Start your trip to Arcata by visiting the Arcata Welcome Center. The center has information about many of the area’s attractions and activities. There are also displays that showcase the history, culture and natural resources of the region. To experience some of the town’s local flavor, take a stroll through the Arcata Main Street district. The district centers around the Arcata Plaza, where you’ll find a variety of locally owned shops, restaurants and live music venues. And depending on when you visit, there may be a festival or event going on. Some of these events include the annual Arcata Bay Oyster Festival and the monthly Arts! Arcata celebration. Arcata also is home to Humboldt State University, a school that is part of the California State University system. Arcata has been named one of the best college towns in the West.
Opportunities for outdoor recreation are abundant here. One of the area’s unique attractions is the Arcata Community Forest, which is located on the east side of the city. It features 790 acres of woodlands, including trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Nature lovers will also want to make a stop at the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. The marsh is located along the Pacific Flyway, so a day of bird watching could mean spotting more than 300 species of birds! And if you want to enjoy a day at the beach, it’s just a short drive or bike ride away. After a day of exploring, you can relax and unwind at one of our Arcata hotels.
When visiting Northwest California, make one of our Arcata hotels your home away from home. We look forward to making your stay a great one.
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