- One must be a fox in order to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten off wolves. Machiavelli Niccolo
Eureka, California is the most central spot to base a tour of California's north coast or to visit Humboldt County, with a Victorian-styled Old Town, water sports on the bay and plenty of natural beauty all around.
Eureka and Humboldt County are popular with travelers who are hikers, nature lovers and anyone who likes Victorian architecture
Best Time to Go to Eureka
Weather around Eureka is most likely to be rainy from November through March, but temperatures are usually comfortable, ranging between 55 and 65°F for daily highs year round.
Attendees for the annual graduation at Humboldt State University fill hotels and restaurants in Arcata, Eureka, and other nearby towns.
It's a close call for visitors between the local redwood forests and the Victorian-style structures that were built from them, but we recommend the town of Ferndale if you only have time to do one thing.
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This cute little town, which stood in for Lawson in the 2001 Jim Carrey film The Majestic, is sometimes called Cream City because of the dairy farms that fill the verdant valley surrounding it. Some say it's California's best-preserved Victorian village, with a charming downtown full of lacy architectural detail and interesting shops.
If you're more of nature lover or haven't seen towering coastal redwood trees before, see more about the forests below.