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Eureka

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Eureka [7] is in Humboldt County in California.

Get in

  • 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.
  • The Eureka/Arcata airport is served by one air carrier, United Express, with daily flights from San Francisco. The airport is located in the town of McKinleyville, 12 miles north of Eureka.
  • Bus service is provided by Amtrak and Greyhound. 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. Greyhound provides service to Oakland, California. Intercity service is possible through the east through connected service by Redding Area Bus Authority (RABA), Trinity Transit and Humboldt Transit Authority.

Get around

The Downtown and Old Town areas are easily walkable, and that's by far the best way to appreciate the city's architecture.

Biking is another good option. The city is fairly flat and because Eureka has a very intact street grid there are always many options quiet alternate routes that avoid busy streets. A map of bike routes can be found here.

Transit service is provided around the Humboldt Bay Area seven days per week by the Humboldt Transit Authority.

See

2018 Eureka Street Art Festival in Old Town
Victorian homes along Hillsdale Street on a brisk winter morning.
  • Eureka Visitor Center, 240 E Street (Right in the middle of Old Town), (707) 798-6411, [1]. 10-6. The best spot to get oriented to the area. Get the scoop on what's going on. Located in the same building as the Clarke Museum.
  • 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.
  • Hillsdale Street. This small street contains some of Eureka's best preserved ornate Victorian homes, some painted quite brightly. Great example of what a well-to-do neighborhood would have looked like at the turn of the century. Take a stroll.

Do

  • Morris Graves Museum [8]. 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 1990's.
  • Full Throttle Sportfishing (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. [9]

Buy

  • Eureka Books (Eureka Books), 426 Second Street (in Old Town across from the gazebo), +1 707 444-9593, [2]. 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. (40.80432,-124.167385)
  • The Booklegger, 402 Second Street. 10-5:30. Cool local bookstore with a good selection.

Eat

  • Lost Coast Brewery, 617 Fourth Street, +1 707-445-4480, [10]. 11AM-1AM. Located in a 100-year-old building, a restored wood frame structure built in 1892.
  • Smug's Pizza, 626 Second Street, +1 707-268-8082, [11]. 11AM-7pm. Local pizza place where you can get a whole pie or just a slice. You can order a custom single slice if you call about 15 minutes before you get there. Good vibe, mellow people. You can get two slices for $5.25 which is probably the best lunch you can get in Eureka for that price.

Drink

Night Life

  • Humboldt Cider Company Tap Room, 517 F Street, (707) 497-6320, [3]. 3-10 or 11. Locally made ciders. Good selection and cool art painted on the walls $$.
  • North of Fourth, 207 3rd Street. 4-midnight. Traditional bar in Old Town that was recently renovated/restored. Everything from the bar to the windows has been handbuilt from local redwood. There's a copper kettle fireplace (regularly in use) and an awesome little dog named Dougie that will hang out with you. The beer selection tends to be more on the craft side. Mixed drinks are good. $$.
  • The SpeakEasy, 411 Opera Alley (in Old Town's Opera Alley between E and F, between 2nd and 3rd). 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! $$.
  • The Siren's Song Tavern, 325 2nd Street, (707) 442-8778. 3-11. Dark, hip bar. Lots of fancy beers. No mixed drinks. Sometimes they have insane noise rock shows. $$.

Coffee Shops

  • Ramone's, 209 E Street, [4]. 7-6. Local bakery and coffee shop. They have a parklet out front. $$.
  • Because Coffee, 300 F Street. 9-4. Eureka's smallest and maybe coziest old town coffee shop. Millennial owned and operated. They do all the fancy stuff. $$.
  • Old Town Coffee and Chocolates, 211 F Street. 7-9. Solid local coffee shop. Probably the largest in size and the only one that is open late. $$.

Sleep

  • Best Western Bayshore Inn, 3500 Broadway Street, +1 707 268-8005, Toll-free: +1 888 268-8005, Fax: +1 707 268-8002, [12].
  • Best Western Humboldt Bay Inn, 232 W 5th Street, +1 707 443-2234, Toll-free: +1 800 521-6996, Fax: +1 707 443-3489, [13].
  • Motel 6, 1934 Broadway Street, +1 707 445-9631, Fax: +1 707 444-3217, [14].
  • The Cornelius Daly Inn, 1125 H Street., +1 707 445-3638, Toll-free: +800 321 9656, [15]
  • Abigail's Elegant Victorian Mansion B&B Inn, 1406 C Street , Eureka CA, 707-444-3144, [5]. Luxury Inn for discriminate connoisseurs who appreciate authentic high-style Victorian interior design, decor and antique furnishings.

Stay Safe

Despite its small size and being relatively remote, Eureka has a relatively high property crime rate. Avoid leaving anything valuable visible in your car because cars are regularly broken into. Violent crime is low and shouldn't pose a risk to the average traveler.

Eureka also has a homelessness problem. Be aware that you will likely see homeless people. Like a lot of cities in coastal California, it's an ongoing struggle to provide this population with housing and mental health services.

Be careful with the ocean. People die every year in Humboldt by being swept into the ocean by sneaker waves. Seriously, don't turn your back on the ocean.

Get out

Foggy morning looking back at land from the North Jetty.
  • Ma Le'l Dunes, Vera Linda Lane, Arcata CA. Beautiful outdoor area with miles of beach, huge sand dunes, and hiking trails. Located on the Samoa peninsula halfway between Eureka and Arcata, a roughly 10 minute drive from each either town. Great bike ride. Beach access requires a 10 minute walk from the parking lot so there are usually very few other beach goers, even by Humboldt standards. Dogs allowed. Free access and free parking.
  • North Jetty, Lincoln Rd, Samoa, CA (Take the Samoa Bridge (CA 255) out the Samoa Peninsula and turn south. It's the end of the road past the Coast Guard), [6]. Cool spot to walk out on the ocean. Also a surf spot. Sometimes you can see ships coming and going from the harbor. Free access and free parking.
  • Lost Coast Trail 707 825-2300 or 707-986-5400. 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.


Routes through Eureka
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