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Crescent City is sort of like the late Rodney Dangerfield – " it don't get no respect"!
Crescent City as a destination is rarely on tourists' agendas, because if all you do is drive through on Hwy 101, you see an older, more working class somewhat congested town. The town was mostly destroyed after a massive earthquake & tsunami in the spring of 1964, and was rebuilt in a boxy, mid-1960's architectural 'style'. So much of the town looks very plain.
But don't let that deter you! Crescent City has a lovely side to it too, with some very interesting sights:
Battery Point lighthouse - access is across a causeway accessible only at low tide. The only lighthouse on the west coast like this. Very cute.
Point St George - a gorgeous open walking area along the bluffs above the sea. The St George lighthouse is visible out at sea.
The B Street Pier - near the lighthouse, this is a lovely walk out on a pier by the jetty. Even in summer, the waves come rolling in and crash on the nearby rocks.
The beach - a long crescent shape (hence the name) where the driftwood logs usually outnumber the people. One side is ocean, the other is hills covered with redwood trees.
Enderts Beach - located south of town off Enderts Beach Road, this is an easy, scenic walk of about a mile round trip. There is a more rugged trail the last 100 yards going down the hill to the beach.
Brother Jonathan cemetery - an historic cemetery for victims of an 1865 shipwreck. Great ocean views.
Marina - a great place to have a walk, and you can get quite close to the sea lions there. It's still a working harbour and is quite picturesque.
Beachfront Park - a large family park with acres of lawns, a playground, picnic tables, swimming pool. Beautiful oceanside setting.
Crescent Beach Park - a pleasant picnic area with ocean view tables, south of town off Enderts Beach Road. The beach is long, flat and easily accessible.
Tolowa Dunes - a large wetland complex with ancient sand dunes and a variety of eco-systems in a compact area; large numbers of birds here.
Del Norte County Historical Museum – an exceptionally good small town museum, located on the corner of 6th and H Streets, in the original county jail. There are many rooms packed full of interesting artifacts and historical information, all well displayed. The museum is open May-September, 10am to 4pm daily - closed Sunday.
Jedediah Smith State Park - 10,000 acres of trees, mostly old growth coast redwoods with over 20 miles of hiking trails. Stout Grove is a popular place to take a short walk. A great drive through here is . . .
Howland Hill Road - an awesome drive through huge redwoods on a narrow gravel road, about 6 miles. You are close enough to touch them from your car window! You'll find several places to park and wander through the giant trees. Allow about one hour for the drive. Suitable for passenger cars, but the road is narrow with some potholes.
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