Salt Lake City to Crescent City Road Trip Guide


Salt Lake City, UT, is one of the most breathtaking metropolises in the USA, with its mix of vintage atmosphere, delectable dining scene, historical sights, architectural marvels, and the most beautiful natural spots located just outside city limits.

It doesn’t take too long to figure out why the capital city of Utah is such a fan-favorite. Take a walk over to the Salt Lake Temple Square and listen to the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, head over to the popular Red Iguana eatery to put some Mexican food into your system, and make sure to drive over to the Park City to have the time of your life.

You have a weekend free in which you can either explore more of the Beehive State or you can hit one of the top road trip destinations in the USA – Nevada. When you had your fill of Nevada's desert landscapes, end this perfect trip with an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean on the beaches of the sea-facing Crescent City, CA.

Crescent City is all about the warm blue Pacific waters. One of the top attractions of the city includes the two historic lighthouses that shine bright at night, guiding ships and boats, safely to the port. The eateries you’ll find in the city will also redefine your views about seafood.

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Road trip length: 2-3 days
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Point of Interest

Lake of the Woods

Your thirst for nature after Fremont-Winema National Forest won’t diminish. In fact, if anything you’ll crave even more natural vistas to explore and experience before you reach the usual chaos and hustle of big city life.

The good news is you can! The stunning Lake of the Woods is on your route to Crescent City. While there are tons of resorts around the magnificent lake, you can just find a spot that welcomes RVs, preferably near the water.

While you can enjoy all kinds of water activities on the lake, the most unmissable one is fishing. Lake of the Woods is called the Walleye Capital of the World for a reason.

How about you try your luck at fishing and experience a campfire cooked seafood delicacy on this road trip? The fish population in this lake is self-sustaining and healthy, and to get a real feel for this place angling and campfires are simply a must!

Fremont-Winema National Forest

Fremont-Winema National Forest in south-central Oregon is overwhelmingly gorgeous with its vast variety of landscapes. Covering an area of 2.3 million acres, the humongous forest has everything one looks for in nature. Thick forests, running streams, mountains, waterfalls, swinging fields of wildflowers and plenty of small lakes, hills, and canyons make this region a have for a diversified species of wildlife and flora.

In fact, this stop is also a great place to finally catch up on lost sleep from driving endlessly on the road. You can camp here in your RV, and then stretch those sleepy muscles via hiking, climbing, hunting, backpacking, and mountain biking.

One can also partake in more relaxing activities such as fishing or taking a horseback ride on trails that offer stunning views of the majestic mountain landscape. In winter you can also enjoy snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, and downhill skiing.


When a town has a population of 610 according to the last census and is still considered the largest community in the County, then you just have to see it. It’s a perfect stop on your road trip to add diversity and experience true adventure.

The town of Eureka, UT, has crispy and fresh high desert air, and a backdrop of the stunning Nevada mountains with absolutely no traffic at all! This town is also the only reason for you to finally set foot on the Loneliest Road in America. Fair warning, make sure you have a tank full of gas for this road.

Eureka is also known for being the “The Friendliest Town on the Loneliest Road” so if you run into any car trouble, the friendly people of the town will help you out without a second thought. You can just park your RV at the nearest stop and stroll the entire town on foot.

Anderson Tower Monument

Some things are just not meant to be, and Anderson Tower Monument is living proof of it. This is a perfect stop for those who have been in the Salt Lake City for quite a while now because chances are, they haven’t visited this unfortunate, off-the-beaten-path landmark.

Anderson Tower Monument was an attempt at a tourist attraction and was built in 1884 from the same granite as the uber-popular Mormon Temple. However, the flaw wasn’t in its build, but its location.

The tower was placed on a high hill to provide the tourists with an excellent view of the Salt Lake Valley beneath. Problem was, the hill itself was doing an excellent job of providing that vista, hence rendering the tower useless and of little interest. However, the tower does grab the interest of people who are fascinated with its history, and curious about the reasons behind its failure.


Crescent City is a port city and the only incorporated city in Del Norte County, CA. The city got its name from the crescent-shaped sweep that outlines it along the Pacific Coast.

This Californian city gets a lot of well-deserved attention for its historical sights such as the Battery Point Lighthouse and the Brother Jonathan Cemetery, for its beaches and eateries, and most importantly for its access to the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park, which is home to some of the world’s oldest redwood trees.

One can experience the best of both worlds in Crescent City. Spend time relaxing by the beaches or embark on adventures amidst towering redwood trees. The destination truly is every outdoor lover's dream.

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