The Top Ten Attractions Near Mendocino, CA

About one hundred and fifty miles up the California coast from San Fransisco is Mendocino, a one-time logging town that’s now a romantic getaway for those who enjoy beautiful scenery, plentiful outdoor activities, and some good locally-produced wine. Here’s a look at ten great attractions in the Mendocino area.

Nearby Anderson Valley is home to over a dozen excellent wine producers. The unique micro-climate of the valley is very conducive to the growth of quality wine grapes, especially the very popular pinot noir.

State Parks

Two state parks, Headlands and Russian Gulch, are within close proximity of Mendocino, where outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy activities ranging from ocean kayaking to hiking.

The Lost Coast

The rugged topography spared the Lost Coast from development, largely because major roadways couldn’t be introduced through the challenging terrain. The area is very popular with backpackers, and the unpaved Usal Road is an off-road paradise that winds through towering redwood trees.


Several beaches in the area allow access to the incredibly beautiful coastline that runs along the western edge of Mendocino County. Glass Beach, Seaside Beach and Navarro Beach are three popular coastal getaways.

Botanical Gardens

In nearby Fort Bragg, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden showcases the incredible and diverse plant life that thrives in the coastal micro-climate. Trails wind through the 47 acres of plants and trees that thrive alongside the beauty of the coastline.

Aquatic Adventure

The clear waters of the Pacific Ocean, along the Mendocino coast, and the bountiful aquatic life, makes the area a fishing paradise. Spearfishing is especially popular, and diving, both scuba and free diving, is also a popular activity. Ocean kayaking, sometimes in conjunction with fishing, continues to grow in popularity as well, and sailing has long been an outdoor staple in the area.


In the warmer months, varied festivals fill up the area’s social calendar. Wine, music art, and food are among the popular festival themes.


There are miles of paved and unpaved bicycle trails in ad around Mendocino, and the scenery tends to make the hills a bit easier to take.


Mendocino’s mild climate makes it a great year-round golf destination. Little River Inn and Sea Ranch golf courses offer great golf along with fabulous scenery.

Horse Riding

Horse riding, especially on the beach is very popular in Mendocino. Stables in the area provide horse rentals.

About the Author: Lou is a guest contributor from The Inns of Glendeven, a wonderful vacation destination in Mendocino, CA.

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