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5.0 out of 5
4 member's reviews
3,699 people visited Arcata
Miss the '60s? So does Arcata. Well, they would if they weren't still living somewhat in them. From Irish music jams to alternative energy rallies, there's always a quirky event going on. Humboldt State University's hilltop location against the redwoods offer a striking picture. Visit for tours of the world-famous Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) house. Nearby, rocky beaches and redwood forests provide plenty of day trips.
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  • ArcataPro 2014
    Sara Benson
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    4 Oct 18, 2013

    Dominated by the CSU campus, Arcata is a classic liberal, hippie, pot-smoking and tarot card-reading California small town. Start at the town square, where a Saturday farmers market brings in huge crowds, then amble around checking out the new-age and boutique shops, bars and cafes. Don't miss stargazing from a redwood hot tub at Caffe Mokka & Finish Country Saunas (book ahead).

    Recommended for:BackpackersBudget TravelersGreen TravelersVegetarian
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  • ArcataPro 2014
    Alex L
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    5 Apr 17, 2013

    There is no better way to describe why I love this town to pieces than to say this: At the weekly farmers market, there is a woman who sells organic angora hats made from thread she makes from her angora bunnies she brings to the market (I call my hat from her my 'bunny butt' hat). Plus, every restaurant in town has vegetarian AND vegan options, the redwood forest backs up against town, and the sewage treatment plant is a natural marsh.

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    Eric Brink
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    5 Apr 06, 2013

    Remember the 1st Brady Bunch Movie when the Family and their House had hardly changed since the 1960s. Arcata seems to be in a similar time warp, especially considering the the stark contrast to Eureka next door.

    Progressive Politics? Check
    Colorfull and sometimes overly self-righteous residents? Check
    Lots of Vegetarian and Vegan Options? Check
    A cute square with a neat Farmer's Market and Nearby Bookstore? Check
    Co-op Market Options? Check
    Dog Friendly? Check
    Faux Fur? Check
    Peace - Love - Dope? Check

    And with a nice small town feel to boot.

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    Matt Krupnick
    5 Sep 14, 2012

    One of the world's great small towns. The farmer's market on the town's central Plaza is a beautiful thing on a sunny day. Mad River Beach is a great place for off-leash dogs. Wildberries Marketplace and the Arcata Co-op have amazing selections of natural and local foods.

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