Attractions

Wildlife Reserve in Eureka

Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

This pristine wildlife refuge protects wetland habitats for more than 200 species of birds migrating annually along the Pacific Flyway. Between the fall and early spring, when Aleutian geese descend en masse to the …
State Park in Humboldt Redwoods State Park & Avenue of the Giants

Humboldt Redwoods State Park

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 the park's a…
Museum in Eureka

Kinetic Museum Eureka

Come see the fanciful, astounding, human-powered contraptions used in the annual Kinetic Grand Championship race from Arcata to Ferndale. Shaped like giant fish and UFOs, these colorful piles of junk propel racers o…
Museum in Eureka

Morris Graves Museum of Art

Across Hwy 101, the excellent museum shows rotating Californian artists and hosts performances inside the 1904 Carnegie library, the state’s first public library. If you are around for a while it also hosts art work…
Gardens in Eureka

Romano Gabriel Wooden Sculpture Garden

The coolest thing to gawk at downtown is this collection of whimsical outsider art that’s enclosed by aging glass. For 30 years, wooden characters in Gabriel’s front yard delighted locals. After he died in 1977, the…
Park in Eureka

Sequoia Park

A 77-acre old-growth redwood grove is a surprising green gem in the middle of a residential neighborhood. It has biking and hiking trails, a children’s playground and picnic areas, and a small zoo, the oldest in Cal…
Park in Southern Redwood Coast

Richardson Grove State Park

Fifteen miles to the north of Leggett, and bisected by the Eel River, serene Richardson Grove occupies 1400 acres of virgin forest. Many trees are over 1000 years old and 300ft tall, but there aren’t many hiking tra…
Wildlife Reserve in Arcata

Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary

On the shores of Humboldt Bay, this sanctuary has 5 miles of walking trails and outstanding birding. The Redwood Region Audubon Society offers guided walks on Saturdays at 8:30am, rain or shine, from the parking lot…
Museum in Eureka

Clarke Historical Museum

The best community historical museum on this stretch of the coast houses a set of typically musty relics – needlework hankies and paintings of the area’s history-making notables (in this case Ulysses Grant, who was …
Historic Building in Eureka

Carson Mansion

Of Eureka’s fine Victorian buildings, the most famous is the ornate 1880s home of lumber baron William Carson. It took 100 men a full year to build. Today it’s a private men’s club. The pink house opposite, at 202 M…