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Eureka, California Attractions

Unusual landmarks, museums, roadside attractions, and hidden wonders in Eureka and the surrounding area. The historical coastal city was founded during the Gold Rush of the 1850s, becoming an important port for lumber shipping and exports. Eureka, with its collection of preserved Victorian-style houses, is midway along northern California's Redwood Highway of natural and unnatural tourist sights.

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  • Chapman's Gem and Mineral Museum

    Chapman's Gem and Mineral Museum

    Fortuna, California

    Exotic rocks and minerals collected by one family is exhibited as a free museum.

  • The Eternal Tree House

    The Eternal Tree House

    Redcrest, California

    Another fascinating tree attraction along the Redwood Highway, a redwood stump hollowed out to make a room.

  • Charles Kellogg's Travel Log

    Charles Kellogg's Travel Log

    Weott, California

    A fully restored "Travel Log" on wheels, made from a single redwood tree and driven around the U.S. 1917-21, is displayed inside the Humboldt Redwoods State Park Visitor Center.

  • Folk Art: Gabriel's Garden

    Folk Art: Gabriel's Garden

    Eureka, California

    Romano Gabriel's wood sculpture garden is preserved inside an outdoor glass case in touristy Old Town.

  • Fort Humboldt - Lonely Ulysses S. Grant Army Post

    Fort Humboldt - Lonely Ulysses S. Grant Army Post

    Eureka, California

    Young Grant is said to have cultivated his signature taste for whiskey at this foggy hilltop 19th century military installation.

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