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You can check out the 1865 Battery Point Lighthouse at the south end of A St.
Along Hwy 101, 80-sq-mile Humboldt Redwoods State Park protects some of the world's oldest redwoods and has three-quarters of the world's tallest 100 trees. Even if you don't have time to hike in, drive (vehicle entry $8) the park's awe-inspiring Avenue of the Giants, a 32-mile, two-lane road parallel to Hwy 101.
On the northeastern side of town, Humboldt State University is Arcata's raison d'être. The Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) is a world-leader in sustainable technologies. The center is based in CCAT House, which is a converted residence that uses only 4% of the energy of a comparably sized dwelling. Dig the pedal-powered TV! You can take a self-guided tour at 14:00 on Fridays.