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beautiful Humboldt County California Attractions

Humboldt County is a nature lovers paradise with more than 40 parks and preserves, scenic rivers, rocky coasts, sandy beaches and redwood forests with 20 of the tallest redwood trees in the world. Films such as "Jurassic Park II" and "The Majestic" have used the dramatic scenery of Humboldt County as backdrops. You'll also find unique area attractions such as the Big Foot Museum, Fern Canyon, Patrick's Point Beach Park and the Sequoia Park Zoo just minutes away.

Trinidad & Trinidad Beaches

Trinidad & Trinidad Beaches, California
In this small coastal town north of Eureka explore the tide pools on Trinidad State Park Beach, dine seaside on the Trinidad pier, charter a fishing boat, go beach combing or fly a kite on Clam and Moonstone Beaches, get the perfect photo opp at the Memorial Lighthouse or hike the Trinidad Head for spectacular coastal views of sunsets and migrating whales, http://www.discovertrinidadca.com.


The Victorian seaport and arts town of Eureka has been voted one of the top 10 emerging travel destinations in the U.S. In this vibrant town on the bay, you'll find seaside restaurants, pubs, coffee houses, and shops and galleries that host Arts Alive Eureka the first Sat of every month. Eureka is also a good spot for kayak and sportfishing outfitters and boat rental and rafting companies for outdoor adventures.

Arcata Plaza

Arcata's main plaza hosts a number of events and festivals including the annual Oyster Festival in June, where you can eat everything from BBQ oysters to oyster sushi, and a weekly Saturday morning farmer's market with local produce and foods. You'll also find a variety of Arcata restaurants and shops in this central Arcata town square.


See the town where the Jim Carrey film "The Majestic" was filmed. Along Main Street you'll find an ice cream parlor, general store, blacksmith and other small town Victorian storefronts in this picturesque Victorian farming community, http://www.victorianferndale.com.

Bigfoot Museum

More than 50 years ago, a local paper coined the term Bigfoot for the unusual size footprints found in nearby Willow Creek, and it's been a legend ever since. Willow Lake is still a hotbed of Bigfoot sightings, but you can you see for yourself at this unique Humboldt County attraction with the world's largest collection of artifacts of the legendary man-beast. Over Labor Day, the town of Willow Creek celebrates Bigfoot with an annual festival. http://bigfootcountry.net/home/bigfoot_collection.

Patrick's Point Beach Park

Patrick's Point Beach Park at Arcata
Rocky outcrops, sandy beaches, wildflower meadows, dense forests and a sea lion lookout characterize this park north of Trinidad. Look for rocks along Agate Beach, hike on several trails or walk the steps of Wedding Rock where numerous couples have tied the knot against the dramatic ocean setting. Inside the park you'll also find, Sumeg Village, a reconstructed Yurok Indian Village with a sweat lodge, dance circle and native plants, http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=417.

Humboldt County River Rafting

One of the more popular things to do in Arcata is to book a trip with outdoor outfitters who offer whitewater river rafting adventures through nearby scenic rivers. One of the biggest, Bigfoot Rafting Company, offers guided day trips that will take you through majestic forests, dramatic canyons and challenging spots such as Hell's Hole. Choose from day or multi-day adventure trips, http://www.bigfootrafting.com.

Humboldt Lagoons

Rent a kayak and explore these spring-fed lagoons north of Eureka or go rock collecting on Agate Beach. Look for river otters, elk, deer, and migratory birds such as ospreys at this Eureka area natural attraction, http://www.parks.ca.gov/default.asp?page_id=416.

Sequoia Park Zoo

Explore more than 70 acres of old growth redwood forests in this delightful small zoo and Eureka attraction where you'll find monkeys, a walk-in aviary and a children's barnyard petting zoo. There's even a playground built right into redwood trees, http://www.sequoiaparkzoo.net.

Fern Canyon

Redwoods State Park in California
See why Steven Spielberg chose this dramatic canyon as the backdrop for scenes from "Jurassic Park II." Hike through this natural attraction north of Eureka where canyon walls are covered with more than five different types of ferns. Located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.

Kinetic Sculpture Race

This wacky annual festival takes place every Memorial Day weekend and runs from Arcata to Ferndale. Costumed contestants ride wacky pedal powered sculptures through sand, sea and street and compete for trophies designed by local artists, http://kineticgrandchampionship.com.