Arcata encompasses all that’s great about Humboldt County, from the giant Redwoods of the Community Forest to the eccentric and spirited streets downtown. With its lush green lawns and vibrant flowerbeds, The Plaza in central Arcata is perhaps the liveliest gathering spot in all of Humboldt. Delightful shops line quaint streets, as locals, tourists, and intellectuals wander, gawk, and ponder.

Being that Arcata is a college town, you might find the bookstores and coffee shops of particular interest. At certain times of the year, you might stumble upon the Kinetic Sculpture Race, or the world-famous Oyster Festival.

And do find the time to take a self-guided tour of the many beautifully restored Victorian homes. If “big city” life isn’t for you, take a walk on the wild side at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary, or perhaps do a bit of hiking or biking amongst the trees in Arcata Community Forest and Redwood Park.

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