Enjoy the magic & splendor of the North Coast.
Rarely a day goes by in Eureka, California where one isn’t enticed to get out and enjoy the eclectic activities and surreal surroundings that abound. Being the largest coastal city between San Francisco and Portland, Eureka draws artists, musicians, and travelers alike, creating a culture of innovation and inspiration. If the world’s wackiest art triathlon, The Kinetic Sculpture Race or Arts Alive does not excite you, then surely the Oyster Fest or the many local music festivals will. If crowds aren’t your thing, then take advantage of the beauty that surrounds Eureka and kayak or cruise the Humboldt Bay, hike or bike through the magnificent redwood forests, or venture to the incredible and vast beaches, dunes and wetlands to find that solitude you've been searching for.
Eureka is the largest coastal city between San Francisco and Portland, It is the regional center for government, health care, trade, and the arts in California’s North Coast. Greater Eureka, one of California's major commercial fishing ports, is the location of the largest deep-water port between San Francisco and Coos Bay, a stretch of about 500 miles (800 km). The headquarters of both the Six Rivers National Forest and the North Coast Redwoods District of the California State Parks System are in Eureka. A port for hundreds of lumber mills that once existed in the area, the city played a leading role in the historic West Coast lumber trade. The entire city is a state historic landmark, which has hundreds of significant Victorian homes, including the nationally recognized Carson Mansion, and the city has retained its original 19th-century commercial core as a nationally recognized Old Town Historic District. Eureka is home to California's oldest zoo, the Sequoia Park Zoo.
Along California's northwestern edge, an incredible network of parks protecting nearly half of the world’s coast redwoods reside. The world’s tallest living things, these gentle giants can grow over 350 feet/107 meters high. Amongst the trees beauty abounds, the majestic Roosevelt elk graze in grassy prairies, wild beaches are scattered with weathered driftwood, and clean rivers flow to the mighty Pacific sea. Three state parks—Jedediah Smith, Del Norte (pronounced “del nort”) Coast, and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park—work in consort with Redwood National Park to protect the region. You are invited to to explore, learn, and discover this world class treasure.
EXPLORE THE BEACHES
Humboldt County is full of wild and remote beaches that invite exploration and discovery. Whether your plan is to enjoy a picnic on the picturesque beaches of Trinidad or backpack the Lost Coast , there is endless beauty to uncover.
VISIT THE ZOO
The Sequoia Park Zoo is located in Eureka, California. The zoo is part of a larger park complex including 60-acres of mature second-growth coast redwood forest, Eureka's largest public playground, and a duck pond, in addition to meticulously kept formal and natural gardens. The gardens include many varieties of rhododendron. The zoo's mission is "to inspire wonder, understanding and respect for the natural world by providing fun, rewarding, educational experiences that encourage meaningful connections between animals, humans, and our environment". The zoo is open to the public daily, except in winter when it is closed on Mondays. The zoo houses about 200 vertebrates and hundreds of invertebrates, representing about 54 different species on 7-acres.
Godwit Days Festival is held at the height of the spring migration season in Humboldt County where an exotic array of birds call home or pass through. Godwit Days celebrates Springtime and is held in April. The event provides an opportunity to see a variety of shorebirds, waterfowl, land fowl. Special events are planned during the event to see exotic species such as the Marbled Murrelet, Spotted Owl, and Snowy Plover.