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Mendocino

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Don't let its small size fool you: Travelers to the tiny coastal town of Mendocino are spoiled for choice. Hike, paddle, or bike? Wine or craft beer? Leave it to us. We'll suggest lodging, dining, and activities for your family-friendly getaway, romantic escape, or friends weekend.

Key Highlights

Numerous state parks with miles of hiking trails

Kayaking and canoeing on local waterways

Tastings at under-the-radar wine regions

Best Times to Visit

Year Round

Sample Trip Itinerary

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Mendocino

3 hours from San Francisco

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See the Point Arena Lighthouse and Museum

Take the scenic route up Highway 1 on your way to Mendocino. While you could practically pull off anywhere for exceptional views, we recommend stretching your legs at Point Arena Lighthouse, the tallest on the Pacific Coast.

Kayak through the sea caves in Van Damme State Park

Van Damme State Park is an ecologically diverse preserve just south of Mendocino. While we highly recommend exploring the fern-filled forests on foot, hopping in an ocean kayak to paddle through the sea caves on a guided tour offers another perspective of the stunning coastline. 

Hike in Russian Gulch State Park

Russian Gulch State Park epitomizes the best of Northern California's nature. Hike one of the trails on the western side of the park and you're treated to wide open, rocky coastal views. Head east, though, and you're soon enveloped in lush, leafy redwood forests.  

Enjoy world-class wine tasting in Anderson Valley

Leaving Mendocino, take the more direct, inland route. What it lacks in open ocean views it makes up for with exceptional vineyards. The Anderson Valley, which follows Highway 128, has long been known for its Pinot Noirs as well as its eclectic, laid-back atmosphere. Tastings here are a casual affair and often complemented by local cheese and other farm-fresh goods.

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