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Car Hire in Arcata

Car Hire in Arcata

The best way to explore Humboldt County is by car. After you fly in, you’ll find plenty of places to rent a car in Arcata. Enterprise car rental agency has a location in the city just off Hwy 255. On the south side of Arcata Bay, you’ll find [Hertz]~( and Enterprise near Old Town Eureka. There, you’ll also find plenty of cars to hire in Arcata. At all of these agencies, you can find every size of car from compact models to SUVs. You can arrange to collect your car rental on arrival at the airport.

Car Hire at Arcata California Redwood Coast - Humboldt County Airport (ACV)

The primary commercial airport serving Arcata is California Redwood Coast - Humboldt County Airport (ACV). This airport is located just a few miles north of Arcata in the city of McKinleyville. The airport hosts Alamo, Budget, Hertz, and National car rental agencies. After you hire a car for Arcata, you only have to drive 8 miles south via Highway 101 to reach the city’s downtown.

Driving in Arcata

Arcata is a small town with less than 20,000 people. With a car hire in Arcata, you’ll easily find your way around. The city is home to Humboldt State University. As a college town, the city reflects Humboldt State’s long-standing dedication to social and environmental responsibility. At the Arcata Marsh Interpretive Centre, you can enjoy over 4 miles of easy trails through the Arcata Marsh and Wildlife Sanctuary. This Sanctuary is a top destination for birdwatchers year-round, and you can get there by car in under 20 minutes.

Your car rental from Arcata can also take you to the Arcata Community Forest. This 2,300-acre forest is located on the east side of town and offers extensive hiking, biking, and horseback riding trails. Every Saturday, the Arcata Plaza Farmers' Market offers Humboldt-grown produce.

Parking in Arcata

Parking in downtown Arcata and near the university campus is in high demand. There are several parking zones in these areas that allow you to park for two, four, or eight hours. There are also parking meters in the university area that operate daily from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Where to Go and What to See in Arcata

Arcata is in Humboldt County and is situated on the north side of Humboldt Bay. When you rent a car in Arcata, drive about an hour south and you’ll find Humboldt Redwoods State Park. This is arguably the best place to experience the redwoods by car. You can follow the Avenue of the Giants Auto Tour, a 32-mile winding path through this ancient forest of giants. A visitor centre is located at either end of Avenue of the Giants. Be sure to pick up a brochure to guide your visit.

When you’re done basking in the glory of 2,000-year-old trees, the Redwood Highway holds many treasures for you to find. When you hire a car from Arcata, head to Fern Canyon. This narrow gorge with ancient ferns was one of the filming locations for Jurassic Park 2.

Your car rental from Arcata can also take you to Gold Bluffs Beach in Orick, CA. Located in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, this gem is found at the end of a twisty unpaved road. Once there, you’ll enjoy hiking, birdwatching, and beachcombing.

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