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|May 23, 2011

Arcata California- Best of the best

Arcata California- Best of the best

Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind place? Then Arcata California is the perfect place for you. From nice accommodations, tours, state of the art hotels, remarkable and historic places- fun and enjoyment will take place in your emotion. Why not take a visit in Arcata? Relax and enjoy.

Arcata California (c) Fishermansdaughter

According to Wikipedia, Arcata is a city adjacent to the Arcata Bay (northern) portion of Humboldt Bay in Humboldt County, California, United States. In 2006 Arcata's population was estimated to be 17,231. This college town, located 280 miles (450 km) north of San Francisco (via Highway 101), is home to Humboldt State University.


The heart of Arcata is the Plaza. In the 1850s the Plaza was where goods destined for the Trinity County mines were loaded onto mule trains. The Plaza has a green lawn, extensive flower plantings, and at its center a statue of President McKinley. The Plaza is surrounded by stores, bars, coffee shops, restaurants, and live music venues. The Plaza is also the center of Humboldt County's largest farmer's market (April through November), and serves as a major venue for local Fourth of July festivities, the Arcata Main Street Oyster Festival, the start of the Kinetic Sculpture Race, and the North Country Fair. The Plaza is also a popular rendezvous point for travelers who stop off in Arcata.

Arcata trip (c) Guy Haley

Arcata trip (c) Guy Haley

Arcata Marsh (c) Tony

White Flowers in Arcata Marsh (c) Christopher, Tania and Isabelle Luna

The William McKinley Memorial (c) Tom Bower

"William McKinley, Jr. (January 29, 1843 – September 14, 1901), 25th President of the United States - Assassinated in Buffalo, New York in 1901. Born in Niles, Ohio, he later moved to Canton, practiced law, and met his wife, Ida."

Central Square (c) Stephen Celebourne

Arcata also features a large number of original Victorian structures, many of which have been restored.

Arcata's Minor Theater is one of the oldest movies-only theaters in the United States which is still in operation. It is also home to the Arcata Theatre.

ATL as String Thing ends, Brian Cox changes the sign (c) Bob Doran

Dave and Marcus (c) Bob Doran

Brass Ecstasy (c) Bob Doran

Listeners (c) Bob Doran

John and Rob Barraco (c) Tony


U.S. Route 101 extends north and south and bisects the city. The downtown has several overcrossings; Arcata is considered a fairly walkable community. State Route 299 connects to U.S. Route 101 at the northern end of Arcata. SR 299 begins at this point and extends easterly towards Weaverville, Redding, Alturas, and Nevada. SR 255 Connects to U.S. Route 101 at the southern end of Arcata on Samoa Blvd. and to the west of US-101 passes through Manila. Bridge access (left at first controlled intersection) leads to Eureka through Woodley island and Indian island (using three bridges) ending on 4th (south 101) and 5th (north 101) streets in Eureka, CA. Used as an alternate route to the US-101, its speed limit is 55 mph (89 km/h) thought, unlike the 101 which from the Bayside cutoff to Gallagher lane north 101 and x street south 101 is 50 mph (80 km/h), due to a safety corridor.

The highways connecting Arcata to areas outside Humboldt County contain long segments of winding two-lane road traversing remote mountains and river canyons, portions of which can become closed after extensive rain and wind storms, necessitating sometimes very long detours. While Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna and the Redwood Coast region is part of the most populous state in the US, it is also one of the most remote locations along the continental US west coast.

1960 Superior-Pontiac Criterion Ambulance (c) Alden Jewell

“This ambulance was owned and operated by Chapel of the Redwoods in Arcata, California. It was referred to as "Arcata's newest & finest ambulance". Note what I believe is a Renault Dauphine at the left.” said by the author of this photo.


Redwood Transit System (RTS) is the major provider of public bus transportation in Humboldt County with several stops in Arcata. Arcata and Mad River Transit Service (AMRTS) is the local bus and serves Arcata and unincorporated areas such as the bottom. Dial-A-Ride service is available from Humboldt Senior Resource Center through an application process.

Transit and longhaul bus services including Amtrak and Greyhound use the Arcata Transit Center as their central interchange point for Arcata.


The closest airport is the Arcata-Eureka Airport located in McKinleyville. This airport was built by the Army Air Corps in World War II in a particularly foggy location, as a site to test fog dispersal techniques. No successful dispersal method appears to have been found, and after demobilization the airfield was given to the County of Humboldt as a civilian airport. This airport is one of the foggiest in the world, resulting in frequent flight delays or cancellations. Some arriving flights are diverted to Redding, California, a three hour drive to the east, or Crescent City, about 90 miles (140 km) to the north.


There is a deep water port in nearby Eureka. In 1854, the Union Wharf and Plank Walk Company built redwood plank and rails 2.7 miles (4.3 km) out into the deeper water of Arcata Bay, providing Arcata with a deep-water seaport. This was initially a horse-drawn railroad, though it was later converted to steam. This eventually became the Arcata and Mad River Railroad (now defunct). Arcata's wharf is long gone, and only a few piers can be seen at low tide. Some very small recreational boats can be launched from the foot of I street at the Arcata Marsh at high tide. However, at low tide Arcata Bay becomes a vast mud flat and a challenge to boaters.

Yellow Flowers (c) Christopher, Tania and Isabelle Luna

“Arcata has some of the most varied and beautiful flowers I have ever seen. This is a yellow monkey-flower. The waterfall in the background runs through the redwoods in Patrick's Point State Park down to Agate Beach.” said by the author of this photo.

Lamb (c) Christopher, Tania and Isabelle Luna

“This little fellow was in a farm I found hiking around the back roads of Arcata.” said by the author of this photo.

Arcata Wonder (c) Tony

“A Mighty Tree at 10th and J in Arcata, California.” said by the author of this photo.

Sunset Beach (c) Etahan Kan

“On the way to Arcata, CA.” said by the author of this photo.


- Kinetic Sculpture Race

- North Country Fair

- Godwit Days

- Arts! Arcata every second Friday from 6-9pm

- Arcata Main Street Oyster Festival

- Fourth of July Jubilee

- Saturday's Farmer's Market

- "I" Street Block Party, in the summer to benefit Arcata's sister city

- Pastels on the Plaza

If you then got tired from strolling around, why not eat?

Eating Ribs (c) Andy Moore

“Eating take-out ribs from an outdoor wood-fired BBQ restaurant in Arcata, California. Nyum!” said by the author of this photo.

According to Wikitravel, you can get in Acarta by:

By Car

There are basically only 2 roads in. You can come from the south or north on the 101 or you can come west on the 299. Highway 36 is an alternative approach to Humboldt County but is quite rough compared to the other two routes. Arcata is 5 hours north of San Francisco, 3 hours west of Redding and 7 hours south of Portland. Be advised of road closures before traveling in and out of the area. In the winter months heavy rains can cause flooding and mudslides on both US 101 and CA 299. In the summer and fall wildfires may close the highways as well. Most of the time the closures are for less than 24 hours, but occasionally can last for a couple days.

By Bus

Greyhound has a station here 925 E ST Arcata, CA 95521 telephone (707) 825-8934 . Amtrak Thruway Motorcoaches have curbside service at the Transit Center, 925 E Street.

By Plane

The Arcata/Eureka airport (ICAOKACV) is actually located in McKinleyville 6 miles north of Arcata on the 101.

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