I’m really excited to interview Ian Snyder of Family Flys Free about Humboldt, California. Ian’s tips for the best things to do in Humboldt are awesome because he’s lived in the area since he was five years old. He loves how rural the area is, the lack of traffic, and the natural beauty of the redwoods. In Ferndale, where he lives, Ian loves the historic Victorian buildings and the community feel.
Humboldt is a small county in Northern California that borders the ocean on one side and Redwood National Park on the other. It is about 270 miles north of San Francisco and it is due west of Redding, California. The county’s largest cities are Eureka, Arcata, and Fortuna. Most visitors come to explore the majestic redwoods and fall in love with the small communities.
Temperatures along the coast rarely break into the 80’s, so be sure to bring a sweater, even during the summer. Ian says that the best month to visit is September, after the summer peak season for camping has passed. Ferndale holds an annual Bargain Lover’s Weekend on the 3rd weekend in September each year. You’ll find more than 100 different locations offering everything from antiques, collectibles, tools, toys, and more at participating locations.
We share a lot of resources and local suggestions in today’s podcast, but you should also check out Visit Ferndale, the local convention and visitor’s bureau. They are a wealth of information and can help you plan an itinerary based on your time, budget, and interests.
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Getting around Humboldt
The local airport is California Redwood Coast – Humboldt County Airport (ACF), which is about a 40-minute drive to the National Parks. This is a small airport that only serves United. Ian says in many cases it is better to fly into Sacramento International Airport (SMF) or another airport in the Bay Area and drive to Humboldt.
Places we talked about on the podcast
Here is a map of all of the places we talked about on the podcast episode with Ian Snyder about Humboldt, California. You can zoom into the map and click on each dot to explore the city.
- Red dots = best places to eat in Humboldt, California
- Green dots = best things to do in Humboldt, California
- Yellow dots = best places to stay in Humboldt, California
Who is Ian Snyder?
Ian Snyder is an environmental consultant by day and travel blogger by night. He moved to the Humboldt region with his parents when he was five years old and loves the area’s natural beauty. You’ll often find Ian and his family hiking the local trails and exploring nature.
Ian launched his travel blog, Family Flys Free, with Boarding Area’s Travel Update website to document his family’s travel and to share tips with readers. He’s also an expert in Delta Air Lines mileage runs and specializes in booking award flights on the airline.
Here are a few articles that he’s written:
- 10 free things to do with kids in London
- Birthday Party Bash: My great use of Choice Privileges Points
- This is why I’m downgrading my Hilton Aspire card
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Stay tuned for our next episode
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