Redwoods Road Trip Part 4 - 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 Long-Term Road Test

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250: Redwoods Road Trip Part 4

April 24, 2014

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

After reaching Eureka, my wife and I spent a day here doing some work before embarking on an evening at the Lost Coast Brewery. Seriously, if you're a beer fan, California's north coast is definitely a place to visit, and stops are far enough apart to allow you to spend a night staying close by to the respective brew pubs and tap rooms.

Anyway, my wife and I set out once again in the 2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250 to explore the Avenue of the Giants. This 31.5-mile stretch of two-lane road runs parallel to CA-101 and the Eel River, but does so through multiple groves of majestic redwood trees. Many are mere centimeters from the pavement, which often twists and turns to go around the 1,000-plus-year-old behemoths. There are multiple stopping opportunities for light hiking and countless photo ops.

It's a wonderful journey to make, especially if you have an enjoyable car like the CLA. And now, I'll let some photos do the talking.

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

2014 Mercedes-Benz CLA250

James Riswick, Automotive Editor in Eureka, Calif. @ 7,056 miles


  • diigii diigii Posts:

    This is my kinda drive. Thanks James for info. I'll mark the roads in my Rand McNally for future navigation.

  • zman24_ zman24_ Posts:

    Have driven the Avenue of the Giants and it is truly majestic. Nice pictures but, like the Grand Canyon, pictures cannot convey what it is like in person. You have had a great trip.

  • throwback throwback Posts:

    Great pictures, by the way.

  • exnevadan_ exnevadan_ Posts:

    Made pretty much the same trip years ago in an '84 Mk1 GTI and enjoyed the North Coast Brewing Co in Fort Bragg on the southern end. 1, 101 and 128 were fun even with only 100hp or so.

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