ocean. It is also home of Agate Beach where you can collect a few of these beautiful stones. Pay attention while on the beach, as it is not uncommon to glimpse sea lions, seals, and the occasional whale swimming by. The cliffs at Patrick’s Point make this a great spot to take in the sunset.About an hour north of Patrick’s Point is Gold Bluffs Beach. This beach is six miles back and you have to drive through a beautiful forest to get there. Warning though, the road has potholes, sharp curves, and elk around a few of the corners. It is so worth it though when you come out of the trees onto this gorgeous beach. Don’t forget to stop at Fern Canyon while you are there. You can thank me later.Gold Bluffs Beach is right in the middle of Elk Valley. Yep, a huge herd of elk lives there and you are more than likely to see one or more of these majestic animals eating lunch right out your car window.Just before you get to Crescent City, which is the northern most point of California on the 101, don’t miss False Klamath Cove. This is a rare black sand beach that is breathtakingly beautiful. This beach is an amazing and majestic and a true testament to the beauty that lies around every corner.
Enjoy your drive and stay for a few days in California’s North Coast. It truly is a hidden treasure that most people might overlook.