FROM SAN FRANCISCO & THE BAY AREA… THE FASTEST WAY:
Via the Petaluma-Bodega Highway North on Hwy. 101 to Petaluma. Take the East Washington exit and proceed west across the freeway through Petaluma and on to Bodega Bay on the Coast. (Hwy. 1 joins the Petaluma-Bodega Hwy. about halfway). From Bodega Bay, continue north on Hwy. 1 for about 20 minutes to Jenner at the mouth of the Russian River, and then one hour north from Jenner to Gualala. Driving time without stops…2 1/2-3 hours from the Golden Gate or the Richmond/San Rafael Bridge depending on traffic conditions.
THE SCENIC ROUTE:
Shoreline Highway 1 North on 101 to Mill Valley/Shoreline Hwy. 1 exit. Take Hwy. 1 north the entire way, through the picturesque communities of Muir and Stinson Beach, Olema, Point Reyes Station, Marshall and Tomales before joining the Petaluma-Bodega highway (as Hwy. 1) described above. This route takes about 3-3 1/2 hours, and is definitely curvy, so take your Dramamine and take your time! The breathtaking vistas of the ocean and the countryside are definitely worth it.
FROM EUREKA & NORTHERN CALIORNIA ON 101:
Sorry, there is no fast way…but all of it is scenic. South on 101 to just below Ukiah, take Hwy. 253 west to Boonville and then either 1) Hwy. 128 through the Anderson Valley out to the coast at the Navarro River connection to Highway 1. Turn left (south) on Hwy. 1 through the Mendocino County communities of Elk, Irish Beach, Manchester and Point Arena to Gualala, OR… 2) take Mountain View Rd. west to just north of Point Arena. This is a narrow, winding road (very scenic) but with steep grades and is not recommended for RV’s.
FROM SACRAMENTO VALLEY, HIGHWAY 80:
South on Hwy. 80 to: 1) Hwy. 37 above Vallejo proceed west to Hwy. 101 and follow the SF Bay Area directions above or… 2) Hwy. 12 west below Cordelia, then 12 to 29 bypassing Napa, to 12/121 to 116 to 101 at Petaluma. Then follow the directions from Petaluma (THE FASTEST WAY described above).
FROM NORTHERN CALIFORNIA ON HIGHWAY 5:
South on Hwy. 5 to Hwy. 20 west thru Williams and over the coastal range around Clear Lake to Hwy. 101. South on 101 to just below Ukiah. Then use above directions for Eureka/Northern Calif. #1 or #2.
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