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Arcata is a small town of 15,000 located along the scenic, rugged northern California coast. What began as a base town for gold miners, and later as a fishing and logging community, Arcata was named "One of the Most Enlightened Towns in the U.S." by Utne Magazine in their 1996 issue. This is a clean town with a strong community whose residents are ecologically aware and creative and always striving to make good use of their natural resources. Downtown Arcata retains its heritage in its historical storefronts, most notably the Jacoby's Storehouse which as been restored by local artisans and craftspeople. The colorful Arcata Plaza has several unique shops and restaurants on the grassy Town Square. Arcata sits on the banks of the Mad River, and is near the Pacific Ocean and Humboldt Bay, making it accessible to plenty of outdoors recreational opportunities. Visit the Redwood National and State Parks, Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary and Mad River Beach. Also of interest in the area is the Arcata Community Forest, which has ten miles of hiking trails that cross a 575-acre Redwood forest. Hotels, bed and breakfasts, cabins and cottages and vacation home rentals are abundant in the area.

Surrounding areas: Eureka, California (7.1 mi), Trinidad, California (13.4 mi), Fortuna, California (19.4 mi), Ferndale, California (22.4 mi), Willow Creek, California (24.1 mi), Orick, California (28.6 mi), Hawkins Bar, California (29.3 mi)

Arcata Vacation Rentals

Arcata Hotels and Resorts

Hotels & Motels
Best Western Arcala Inn4827 Vly W BlvdArcala, CA (707) 826-0313
Arcata Days Inn4975 Vly West BlvdArcata, CA (707) 822-4861
Arcata Super 8 Motel4887 Vly W BlvdArcata, CA (707) 822-8888
Comfort Inn Arcata4701 Vly West BlvdArcata, CA (707) 826-2827
Howard Johnson Express Inn4700 Valley W BlvdArcata, CA (707) 826-9660
Quality Inn Arcata3535 Janes RdArcata, CA (707) 822-0409
Super 8 Motel4887 Vly West BlvdArcata, CA (800) 626-1900
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites3107 Concorde DrMckinleyville, CA5.2 mi.(707) 840-9305
Clarion Resort2223 Fourth StEureka, CA5.8 mi.(707) 442-3261
Red Lion Hotel Eureka1929 Fourth StEureka, CA5.9 mi.(707) 445-0844
Rodeway Inn2014 4TH StEureka, CA5.9 mi.(707) 444-0401
Econo Lodge1630 Fourth StEureka, CA6.0 mi.(707) 443-8041
Quality Inn1209 4TH StEureka, CA6.2 mi.(707) 443-1601
Town House Hotel933 Fourth StEureka, CA6.3 mi.(707) 443-4536
Motel 61934 Broadway (hwy 101)Eureka, CA6.4 mi.(707) 445-9631
Eureka Travelodge4 Fourth StEureka, CA6.7 mi.(707) 443-6345
Ramada Eureka270 5TH StEureka, CA6.7 mi.(707) 443-2206
Days Inn4260 Broadway StEureka, CA9.2 mi.(707) 444-2019
Best Western Country InnRiv Walk DrFortuna, CA19.4 mi.(707) 725-6822
Holiday Inn Express1859 Alamar WayFortuna, CA20.5 mi.(707) 725-5500
Comfort Inn & Suites1583 Riverwalk DrFortuna, CA20.6 mi.(707) 725-7025
Best Western Country Inn2025 Riverwalk DrFortuna, CA20.7 mi.(800) 679-7511
Super 8 Motel Fortuna1805 Alamar WayFortuna, CA20.7 mi.(707) 725-2888
Best Western Tsewenaldin InnHwy 96Hoopa, CA24.7 mi.(530) 625-4294

Arcata Weather & Climate

The scenic redwoods coast area of Northern California has a mild year round climate that is completely dominated by the Pacific Ocean. This region that is located approximately two hours south of the Oregon State line experiences frequent and abundant rain October through April. These months account for about 90 percent of the annual precipitation, which averages 40 inches. The months of June through September are generally dry. Warm summer days are marked by low clouds and fog which usually dissipates by early afternoon with sunny conditions remaining until late evening when low clouds move back in. Temperatures are quite moderate with the annual range being one of the smallest in the lower 48 states. Fall is marvelous along the northern coast with warm, sunny days and calm ocean conditions. Areas over the coastal mountains, as close as 40 miles away, can have a much greater range of temperature than the coastal areas.

     Month       High Temp   Low Temp   Rainfall   Ocean Temp 
January 55°F 40°F 5.97 in. 51°F
February 55°F 41°F 5.51 in. 51°F
March 56°F 42°F 5.55 in. 52°F
April 57°F 44°F 2.91 in. 51°F
May 59°F 47°F 1.62 in. 51°F
June 61°F 50°F 0.65 in. 51°F
July 63°F 52°F 0.16 in. 53°F
August 63°F 53°F 0.38 in. 54°F
September 63°F 51°F 0.86 in. 54°F
October 61°F 47°F 2.36 in. 54°F
November 58°F 43°F 5.78 in. 53°F
December 55°F 40°F 6.35 in. 51°F

Arcata Map & Transportation

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The closest airports in the area are the Arcata airport (ACV) located about 7 miles north of Arcata and the Jack Mc Namara Field (CEC) located approximately 63 miles north of Arcata in Crescent City, California.

Arcata Attractions

Water Parks
Waterworks ParkReddingCA90.8 mi.
Golf Courses
Beau Pre Golf ClubMcKinleyvilleCA4.7 mi.
Eureka Municipal Golf CourseEurekaCA9.3 mi.
Bigfoot Golf & Country ClubWillow CreekCA24.1 mi.
Ski Areas
Mount Shasta Ski ParkShastaCA85.5 mi.
Mount AshlandAshlandOR115.8 mi.
State Parks
Patricks Point State ParkCA18.2 mi. 
Humboldt Lagoons State ParkCA22.0 mi. 
Grizzly Creek Redwoods State ParkCA28.8 mi. 
Prairie Creek Redwoods State ParkCA36.6 mi. 
Humboldt Redwoods State ParkCA38.5 mi. 
Zoos and Aquariums
Sequoia Park ZooEurekaCA6.4 mi.

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