It may be small, but Trinidad has enough charms to keep you happy for a few days and much longer if you are into outdoor activities. Walk the coastal trails to enjoy the views that have seen the town become a part of the California Coastal National Monument and visit the lighthouse on Trinidad Head. Take your pick from several picturesque beaches and dine out in restaurants serving freshly caught seafood.
Trinidad lies on the Pacific Ocean about 294 miles (473 kilometers) north of San Francisco. It was founded in 1850, making it the oldest city on the North California coast. Its large natural harbor and coastal surrounds mean it has always been a popular fishing location and both sport and commercial fisherman flock here in the hope of landing a large catch.
Use Trinidad as a base from which to explore the nearby Patrick’s Point State Park, where you can hike trails that pass by some of the oldest redwood trees in the world. Follow the paths to the pristine Agate Beach or to Wedding Rock, a large headland on which dozens of couples choose to get married each year.
The city’s northerly latitude means that the weather here can rarely be described as balmy, with mild temperatures year-round and significant rainfall in winter. Don’t let this stop you from exploring the many picturesque beaches and coves in the area, as grey skies and fog only serve to make the scenery more dramatic.
Browse the shops, galleries and cafés in town, which is small enough to cover on foot in a couple of hours. Visit the Trinidad Museum, which tells the history of the area in five exhibit halls. Find out about the area’s indigenous heritage at the Sumeg Village. This is a living history museum where the Yurok Tribe will show you around their traditional houses and workshops.
Eat at one of the many restaurants in the evenings to sample the catch of the day or try your luck in the Cher-Ae Heights Casino. This casino is perched high on the cliffs and, like most places in Trinidad, is blessed with exceptional coastal views.