Thursday, April 25, 2013

Finding it in Eureka with a Rental Bus

Just off California's scenic Highway 101, a short distance away by rental bus, lies Eureka, a quaint community committed to preserving its extraordinary attractions. Located on Humboldt Bay, Eureka is home to some of the world's largest trees and an arts community that has earned the town the No. 1 spot in "The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America," written by John Villani, art towns aficionado and author. Plan a visit to Eureka with a bus, coach bus, party bus, mini bus, passenger coach or school bus rented from Bus Rental California and find out more about what this quaint town has to offer.

Humboldt Bay, California's second-largest bay, is what first led people to Eureka. The bay, which includes a museum, boat launch and assortment of wildlife, still stands as a major attraction for California rental bus visitors. The Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. A 75-minute cruise tour is offered to rental bus visitors on board the Madaket, the oldest boat in continuous operation in the United States. Boat tours run at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., with additional 4 p.m. tours Wednesday through Saturday. The Bay, home to California's only open-ocean boat launch, is a favorite among fishermen who enjoy hunting perch, jacksmelt, California halibut, salmon, leopard sharks, clams, bat rays and crabs. For bird enthusiasts, 250 species inhabit the Bay, many of which are found in the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

At Humboldt State Park, rental bus visitors can hike and camp among lush Redwood groves, and maybe get the rare experience of seeing one of the park's six albino redwoods; only 50 known albino redwoods exist. The park has no daily admission fees, however, overnight camping fees range from $5 to $45. Avenue of Giants, a 30-mile stretch on Highway 101, cuts through the park, giving passersby a glimpse of the massive trees. The Humboldt Botanical Garden consists of 44.5 acres of local and exotic plants. The garden is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m (as of February 2010) and can be rented out for special occasions, but there are plans to open up the gardens full time. Sequoia Park Zoo is the only accredited zoological facility between San Francisco and Oregon; it's open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission fees are $4 for adults, $2 for children, $3 for seniors and only $1 every Wednesday.

Every first Saturday of the month, Eureka hosts an art walk between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., centered around F and 2nd streets. The walk features artwork from 80 local galleries and rental bus visitors will be entertained by performances from musicians, poets and street entertainers. The rich history of Eureka is so well-preserved in the community's "Old Town" district that the town has been officially declared the 477th California Historical Landmark. The area consists of 154 Victorian-era buildings. At the east end of Eureka sits Carson Mansion, a superb illustration of Queen Anne Style architecture, built in 1884.
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