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Old 04-11-2015, 07:43 PM   #1
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Question Best route from Sacramento to Arcata

Any input on the best route from Sacramento to Arcata CA. Heading to a graduation in May. Prefer to stay off of Highway 1 along the coast....

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Old 04-11-2015, 08:00 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 04-12-2015, 01:31 AM   #3
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I5 north to Redding, take the Weaverville Exit (Highway 44/299 West), just follow the signs through town. There will be several mountain passes, just take your time and enjoy the scenery and use your gears going down the hills. 299 offers some great views and dead ends at 101, go SOUTH approx. two miles and you will see the Arcata Exits. There is food and fuel in Weaverville and Willow Creek, The fuel is a little more expensive than Redding or Arcata. Enjoy JH
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Old 04-12-2015, 01:40 AM   #4
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arcata has a green party city council and outrageous gas prices. been doin some road work on 299. go to caltrans to get times...may be able to avoid. 20 to ukiah is pretty boring but 101 north from there is nice. outta state plates will get some looks
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Old 04-12-2015, 02:57 PM   #5
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I live in the area...I recommend hiway 20 west to 101. Easier drive on 20 than 299.
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Old 04-12-2015, 11:18 PM   #6
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I too live in the area and have traveled both ways often. The two trips are within just a few miles and minutes of each other in length. There is more 2-lane road on the 20/101 trip than the I5/299 route. Both have great scenery and are wonderful trips. If you will be traveling in daylight both ways, I would suggest a big circle, taking one route to Arcata and the other back.
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