Mendocino is a picturesque seaside village best known for its large collection of Victorian wooden buildings that have been lovingly restored into charming inns, restaurants, boutiques and art galleries.
The village perches proudly on a small, slightly hilly peninsula, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and is surrounded on three sides by the Mendocino Headlands State Park coastal bluffs. There are lovely scenic coastal trails to explore here, either on foot or by bicycle, especially in the nearby Van Damme State Park, known for its pygmy forest of dwarf full grown conifers.
Alternatively you can take a kayak trip to the coast's impressive sea caves or explore the waterfalls and turbulent waters of Russian Gulch. Nearby, the ancient Redwood forest boasts some of the tallest trees in the world where Coast and Sierra Redwoods can grow up to 370 feet tall.
Mendocino is surrounded by some of the most fantastic wineries, most renowned for its selection of local Mendocino county Pinot Noirs. Most of the local restaurants are very "eco-friendly" offering a selection of local food and wine on most menus.
The Skunk Train is Mendocino's most well known tourist attraction, taking visitors on a trip through the nearby redwood forests on an old fashioned steam train. The North Coast Brewery is well worth a visit with a fantastic selection of real ales brewed just next door and fabulous diner style food too.
The botanical gardens are also impressive, stretching right the way to the sea, with spectacular displays of rhododendrons and heather and other beautifully kept gardens all year around.
Suggested itinerary featuring Mendocino
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Places near Mendocino
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- Eureka 105 miles away
- Napa Valley 107 miles away
- Trinidad 123 miles away
- San Francisco 130 miles away
- Sacramento 134 miles away
- Crescent City 171 miles away
- Lake Tahoe 203 miles away
- Monterey 215 miles away
- Carmel 217 miles away
- Big Sur 237 miles away
- Yosemite National Park 251 miles away
- Crater Lake National Park 264 miles away
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