Give the Gift of a Travel Experience: 12 Best Travel Gift Experiences in Del Norte County, California
Looking for a last minute holiday gift or struggling to find the perfect gift for that hard-to-shop for person or an entire family? We’ve pulled together a list of 12 gift ideas filled with favorite vacation activities, attractions and adventures from Del Norte County, California. All these suggestions make for a perfect gift anytime of year.
1. GO WHALE WATCHING AND CRABBING FROM CRESCENT CITY
Reserve a whale watching, crabbing or guided fishing trip by boat from the Harbor in Crescent City, California. Contact Stella’s Adventures and Crescent City Fishing Charters for gift certificates. Stella’s Adventures has amazing luck at getting you up close to all kinds of whales: blue, orca, humpbacks and gray whales!
Give a fun-filled camping weekend in a redwood forest or along a Pacific Ocean beach. Give the gift of reserving a campsite at one of Del Norte County’s campgrounds like Florence Keller Regional Park, a 26-acre park with 50 sites (including one hook-up site for an RV) surrounded by trails under tall redwood trees. Dogs are also welcome here. Speaking of dog-friendly camping and RV sites, Lighthouse Cove RV Park offers a beachside camping experience for both RVers and tent campers just a few steps from the sand and downtown Crescent City restaurants and attractions. For a Redwood National Parks camping experience, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park RV and tent camping sites are located across the street from the sparkling Smith River. Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park, also part of the Redwood National Parks, offers 144 sites 7-miles south of Crescent City on the way to Klamath, California.
One of the trails in Florence Keller Regional Park and Campground in Del Norte County
3. GIVE A NOSTALGIC THEME PARK EXPERIENCE AT TREES OF MYSTERY IN KLAMATH
5. WHITEWATER RAFT THE SMITH RIVER FOR CALIFORNIA’S BEST SPRING WHITEWATER RAFTING EXPERIENCE
Whitewater raft, float or go kayaking down the Smith River, one of the cleanest rivers in the United States and the entire world. Redwood Rides has plenty of guided tours for all-ages and skill levels and even rentals for those who prefer to ride the river solo.
Even a kid can do it! Kayaking down the Middle Fork of the Smith River is made for all ages.
6. A NATIVE REDWOOD CANOE TOUR EXPERIENCE IN KLAMATH
Treat them to a history lesson with wildlife viewing on the water with a Redwood Canoe Tour. Get paddled around the scenic Klamath River in a hand carved dugout canoe by a native Yurok naturalist guide and learn about the lives of the Yurok people who have inhabited this area for over 10,000 years.
7. EXHILARATING HIGH-SPEED JET BOAT TOURS ON THE KLAMATH RIVER
For thrills, spills and splashes, reserve a Klamath Jet Boat Tour. This boat tour leaves the banks of the Klamath River multiple times per day during the summer months and transitions between high and low speeds. You’ll get a little bit of bird watching, wildlife watching, history and some thrilling donuts on the water!
9. KAYAK OUT TO CASTLE ROCK TO SEE SEA LIONS AND WHALES FROM CRESCENT CITY
See sea life and whales at Castle Rock. Enjoy a short, guided kayak tour around this protected national wildlife refuge located only a half mile from shore. Both bird and marine mammal lovers will enjoy this unique wildlife experience from Redwood Rides. No kayaking experience is needed.
Sea kayaking out to see wildlife to Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge from Crescent City’s Pebble Beach
10. GET A GUIDED TOUR ALONG HOWLAND HILL ROAD, ONE OF THE MOST SCENIC ROADS IN NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Get chauffeured or bike your way along the scenic redwood-lined Howland Hill Road. Redwood Sightseeing Tours offers everything from a private picnic in the redwoods to a “wake up and smell the redwoods” tour. If you prefer to pedal, try a leisurely guided mountain bike tour with Redwood Rides that include stops to learn about the local flora and fauna.
11. STAY ON A WORKING DAIRY FARM IN AN UPDATED VINTAGE TRAILER
12. DINE WITH A HERD OF ELK AND ROLL THE DICE AT THREE CASINOS IN DEL NORTE COUNTY
Let them try their luck at one of three casinos in Del Norte County and dine with a herd of Roosevelt elk. Both the Redwood Hotel Casino and Lucky 7 Hotel & Casino offer luxury accommodations, onsite food and drink, gambling, and plenty of outdoor attractions nearby. The Elk Valley Casino and onsite restaurant, Warrior’s Bar & Grill, has elk-viewing opportunities from the dining room’s floor to ceiling windows. Look for a new elk trail and viewing platform coming soon!
Eat with elk at the Elk Valley Casino in Crescent City, California
For locally-made gifts and special souvenirs, stop into the Crescent City – Del Norte County Visitor Center for not only top-notch advice on what to do and see while you are visiting, but also a selection of unique items to include in your “gift experience” basket for Del Norte County. We love the Smokey the Bear stuff and the “May the Forest Be With You” sweatshirts — playing up our StarWars: Return of the Jedi filming history here and our annual Forest Moon Festival. Our friendly staff will happily ship items to you.
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