California North Coast Visitor Information

Mendocino County

Travel scenic Highway 1 along the coast to take in the breathtaking views, the Gualala Hotel, and embrace nature in Gualala Point Regional Park, where trails lead to oceanfront cliffs overlooking a sandy beach.

Explore numerous parks, beaches, and coastal villages such as Point Arena, Albion, and Little River. In Point Arena, look for the historic lighthouse.

Mendocino, a historic Cape Cod-style enclave, doubles as the New England town of ‘Cabot Cove’ in the television show Murder, She Wrote. The entire village of Mendocino, established by New England whalers, is on the National Register of Historic Places. Fine shops, galleries, and snug inns abound in this renowned artists’ colony.

Board the Skunk Train in nearby Fort Bragg – named for an 1855 fort built to protect residents from hostile natives. Originally intended for logging, the train now carries passengers through 40 miles of awe-inspiring scenery to inland Willits and back. Don’t miss the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens on 47 acres overlooking the Pacific. At Noyo Harbor, charter a sport-fishing boat or catch a whale-watching cruise. From either Fort Bragg or Mendocino, stroll the headlands looking for seals. And, November to April, look for migrating California gray whales.

In Willits, visit the Mendocino County Museum to see Native American basketry and vintage steam-powered logging and railroad equipment. South is Ukiah, a major new wine-producing region.

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Top Attractions in the North Coast Area

Avenue of the Giants
Battery Point Lighthouse, Crescent City
Bodega Bay Sport Fishing Center
Carson Falls Hike
Carson Mansion, Eureka
Charles M Schultz Museum, Santa Rosa
Hike & Climb in Bodega Bay
Historic Railroad Square, Santa Rosa
Mill Tour and Museum, Scotia
Napa Valley Wine Train, Napa
Petrified Forest, Calistoga
Redwoods National Park, Crescent City
Roosevelt Elk, Orick
Roots of Motive Power, Willits
Safari West, Santa Rosa
Salmon Spawning Tours, Redwood Nat’l Park
Samoa Cookhouse, Eureka
Six Rivers National Forest
Skunk Train, Fort Bragg
Sonoma County Farm Trails
Trees of Mystery, Klamath
Trinidad Bay Charters, Trinidad
Victorian Homes in Ferndale

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