The city of Eureka, a historic Victorian seaport in Northern California, is among the top ten emerging U.S. travel destinations for 2007, according to one of the world’s most popular travel websites.
TripAdvisor.com, which boasts 20 million unique visitors each month, based the prediction on its online search activity and forum postings. The site includes hotel and airflight searches, along with photos, travel tips and millions of reviews from its users.
One reason Eureka likely scored so well among TripAdvisor.com travelers is its natural surroundings. “Perhaps the most intriguing discovery is that adventure in the great outdoors has trumped luxuriating at the spa,” said Michele Perry, spokesperson for TripAdvisor.com.
Eureka, situated on the Redwood Coast, is near the largest and tallest stands of the world’s tallest trees, the coastal redwoods; the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline in the continental United States, the Lost Coast; and six of California’s most scenic rivers, offering world class fishing, rafting and paddling.
The new honor is one of many for the coastal community five hours north of San Francisco. In recent years, Eureka or Humboldt County has earned some impressive accolades that include:
Top ten sustainable tourism destinations (National Geographic Traveler)
America’s most scenic rural county (USDA)
One of the ten best places to live in America (Outside Magazine)
Top seven places to buy land in paradise (Men’s Journal)
Besides its unspoiled natural beauty, the region has earned distinction for its emerging cultural scene. Eureka consistently ranks among the top ten small arts communities (The 100 Best Arts Towns in America). And Humboldt County has more artists per capita than any other county in California.
“With beautifully restored Victorian homes and businesses, a burgeoning arts scene in Old Town, and a growing number of fine dining establishments along the waterfront, Eureka is more than a staging ground for great natural adventures, it’s a cultural destination in its own right,” said Tony Smithers, executive director of the Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
In November, TripAdvisor.com was named the best website for travel information by a Zagat survey of more than 14,000 respondents. For more information on TripAdvisor.com and its top ten hot U.S. destinations for 2007, visit the press center at TripAdvisor.com.
The Humboldt County Convention & Visitors Bureau provides travel information about the Redwood Coast to the public and the media. For more, call 800-346-3482. Or for a virtual tour of the redwoods and coast of Humboldt County, as well as complete lodging, dining, events and attraction information, visit the bureau’s website at Redwoods.info.