No matter what time of year you check into a comfortable discount hotel in Fortuna in Northern California, you are bound to find something special going on. The Spring Daffodil Show is held in late March. In early April there is the annual Paddle to the Headwaters Marathon for canoes, kayaks and outriggers. Boaters of every level of experience can join in the fun. In July the Redwood Fortuna Rodeo takes place. This is the oldest rodeo in the American West. Come in October, and you can join the Apple Harvest Festival. In December there is an enchanting Christmas Music Festival.
Guests staying at budget hotels in Fortuna during summer can visit the Fortuna Depot Museum. Here, in a 19th century rail depot they can learn the history of the Eel River Valley. The displays include exhibits from the town’s logging days, old high school yearbooks, and a collection of fishing lures. At Van Duzen County Park you can swim, hike, fish, camp, or have a picnic in the shade of giant redwood trees. The park’s Humboldt Grove is a pristine stand of old-growth forest. The California grizzly bear is long gone, but you might see black bears. The fishing for salmon, steelhead and trout is great. In Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park there is a natural history museum in a restored stagecoach station.
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