|Originally settled by miners in the 1850's, Arcata has gone through a multitude of changes in its 150 year history. Currently home to Humboldt State University, it is a unique community of 15,000 in the temperate coast of Northern California. |
Redwood National Park and the Trees of Mystery are home to magnificent coast Redwoods. The area has been designated a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve with some of the oldest trees in the world including the tallet known tree in the world, a 367 foot tall Redwood. Once found all over the world, these trees can now only be bound in a remote valley in China, a small area of the Sierra Nevadas, and the coastal range of Northern California and Southern Oregon.
Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt State Park tours through some of the oldest and most magnificent of the California Redwoods. This is also the area of the famed drive thru trees and and Eternal Tree House, with a gift shop inside the tree house. Very touristy, but lots of fun too. The 33 mile tour, which is beautiful and can easily be done in two hours, can be taken from either the Pepperwood/Jordan Creek exit off Highway 101 or the Phillipsville exit off Highway 101.
The End of the Trail Native American Museum is the culmination of forty years of collecting by proprietor, Marylee Thompson. In this museum you will find an oustanding collection of artifacts with rooms devoted to Native peoples from each region of the U.S. The museum remains free as part of Marylee's promise to preserve this culture for her children and yours. Thanks Marylee!
Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park, an hour south of Arcata, tours through some of the oldest and most magnificent of the California Redwoods. This is also the area of the famed drive thru trees and and Eternal Tree House, with a gift shop inside the tree house. Very touristy, but lots of fun too. The 33 mile tour, which is beautiful and can easily be done in two hours, can be taken from either the Pepperwood/Jordan Creek exit off Highway 101 or the Phillipsville exit off Highway 101.
Azalea State Reserve is a 30 acre park designed to protect the western Azalea. Visit this park in April or May when these beautiful flowers are in bloom. 5 miles north of Arcata on North Bank Road.
Arcata Marsh & Wildlife Sanctuary and Interpretive Center
This nationally recognized habitat is a 75 acre former landfill which is now a series of marshes that treat Arcata's wastewater. There are nature trails through the marsh which is also home to a wide variety of wildlife. 600 G Street Monday-Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m., 826-2359.
Sequoia Park Zoo is a 54-acre park with wildlife, petting zoo, playground, picnic area, walking trails and duck pond all located within the magical Redwoods. 3414 W Street in Eureka.
Humboldt State Natural History Museum features a wonderful collection of fossils from the area and other displays of interest. Tues - Sat 10th & G
Phillip's House Museum is one of the oldest structures in Arcata and has been restored into an example of a turn of the century home. Sundays, noon to 4 p.m., 7th and Union Streets
Hotel Arcata, 9th and G Streets, built in 1915, now features a full service hotel and retail shops.
Jacoby's Storehouse, 8th and H Streets, built in 1857, now houses numerous restaurants, shops, and offices and houses the Arcata Railroad Museum.
The Minor Theatre, 10th and H Streets, built in 1914, is currently operating three movie theaters where current, classic and artistic films are shown.
Sumeg Village at Patrick's Point State Park is a reconstructed Yurok Indian Village just outside of Trinidad.
The Clarke Museum in McKinleyville is a regional history museum focusing on the Native American culture of the area. It possesses a vast array of Native American basketry regalia.
The tallest totem pole in the world can be found at the shopping center in McKinleyville. The pole, a Thunderbird, is 160 feet tall with a 12 foot wingspan.
The Telonicher Marine Laboratory and Aquarium in Trinidad, operated by HSU, contains a touch tank and other displays depicting marine life and the ocean floor. Open all year, 826-3671