Think you are not familiar with the North Coast.
You can just drive up 101.
no need to drive Highway 1.
Do you want the quickest route or the scenic route?
if quickest, north on I5 to Redding, take 299 west to Crescent City.
if scenic, there's two recommended routes:
I80 west, to 37 west, to 101 north
I80 north to Williams, to 20 west, to 101 north
many think Highway 1 is all coastal. it actually leaves 101 numerous times to the coast and then comes back to 101. it actually becomes part of 101 when inland.
and Zoe the Wonder Dog(R.I.P.)
'07 Roo 23SS pushing an '07 Chevy Avalanche
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