Local Area Attractions
Avenue of the Giants (Redwood Forest)
The Avenue of the Giants is a magnificent 31-mile scenic drive just five hours north of San Francisco. This is 51,222 acres of redwood groves. By far the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the 500 mile redwood belt and is accessible to all with convenient services provided along the way.
The Samoa Cookhouse is the last surviving cookhouse in the West that continues the tradition of serving lots of good food -- lumber camp style. The museum and dining rooms feature early culinary items in addition to historical mementos from the early years of the lumber and logging industries. Three private rooms are available for large or small gatherings. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week. Special prices for children. Be sure to ask for a coupon at the office.
Beaches / Fishing / Clam Digging
- Patrick's Point State Park
- Samoa Dunes
- Clam Beach
- Moonstone Beach
Carson Mansion/Victorian Homes
- The grand dame of Victorian architecture, pioneer lumberman William Carson completed this Italianate/Queen Anne mansion in 1886. It is the most photographed Victorian in Old Town Eureka.
- Visit Ferndale and view the most elegant Victorian homes in Northern California.
- Drive or walk a self guided tour of 20 distinctive Victorian or historically significant homes. Pick up a map at the Arcata Chamber of Commerce.
Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary
Bird watching, walking and jogging trails, bay views and vistas of Arcata and foothills. Guided tours on Saturdays at 8:30am. 707-826-2359
- Clark Historical Museum - Victorian, regional history. Outstanding Native American basketry and regalia. 12-4pm, Tues.-Sat., 240 E St., Eureka. firstname.lastname@example.org
- Morris Graves Museum of Art - proudly exhibiting works of top artists. Multiple shows of excellent paintings and sculptors. 636 F St., Eureka.
- Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum - Lumber trade, bay ferries, ship-building, shipwrecks, lighthouse artifacts and more. Tues.-Sat.,12-4pm, 423 1st St., Eureka. email@example.com
- Fort Humboldt State Historical Park - 1850s military post with excellent displays of military, Native American and logging artifacts. 3431 Fort Ave., Eureka. 707-445-6567
- Humboldt State University Natural History Museum - museum provides an extensive fossil collection and exhibits of California fauna and flora. All ages. Tues.-Sat., 10am-5pm, 13th and G St., Arcata.
- Railroad Museum - ground floor of the Jacoby's Storehouse Building, the museum preserves the memory of days when Arcata was supplied by rail and port. 8th & H St., Arcata
- Redwood Discovery Museum - an outstanding children's science museum. 517 3rd St., Eureka. firstname.lastname@example.org
Humboldt Bay Harbor Cruise
On the bay since 1910, the oldest operating passenger boat in the U.S. 707-445-1910
Radiating from the Arcata Plaza are streets full of unexpected shopping and dining treasures. Many shops feature locally handcrafted merchandise. Others cater to the needs of outdoor enthusiasts, and being a college town, Arcata's local bookstores and coffee houses are especially interesting.
More Local Area Information
The following websites are an excellent source of information on what to do and see while you are staying with us!
Avenue of the Giants
The Avenue of the Giants is a magnificent 31-mile scenic drive just five hours north of San Francisco. This is 51,222 acres of redwood groves. By far the most outstanding display of these giant trees in the 500 mile redwood belt and is accessible to all with convenient services provided along the way. Don't forget to drive through The Chandelier Tree in Leggett. Located 30 minutes South of Eureka KOA off Highway 101.
Hike among the largest Redwoods, view elk along the road, and witness the artistry behind the burl creations. Just North of Orick is Fern Canyon, a popular destination for a day hike or a family picnic. Located 30 minutes North of Eureka KOA off Highway 101.
Victorian Village of Ferndale
Walk down Main Street in Ferndale for a trip back in time. Victorian architecture is well preserved. Originally built by dairy farmers and ranchers, the town is now shared with artists. Affordable live theater, local art, antiques, shops, restaurants, working blacksmith and saddlery. More than 100 varieties of birds have been seen at Russ Park. Ferndale Cemetery offers another insight into area history. Located 20 minutes South of Eureka KOA off Highway 101.
In Scotia, gorgeous and well-kept Victorians line the main street, and the town square is picture perfect with a mountainous backdrop. Tour the lumber company and witness the life-cycle of trees to use-able goods. Don't miss the great photo opportunity with the lumber company trains next to the museum. Located 30 minutes South of Eureka KOA off Highway 101.
Trees of Mystery and Sky Trail
Located in the heart of the Redwood Empire, Trees of Mystery offers an overwhelming view of the Redwoods. Get a bird's eye view of the Redwoods as the only six passenger forest gondola on the continent glides you silently through the forest canopy. Don't forget to drive through the Klamath Tour-Thru Tree. Located 45 minutes North of Eureka KOA off Highway 101.