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Crescent City

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Crescent City

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Crescent City is a coastal city in Del Norte County in the northwestern corner of California.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From San Francisco or Portland, US Highway 101 makes a scenic but sometimes slow drive along the coast to Crescent City. Between San Francisco and Crescent City, there are no good connector roads from the east, so if you want to take 101, you need to start from the San Francisco Bay Area far to the south.

From Grants Pass in Oregon, you can take US Highway 199 southwest to reach Crescent City. Grants Pass is also a stop along Interstate 5, which is the major north-south highway on the west coast. Interstate 5 is known as fast and easy to drive and has good connections to further east, but it's often a boring road.

From Portland the fastest way to get to Crescent City would be to travel down I-5 to Grants Pass and SE along US-Hwy 199 to Crescent City.

By bus[edit]

The main Crescent City 'bus station' is just a stop on along Front St between 'K' St & Redwood Hwy, across the street from the Cultural Center. The stop is served by all Redwood Coast Transit buses (local buses Rt #1-4) and the Southwest Point Bus.

  • Redwood COAST Transit, (707) 464-6400, [1]. operates local buses around town (Rt #1-4) and to surrounding destinations in Del Norte County and to Arcata to the south on the following routes:  edit
    • Rt#10 goes south along US Hwy 101 to Klamath Glen
    • Rt#20 goes south along US Hwy 101 to Arcata and north to the Luck 7 Casino in Smith River
    • Rt#199 goes northeast along US Hwy 101 & 199 to Gasquet through Jedidiah Smith Redwood State Park.
  • Southwest Point/Klamath Shuttle, 1001 Front St, Crescent City, +1 541 883-2609, [2]. goes north from Crescent City to Brookings along US-Hwy 101 in one direction and NE to Klamath Falls via Selma, Grants Pass and Medford along US-Hwy 199 in the other direction. Passengers can also transfer to/from Amtrak Coast Starlight Train in Klamath Falls and Greyhound traveling along I-5 between Sacramento, Redding & Portland in Medford  edit
  • Greyhound & Amtrak Thruway, 925 E St, Arcata, +1 707 825-8934, [3]. There are no direct Greyhound bus service to Crescent City. Therefore, the nearest Greyhound and Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach Rt#7 stops are in Arcata. From Arcata Greyhound goes south to San Francisco via Eureka, Willits, Santa Rosa and Oakland along US-101. The Amtrak Thruway Motorcoach runs the same route as Greyhound except it has more stops along US-101 and terminates in Martinez with onward connections to the San Joaquin Train. The next nearest Greyhound stop is in Medford for the bus traveling along I-5 between Portland & Sacramento. To get to Medford take the Southwest Point Bus (see above) and to get to Arcata take the #20 bus (see above)  edit

Get around[edit]


Point Saint George is a county park northwest of town. You may beach comb, whalewatch or birdwatch among other activities. Drive 15 miles inland to visit Jedidiah Smith Redwoods State Park. This state park is one of the very few redwood parks with trails that go into the deep interior. Must-see: Stout Grove. Must-hike: Boy Scout Tree Trail. This trail is a hidden gem, and arguably one of the most beautiful in the entire state. Drive a few miles south to Enderts Beach Road. This road will take you to the sound end of Crescent Beach, and beyond that a trail will take you to a small, rocky cove--Enderts Beach. Visit the Battery Point Light House, accessible at low-tide.


Crescent City is the wettest incorporated city in California. When you visit, no matter the season, bring sweatshirts, umbrellas, and rainjackets. In the winter, freezing temperatures (32 degrees Fahrenheit or lower) are rare, and snow has not fallen since the 1990s.


Check the weather forecast for Crescent City from NOAA.

Climate Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Daily highs (°F) 54 54 55 57 60 63 65 67 68 64 58 53
Nightly lows (°F) 41 41 42 43 46 48 50 52 49 45 42 39
Precipitation (in) 10.15 9.18 9.22 5.13 3.13 1.57 0.38 0.74 1.67 4.56 9.84 11.23




  • Coffee Corner Cafe and Deli, 530 L St., +1 707 464-9255. A real Pacific Northwest coffee shop, free wi-fi, and excellent sandwiches.  edit



  • Best Western Northwoods Inn, 655 US Highway 101 S, +1 707 464-9771 (fax: +1 707 464-9461), [4].  edit
  • Curly Redwood Lodge, (US 101 South Edge), [5].  edit

Stay safe[edit]

Crescent City is sometimes remembered as the only place in the 48 contiguous American states to have suffered loss of life from a tsunami in recorded history. Its location is particularly vulnerable to such waves. An extensive warning system has been installed to ensure the safety of residents and visitors alike and it works well. When an offshore quake in 2005 triggered the tsunami alert system as a precaution, the city was evacuated in 20 minutes. However, make sure to keep this concern in perspective; even in Crescent City, many more people die in auto accidents than by tsunamis.

Get out[edit]

Routes through Crescent City
Coos BayBrookings-Harbor  N noframe S  McKinleyvilleEureka
Grants PassCave Junction  N noframe S  END

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