Crescent City, CA

Travel Guide
Boy Scout Tree Trail featuring hiking or walking and forests as well as a couple

California’s last big town on the way to Oregon is famous for historic lighthouses, rugged beaches, wildlife and dramatic landscapes of Redwood National Park.

From Pacific Ocean beaches to the spellbinding Redwood National and State Parks, Crescent City is a great place for outdoor recreation. Embark on hiking trails amid towering ancient trees and spot majestic wildlife in the area. Visit Crescent City’s lighthouse and discover a lively art and culinary scene at this Northern California seaport.

Get acquainted with the history of the city’s Native American people, seafaring and gold mining at the Del Norte County Historical Society. Enjoy the sandy beach, lush lawns and large children’s playground at Beachfront Park. A stroll to the end of B Street Pier offers views of the marina. At low tide, walk to the 160-year-old Cape Cod-style Battery Point Lighthouse for a tour of its tower and rooms.

Crab shacks and seafood restaurants line the docks of the working seaport of Crescent City Harbor. Browse exhibitions by local artists at the Crescent Harbor Art Gallery. Swim, surf, picnic and fly kites at the harbor’s South Beach. Nearby, Ocean World has tanks filled with fish, rays and sharks plus seal shows and shark petting.

Redwood National and State Parks start their 40-mile (65-kilometer) journey along California’s north coast at the edge of the city. Follow trails, such as the Boy Scout Tree Trail, amid old-growth redwoods in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. Observe migrating whales from the beaches of Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park. Spot free-roaming elk while driving the Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

A short drive north of the city is Pacific Shores, where Tolowa Dunes State Park has great camping and bird-watching.

Travel 30 minutes south of the city to enjoy a day out at Trees of Mystery, with giant redwoods, tree sculptures and a treetop gondola ride.

Located close to the California-Oregon border, Crescent City is a 7-hour drive north of San Francisco. Take a domestic flight from Oakland to Del Norte County Regional Airport, which is about 4 miles (6.5 kilometers) from the city center.

Anchor Beach Inn
Anchor Beach Inn
2 out of 5
880 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA
The price is $63 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Nestled on the beach, this Crescent City motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of South Beach, Redwood National and State Parks, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. ...
3.8/5 Good! (979 reviews)
"15 dollar dog fee. I like that the dog friendly rooms do not have carpet. The woman at the front desk was super busy, but still patient and kind. Not the best hotel, but definitely ok. And so close to the beach and the redwoods!"

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Anchor Beach Inn
Oceanview Inn
Oceanview Inn
2.5 out of 5
270 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA
The price is $80 per night from Jan 26 to Jan 27
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Beachfront Park and within 3 mi (5 km) of Redwood National and State Parks and Jedediah Smith Redwoods ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,523 reviews)
"Liked the family suite for roominess . A bit dated but clean. No breakfast of any kind."

Reviewed on Jan 5, 2022

Oceanview Inn
Lighthouse Inn
Lighthouse Inn
2.5 out of 5
681 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $80 per night from Jan 24 to Jan 25
Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Crescent City Harbor and within 3 mi (5 km) of Redwood National and State Parks and Jedediah Smith ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,066 reviews)
"Nice older hotel - very spacious with large rooms for the family. I was allowed to upgrade to a room with a hot tub and provided extra bedding. I was greeted with a warm welcome. I would definitely stay here again on my next travels."

Reviewed on Dec 31, 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.
PEAK OF THE PACIFIC - 1.5 BLOCKS TO THE BEACH
PEAK OF THE PACIFIC - 1.5 BLOCKS TO THE BEACH
Crescent City, CA
The price is $90 per night from Jan 19 to Jan 20
Situated by the sea, this vacation home is within a 10-minute walk of Pebble Beach and Brother Jonathan Park. Del Norte County Historical Society and B Street ...
5/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Great place
"Stayed here to check out redwood national park. Super close and crescent city is a neat town. The unit is clean, cozy, and easily accessible. Would recommend."

Reviewed on Jan 13, 2022

PEAK OF THE PACIFIC - 1.5 BLOCKS TO THE BEACH
Redwood Meadows RV Resort and Cabins
Redwood Meadows RV Resort and Cabins
2 out of 5
2000 US-199, Crescent City, CA
Situated in Crescent City, this campground is within a 5-minute walk of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Redwood National and State Parks. Hiouchi Visitor ...
3.3/5 (8 reviews)
"Nice place to stay in especially the York. I know it's out of the propertys control but Verizon service is non existent. The wifi is useless unless you are near the main office."

Reviewed on Aug 30, 2021

Redwood Meadows RV Resort and Cabins
Newly built deluxe cabins, in a private redwood setting near the Smith River
Newly built deluxe cabins, in a private redwood setting near the Smith River
Crescent City, CA
The price is $169 per night from Jan 30 to Jan 31
Situated in Crescent City, this romantic cabin is within a 10-minute walk of Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and Del Norte Golf Course. Redwood National and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (60 reviews)
Great little cabin.
"The cabin was great. It was far enough away to lose service but you could get service pretty close if you needed it. The cabin itself was adorable. The only thing is there is no service, no tv, no radio. It’s really nice but you run out of things to do really fast. We bought decks of cards and downloaded ..."

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2021

Newly built deluxe cabins, in a private redwood setting near the Smith River
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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