Get ready, Humboldt folks, a Bay Area news show, CBS KPIX, says that Eureka is a likely destination in “revenge travel”–a term for the idea that tourism will explode as folks cooped up during the pandemic get a chance to spread their wings after they feel safe with vaccinations and as hotels and vacation spots open back up.
“Domestically, small outdoor spots like Eureka, Merced, Bend, Oregon, Traverse City, Michigan and Bozeman, Montana are considered hot spots,” the KPIX show states in the video embedded above.
Eureka is positioning itself to take advantage of people cautiously venturing not too far from home. “The City of Eureka is a great vacation destination that offers plenty of fresh air, socially distanced entertainment, and easy access to outdoor adventures and relaxation,” the Visit Eureka website proclaims.
An article in the Eureka Times Standard from February of this year said that the Visit Eureka website “registered a hike of 54 percent in year-over-year traffic. Overall, the site received 112.5 percent more visits and page views went up 162 percent when compared to 2019.” The article points out, “Other findings show Eureka has performed better than the state and national averages for visitation, with only a 16 percent dip in demand compared to the nationwide decrease of 35.7 percent and California’s mean fall estimated between 38.9 and 43 percent.”
So where do you expect the tourists to hang out? Just in Eureka? What? With all this beautiful countryside just waiting to be explored?
Trip Advisor does suggest in city favorites such as the Sequoia Park Zoo, Old Town, and the Clarke Historical Museum, but, below is a short list of our 10 favorites, from south to north, to show folks from out of the area that allow for lots of social distancing:
Here’s a much longer tour that we would take our favorite visitors to: Click here.
A new website has been launched for the rural attractions of Southern Humboldt, DiscoverSouthernHumboldt.com.
But what are your favorite spots to take folks?