Crescent City, CA

Hwy 101
Crescent City, CA

McCoy family beachcombing at Enderts on a foggy summer day.

The McCoy family beachcombs on a foggy summer day.

The entire beach town of Crescent City, CA makes for a breathtakingly beautiful pit stop any time of year! A great place to start is Enderts Beach in Redwoods National Park. Says reviewer Angie McCoy, “It’s a great flat beach with a picnic area, parking and bathrooms. You go just 2 miles south of Crescent City (Hwy 101) to Enderts Beach Road. Take this road for awhile and you’ll see signs to the beach/picnic area. There is also a trail/overlook on this road (a recommended hike).”

Next, head to Ocean World, a privately funded aquarium located just off Highway 101 by the Crescent City Harbor. Young kids will love the ‘touch and feel’ tide pools and everyone will want to pet sharks and see a sea lion show.

Ocean World packs quite a bite!

Ocean World packs quite a bite!

Fifteen miles outside of Crescent City on Highway 101 is Trees of Mystery (15500 Highway 101 North), a groomed interpretive trail through the redwoods complete with a Sky Trail gondola, museum, and restaurant.

Bonus pit stop! The playground in Crescent City is great – it’s very similar to Bear Creek but much bigger. We had a lot of fun there – it’s on the waterfront at the south part of town near the lighthouse.”

Date last visited: August 2009

Distance off the interstate: All along Hwy 101

Hours and Admission Prices: No fee for Enderts Beach. Admission to Ocean World is $9 for adults and $5.95 for kids (call 707-464-4900 for hours) and admission to Trees of Mystery is $14 for adults, $7 for kids (under age 3 is free). Call 1-800-638-3389 for current hours.

Food Services: Crescent City offers a few fast food chains as well as several local seafood spots.

The Cathedral at Trees of Mystery.

The Cathedral at Trees of Mystery.

Website: Not the official site, but this blog gives a beautiful overview of Enderts Beach.

Trees of Mystery:

Ocean World:

Directions: To Enderts Beach: from Crescent City, take Highway 101 south for 2-3 miles, then turn right onto Enderts Beach Road. Follow the road all the way to the end, where there’s a small parking lot. Note that you’ll pass the vista point just before the parking lot.


About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.




  1. Looks like a lovely place. I love the foggy beach shot.

  2. We stayed in Crescent City with our kids. Another great pit stop is the beach near the lighthouse. At low tide you can walk where the ocean was and climb up to the top of the hill where the lighthouse is located. Lots of fun!

  3. This is one of the most beautiful areas of the country, in my opinion. We followed the coast from Astoria, Oregon to San Francisco last year. We loved Crescent City and the whole Redwood area. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I added your blog to bookmarks. And i’ll read your articles more often!

  5. I’m still trying to get over that tree picture you have… I’ts definetely a place worth visiting, thanks for sharing.

  6. C. C is a favorite stop for food, at the Chart Room.

    Jedediah Smith redwoods is a favorite to explore. It would be nifty if maybe the parks would cut a hiking trail that goes right through the center of the park someday, to connect Howland HIll Road with Hy. 199. Aside from Hiouchi trail that is.


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