Eureka, situated on the northern California coast, is the seat of Humboldt County and largest town in the area. Sitting between the Humboldt Bay and the redwood forests of the Pacific Northwest, Eureka offers many opportunities for hikers and nature-lovers. The Samoa Dunes Recreation Area looks out onto the Pacific Ocean and provides recreation opportunities for surfers, boaters and birdwatchers.
The National Wildlife Refuge on Humboldt Bay offers some of the best bird-watching areas in the United States, and it is matched by many other natural sites nearby. The redwood trees of the Shasta-Trinity National Forest are among the largest trees in the world. Hikes through such scenic areas as the Amelia Earhart Redwood Grove are pleasant for both experienced and occasional hikers. The Sequoia Park and Sequoia Park Zoo are popular destinations for visitors with children.
Eureka is served by the Arcata-Eureka Airport (ACV) by air and Route 101 for travelers from the south or north. The town may also be reached by Route 99 to the East and the Pacific Ocean to the West. There are affordable accommodations found all along Route 101, especially on the northern end of town.
Since Eureka is the largest town in the area, it enjoys a lively nightlife at clubs such as Nocturnum. The weather is mild throughout the year with cooler temperatures in winter due to its location on the coast.