You might think artist communities are something to scoff at, but as anyone living on the north coast near Humboldt or Mendocino counties knows, the quirky small towns in Northern California are definitely some of the more… interesting places in the state. There are a ton of fun artist communities throughout Northern California, but we get a kick out of all of the eccentric things to do in Garberville, California.

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What are some of the weirdest museums in Northern California? 

There are so many quirky and weird museums in Northern California for enthusiasts of all kinds. Here are a few of the most fascinating:

  • The Hand Fan Museum in Healdsburg is the only museum of its kind in the United States and houses a large collection of different types of hand fans.
  • The Niles Essanay Silent Film Museum in Fremont holds a large collection of silent film memorabilia in a studio that once belonged to Charlie Chaplin.
  • Reiff’s Antique Gas Station Museum in Woodland is home to a large collection of gas station-themed collectibles. You can even rent out the museum for your own quirky photoshoot!

Which are the most fun small towns in Northern California? 

For all of the local charm you can get, take a visit to one of these small towns in Northern California:

  • Dunnsmuir likes to hold onto its historical charm, and as you walk down its streets and see the old shop fronts and lit-up movie theater signs, you'll feel transported back in time.
  • Mariposa is all about the scenery. With views of Yosemite, you will want to factor a lot of time into your trip for marveling at the views.
  • Grass Valley is often forgotten about due to its closeness to Nevada City, but it's got its own sort of charm that makes it well worth your time.

Are there any natural wonders in Northern California? 

The natural wonders in Northern California are pretty hard to match! Take a look at some of the best ones:

  • Redwoods National Park is home to some of the oldest and tallest trees in the world, it's no wonder many fantasy and sci-fi films have been shot amongst trees like these.
  • McCloud River Falls may not be the biggest in the state, but with upper, middle, and lower falls, and easy hiking to them, this is a natural wonder you will want to marvel at.
  • Lake Tahoe is the largest in the country after the great lakes and its crystal blue waters and immense depth are utterly awe-inspiring. Take a visit to its only island, Fannette Island to truly experience its largess.