I live in Oregon, have all my life and have only been to CA once and that was 4 years ago with friends and kids. We drove all the way down I5 to Disneyland. So that is all I've seen of it. Obviously I am not all that familiar with CA. Actually I'm not that familiar with Southern Oregon either.
However on that trip we stopped in Sacremento and visited the National Railroad Museum. My son really liked it and my husband would like to see it. So we are planning to visit Sacremento and either on the way down or on the way back go up 101 and visit the Redwoods.
So I have two questions. What town is the best to stop in to be near one of the Red Wood visiting areas?
I was very confused by the various websites because so many different towns are mentioned and there seems to be a difference between private and National Forest area. I ordered some guide books from AAA and still cannot figure out which place to stay to go visit a park. It would be helpful to know that I am not a hiker or a big out doors person. I want to go and see the trees and do a walking trail. Go some place the kids would find interesting but nothing exhausting. It will be okay if we only see a little bit of the huge forests. We'd probably stop and stay at least one night in the area so as to have enough time to see a park.
My other question is that while in Sacremento we will visit the train museum and Old Town. We will stay for a few days. I know there is lots to do there but what is really worth it, easy to get to and interesting for kids ages 8 and 13?
Oh, and most importantly where are the best yarn shops?