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Arcata is located in Humboldt County, on the California coast just 7 miles north of Eureka, 278 miles drive from San Francisco traveling north on HWY 101, 647 miles north of Los Angeles, 587 miles south of Seattle, and 150 miles west of Redding from the Interstate HWY 5 and HWY 299 interchange. United Airlines subsidiary Sky West with service from San Francisco, flies into the California Redwood Coast-Humboldt County Airport in McKinleyville, which is 9 miles north of Arcata.

For a tour of the area in photos, click here.

Why Visit The Redwoods Region?

AREA RECOGNITION: Humboldt is known for adventure and travel. National Geographic Traveller has acknowledged the city of Arcata in Humboldt County as one of the “next great adventure towns.” Crescent City, in Del Norte County, north of Humboldt, has been listed on Forbes Traveler’s 2009 and 2010 “List of the 20 Prettiest Towns in the United States.” The City of Eureka, Humboldt’s County seat, has been designated “The #1 Best Small Art Town” in John Villani’s book “The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America.”

UNSPOILED SCENIC BEAUTY: The Redwood Region boasts millions of acres of wondrous unspoiled scenery, protected ancient redwood groves, pristine coastline with sandy and rocky primitive beaches and sea stacks, Humboldt Bay, lagoons, wild and scenic rivers, dunes, wetlands, recreation areas, hundreds of species of birds on our Pacific Flyway, City, County, State, and National Parks, wildlife refuges, lighthouses, harbors and waterfronts, and small town charm.

LOCAL HIGHLIGHTS: Arts, 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, outdoor adventure, and a friendly embracing community.

Why Visit Arcata?

In our arty, progressive city which is home to Humboldt State University, you can explore majestic redwood groves in Arcata’s Community Forest, beach comb along pristine coastline, paddle on Arcata Bay or the Mad River, enjoy birding in a famous wildlife refuge, or attend University events or the popular events held on our lively town square such as the Kinetic Sculpture Race, Oyster Festival, Pastels On The Plaza, Arts Alive, Saturday Farmers Market, and the Fourth of July and North Country Fairs. Within a 15-45 minute drive from Arcata, visit Redwood National and State Parks, Avenue of the Giants, 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.

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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