Outside Redwood National Park Travel Guide

Outside Redwood National Park

Crescent City, north of the park, is Del Norte County's largest town (population about 7,200) and home to the Redwood National and State Parks headquarters. Though it curves around a beautiful stretch of ocean, rain and bone-chilling fog often prevail. Very small Klamath is outside park boundaries though near to the middle section. The town has a few lodgings but not much dining. Roughly 50 miles south of Crescent City (20 miles north of Eureka), Trinidad has a cove harbor that attracts fishermen and photographers. The picturesque town has a few notable dining and lodging options and is a good base for exploring Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and other southerly attractions. Farther south, Arcata began life in 1850 as a base camp for miners and lumberjacks and had fewer than 1,000 residents until the early 1900s. Today this artsy, progressive town's 17,700 citizens include the 8,100 students of Humboldt State University. Activity centers on the grassy Arcata Plaza, which is surrounded by restored buildings containing funky bars, caf├ęs, and indie shops. Nearby Eureka, population 27,000 and the Humboldt County seat, was named after a gold miner's hearty exclamation. Its Old Town has an alluring waterfront boardwalk, several excellent restaurants and shops, and the region's largest selection of lodgings. The visitor center here is the area's best overall resource for tourism information. Strip malls dominate much of Eureka, but the city center has much to recommend it.

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