My childhood friend was getting married in Trinidad, a relaxed little beach town in northern California set against a rocky coastline, dense forest and ever enveloping fog. Flights to Trinidad were expensive, with multiple stops and transfers. So instead my partner and I saw an opportunity: it was half the price to fly to San Francisco. The road trip began.

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We started the trip by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge north of the San Francisco bay. We drove several miles through the Muir Woods and on winding Route 1 along the coast, taking in the gorgeous landscapes and the fog over the ocean.

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The drive continued on Route 101 through the hot dry scrubland of Sonoma, and on into the rolling, evergreen covered slopes of northern California and Humboldt county.

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We spent a few nights in the Trinidad area, a smattering of small towns with the coast flanking one side and redwoods on the other. We opted to use AirBnb, and chose a cute little airstream trailer in the center of a beautiful garden. The experience was affordable, fun and unique (book the airstream for yourself here and let Joanne and Scott know Escaper sent you).

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My friend had her beautiful wedding on Moonstone Beach in Trinidad.

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On our drive back to the Bay Area, we took a detour along the Avenue of the Giants, stopping to check out Founder’s Grove, a spectacular cathedral of ancient, massive redwoods which included the tallest known tree (the actual tallest is kept secret).

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Back in Sonoma, we stopped in Healdsburg and Santa Rosa for wine and beer tastings. From Santa Rosa, it was only a 90 minute drive back to the Bay Area. We jokingly called our vacation a beer holiday; check out our post about it here. Cheers!

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