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Eureka, CA
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 $80 per night from May 12 to May 12
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,398 reviews)
"Was great! No issues and was quiet!"

Reviewed on May 10, 2021

Oceanview Inn
Oceanfront Lodge
Oceanfront Lodge
2.5 out of 5
100 A Street, Crescent City, CA
The price is $119 per night from May 14 to May 14
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 (943 reviews)
"I love it didnt have to leave unless u wanted too food was great drinks yummy jetted bathtub was Amazing"

Reviewed on May 9, 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 $84 per night from May 12 to May 12
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 ...
4.2/5Excellent! (1,104 reviews)
"Nice little stay, big rooms."

Reviewed on May 5, 2021

Lighthouse Inn
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Emerald Forest Cabins
Emerald Forest Cabins
3 out of 5
753 Patricks Point Dr, Trinidad, CA
The price is $139 per night from May 17 to May 17
Situated near the beach, this cabin is within 1 mi (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 May 2, 2021

Emerald Forest Cabins
Arcata---cozy, Newer Cabin in the Redwoods
Arcata---cozy, Newer Cabin in the Redwoods
McKinleyville, CA
Located in Butte, this historic cabin is within 6 mi (10 km) of Azalea State Natural Reserve, Humboldt State University, and Blue Lake Casino. Chumayo Spa and ...
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 Mar 28, 2021

Arcata---cozy, Newer Cabin in the Redwoods
Cottage on Ocean Bluff
Cottage on Ocean Bluff
Trinidad, CA
The price is $200 per night from Jun 4 to Jun 4
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! (162 reviews)
Remote, cute, cliff home
"Amazing views from the cliffs. Beautiful yards with tropical flowers. Very cute, simple house. Perfect for our interests. I appreciated the laundry access traveling with kids. Property manager was attentive and quick to respond with concerns. Great break access a mile town the road. Wonderful ..."

Reviewed on May 9, 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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Reviews of Eureka

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
111
5 - Excellent 20.86466165413534%
4 - Good
240
4 - Good 45.11278195488722%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 26.127819548872182%
2 - Disappointing
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2 - Disappointing 5.827067669172933%
1 - Terrible
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1 - Terrible 2.0676691729323307%

4/5 - Good

Chris

May 25, 2020

Most business owners we encountered were very nice. Especially folks in Arcata.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 13, 2020

Beautiful downtown...will be back post COVID when things are open

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 3, 2020

The highlight of this town is Gallagher’s on 2nd street . The food is delicious and the staff is so friendly! Their fish and chips and clam chowder are must haves !

3/5 - Okay

ClaraVaughn

Mar 25, 2020

A lot of homeless and run down buildings

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

A good location from which to visit Redwoods National Park and the many state parks in the area. There is also a very nice cooperative grocery store near Carter House Inns.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Eureka is one of my favorite places to visit, I just love the slower pace of things and the older charm of the city. Also that whole area is where the forest meets the ocean and it’s beautiful!

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