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Arcata sits on California’s North Coast, near Eureka. Known as “Hippie Haven,” this laid-back town has a rich pioneer history. Then, there’s the natural beauty—nearby, you can camp among the redwoods or on the Pacific cliffs. From rustic tent camping sites to luxe RV parks, there’s an option for everyone. Near Arcata, Trinidad, and Samoa, RV resorts make a comfortable home base. For waterfront camping, head north to the basic sites at Clam Beach. At Patrick’s Point State Park, camp near hiking trails and tidepools. If you’re hiking or biking in, check out the no-vehicle sites. If you have a few days, head farther up the Redwood Coast. Sleep under the world’s tallest trees at Redwood National and State Parks. Choose from four campgrounds—or, try wild camping in the national park. Most sites have picnic tables and fire rings; some are open year-round. The weather in Arcata tends to be cool and damp all year. You can still hike and explore; just bring warm, waterproof layers. October to April brings rain and low crowd levels. If you’re visiting in the summer, be sure to reserve sites early.

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