Arcata Travel Guide

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Arcata Things to Do

  • A true example of people being people!

    Lots of people trying to fight the little guy to get his place on the curb to watch hundreds of other people doing the same thing! The annual Kinetic Sculpture Race is unique to say the least! Interest in this yearly activity seems to be dwindling so I am not sure how much longer people will stand on their small speck of the sidewalk trying to take...

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  • Watching the Kinetic Sculpture...

    Watching the Kinetic Sculpture Race ...OR watching the people at the Kinetic Sculpture Race...They all come out for it..not sure where from in some cases and I prolly better not venture a guess at this point, but you get my drift..Very interesting to say the least..this is one of the more colorful entries....

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  • The yearly adventure entitled...

    The yearly adventure entitled the 'Kinetic Sculpture Race'! People travel to Arcata from everywhere (the whole country) to be involved in this activity. Basically, vehicles (cycle driven)are built that will withstand hours in the bay, on the roads, across railroad tracks,anywhere they need to go to reach their destination which is the victorian...

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Arcata Hotels

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  • Hampton Inn and Suites Arcata

    4750 Valley West Blvd, Arcata, California, 95521, United States

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Best Western Arcata Inn

    4827 Valley West Blvd, Arcata, CA 95521

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Comfort Inn Arcata

    4701 Valley West Blvd, Arcata, CA 95521

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Couples

Arcata Restaurants

  • Excellent crepe

    I was happy to find Renata's Creperie. Most creperies serve a banana and Nutella crepe and Renata's is no different. First, I really like the decor of this place. Relaxing, hip and eclectic. The staff are very friendly and service was fast. The crepe was perfectly cooked and was chock full of banana and Nutella. On top was more banana and some...

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  • Desserts and baked goods

    This is a nice size bakery in the center of Arcata. Very friendly staff greasing me at a walk up counter. There is also indoor and outdoor seating. I got some items to go. First all I wanted was a brownie for later in the day. But then I spotted slices of Banana Bread and got a slice of that as well. Both items were very good but the Banana Bread...

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  • Paninis, Juices, Smoothies and More!

    Set in a small yellow building with Tibetan prayer flags across the front, this organic vegetarian cafe is a place I'll want to come back to again and again. You can sit at one of their handpainted tables and watch people walk by, or you can sit out back in the patio at funky little tables with equally funky little chairs. Service is friendly and...

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Arcata Nightlife

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    Reggae On The River is not a...

    by jgemini65 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Reggae On The River is not a night spot...it is a weekend long event that takes place every August in Southern Humboldt! It is world famous and tickets are hot commodities!
    Is definitely not for everyone! And you will not remain clean! If you are in to a real communal event this is for you! 10 years ago I was interested...I have lived here to long to be drawn to this event!

    Dress Code: What dress code? Humboldt County has no dress code! Reggae on the river sometimes has no clothes...it can be a wild event! Have fun!!

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Arcata Transportation

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    Humboldt County in on the...

    by jgemini65 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Humboldt County in on the Pacific Northwest Coast of Northern California! We are often referred to as being 'behind the Redwood curtain' because of the remoteness of our location! Howevere you can drive here in about 5 hours from San Francisco or fly from there in less than an hour!
    Arcata is a very bike friendly place. I have been here for over ten years and I never fail to see a bike each and every day no matter what the weather! Also, we are a college town, consequently everything in arcata proper is within walking distance!

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Arcata Shopping

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    Pacific Outfitters: Outdoor equipment for your next...

    by blueskyjohn Updated Jul 15, 2015

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    This is a local chain store specializing in outdoor equipment. They have a large selection of outdoor clothing, camping equipment and water sports. The staff are very friendly. Seems they also have an education branch that teaches different outdoor activities. I thought their hours are a bit limited but they have an excellent selection of items to choose from.

    Hours:

    Monday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Tuesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Wednesday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Thursday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
    Friday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Saturday 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
    Sunday 10:00 am – 6:00 pm

    What to buy: All types of outdoor equipment.

    What to pay: No deals here but they do have clearance racks.

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    • Water Sports
    • Hiking and Walking
    • Backpacking

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Arcata Local Customs

  • Arcata is a very liberal...

    Arcata is a very liberal community...many things are tolerated to the extreme! Sounds good? Maybe so...until you try to walk around town and your rights are abused in the name of others freedoms. Arcata is a place very much on its own! If you were to drive 5miles in any other direction the attitudes get very different! Hard to explain...one just...

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  • For better or worse, Arcata...

    For better or worse, Arcata and Humboldt County is known for the 'Humboldt Homegrown' and while it is definately not legal here...it seems to be tolerated!

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Arcata What to Pack

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    It always rains in Northern California!

    by jgemini65 Written May 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Backpacks are definately the norm!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Just be prepared for any kind of weather! However, the hottest it will get is 80 degrees...and that would be a rarity!

    These folks are ready to camp!
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    • Festivals
    • Camping

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Arcata Off The Beaten Path

  • Redwood Park

    This park as a lot of trails to walk or ride a bike through. It is truly a special place. Nature is all around you and you feel so peaceful while strolling through the redwoods. If you are a nature or photography buff you will LOVE this place. There are hundreds of plants listed on signs along the way and thousands of possible pictures to be taken.

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  • Watch the sunset off the ocean

    There are so many beautiful pictures to take here. Everywhere you look there is something spectacular. This was a simple shot just waiting for the sun to go down. It came out beautifully. A must see is the coastline with all the rocks and the wonderful sunsets.

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  • This is a photo of the...

    This is a photo of the sanctuary taken from the interpretive center! If you have any questions as to what birds can be viewed here don't hesitate to write! We are on the 'pacific Flyway' meaning there is great access to many birds of the Pacific Northwest!

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Arcata Favorites

  • Sceenery

    The pace is much slower than in SoCal. The people are friendlier and the scenery breath-taking. All of the times I have been here have been great. The weather is a bit chilly sometimes, but the sight seeing is always good.I really enjoyed the day when my sister, my brother-in-law and I went 4 wheel driving on the beach. Splashing through the water...

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  • My favorite pastime, other...

    My favorite pastime, other than traveling, is taking in a movie...Even though I live in a relatively small area we never suffer from a lack of theaters. The Minor Theater was built in 1914 and is the oldest continually active theater is the U.S. They actually have three or four screeens in this small building and the interior reflects its age, but...

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  • The 'Plaza' in the center of...

    The 'Plaza' in the center of Arcata is something you won't miss when you visit! This is the setting for many of the city events! This place looks very inviting from this view; However, be aware of the many transients on the plaza! They are NOT all that friendly! Many can be a bit crude!

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