Crescent City

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.

Where to stay in Crescent City

Westward Inn
Westward Inn
2 out of 5
725 US Highway 101 North, Crescent City, CA, 95531
The price is $59 per night from Feb 2 to Feb 3
$59
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Crescent City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an LCD TV. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,031 reviews)
"hiking the redwood national park."

Reviewed on Jan 26, 2023

Westward Inn
Oceanview Inn
Oceanview Inn
2.5 out of 5
270 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA, 95531
The price is $79 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$79
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this business-friendly hotel in Crescent City. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,737 reviews)
"Wonderful hotel! Pleasant staff, perfect room for a relaxing stay, and spectacular views of the harbor and sunset. We had the best time - Thank You Ocean View! We'll see you again soon, you are now our special hotel in Crescent City!"

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2023

Oceanview Inn
Oceanfront Lodge
Oceanfront Lodge
2.5 out of 5
100 A Street, Crescent City, CA, 95531
The price is $89 per night from Feb 5 to Feb 6
$89
per night
Feb 5 - Feb 6
Stay at this beach hotel in Crescent City. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the clean rooms in our reviews. Popular attractions ...
3.1/5 (1,032 reviews)
"If you're looking for somewhere to say that's inexpensive on the coast"

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

Oceanfront Lodge
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.
One Block from Ocean CLOSE to everything! Modern and Clean!!
One Block from Ocean CLOSE to everything! Modern and Clean!!
Crescent City, CA
Stay at this condo in Crescent City. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Del Norte County Historical Society and Beachfront ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (17 reviews)
Love, Love, Love
"This property is perfect for my monthly visit to Crescent City. Location is great, lots of parking, walking distance to grocery store and the beach. Highly recommend this property."

Reviewed on Jan 16, 2023

One Block from Ocean CLOSE to everything! Modern and Clean!!
Cozy 2 Bedroom with Full Kitchen One Block from the Ocean!!
Cozy 2 Bedroom with Full Kitchen One Block from the Ocean!!
Crescent City, CA
Stay at this condo in Crescent City. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a Smart TV. Popular attractions Del Norte County Historical Society and Beachfront Park ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Great location!!
"We stayed here as our home base for adventuring in the Redwoods, for a few days, on our way up to Coastal Oregon. The place was perfect for what we needed. Next door to Grocery Outlet AND the National/State Park Headquarters. Just a few blocks from the water. Great park and playground, if you have ..."

Reviewed on Dec 15, 2022

Cozy 2 Bedroom with Full Kitchen One Block from the Ocean!!
NEW! Trendy North Coast Redwoods Bungalow, 2 Blocks To Beautiful Ocean Sunsets!
NEW! Trendy North Coast Redwoods Bungalow, 2 Blocks To Beautiful Ocean Sunsets!
Crescent City, CA
Stay at this family-friendly vacation home in Crescent City. Enjoy free WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Brother Jonathan Park and Del ...
5/5 Exceptional! (12 reviews)
Thoughtful host
"Nice new home. Easy to get to everything. Everything was as expected. Host was thoughtful in stocking all essentials (including things like extra toothbrushes!)."

Reviewed on Jan 19, 2023

NEW! Trendy North Coast Redwoods Bungalow, 2 Blocks To Beautiful Ocean Sunsets!
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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