Scenic Road Trip San Francisco to Redwood National & State Parks

Redwood National Park is one of California’s top tourist destinations. These towering giants are some of the oldest trees in the world and offer a truly out-of-this-world experience.

There are two primary routes between San Francisco and Redwood National Park. The fastest way is on US Highway 101, which is about 340 miles (547 kilometers).


The total driving time from San Francisco to Redwoods National Park on Highway 101 is about 6 hours, with few stops and good traffic conditions.

driving time

May to September is the least rainy time of year, which is best if you’re hoping to do some hiking.

Best Time of Year to Drive

Escaping the crowded city streets of San Francisco, this park is a great place to stop for hiking and wildlife watching.

Mount Tamalpais State Park

Best Stops

The rocky headlands and huge ocean waves crashing on the shore make it a favorite spot for photographers or just an amazing place to stop for a picnic during your road trip to the Redwoods.

Point Reyes National Seashore

It’s a great place to stop for lunch or maybe even spend a night at a bed & breakfast with a view of the shoreline.

Bodega Bay

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