There are a few more places to check out if you are up in the northern part of the California coast, especially in Crescent City.
At Ocean World, you can take a 45-minute fully-guided tour which is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. You can learn about the unique creatures who live and play within the rocks near the shores of the Pacific Northwest while feeling and seeing them. You can even pet a shark! At the end of the tour, there is a seal and sea lion performance. This aquarium claims to have the best gift shop on the North Coast. The displays depend on natural sunlight, so Ocean World tours close at dusk. They are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The location is: 304 Highway 101 South, Crescent City, CA 95531. Phone: (707)464-4900.
Another great place to explore is the Smith River.
Named after the explorer, Jedediah Smith, this river flows from the Klamath Mountains to the Pacific Ocean. It is about 25.1 miles long and exists entirely within Del Norte County. It flows through the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest, Six Rivers National Forest, & Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park.
Crescent City has a great combination of rocky coastline and forested interior. The coast is stunning.
If you want to see sea lions play while dining, check out the Chart Room (Seafood) Restaurant located at: 130 Anchor Way, Crescent City, CA 95531. Phone: (707)464-5993. This casual waterfront dining restaurant has been voted Best Seafood and Best Clam Chowder by Readers Choice Award.