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Eureka

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For other places with the same name, see Eureka (disambiguation).

Eureka is in Humboldt County in California. It is the largest coastal city on the West Coast of the US north of San Francisco and south of Portland and the center of the Redwood region. The timber industry gave the town its early wealth. Now, with logging on decline, it retains the charm of older Victorian homes and the feel of an old-fashioned working town.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

  • Most visitors choose to travel to the Redwood Coast by car to enjoy the spectacular scenery. Driving time from the San Francisco Bay Area is five or six hours of spectacular scenery through Sonoma, Mendocino and Humboldt Counties.

By plane[edit]

  • 1 Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV IATA) is a small airport served by a single carrier, United Express, with 3 or 4 flights daily to San Francisco-SFO. The airport is located in the town of McKinleyville, about 15 miles north of Eureka.

By bus[edit]

  • 2 Greyhound, 1603 4th St (at Q St, curbside bus stop on northeast corner). Greyhound provides service to Oakland and San Francisco. Greyhound only has a curbside stop in Eureka; the closest terminal is in Arcata.
  • 3 Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach, 6th and C Sts (curbside bus stop behind the Denny's parking lot). Amtrak Thruway buses go from Eureka to the Capitol Corridor train at Martinez, northeast of San Francisco. You must have a ticket for a trip on the train to use Amtrak Thruway.

Get around[edit]

See[edit]

  • Old Town. The heart of Eureka, Old town. Home to beautiful victorian era architecture, which house dozens of locally owned and operated stores ranging from beads to coffee to clothing. A must-see for those driving the 101.

Do[edit]

Land activities[edit]

  • Lost Coast Trail, +1 707 825-2300. A 24-mile section of the Lost Coast Trail leads north from Black Sands Beach to the Mattole River, along the wilderness beach. This is a rugged hike, not a simple walk on the beach, and is one of the few coastal wilderness hiking experiences in the U.S.
  • 1 Morris Graves Museum of Art, 636 F St, +1 707-442-0278. W-Su Noon-5PM. This is a very respectable museum for a smaller area, and the architecture itself is quite artistic. The structure was the first Carnegie library in California and was completely renovated in the late 1990s. The Museum today houses seven galleries including a Courtyard Sculpture Garden, a Museum Store, classroom facilities, an Arts Resource Center and a Performance Rotunda ̰Adults $5, Students/Seniors $2, Chilren (17 & under) Free. Also free the 1st Saturday of each month. Morris Graves Museum of Art on Wikipedia Morris Graves Museum of Art (Q6913714) on Wikidata
  • 2 Sequoia Park Zoo, +1 707-441-4263. In operation since 1907, The Sequoia Park Zoo has long been considered one of the most important cultural facilities in the area. Sequoia Park Zoo on Wikipedia Sequoia Park Zoo (Q7452551) on Wikidata

Water activities[edit]

  • Paddlefest (Halverson Park), +1 707 826-6016. (10/7/2006 - 10/8/2006) FREE.
  • Full Throttle Sportfishing, Woodley Island Marina, +1 707 498-7473. During fishing season, Captain Gary Blasi takes anglers out on his 22 ft boat the Seaweasel. Prices vary depending on what fish and how long you're out for. He fishes for Tuna, Salmon, Rockfish and Halibut. $150 for a half day or $250 for a whole day. Prices are per person. $150.
  • Humboats Kayak Adventures, Dock A, Woodley Island Marina, +1 707-443-5157. A kayak and canoe specialist, certified by the ACA and BCU, catering to all levels of paddlers.
  • Northwind Charters, +1 707 616-5803. Northern California salmon, tuna, rockfish, and halibut saltwater sportfishing hook and line-caught fishing experts. $150.

Buy[edit]

  • 1 Eureka Books, 426 Second St (in Old Town across from the gazebo), +1 707 444-9593. Open 7 days. Eureka Books is one of the last classic antiquarian bookstores on the West Coast, offering new, used, and rare books, along with an extraordinary selection of vintage photographs, prints and maps. Located in the heart of Old Town in an elegant Victorian storefront built in 1879, Eureka Books is truly a destination bookstore.
  • Two Street Music, 124 Second St, +1 707-445-3155. Two Street Music has been serving Humboldt County's musical needs for over 25 years.

Eat[edit]

  • Bless MySoul, 29 5th St, +1 707-443-1090. Has Good Food and Good Feelings in a location where you will feel right at home. With a walk up counter for take out orders, and indoor seating for people who want to enjoy the down home hospitality.
  • Lost Coast Brewery, 617 Fourth St, +1 707 445-4480. 11AM-1AM. Located in a 100-year-old building, a restored wood frame structure built in 1892.
  • Samoa Cookhouse, 511 Vance Road. This is the last remaining lumberjack style cookhouse in America. There is no menu. You get what the cook serves and you can eat all you want. Dinners usually consist of soup, salad, fresh bread, and either porkchops, fried chicken, beef, plus desert (usually pie). In Samoa, California right across the bridge from Eureka.
  • Ramone's Bakery and Cafe, 209 E St, 95501, +1 707 445-2923. Awesome local cafe in Old Town. Been going there for decades. $.

Drink[edit]

  • The SpeakEasy, 411 Opera Alley (in Old Town's Opera Alley between E and F, between 2nd and 3rd), +1 707 444-2244. 4-11. New Orleans inspired bar that hosts live blues music, burlesque, and other prohibition themed fun; located in a 120 year old building which no doubt served the same purpose during the real days of prohibition. No food is served, 21 and over only. Beautiful ambience, perfect for a romantic meeting or a nightcap after a long day's travel. Plenty of local beer selection as well as an extensive drink menu. Open every day at 4! $$.

Sleep[edit]

Go next[edit]

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