Travel To Workshop
Humboldt State University is located in Arcata, California. Arcata is on the Pacific Coast about 10 miles north of Eureka and 100 miles south of the California-Oregon border.
Traveling by Car
If you are driving to the workshop from the south, take US 101 north from San Francisco. Driving distance from San Francisco to Humboldt State University is about 280 miles. Driving time is in the range of 6 to 7 hours. It is a very pleasant trip through great stretches of beautiful redwoods -- most of it freeway driving. There are clear markings on 101 in Arcata to the University.
Once on the campus, there will be signs to help you get to the dorms for sign-in.
If you are coming from the north, you can come down US 101 -- which is beautiful but slow -- or down I-5 to Grants Pass. At Grants Pass, take US 199 west to Crescent City, and from there, US 101 to Humboldt at Arcata. Driving distance is about 160 miles from Grants Pass. It is again a beautiful trip through majestic redwoods. However, this is a relatively slow, winding road -- not a freeway.
Estimated driving time is 4 to 5 hours. Again the off-ramp to the University is clearly marked and once on the campus follow the signs to the dorms for sign-in.
Another possibility is to take CA 299 from Redding to US 101 just north of Arcata. This is a slow, but very scenic road through the redwoods. Distance is about 135 miles. Driving time is 3 to 4 hours. Go south on US 101 to the Humboldt State University off-ramp and follow signs to the workshop.
Traveling by Airplane
The Arcata/Eureka Airport (ACV) serves the Arcata/Eureka area. It is located about ten miles north of Arcata. In general, workshop participants who fly in do not find it necessary to have a car during the week and take advantage of taxi service from and to the airport.
Arcata and Nearby Area
The city of Arcata is located in Humboldt County, on California's Redwood Coast, at the juncture of California Highway 101 and 299 West, the Trinity Scenic Byway. The city is approximately 289 miles north of San Francisco, 150 miles west of Redding, and 6 miles north of Eureka.
Arcata is a popular tourist area. The climate is coastal, which means "be ready for anything." It could be sunny, but is often fog-drenched. Many participants arrive early for the workshop, or stay in the area afterwards to enjoy the area. There are many restaurants and things to do -- you can ask when you get there.
- HSU Driving Directions
- HSU campus maps
- HSU website: Travel to HSU
- HSU website: Lodging & Activities
- Arcata Restaurants
- Arcata Marsh
- City of Arcata maps
- Free Arcata map pdfs available through Avenza app
- Arcata Ridge trail map (pdf)
- Eureka Chamber of Commerce
- Eureka Restaurants
- Eureka Times-Standard
- Humboldt Redwoods State Park
- Humboldt County's Redwood Forests and Coast
- Sequoia Park Forest and Zoo in Eureka
- 101 Things to Do in Humboldt County
- Destination Radio listen online or radio 980 AM
- Humboldt Craigslist
- SFGate: Delight your inner hippie in Arcata
- SFGate: Top 24 Sights on California's Lost Coast
- SFGate: Here's how to see [northern Humboldt] county in a weekend
- Sights in southern and central Humboldt County