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Eureka
Travel Guide

Redwood National and State Parks

Experience the lively arts community and lumber-milling heritage of this Northern Californian city bordered by redwood-studded hills and Humboldt Bay.

Eureka is a large coastal city with a charming 19th-century town at its heart. Discover its preserved Victorian streetscape and learn about the city’s former life as a West Coast lumber hub. Explore the broad expanse of Humboldt Bay and enjoy some of Eureka’s best-kept secrets. You’ll find fantastic fishing spots, beautiful foreshore hikes and a wide variety of wildlife.

Take a stroll down the captivating streets of the Old Town Eureka Historic District to get a great introduction to the city. See beautiful Victorian-era façades and grand old buildings that paint a picture of the city’s lumber-milling wealth. Check out the Renaissance-style Clarke Historical Museum, browse art galleries and antiques stores and relax in coffee shops and restaurants that populate this historic district. At the eastern edge of the Old Town, the magnificent Carson Mansion looks out over Humboldt Bay. This Victorian jewel is not open to the public but its exquisite architecture has made it a landmark in the city.

Go on a scenic tour of Humboldt Bay and take photos of the sweeping views of the harbor and the coast. Follow foreshore hiking trails and find bird-watching hot spots at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. If you chat to locals you’ll also learn about some of the city’s best fishing and clamming spots.

Explore the water with a rented kayak or join one of the bay’s boat tours. Go for a stroll along the beach near Manila and explore the peninsula trails at North Spit. Drive past the historic Coast Guard Station to reach a viewpoint looking back over Eureka toward picturesque Table Bluff.

Take the kids to see the animals at Sequoia Park Zoo and walk amid the towering redwoods at Sequoia Park Garden. Another popular spot for enjoying the forests’ tranquil beauty is Headwaters Forest Reserve. The scenic Redwood Highway presents a showcase of California’s natural beauty.

Eureka is easy to reach via Arcata-Eureka Airport. You can also take advantage of the Amtrak, Greyhound and local bus services. Enjoy the coastal beauty of Eureka from a waterfront hotel or stay overnight in a charming Victorian townhouse. Visit at any time of the year to experience Eureka’s energetic local culture, preserved architecture and striking scenery.

Where to stay in Eureka

Oceanview Inn
Oceanview Inn
2.5 out of 5
270 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £63 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Beachfront Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Redwood National and State Parks and Jedediah Smith ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,396 reviews)
"Close to food and a few desirable places to visit, very large room, very clean despite being a bit outdated. Staff went out of their way to call after I had checked out to tell me I’d forgotten my sons jacket."

Reviewed on 14 May 2021

Oceanview Inn
Oceanfront Lodge
Oceanfront Lodge
2.5 out of 5
100 A Street, Crescent City, CA
The price is £93 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located in Crescent City, this beachfront hotel is in a national park and within a 10-minute walk of Pebble Beach, B Street Pier and Beachfront Park. Brother ...
3.3/5 (937 reviews)
"The bathroom door didn’t latch. Told them right away. At that point they just kept asking me if I needed them to fix it. Ummmm. Went without being fixed. In my mind it just gets fixed without question. Other than that very polite staff."

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

Oceanfront Lodge
Lighthouse Inn
Lighthouse Inn
2.5 out of 5
681 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £62 per night from 19 May to 19 May
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Crescent City Harbor and within 3 miles (5 km) of Redwood National and State Parks and Jedediah Smith ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,097 reviews)
"Nice little stay, big rooms."

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

Lighthouse Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Emerald Forest Cabins
Emerald Forest Cabins
3 out of 5
753 Patricks Point Dr, Trinidad, CA
The price is £111 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated near the beach, this cabin is within 1 mile (2 km) of Trinidad Museum, Trinidad State Beach and College Cove South. Trinidad Town Hall and College Cove ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (386 reviews)
"Great location for exploring the area."

Reviewed on 2 May 2021

Emerald Forest Cabins
Arcata---cozy, Newer Cabin in the Redwoods
Arcata---cozy, Newer Cabin in the Redwoods
477 Essex Springs Rd, McKinleyville, CA
Located in Butte, this historic cabin is within 6 miles (10 km) of Azalea State Natural Reserve, Humboldt State University and Blue Lake Casino. Chumayo Spa ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (38 reviews)
Girls Week - Perfect
"My dear friend lives in Mendocino and I live in Medford so this was our halfway point. The directions to the cabin are perfect, print them out! Cabin was clean and newer. Decorated really pretty, simple. Bring firewood and a lighter. It said to bring towels and blankets and pillows which we did, ..."

Reviewed on 28 Mar 2021

Arcata---cozy, Newer Cabin in the Redwoods
Cottage on Ocean Bluff
Cottage on Ocean Bluff
1116 Stagecoach Rd, Trinidad, CA
The price is £179 per night from 4 Jun to 4 Jun
This family-friendly Trinidad cottage is located by the ocean, within 2 mi (3 km) of College Cove South, College Cove North and Trinidad State Beach. Trinidad ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (164 reviews)
A great little escape. Even with a toddler.
"While this place was modest in size it felt cozy and real instead of sanitized and generic. We loved the layout, plants, and view. Plus, at night because of the location star gazing is amazing. We have a toddler, he was totally fascinated by the house decorations which we had to quickly move to higher ..."

Reviewed on 13 May 2021

Cottage on Ocean Bluff
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Lisa

8 Jul 2019

Dining options limited being 4th of July but Katrinas next door was a good option

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