California’s North Coast for 48 Hours

Classic redwoods, beaches and a chilled out vibe in Humboldt County

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While it takes a lifetime to experience the abundance of California’s North Coast, it is possible to meet Humboldt County’s beauty in a mere weekend. Of course, a quick visit will likely inspire a lifetime love affair.

Take some time to stand under the world’s tallest trees, sip local microbrews, hike through Jurassic terrain and then reflect on how beautiful this region is as you meander along the sea.

You’ll want a car for this whirlwind trip as this itinerary explores almost 100 miles of California’s most inspired nature.

Day One on California’s North Coast

Check into Hotel Arcata in the North Coast’s funky college town. Head up to the Arcata Community Forest to greet the giant redwoods surrounding the community.

Join locals at Salt Fish House for dinner. If you prefer heaping portions, motor over to Samoa Cookhouse for dinner by the sand dunes. When the stars come out, sip brews with grad students at the Alibi where indie musicians rock out.

Day Two

Fuel up with coffee and pastries at Cafe Brio. Grab picnic fixings at the Farmer’s Market in Arcata Plaza, or North Coast Co-Op.

Travel north to explore Redwood National and State Park which boasts more redwood trail than you’ll have time to explore. Meander down the coast to the tiny beach community of Trinidad to purchase salmon jerky snacks and play at Patrick’s Point State Beach.

Stroll through Eureka’s historic downtown at dusk. Dinner spots worth noting include Lost Coast Brewing, a casual spot for burgers and brews, and the posh Restaurant 301.

Up in Blue Lake, check if Dell’Arte has any performances scheduled, or hit up The Logger Bar to cap off the night with some hops.

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Day Three

Line up for sweet crepes at Renata’s Creperie. Or if you are itching to get on the road, score breakfast sandwiches at Los Bagels.

Head south to the Avenue of the Giants. The self-guided interpretive trail highlights notable stops, but it’s well worth hiking through the Founder’s Grove.

At the end of the highway, in Garberville, the Woodrose Cafe serves organic burritos and sandwiches (though they close early).

Can’t get enough of the redwoods? Check into the historic Benbow Inn and stay awhile longer.

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