- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Visit Crescent City
Crescent City, California, is home to a wide range of fun attractions and great things to do, so whether you're looking to spend a relaxing day at the beach, take in some history or experience an outdoor adventure, you'll find it all in Crescent City, CA. From beaches and giant redwoods to historic lighthouses, museums, surfing and whale watching tours, Crescent City offers so many exciting things to do and something for every visitor to enjoy.
This curving, crescent-shaped beach gives Crescent City its name and is popular with surfers, families and nature lovers alike. With its calm waters and sandy beach area, South Beach is a great spot for swimming, long walks and hunting for sand dollars.
Pebble Beach Drive
Popular with surfers, tidepoolers and beachcombers, yet surprisingly crowd-free, this oceanfront drive offers sandy beach areas and rocky reef areas that are easily accessible from Highway 101.
Endert"s Beach and Vista Point (Crescent Beach Overlook)
Located south of Crescent City, Endert's Beach is a well-kept secret beloved by locals and often missed by tourists. This beautiful spot looks out toward the Crescent City Harbor, offering a panoramic view of the town that's also ideal for spotting and photographing migrating whales. Ask our staff for directions
Point St. George
A long outstretch of rock and beach, Point St. George is a great spot for tidepooling and exploring. Random rough waves and strong currents make the "buddy system" a must! Ask the Best Western PLUS staff for directions.
World Championship Crab Races
Held in Mid-February, this annual event is a colorful and popular Crescent City celebration featuring live crab releases, food, kids' activities, and live music. Call (707) 464 3174 for information.
The Crescent City area is a great spot to see whales and visitors can see migrating Gray whales in March, April and May from the shores at the Crescent Beach Overlook, Enderts Beach, Battery Point Lighthouse, Point St. George and Klamath Overlook or on a whale watching tour.
Crescent City is part of California's famed Wild Rivers Coast and the area's Smith and Klamath Rivers offer unmatched opportunities for salmon and steelhead fishing as well as freshwater and saltwater sites for angling.
Crescent City is close to some of the most spectacular and exciting river rafting in the north coast. Several companies offer rafting rentals, river tours and boating supplies.
Spend an unforgettable day hiking through some of the most beautiful trees in the world. Look for signs naming trails and the miles they represent on the way to Stout Grove. Be sure to stick to marked trails as they go through real forests with wild animals, and safety is always first.
Crescent City Harbor
This picturesque harbor shelters a large commercial crab and bottomfish boat fleet, as well as a sport fishing launch facility and cleaning station. Visitors will find a pier, ramp, charter boats, tackle, RV Park, restaurants, commercial docks, and resident sea lions.
This family friendly aquarium is home to live fish and other sea life, and features sea lion performances, a shark-petting tank, an interactive touch and feel tide pool, and guided tours.
Trees of Mystery
This must-see attraction features groves of rare coastal redwoods, a Native American museum, a mile-long wilderness trail and a Sky Trail Gondola that takes visitors on a breathtaking round trip journey through the forest canopy.
St. George Reef Lighthouse
Situated eight miles off the coast just north of Crescent City, St. George Lighthouse is the only offshore lighthouse accessible to the public.