The Lost Coast is one of the most ruggedly beautiful and remote areas in California. But, you can travel to our Fortuna vacation rentals easily via Highway 101. In fact, it’s a straight shot north on 101 from San Francisco to Fortuna. Continue north on 101 for a day trip from your Fortuna vacation rental Eureka or Arcata on the Humboldt and Arcata Bays.
You could also drive to Fortuna from Red Bluff along California Highway 36. This route through Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park, though a bit treacherous with its many twists and sections lacking guardrails, is a favorite of motorcyclists and is considered one of the most scenic drives in the U.S.
For a day at Centerville Beach on the Pacific, take Highway 211 to the Victorian village of Ferndale, then head west on Centerville Rd. all the way to the ocean. Past the Fern Cottage Historic District the road gets a bit rough, but you’ll be rewarded with a pastoral landscape that culminates at a large, dark-sand beach flanked by sandstone bluffs and strewn with wave-worn stones and sun-bleached driftwood.
If anything on land can match the majesty of the Pacific Ocean off the northwest coast of California, it’s the giant redwoods in Humboldt Redwoods State Park. The city of Fortuna lies nestled between these natural wonders. Nearly extinct, California’s Lost Coast is one of the last remaining places on the planet where you can see these magnificent trees. Thankfully for you, our Fortuna vacation rentals are just 15.5 miles from the entrance to the Avenue of the Giants in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
To reach the Avenue of the Giants entrance at Pepperwood, head out of Fortuna on Highway 101 and follow the Eel River south to Exit 674. You’ll find several easy to moderate hiking trails, the shortest being half a mile long and the longest three and a half miles long. There are also a number of attractions along the Avenue of the Giants. Some attractions are free to visit, like the Living Chimney Tree, Eternal Tree House, and the 1,800-year-old Grandfather Tree. Other Avenue of the Giants attractions, such as the Shrine Drive-Thru Tree, charge an admission fee. Several attractions include gift shops, and some also sell concessions.