GPS: 40°52’N; 123°05’W
Spend enough time in bike-friendly Arcata, on Cali’s foggy northern coast, and you’ll develop Popeye thighs like the locals. In this über-liberal community, recycling is religion and the Green Party rules.
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The riding selection is as broad as the virgin trees in nearby Redwood National Park, from the gentle 5-plus-mile Hammond Trail to the surprisingly technical dirt in Community Forest, a Central Park–size preserve (cityofarcata.org
Hit up the Plaza Grill for good, cheap fresh stuff—salads, sandwiches, and the like (plazagrillarcata.com
The Lady Anne Bed and Breakfast is a quaint Victorian throwback, complete with croquet games on the front lawn, with modern perks like Tempurpedic mattresses (doubles from $125; ladyanneinn.com