If your Fort Bragg trip involves flying into San Francisco, Oakland, or Santa Rosa, you'll want to rent a car and take U.S. Route 101 north until Willits, at which point you'll head west on Hwy 20 for the final leg of your journey. Alternatively, you can take Hwy 1 all the way up the coast, but travel times will vary due to ongoing construction. Up-to-date traffic conditions can be found at the California Department of Transportation.
If you're flying into Sacramento, the best way to get to Fort Bragg is to take Hwy 5 north until you hit the town of Williams. If you're coming from Redding, you'll take Hwy 5 south Williams. Once in Williams, hop onto Hwy 20 and head west until you reach Calpella. In Calpella, you'll take the on-ramp to Route 101 heading north to Willits, and from Willits you'll jump back onto Hwy 20 heading west. It sounds complicated, but it's a beautiful, intuitive drive with stunning views of the Jackson State Forest.
Visitors travelling from Washington, Oregon or far northern California will find a relatively easy straight shot down U.S. Route 101 until Leggett, California, at which point you can either stay on 101 all the way to Hwy 20 in Willits (where you'll head east through Jackson State Forest into Fort Bragg), or you can hop on Hwy 1 for a winding, leisurely drive down the coast. Up-to-date traffic conditions can be found at the California Department of Transportation.
It’s not an easy journey, but the payoff is so worth it. The last leg of your trip will be by car, but there are many paths to getting here, depending on where you’re coming from!
The nearest airports are:
These are all great options that will get you close to Fort Bragg, but you’ll need to rent a car (or make other ride arrangements) for the final stretch of your journey.
From Sacramento, San Francisco and Oakland the trip is 3–4 hours. From Santa Rosa, plan on spending about 2–2.5 hours on the road.
Wherever you’re coming from, it’s a beautiful drive!