Here are some of the beautiful drives you can do in a day from the Best Western Arcata Inn.
The Avenue of the Giants
A 33-mile stretch of of two-lane highway that runs parallel to U.S. Highway 101 just south of Fortuna, The Avenue of the Giants is an outstanding display of old growth redwood trees and numerous dedicated groves with lush fern-lined trails for hiking and bicycling as well. This scenic highway is a must see while visiting Humboldt County.
The Lost Coast Loop
This spectacular 100 mile roundtrip begins at the southwest end of Ferndale at the north end of Mattole Road. The narrow two-lane road winds up through forests and farmland to an elevation of 2,000 feet then winds down to sea level where it meets the ocean at Cape Mendocino. You’ll enjoy coast and beautiful bluffs for a number of miles, then wind your way back inland towards giant redwood groves at Rockefeller Forest in the Humboldt Redwoods State Park.
Humboldt Lagoons State Park
In northern Humboldt County, approximately 35 miles north of Eureka is the Humboldt Lagoons State Park. Comprised of a chain of 4 lagoons in an area of over 1,000 acres the park is a favorite spot for windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing, fishing, bird watching, camping and hiking. The Park includes miles of varied coastline from broad, flat marine terraces to steep rocky cliffs and beaches. Enjoy a picnic overlooking the lagoon at the 40 acre Stagecoach Hill Azalea Preserve.
Prairie Creek State Park
Fifty miles from Eureka, Prairie Creek is a 14,000 acre sanctuary of old growth coast redwoods including prairies and 10 miles of scenic Gold Bluffs Beach. There are over 75 miles of hiking trails, bicycle trails, self-guided nature trail, and trails for individuals with physical or visual limitations, There are plenty of picnic areas in the redwoods & on the beach accessible both by foot and car. The visitor center with exhibits and a nature store are open year round.
This park, along with Del Norte Coast, Jedediah Smith, and the National Park Service’s Redwood National Park make up 45 percent of all the old-growth redwood forest remaining in California. Designated as a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, there are over 280 Save-the-Redwoods League memorial groves.
Remember, these are just a few of many scenic places to visit during your stay. Be sure to ask your Best Western hosts for their favorites. And check back soon! Other day trips will include favorite fishing spots, activities for the outdoor enthusiasts, festivals and events, walking antiquing tours, and the list goes on. And tell us what you’d like.