After witnessing several devastating shipwrecks, Crescent City constructed its first lighthouse in 1856. Today, that same lighthouse is open to the public and has been registered as a California Landmark. A few decades later, after a paddle steamer struck an uncharted reef just off of Point St. George, the second lighthouse was constructed in 1892, which lies on a reef six miles offshore.
For those looking to escape into the peace and protection of Mother Nature, the Redwood National and State Parks is worthy of a visit or two. More than 45 percent of California’s remaining old-growth redwoods call these parks their home.
With its location along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, the region has seen its fair share of turbulent, crashing waves. In 1964 a tsunami collided with Crescent City, devastating homes and local businesses. If you’d like to see the impact this massive, 21-foot wave left, take the tsunami tour that weaves through downtown Crescent City. That tsunami still holds the title as the worst tsunami disaster recorded in US history.
When you fly to the jet charter airport in Crescent City, you’ll find yourself with so many things to do, you’ll be lucky to find a moment to rest. Take in a whale watching tour or book a visit to a seal colony. Rent a sea kayak or stand-up paddle board and enjoy an off-shore excursion. If you don’t happen to glimpse any wildlife during your water adventures, head over to the Ocean World aquarium and enjoy the many interactive experiences.
For adventures on land, discover the many hiking trails winding through the parks. You may even discover the enormous Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox somewhere inside the Trees of Mystery. And of course, there are so many beaches to see and explore along the endless California coastline.