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EurekaUnited States of America

Experience the lively arts community and lumber-milling heritage of this Northern Californian city bordered by redwood-studded hills and Humboldt Bay.

Eureka is a large coastal city with a charming 19th-century town at its heart. Discover its preserved Victorian streetscape and learn about the city’s former life as a West Coast lumber hub. Explore the broad expanse of Humboldt Bay and enjoy some of Eureka’s best-kept secrets. You’ll find fantastic fishing spots, beautiful foreshore hikes and a wide variety of wildlife.

Take a stroll down the captivating streets of the Old Town Eureka Historic District to get a great introduction to the city. See beautiful Victorian-era façades and grand old buildings that paint a picture of the city’s lumber-milling wealth. Check out the Renaissance-style Clarke Historical Museum, browse art galleries and antiques stores and relax in coffee shops and restaurants that populate this historic district. At the eastern edge of the Old Town, the magnificent Carson Mansion looks out over Humboldt Bay. This Victorian jewel is not open to the public but its exquisite architecture has made it a landmark in the city.

Go on a scenic tour of Humboldt Bay and take photos of the sweeping views of the harbor and the coast. Follow foreshore hiking trails and find bird-watching hot spots at the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge. If you chat to locals you’ll also learn about some of the city’s best fishing and clamming spots.

Explore the water with a rented kayak or join one of the bay’s boat tours. Go for a stroll along the beach near Manila and explore the peninsula trails at North Spit. Drive past the historic Coast Guard Station to reach a viewpoint looking back over Eureka toward picturesque Table Bluff.

Take the kids to see the animals at Sequoia Park Zoo and walk amid the towering redwoods at Sequoia Park Garden. Another popular spot for enjoying the forests’ tranquil beauty is Headwaters Forest Reserve. The scenic Redwood Highway presents a showcase of California’s natural beauty.

Eureka is easy to reach via Arcata-Eureka Airport. You can also take advantage of the Amtrak, Greyhound and local bus services. Enjoy the coastal beauty of Eureka from a waterfront hotel or stay overnight in a charming Victorian townhouse. Visit at any time of the year to experience Eureka’s energetic local culture, preserved architecture and striking scenery.

Where to stay in Eureka

Top Hotels in Eureka

Oceanfront Lodge
Oceanfront Lodge
2.5 out of 5
100 A Street, Crescent City, CA
The price is ¥9,236 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18

Located in Crescent City, this beachfront hotel is in a national park and within a 10-minute walk of Battery Point Lighthouse, B Street Pier, and Beachfront ...

3.4/5 (992 reviews)

"Good place to stay while visiting the north section of the Redwoods NP"…"

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2021

Oceanfront Lodge
Holiday Inn Express Klamath - Redwood Ntl Pk Area
Holiday Inn Express Klamath - Redwood Ntl Pk Area
2.5 out of 5
171 Klamath Boulevard, Klamath, CA
The price is ¥10,501 per night from Jan 29 to Jan 30

Situated by the ocean, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Tour Through Tree and within 6 mi (10 km) of Redwood National and State Parks and Trees of Mystery. ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (952 reviews)

"The black out curtains were really nice for a good-night's rest."…"

Reviewed on Jan 23, 2021

Holiday Inn Express Klamath - Redwood Ntl Pk Area
Anchor Beach Inn
Anchor Beach Inn
2 out of 5
880 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA
The price is ¥6,848 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Nestled on the beach, this Crescent City motel is within 3 mi (5 km) of South Beach, Redwood National and State Parks, and Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. ...

3.8/5Good! (996 reviews)

"Super clean, allowed pups, working outdoor ice machine was nice. It was an easy distanced check-in after a long day of driving it was great to quickly pull in and sleep waking up to the sunrise and ocean views."…"

Reviewed on Dec 22, 2020

Anchor Beach Inn
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Eureka

Emerald Forest Cabins
Emerald Forest Cabins
3 out of 5
753 Patricks Point Dr, Trinidad, CA
The price is ¥10,274 per night from Feb 17 to Feb 18

Situated near the beach, this cabin is within 1 mi (2 km) of Trinidad Museum, Trinidad State Beach, and College Cove South. Trinidad Town Hall and College Cove ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (352 reviews)

"Cutest Little cabin in the woods! The cabin was small, not a lot of room to move around but was perfect for a glamping experience. The property was well kept and staff were nice and helpful. This place give you the feel goods and of it doesn’t you need to spend more time relaxing!"…"

Reviewed on Jan 10, 2021

Emerald Forest Cabins
Private Cabin Close to Lagoons, Beaches, & the Redwood Parks
Private Cabin Close to Lagoons, Beaches, & the Redwood Parks
Trinidad, CA

Situated by the ocean, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Harry A. Merlo State Recreation Area, Big Lagoon Forest Nature Preserve, and Humboldt Lagoons ...

5/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)
Beautiful and charming. Loved it!!

"Sweet and cozy. Beautiful and charming."…"

Reviewed on Nov 12, 2020

Private Cabin Close to Lagoons, Beaches, & the Redwood Parks
2 Rustic Cabins & Treehouse On Creek in Redwoods
2 Rustic Cabins & Treehouse On Creek in Redwoods
McKinleyville, CA
The price is ¥17,539 per night from Jan 27 to Jan 28

Located in Fieldbrook, this romantic cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Beau Pre Golf Club, McKinleyville Totem Pole, and Mad River Beach County Park. Blue Lake ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (69 reviews)
This property was my favorite part of our trip!

"Went to the Redwoods which was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen, but this cabin and property was by far our favorite thing. I have no words to describe the beauty of the property, the waterfall, treehouse, the woods. If you appreciate nature, peace and solitude, don’t think twice. We will ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan 21, 2021

2 Rustic Cabins & Treehouse On Creek in Redwoods
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Eureka

3.8

Guest rating

5 - Excellent
111
5 - Excellent 20.86466165413534%
4 - Good
240
4 - Good 45.11278195488722%
3 - Okay
139
3 - Okay 26.127819548872182%
2 - Disappointing
31
2 - Disappointing 5.827067669172933%
1 - Terrible
11
1 - Terrible 2.0676691729323307%

4/5 - Good

Chris

May 25, 2020

Most business owners we encountered were very nice. Especially folks in Arcata.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 13, 2020

Beautiful downtown...will be back post COVID when things are open

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

May 3, 2020

The highlight of this town is Gallagher’s on 2nd street . The food is delicious and the staff is so friendly! Their fish and chips and clam chowder are must haves !

3/5 - Okay

ClaraVaughn

Mar 25, 2020

A lot of homeless and run down buildings

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 21, 2020

A good location from which to visit Redwoods National Park and the many state parks in the area. There is also a very nice cooperative grocery store near Carter House Inns.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 17, 2020

Eureka is one of my favorite places to visit, I just love the slower pace of things and the older charm of the city. Also that whole area is where the forest meets the ocean and it’s beautiful!

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