Heavenly Humboldt, California
Northern California’s Humboldt County is world-renowned as home of the iconic redwood trees, which can grow to over 300 feet tall and live a thousand years. But majestic redwood forests are just one ingredient of a memorable visit for all ages and interests. Outdoor recreation, history, art and culture, farm-to-fork dining: Humboldt has it all!
Our 110-miles of pristine coast has beaches perfect for clam digs, tide-pooling, and playing with your BFF (Best Furry Friend). Try kayaking, rafting, fishing, or just floating in a tube and splashing in secret swimming holes for Mother Nature’s antidote to a fast-paced life.
Explore Redwood National & State Parks. A World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, the Parks–including Jedediah Smith, Lady Bird Johnson Grove, and Prairie Creek–protect nearly half of all remaining old growth redwoods. Walk, bike, or horseback ride along 200 miles of trails, wander Fern Canyon, a one-mile gorge draped in rare ferns featured in Jurassic Park II. Spot grey whales from coastal lookouts and Roosevelt elk in Elk Meadow.
The famed Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park has been called the finest forest drive in the world. Lined by towering titan redwoods, the 31-mile stretch pass secluded hamlets, campgrounds, and picnic areas. Winding through the Park is the Eel River, with perfect kid-friendly swimming holes and fishing areas.
No time to visit the Parks? No problem. Get high up in the trees on the Redwood Skywalk at Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka. This ADA compliant walk will put you 100 feet above the forest floor for an up-close redwood experience.
East on HWY 299 is Willow Creek, home of Bigfoot! Nestled in the Six Rivers National Forest, it is the perfect basecamp for white water rafting, kayaking, and fishing the Trinity River.
The Lost Coast is an undeveloped shoreline where the King Range Mountains rises 4,000 feet above the sea. Backpack to secluded campsites and visit the picturesque Punta Gorda lighthouse in Petrolia.
Humboldt has rich historical roots. Eureka boasts iconic Victorian architecture, and Ferndale, located in the bucolic Eel River Valley, is the quintessential charming Victorian village.
Farm to fork heaven: While the trees are ancient, the organic food scene is driven by young chefs, brewers, and farmers. Humboldt’s numerous microclimates yield a huge variety of produce sold at weekly farmers markets. Organic and regenerative farming is practiced by legacy farmers like Neukom Family Farm, growing delicious produce, and the Foggy Bottoms Boys, raising dairy cows, chickens and heritage sheep for wool and meat. Over 70% of the oysters consumed in California are farmed in Humboldt Bay, and you’ll find fresh seasonal selections of fish and crab on our docks.
Old Town Eureka is home to award-winning Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate. Tour the factory, taste the divine chocolate, and purchase some to take home!
Sample the finest craft beers and ciders from ten breweries throughout the County, including family-owned and operated Gyppo Ale Mill in Shelter Cove, the westernmost brewery in the continental US and perfect place to watch the sunset.
With the most artists per capita in California, visitors will delight in the energetic art scene on view at galleries, fairs, and the multitude of colorful murals and sculptures found throughout the county.
Come explore our uncrowded, unspoiled wide-open spaces. Refresh your body, mind, and spirit here in Humboldt.
* San Francisco to Eureka is 5-hour drive (260 miles). Flights to ACV from Denver, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Burbank on United and Avelo.
For complete information, itineraries, and event and festival listings: www.visitredwoods.com.
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