The parks lie on a narrow strip near the coast in Northern California, about 350 miles north of San Francisco. There are three major routes to the Redwood Coast. U.S. 101 links San Francisco and Brookings, Oregon, traversing much of the length of the parks. U.S. 199 takes off from U.S. 101 just north of the parks and heads northeast to Grants Pass, Oregon. The main route to the east is Calif. 299, which goes from Redding, California, to meet up with U.S. 101 south of the park.

If you're heading from the south, you'll want to stop just before you get to Orick. If you're heading from the north (Oregon), you'll want to stop in Crescent City. Both have excellent information centers crammed with useful (and important) information about the parks, including free maps.

The Nearest Airports -- Arcata-Eureka Airport (tel. 707/839-5401) is in McKinleyville, 28 miles south of the Redwood Information Center near Orick. McNamara Field (tel. 707/464-7288; is in Crescent City, at the north end of the park. Both are served by United; Arcata-Eureka is also served by Horizon. Much farther south, San Francisco International Airport (tel. 650/821-8211; is 14 miles south of downtown San Francisco on U.S. 101. All major car-rental chains have offices at San Francisco International Airport; some rentals are available at the Arcata-Eureka and Crescent City airports.

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