The Redwood Coast is the perfect outdoor playground! Voted the “Most Scenic Rural County” in the nation by the USDA, the Redwood Coast boasts over one hundred miles of pristine accessible beaches and several State Parks and Redwood National Park full of old growth redwood trees. For the beginner to the expert kayaker our river and ocean access is second to none. Horseback riding on the beach, hiking miles of gorgeous quiet trails, or just a drive through this beautiful place is sure to inspire any traveler.
The Carter House Inns is centrally located on the Redwood Coast in Historic Old Town Eureka, California. Here you can enjoy shopping, dining, museums, historical monuments, artisan shops, or the Humboldt Bay while taking a stroll on the boardwalk. It’s the perfect home base to experience everything the Redwood Coast of Northern California has to offer.
Just a quick drive north you can enjoy breathtaking views of the rugged beaches in Trinidad. Head further north to the Redwood National Park and experience the inspiring power of the ancient and majestic Redwood Forest. Take a drive on the Newton B Drury Parkway through the Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park and view some elk on your way being mystified by beautiful Fern Canyon.
Head south for a while and step back in time while you visit the Victorian Village of Ferndale. From there you can take a tour of the Lost Coast where the annual Tour of the Unknown Coast bike ride is held. Experience the serenity of King Range conservation area on your way through Northern California’s forgotten coast line. Inland you can take a cool dip in some of the most pristine swimming holes in the Van Duzen river at Swimmers Delight. Take a drive on the famous Avenue of the Giants, where one of the most beautiful marathons in the world is held. Head into the Humboldt Redwoods State Park and experience the rugged terrain of the Giant Redwoods that grow inland.
One of the most beautiful and diverse CSU campuses, Humboldt State University, is located just seven miles north of the Carter House Inns in Arcata, Ca. Humboldt State has 144 breathtaking acres and enrolls over 7,000 students. As HSU approaches a centennial anniversary, they have become distinguished in a variety disciplines. Just recently, a team of HSU Environmental Resource Engineering students took the top prize for a micro-hydroelectric system in Bhutan, at the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington, D.C. Humboldt State University is yet another jewel the North Coast has to offer.
Roosevelt Elk are often seen in our parks, we recommend that you drive carefully when exploring. The bulls reach massive sizes, and it is very common to see them gathering along the side of Highway 101 in the areas near Redwood National Park and Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park.