3 Unique Guided Tours in Northern California

There are many traditional ways to experience the majestic Redwood National Park and the breathtaking North Coast of California. We suggest thinking outside the box on your upcoming visit to Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. Our newly renovated and meticulously cleaned vacation homes are always a short drive from one of northern California’s premier guided tours. Whether you’re aiming to spend time on the beach, in the Redwoods near Orick CA, or rafting down the Trinity River, we have the ideal property to suit your group or family.

Just as important as selecting the perfect vacation home is discovering the ideal way to spend each day here in northern California. We suggest spending an unforgettable afternoon on horseback through the Redwood National Park, whitewater rafting down the Trinity River, and voyaging on the only oyster farm boat tour in California.

Horseback Riding in the Redwoods

orick caWe don’t want to oversell this once-in-a-lifetime experience, but horseback riding through the Redwood National Park with Redwood Creek Buckarettes is one of the premier guided tours in the world. The tours begin in Orick CA; we recommend the four-hour Picnic Tour. Hop aboard a gentle, beautiful horse and trek under the world’s tallest trees. You’ll learn local history, witness tranquil wildlife, and discuss the stunning flora. Though not guaranteed, your group may be lucky enough to spot a bald eagle, elk, fisher, coyote, bobcat, or river otter. There are dozens of mammals, birds, and fish in this region, so keep your eyes peeled! Lunch will be provided at the midway point. Each guest will have the opportunity to get a picture taken inside a redwood on horseback.

Oyster Tours in Humboldt Bay

orick ca oystersEmbark on a two-hour oyster boat tour in the oyster capital of the world: Humboldt Bay. Humboldt Bay Oyster Tours, based out of the port city of Eureka, collaborates with two nearby restaurants and Captain Sebastian to provide the only oyster boat tour in California. Captain Sebastian from Aqua-Rodeo Farms will guide the two-hour tour, and each participant will have the opportunity to harvest fresh oysters from Humboldt Bay. Participants then return to Humboldt Bay Provisions or Mazzotti’s to try three prepared oysters. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has multiple properties in the Eureka area, perfect for a lovely day harvesting oysters, shopping, and surfing.

Whitewater Rafting on the Trinity River

orick ca raftingFor the most extreme northern California experience, seek out a local rafting company for an afternoon run down the Trinity River. Redwoods and Rivers, the most extensive rafting company in the area, provides guided whitewater rafting tours on five rivers. Whether you’re a first-timer looking for a moderate class I run or a seasoned pro aiming at an exhilarating class V run, Redwoods and Rivers have the best tours possible. Six Rivers Rafting Company operates mainly on the Trinity River, one of the best whitewater rafting river in the state. They have tours that range from very relaxing to “you will get soaked.” Also operating out of the Trinity River, Bigfoot Rafting Company offers mostly beginner-friendly tours.

Deciding Where to Stay

Now that you have three afternoons planned, it’s time to choose where to finish each day. Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals has properties all over the coast, in the mountains, and on lakes and rivers. Explore our expansive vacation home catalog or read below for our favorites.

Viewcrest Retro Country Home in Orick CA

orick ca homeAll of our Orick CA vacation homes are in the breathtaking Redwood National Park area. The Viewcrest Retro Country Home has stunning deck vistas of the Redwoods and is a short distance from the Pacific Ocean. You’ll spend much of your time on the beautiful deck; spend your time grilling burgers, sunbathing, or basking in the mountain views. This country home sleeps six, has a large kitchen, and two bathrooms. Viewcrest is only 1.3 miles away from the Redwood Creek Buckarettes home base. Our new Orick Bungalow is also a short 1.2-mile drive from a horseback riding tour and always within walking distance of forest and ocean trails.

Boardwalk Loft

eureka ca homeOur modern Boardwalk Loft masterpiece is just two blocks from Humboldt Bay Provisions in the lively port town of Eureka. This loft apartment rests in the fantastic shopping and dining district of Old Town. Arcata Bay is visible through the windows. The Boardwalk Loft is ideal for a honeymoon or romantic getaway as it has one bedroom but a sizable living area, including a gorgeously modern fireplace. Spend a day harvesting oysters, shopping, and dining in Old Town. Then finish with a glass of wine by the cozy fireplace.

Hawkins Bar River Home

trinity lake ca homeWe’re very excited to share this majestic property with you. The Hawkins Bar River Home has the best deck in northern California. The deck overlooks the aqua blue Trinity River with covered outdoor seating, multiple grills, and a private riverside beach. This lovely country home rests in the quiet community of Trinity Village. It sleeps ten comfortably, making it perfect for a large group of prospective whitewater rafters. Hawkins Bar River Home is a quick 14-minute drive from Six Rivers Rafting Company and Bigfoot Rafting Company.

Northern California remains one of North America’s hidden gems. While the Redwood National Park is a world-famous crown jewel, our surrounding beaches, rivers, mountains, and towns are often overlooked. Locals and bright tourists know this region is an outdoor enthusiast’s dream. Whether you’re whitewater rafting, horseback riding, or harvesting oysters, your next vacation to the North Coast will be a blast!

It’s time to book your northern California escape to the majestic Redwoods with Redwood Coast Vacation Rentals. We offer a variety of supreme rentals for groups of all sizes. You’re guaranteed to find an Orick CA vacation home that’s ideal within our catalog of accommodations. Your next trip to northern California will be an unforgettable experience!

Kid Friendly Hikes Northern California

If you are anything like me, one of your main goals for the summer is to get the kids outdoors. Pulling children away from their screens and getting them connected to nature is a theme I often hear other parents discussing. From experience I know that exploring the many kid friendly hikes Northern California has to offer is by far one of the best ways to get our children engaged with the great outdoors. The magnificent kid friendly hikes both in and around Redwood National and States Parks have the tendency to instill a sense of awe and wonder for nature and her beauty, not only for the children, but the entire family as well.

We have compiled a list of some of the most kid friendly hikes Northern California offers….

While the Redwood National & State park system boasts some pretty amazing trails, the surrounding area of the entire Redwood Coast has some spots to explore that you and the family really do not want to miss. Starting from the North and working our way South, these hiking trails are some of the local favorites for families with children.

Lady Bird Johnson Grove

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Named after the late environmental activist and former first lady, Lady Bird Johnson Grove is easily one of the favorite and most popular kid friendly hikes Northern California provides. You can walk among ancient redwoods on this 1-mile loop that lies near the top of a ridge in Redwood National Park.

One of features of the trails that families seem to like most is the brochure provided at the trailhead which corresponds to marked posts along the trail guiding you along this historically significant trail making it an education experience for all.

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Trinidad Head Loop

kid friendly hikes northern california Ocean views, spouting whales, and endless coastline. Trinidad Head Loop is an 1.3 mile trail located just outside of the quaint fishing village of Trinidad, CA. The trailhead parking is found at Trinidad State Beach and Trinidad Pier, which are also great places to explore with little ones. Trinidad head is actually one of the most accessible kid friendly hikes Northern California provides. It also boasts one of the best views along the entire pacific coastline. Grey whales, sea lions, and dolphins are often spotted from the trail’s numerous viewpoints.

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The Hammond Trail

Often referred to as the “best place to walk, jog, or bike” by Humboldt county residents, this popular trail cruises along spectacular bluffs that allow you to gaze out over onto the Pacific ocean. This is a well maintained, smooth trail consisting of a combination of dirt and asphalt. It starts off at Clam Beach State Park and ends at the Mad River Bridge in McKinleyville, CA.  In total the trail is 5.5 miles but can easily be done in smaller sections. If you are wanting to take the family on a bike ride while visiting the Redwood Coast this is the trail for you. There is a great little park located direct on the trail as well. There are also several places along the trail where you can spot whales.

Featured Vacation Rental Near The Hammond Trail:

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The NorCal Garden Casita

 

Humboldt Bay Trail

kid friendly hikes northern california While only sections of this trail are complete at this time, you do not want to miss out on one of the most kid friendly hikes Northern California and the Redwood Coast offers. At the moment, the northern 3- mile portion of the Humboldt Bay Trail seems to be the most popular section. It runs through the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary where you can spot a variety of migratory birds and native plant species.

Make sure to stop by the Visitors Center located at the Marsh. There’s lots of great interactive exhibits for kids and educational info about the marsh and its inhabitants.

The southern-most potion of the Humboldt Bay Trail is a 1.5 mile stretch known as the Hikshari’ Trail. This section winds along the Elk River and through the Elk River Wildlife Sanctuary. This is paved trail which makes it great for biking and skating. It is also pet friendly for those of you traveling with fur babies. Eventually the Humboldt Bay Trail will trace the length of the bay, connecting these two section of trail, spanning some 13 miles between Eureka and Arcata, CA. For now the various sections are all worth exploring.

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Yashi Stay, Arcata CA

Cheatham Grove

kid friendly hikes northern california Heading away from the coastline and a bit deeper into the redwood forest, Cheatham Grove at Grizzly Creek Redwood State Park offers a wonderful kid friendly trail that the whole family will enjoy. This 0.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located just off of Hwy 36 near Carlotta, CA. Chatham Grove features beautiful wild flowers and a particularly beautiful stand of ancient Redwoods. The beauty of Cheatham Grove is famously reflected in the movie Return of the Jedi which was filmed here.

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Cream City Cottage & Studio, Ferndale CA

 

With trails like these it is easy to get the whole family out this summer to explore the serene splendor of the Redwood Coast. As we all know, kids grow up entirely too fast. Making memories to cherish for a lifetime is what it is all about. And trust us, you and your family will never forget the natural beauty that exists along this most magical stretch of the Northern California coastline.

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