Eureka is the keystone of the Redwood Coast. Most of the world's tallest trees are within an hour's drive. This prime site on Humboldt Bay, sheltered along a large natural harbor only two miles from the ocean, caused Eureka to develop as a seaport shortly before the Civil War. Lumbering, farming, fishing and shipbuilding soon followed. It was a rough and tumble boom town from the 1890s through the Great Depression. Eureka's proud heritage is being revitalized, and the town is embracing its ultimate destiny as a major recreation and leisure destination catering to travelers.
Hundreds of ornate Victorian buildings have been skillfully restored in a historic district with the look and feel of a larger city. Galleries, shops, and restaurants are close to the revitalized waterfront as are charming bed-and-breakfasts and a landmark hotel. One of America's great town parks complete with giant sequoias is nearby. Just beyond, ocean beaches, clear rivers, rugged mountains, and majestic redwood forests beckon.
For more information, contact the local Chamber of Commerce.
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