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Benbow Itinerary - 4 Perfect Days

Day 1: Tour of Giant Redwood Trees & Avenue of the Giants

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  1. Start off your day by heading south of Benbow Historic Inn on Highway 101 to visit a few redwood “must-sees.”
  2. The Legend of Bigfoot is five miles south of the Resort. Here you will have an opportunity to view chain saw carvings.
  3. Continuing south you will come to The Tree House, a house built from a living tree and nice gift shop.
  4. Continue south again to Leggett Exit at Highway 1 and follow the signs to the Chandelier Drive-Through Tree. This is truly an outstanding attraction and is an incredible sight to see. If you have a small car, you will be able to drive through this 315-foot tall tree. After experiencing this tree, head back north towards Benbow Historic Inn.
  5. Shortly after leaving Leggett, you will come to Confusion Hill. This is an interesting attraction, which will have you questioning your perception of gravity.
  6. Continuing North on 101, you will come to The Grandfather Tree. This is one of the largest privately owned trees on the highway. It measures 245 feet tall and is 24 feet in diameter. This is also home to a unique furniture factory. (The tables in the Benbow RV Resort main building were made by this business.)
  7. Head north again and 12 miles North of Benbow you will find the first exit for the Avenue of the Giants. This is the world famous 33-mile drive through the largest and most majestic redwood trees in the world.
  8. On your return to Benbow, stop by Riverbend Cellars and A Taste of Humboldt in Myers Flat to enjoy fine local wines and food samples.
  9. Pack a picnic lunch, grab your walking shoes and pick up a free detailed map at our front desk or at the park’s entrance. You won’t want to miss anything on this tour.

Day 2: Shelter Cove

A one-hour drive from Garberville will take you to the “Lost Coast” and Shelter Cove. This pristine location has beautiful views of the ocean, a black sand beach, tide pools, fishing, and tremendous outdoor recreation. There is even a nine-hole golf course for those looking for the next closest golf challenge! Pack a picnic (or eat at the Deli at the campground for some great Fish & Chips) and plan a day exploring this beautiful location.

Day 3: Scotia, Lumber Company Museum, & Ferndale

  1. Head north from Benbow Historic Inn until you reach the Scotia Exit. Here you will be able to visit the town of Scotia, one of the last company-owned towns. There are some unique shops and buildings (some of which are over 100 years old). The Pacific Lumber Mill Museum has exhibits, photos, and a locomotive.
  2. After your tour of the museum, continue North to Ferndale, the winner of the “Prettiest Painted Places in America” contest. Step back 100 years or so and enjoy magnificently preserved Victorian architecture. Unique, old-fashioned mercantile, art galleries, antique stores, museums, beautiful buildings and specialty shops will provide you with an entire afternoon of sightseeing. For that special touch, plan on taking the horse-drawn carriage tour of the town starting at main street.

Day 4: Loleta Cheese Factory, Eureka Area & Old Town

  1. Heading North of Benbow Historic Inn past Ferndale you will come to Loleta, home of the Loleta Cheese Factory. Enjoy tasting 14 different types of cheese and view the factory from a large window display. After stocking up on your cheese, continue North to Eureka.
  2. Stop at the Eureka Chamber of Commerce just past the mall to pick up a copy of the visitors map and the Victorian Home drive tour. Follow the signs to Old Town, where you will be able to find a large variety of unique shops, art galleries, antique shops, and several buildings that are historical landmarks.
  3. Be sure to take your camera to take a photo of the Carson Mansion, one of the most photographed Victorian buildings in the world.
  4. Plan on visiting the Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum next to the Samoa Cookhouse in Samoa to see the history of the ships built in this Victorian seaport.
  5. After visiting Old Town, take the Samoa Bridge to the Samoa Cookhouse for a meal. It is the last surviving cookhouse in the west and serves great food, lumber camp style. The all-you-can-eat country/family style meal will ensure that no one leaves hungry. It has a museum next to the dining room that features early culinary items and historical mementos from the early logging industries.