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Accessible, Beautiful, Relaxing Del Norte County Itineraries

September 3, 2014 Outdoors, Things to Do Comments Off on Accessible, Beautiful, Relaxing Del Norte County Itineraries

If you to want relax on vacation by taking scenic drives through the redwoods and along the Pacific coastline, taking leisurely walks along an easily accessible beach or forest trail, witnessing the wildlife, or enjoying a local attraction, Del Norte County is the place.

Private vehicles can be driven slowly through ancient redwood forests and meadows filled with herds Roosevelt elk, birds and wild flowers. Look and listen closely. You might meet the soft eyes of an elk or hear the shriek of a hawk flying overhead. You’ll find lighthouses, tours, museums, art galleries and casual and fine dining. Lodging and RV Parks are both plentiful.

Day One

Start with a leisurely breakfast and map out the day over coffee. If the wind is calm and the tide is out, this might be a good time to do some beach combing. Agates, shells and other fascinating gifts from the sea can be found along Pebble Beach. Tide pools offer a chance to see and study forms of life found nowhere else.

Make it an ocean day by taking a tour of Battery Point Lighthouse, but be sure to check the tides first. If weather calls for Plan B, consider spending some time at the Harbor Art Gallery, or wandering through The Del Norte Historical Society’s Main Museum.

Remember that ocean air makes everyone sleepy, so leave time for a nap. After dinner, you could catch a spectacular sunset from Endert’s Beach Lookout. As the sun goes down the lights of the little town sparkle and reflect across the bay.

Day Two

If you’re fortunate enough to be here on a Sunday morning, the champagne brunch at Patrick’s Creek Lodge is legendary. The grounds are lovely –a photographer’s paradise.

Today, take the opportunity to view the extremes of our incredibly varied coastal environment.

Driving back down Highway 199, you’ll come to a botanical loop, a short walk that showcases the fascinating Darlingtonia, a carnivorous plant that thrives in serpentine bogs.

A few miles farther, and you’ll come to Walker Road in the Reed-Simpson Grove. Here sound is muffled by the thick, rainforest growth. Stop to take a short stroll along one of the many trails, or park at the end to watch the river. It’s a world of prehistoric dimensions, where ferns are six feet tall and trees disappear into the sky.

For a mind-boggling change from rainforest to coastal dunes, spend the afternoon at Tolowa Dunes State Park. This is a favorite hike for those who seek level trails with a large variety of wildflowers and wildlife, and a favorite area for both birds and birders.
Day Three

If you’re going to be in Klamath on a Saturday, make reservations for the Fun Bus Tour to Fern Canyon. The tour leaves at noon and takes several hours. The beautiful trip includes many opportunities to see elk and other wildlife.

On your way to Klamath, take time to explore the amazing trail through Trees of Mystery. Here are unusual growths and beautiful carvings, as well as one of the most complete collections of Native American baskets to be found anywhere.

For those who enjoy fishing, the Klamath River is easily accessible. Take Highway 169 to Klamath Glen, which is inland just far enough to be a little warmer than the coast. Here, too, birding and wildflower varieties are spectacular, and many birders add prized species to their list on a visit to Klamath Glen.


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