Eureka! The phrase is Greek for expressing the emotion of “I’ve Discovered It!” and properly, let’s simply say that we discovered Eureka, California throughout a spontaneous July 4th Highway Journey about 10 years in the past and what a discover it’s! Eureka’s an exquisite port metropolis positioned within the coronary heart of the California Redwood area, however that’s solely a small a part of why we featured it in our newest “Vacation spot Highlight” — this widespread collection that airs on our nationally syndicated journey radio present.
As the biggest coastal metropolis between Portland and San Francisco, it’s lengthy been a stopover metropolis for a lot of vacationers driving between Pacific Northwest cities in Washington and Oregon and components of California. However spend a couple of days in Eureka and also you’ll see why it’s price greater than only a 24-hour stopover. From the gorgeous world-famous Redwoods to the rugged ocean landscapes and the relaxed metropolis vibe, Eureka actually is, in our opinion, a to not be missed quintessential California coastal city.
Based in 1850, this former logging city has retained varied architectural kinds that, for first-time guests, will certainly shock. The structure from the good Victorians to the extra trendy post-war properties and the Classical Revival storefronts is really wonderful. Town has at the very least 20 buildings on the nationwide historic register together with Carnegie Free Library and several other Queen Annes together with a Tudor Revival Resort — The Eureka Inn.
The downtown space is stuffed with nice eating places, e-book shops, vintage retailers, outfitters, classic shops, and museums and artwork galleries. There are many espresso retailers however remember to cease by Humboldt Bay Espresso Firm — a northern California micro-roaster of truthful commerce, shade-grown, natural premium espresso. Scrumptious!
The Sequoia Park Zoo has reopened and their latest expertise is the immersive and accessible Redwood Sky Stroll — guests stroll throughout platforms and bridges that take you 100 ft above the plush forest ground…
Blue Ox Millworks Historic Park is one other draw — it’s a dwelling historical past park with a completely functioning sawmill and a Victorian job store that produces architectural millwork, and different elaborate designs for historic properties. There are ceramics studios, a blacksmith’s store, and woodworking and different native artisan retailers to discover.
We’d additionally suggest guided boat excursions in Humboldt Bay the place you’ll soak up the great thing about the realm from a distinct view but additionally be taught concerning the varied birdlife and the seals. By the way in which, a part of the Bay is a Nationwide Wildlife Refuge.
In abstract, Eureka, California is stress-free, historic, and has the most effective of each the woodsy, serene Redwood area and the gorgeous Pacific landscapes. The residents are welcoming and it’s a novel mixture of previous meets trendy — with a vibe that leans older Californian. Its wealthy historical past in logging and fishing — even to today — is simple to think about whenever you stroll via Previous City or spend any time at Blue Ox Millworks.
Take pleasure in Eureka everybody — however should you go, that received’t be very tough to do!
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