From Sonoma travel further into the North Coast to Mendocino, made famous by the television program Murder She wrote. Ride the Skunk Train, so called because the local inhabitants could smell the trains before they saw them, across 30 bridges. From Garberville, travel along the Avenue of the Redwoods and then up to Ferndale, a well preserved Victorian village with plenty of art galleries and antique shops to wander into, exploring the Lost Coast Loop and the Humboldt Redwoods State Park along the way.
At Eureka, explore the fantastic Victorian district and stop by Carson Mansion, before enjoying the beaches of Trinidad. Travel the Redwood Highway 101 into the Redwood National Park, stopping at a number of the five visitor centres for further information. There are many scenic drives including the Coastal Drive, an 8 mile traversing the rugged coastline, the Howland Hill Road passing old redwoods and the Klamath River Overlook to see the migration of the gray whales. Whale watching is also possible in the Humboldt Country and Mendocino areas in November, December and March.