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Area Guide

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Area Guide


Arcata: A Gem in the Northern California Redwood Region


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Local Highlights

The city of Arcata is located on the California coast in Humboldt County, just 7 miles from the city of Eureka, 278 driving miles north of San Francisco, and 90 miles south of the Oregon border.  It is home to Humboldt State University, one of the oldest and most beautiful colleges in the California State University system.

Travelers to Arcata can explore and experience outdoor adventure, art and artisan crafts and manufacturing, culture, music, theater, shopping, community events, locavore fine food and drink, being “green” before it was groovy, heritage shopping districts, architecture, history, Humboldt State University , and a friendly embracing community.

Within the city limits of  our progressive little town, visitors can hike through 600 acres of redwood groves within Arcata’s Community Forest, beach comb along pristine coastline, paddle on Humboldt Bay or the Mad River, enjoy birding in a famous wildlife sanctuary, watch the Humboldt Crabs baseball team, or attend University functions or the popular events held on our lively town square.  Within a 15-45 minute drive from Arcata, folks can visit Redwood National and State Parks, Avenue of the Giants and Humboldt Redwoods State Park, Old Town Eureka’s Victorian Waterfront Heritage District, the Victorian Village of Ferndale, or the quaint fishing village of Trinidad, Trinidad Head, lighthouse, beaches, and Patrick’s Point State Park.

Unspoiled Scenic Beauty Abounds on the Redwood Coast

The redwood region boasts millions of acres of wondrous unspoiled scenery: protected ancient redwood groves (the tallest trees in the world), 160 miles of pristine coastline with miles of sandy and rocky beaches, sea stacks and dunes, Humboldt Bay, lagoons, wild and scenic rivers, wetlands, recreation areas, hundreds of species of birds on our Pacific Flyway, County, State, and National Parks, wildlife refuges, lighthouses, harbors and waterfronts, and small town charm.

Area Recognition

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Arcata Activities


Top things to do in Arcata

Top things to do on a budget

Top things to do with a family

  • Shopping, dining, wine-tasting, galleries, music
  • Shop organic at Farmers Market on Saturday
  • Events at Humboldt State University
  • April Godwit Days Birding Festival
  • Open Art Studios & Oyster Festival
  • Visit Arcata Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Hike/Bike in 2000 acre Redwood Park
  • Kinetic Sculpture Race
  • 4th of July & Equinox Fairs on the Plaza
  • Pastels on the Plaza
  • Humboldt Crabs summer baseball games
  • Kayak/canoe/fish/view seals on Mad River
  • Play and beach comb at Mad River Beach
  • Arcata Skateboard Park
  • Explore Arcata Community Forest Redwood Park

 Redwood Coast Activities


Outdoor Sports

River & Ocean Activities

In-Town Activities

  • Hiking
  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Horseback riding
  • Marathons
  • Golf
  • Tennis
  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Rafting
  • Boating
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing
  • Kite surfing
  • Stand-up paddleboarding
  • Salmon & steelhead fishing
  • Beach combing
  • Whale watching
  • Arcata Plaza Festivals and Saturday Farmers Market
  • Humboldt State University
  • Sightseeing
  • Old Town Eureka waterfront
  • Ferndale Victorian village
  • Trinidad seaside village
  • Shopping
  • Restaurants
  • Wine-tasting
  • Live theater
  • Art community and galleries
  • Touring Victorian architecture
  • Music festivals
  • Museums
  • Cinemas
  • Sequoia Zoo
  • Humboldt Bay Harbor Tour on the M.V. Madaket
  • Humboldt Botanical Garden
  • Blue Ox Millworks
  • Samoa Cookhouse