Crescent City, CA, USA

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For giant trees, gray whales, and lighthouses, visit Crescent City

Lighthouses, whales, and giant, cloud-piercing trees - Crescent City has something for everyone. Bookended by lighthouses, this quaint beach town is set on the north California coast. Also called the Redwood Gate to the Golden State, it's near the Redwood National Park and Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park. Begin your Californian escape by booking a Crescent City vacation rental close to its main attractions. Whether you climb the lighthouses, visit the sea lions at the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, or take a spin on the tables at the Elk Valley Casino, you're guaranteed a golden time.

Have a whale of a time on Crescent City's beaches

Crescent City is an outdoorsy kinda place; think surf bashing, golf, or hiking through the redwood forests. Although popular with the action set, it's also great for just hunkering down with a good book and a picnic on the beach. Book a Crescent City vacation rental south of the city and you're moments from locals' favorite, Enderts Beach. It famously has the best lookout for whale watching from the shore, when migrating Californian gray whales pass through these waters between March and May.

Get up-close-and-personal with Crescent City's critters

Crescent City is the ideal family destination. Sealife fans young and old will love Ocean World, a hands-on aquarium where you can get up close and personal with bat rays, wolf eels, and sharks. Meet some of the city's slippery residents, including harbor seals, elephant seals, and sea lions, at the Northcoast Marine Mammal Center, an non-profit organization which rescues and rehabilitates sea mammals who wash up on California's shores. Want to tire out the kids out before bedtime? Then climb up to light tower in the historic Battery Point Lighthouse, but watch out, it's only accessible at low tide.

The weather's pleasant in Crescent City

Like much of northern California, Crescent City is blessed with a Mediterranean climate, meaning long, warm summers and cool, damp winters. It's also has the accolade of being one of the wettest places in California, with an annual rainfall totaling a soggy 70 inches. The most popular time to visit is between June and September, when the balmy weather means the best Crescent City vacation rentals get booked up well in advance. Low season runs from November through to March, when the beachfront town sees the biggest downpours, so bring an umbrella, or even 2!

Visit the Land of the Giants at the Redwood National Park

Overlooking the Pacific Ocean on the north Californian coast, Crescent City is sandwiched between the sea and the forest. Known as the Redwood Gateway to the Golden State, it's 5 miles to the Redwood National Park, and 10 miles from Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park. Maybe it's the heavy rainfall, but this region is home to the world's tallest living things, with some redwoods reaching over 300 feet high. Embark on one of the dozens of hiking trails which wind around these magnificent specimens. But also keep your eyes peeled for Roosevelt elk, skunk, and bobcats, as well as the condors that sweep overhead.