We wanted to be sure we drove through a couple big trees, stopped at some random hole-in-the-wall gems for meals, and stayed in an inexpensive hotel for the night that had "local charm." We were able to achieve all these and had a great time!
We had a great time hanging out in the car...and we did spend a lot of time in the car. It takes about 6.5 hours to drive from here to Crescent City (the farthest city north in California). Thankfully we had some adventures along the way so we didn't kill each other from too much time in close quarters.
After depositing our bags in the room, we set out to find some food. Eureka is a really small town that seems to have an uncanny mix of redneck and hippie population. People aren't especially friendly either. The town was so quiet but we did manage to find a fun little place to get some dinner and relax. After that we went back and listened to some piano music at the hotel and then hit the hay.
The next day was when we were actually going to drive through the Redwood Forest. It really was beautiful and so awesome to see the trees that are thousands of years old and are so grand and majestic. The park ranger gave us some good scenic drives to take. The ones inland were awesome, but unfortunately, the coastal drives were VERY foggy - this is Northern California in the summer, after all. We had a great time seeing the trees and enjoying the quiet of the forest.