Take a Redwood Highway Day Trip from Trinidad

Trinidad is a small seaside town situated near the Redwood Highway along California's northern coast. It's known as California's smallest incorporated town with just 312 residents as of 2009. What it lacks in population numbers, Trinidad makes up for in scenic beauty so great that it draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. If you're staying in Trinidad, BBOnline recommends taking a Redwood Highway day trip to many of the beautiful destinations featured along the nearby coast.

Trinidad, The Seaside Village
409 Trinity Street
PO Box 390
Trinidad, CA 95570
(707) 677-0223

Their popular slogan used to describe their quaint town is "Where the Redwoods Meet the Sea", and Trinidad definitely backs up that statement with its scenic point drives and lookouts over Trinidad Bay. It features a spectacular lighthouse and has been named a California Coastal National Monument gateway. Whale watching is popular activity here and if you're lucky enough, you may even see them breach the water.

Arcata Architectural Homes Tour
1635 Heindon Rd.
Arcata, CA 95521
(707) 822-3619

Just outside of Trinidad is the charming city of Arcata California. Here you'll find a Victorian Homes Tour right in the heart of the city. Stop by the Arcata Chamber of Commerce and obtain a map pinpointing the 20+ homes you'll be viewing. You can drive the self-guided tour in a little under an hour, or you can walk the tour (approximately 35 blocks in all) and get a much closer look at some of the homes and yards.

Carson Mansion
143 M St
Eureka, CA 95501
(707) 442-3738

Only 25 minutes south of your Trinidad Bed and Breakfast, you'll come upon the city of Eureka California. Eureka is home to two of the finest Victorian homes ever designed and built in the Americas, the Carson Mansion and J. Milton Carson House (locally known as The Pink Lady). Each was built in the late 1800s and much of their original structure still stands today, right across the street from one another. The Victorians are now privately owned and not open to the public, but visitors are welcome to take pictures of the houses from their respective sidewalks.

Avenue of the Giants
North Entrance US-101
Scotia, CA 95565
(707) 946-2409

Approximately an hour south of your Trinidad Inn, is the infamous Avenue of the Giants. Nowhere else in the world will you find Redwood trees so tall or thick as you will here. This 31-mile scenic drive along US Highway 101 features over 50,000 acres of Redwoods. Some trees are big enough to drive through or walk through and it's worth the time you'll take to stop and explore this untouched, pristine area. Bring a picnic lunch and revel in the magnificent surroundings.

Shelter Cove on The Lost Coast
Shelter Cove Road
Whitethorn, CA 95589
(800) 923-2613

Travel farther south (approximately two hours from Trinidad), and you'll find Shelter Cove, the gateway to the Lost Coast. Go hiking on the Lost Coast trail, visit the Black Sands beaches located here, or explore the Cape Mendocino Lighthouse. If you're the outdoors type, camping and fishing are allowed in this area and many backpacking visitors will stay for around a week at a time during the warmest summer months.