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 …
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 …
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…
Forest in Leggett

Drive-Thru Tree Park

Fold in your mirrors and inch forward, then cool off in the über-kitcschy gift shop.
Museum in Southern Redwood Coast

Willow Creek China Flat Museum

Pop over to this museum to take in its persuasive Bigfoot collection. Footprints, handprints, hair…it has all kinds of goodies to substantiate the ole boy’s existence. In fact, the namesake Bigfoot Scenic Byway (Hwy…
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…
Historic Building in Eureka

Blue Ox Millworks & Historic Park

One of only a few of its kind in America, here antique tools and mills are used to produce authentic gingerbread trim for Victorian buildings. One-hour self-guided tours take you through the mill and historical buil…
Museum in Scotia

Scotia Museum & Visitor Center

A history of the town awaits at the Scotia Museum and Visitor Center, at the town's southern end. The museums' fisheries exhibit is remarkably informative – ironic, considering that logging destroys fish habitats – …
State Park in Garberville

Benbow Lake State Recreation Area

On the Eel River, 2 miles south of Garberville, the 26-acre Benbow Lake exists when a seasonal dam forms the lake during summer, but current budget cuts and environmental concerns have prevented this from happening …
Park in Samoa Peninsula

Samoa Dunes Recreation Area

Grassy dunes and windswept beaches extend along the mile-wide, 10-mile long Samoa Peninsula, Humboldt Bay’s western boundary. At the peninsula’s south end, Samoa Dunes Recreation Area is good for picnicking and fish…