explore the best Crescent City, CA attractions, beaches & sightsFrom fishing charters and lighthouse tours to antique shops and golf courses, Crescent City offers so many fun attractions and things to do. Whether you're looking to spend a relaxing day at the beach, take in some history or experience an outdoor adventure, you'll find it all. Explore the giant redwoods, visit local museums, enjoy surfing, or book a whale watching tour. No matter what you want to see or do, Crescent City offers days of fun for everyone - all within easy reach.
Attractions in Crescent City, CA
South BeachThis curving, crescent-shaped beach gives Crescent City its name and is popular with surfers, families and nature lovers alike. With its calm waters and sandy beach area, South Beach is a great spot for swimming, long walks and hunting for sand dollars.
Pebble Beach Drive
Popular with surfers, tidepoolers and beachcombers, yet surprisingly crowd-free, this oceanfront drive offers sandy beach areas and rocky reef areas that are easily accessible from Highway 101. www.pebblebeachdrive.com
Endert's Beach and Vista Point (Crescent Beach Overlook)Located south of Crescent City, Endert's Beach is a well-kept secret beloved by locals and often missed by tourists. This beautiful spot looks out toward the Crescent City Harbor, offering a panoramic view of the town that's also ideal for spotting and photographing migrating whales. Ask our staff for directions
Point St. GeorgeA long outstretch of rock and beach, Point St. George is a great spot for tidepooling and exploring. Random rough waves and strong currents make the "buddy system" a must! Ask the Best Western PLUS staff for directions.
Crescent City Festivals & Events
World Championship Crab RacesHeld in Mid-February, this annual event is a colorful and popular Crescent City celebration featuring live crab releases, food, kids' activities, and live music. Call (707) 464 3174 for information.
California Redwoods Bird & Nature FestivalThis three-day nature festival attracts bird-watchers from around the country and features workshops, river drifting and canoe trips on Lake Earl, hiking in old growth forest, and more. www.calredwoodsbirdfest.org
Gasquet Raft RacesA wild and wacky event sponsored by the mountain town of Gasquet, this family friendly festival features a barbecue, craft vendors, beer tasting, costumes, raft races and awards for the fastest raft and the most unusual raft. Call (707) 457-3064.
Noll Longboard Surf ClassicAs Northern California's largest surfing contest, the Noll Longboard Surf Contest is open to surfers of all ages and ability. The three-day contest is held each October. www.noll.net/NLC.html
The Crescent City area is a great spot to see whales and visitors can see migrating Gray whales in March, April and May from the shores at the Crescent Beach Overlook, Enderts Beach, Battery Point Lighthouse, Point St. George and Klamath Overlook or on a whale watching tour. www.exploredelnorte.com/things-to-do/whale-watching-in-del-norte-county1.html
Redwood Parks and Forests
Jedediah Smith State ParkThis 10,000-acre, old-growth redwood park has been delighting and astounding visitors since 1929 and offers views of the Smith River, 300-foot redwood trees, hiking trails, and abundant wildlife, including black bear, deer, coyote, fox, beaver, river otter, and birds. http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=413
Stout GroveVisitors can view immense redwoods and lush ferns on the easy loop trail to the 44-acre Stout Grove in the Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. www.nps.gov/redw/planyourvisit/hiking-trails-north.htm
Del Norte Coast Redwoods State ParkThis famous park offers 6,400 acres of redwood forest, eight miles of wild coastline, rugged terrain and 1/2-mile of sandy beach for strolling and tidepooling. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=414
Prairie Creek Redwoods State ParkEstablished in the 1920's, Prairie Creek is a 14,000-acres park filled with old growth coastal redwoods, hiking trails, picnic areas, a visitor center, and a nature store. www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=415
Crescent City is part of California's famed Wild Rivers Coast and the area's Smith and Klamath Rivers offer unmatched opportunities for salmon and steelhead fishing as well as freshwater and saltwater sites for angling. www.exploredelnorte.com/outdoor-adventures/World-Class-Fishing-in-Del-Norte-County.html