Located on Humboldt Bay, Eureka is considered the capital of the Redwood Empire region of California. While the population is under 50,000 it is the largest coastal city between San Francisco and Portland. A major commercial fishing port, Eureka was once the center of a booming timber industry. The historic downtown area includes spectacular victorian mansions as well as a newly developed waterfront, marina and performing arts center.
Visitors to Eureka can enjoy a wide range of outdoor activities on Humboldt Bay including kayak tours, fishing charters or a harbor cruise on the Madaket.
Historic downtown offers many shops and restaurants as well as a Ghost Tour of historic buildings, horse drawn carriage rides, The Carson Mansion, and much more. For an authentic historical experience The Blue Ox Millworks offers demonstrations and education on the way of life and historic arts of Victorian era.
For foodies and seafood lovers the Humboldt Bay Tourism Center is a good place to start with an oyster bar on the waterfront as well as a tasting room offering local wines, beers, cheeses and much more.
With many of the cultural offerings of a big city, Eureka maintains the small town feel and natural beauty that brings many visitors to the Redwood Coast. Many options for lodging include long term furnished rentals, vacation homes, and more.