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Eureka

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Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. The city is located on U.S. Route 101 on the shores of Humboldt Bay, 270mi north of San Francisco and 100mi south of the Oregon border. At the 2010 census, the population of the city was 27,191, and the population of Greater Eureka was 45,034.Eureka is the largest coastal city between San Francisco and Portland, and the westernmost city of more than 25,000 residents in the 48 contiguous states. It is the regional center for government, health care, trade, and the arts on the North Coast north of the San Francisco Bay Area. Greater Eureka, one of California's major commercial fishing ports, is the location of the largest deep water port between San Francisco and Coos Bay, a stretch of about 500mi. The headquarters of both the Six Rivers National Forest and the North Coast Redwoods District of the California State Parks System are in Eureka. As entrepôt for hundreds of lumber mills that once existed in the area, the city played a leading role in the historic West Coast lumber trade. The entire city is a state historic landmark, which has hundreds of significant Victorian homes, including the nationally-recognized Carson Mansion, and the city has retained its original 19th-century commercial core as a nationally-recognized Old Town Historic District. Eureka is home to California's oldest zoo, the Sequoia Park Zoo.
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You'll find the largest variety of accommodations in the north section of Eureka, in the area known as Old Town. To experience the grandeur and decadence of the area's logging boom, consider staying in one of the luxury hotels set in Victorian-era townhouses. Chain hotels and motels around Old Town cater to budget-conscious travelers with comfortable rooms and great access to the water and the old commercial district's main attractions. Follow the 101 along the coast to find a scattering of more modern hotels and motels in the newer areas of town.
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