"Mendocino" California Off The Beaten Path Tip by SteveOSF

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  Main Street, Downtown Mendocino
by SteveOSF
  • Main Street, Downtown Mendocino - California
      Main Street, Downtown Mendocino
    by SteveOSF
  • The Bluffs from Main Street - California
      The Bluffs from Main Street
    by SteveOSF

Mendocino is located on California’s northern coast. The town was founded in the mid-nineteenth century as a logging town. Today it is more known as a tourist destination and artist’s colony.

Downtown Mendocino is perched above bluffs that overlook the Pacific Ocean. Historic buildings occupy Mendocino’s downtown. The shops and galleries are charming, and many feature work of local artists.

The town is surrounded by state parks. These include Russian Gulch State Park, Van Damme State Park, and Mendocino Headlands State Park. These parks supply many opportunities for hiking and coastal access.

Mendocino is just over a three hours drive from San Francisco in good traffic. It is off the beaten path, but well worth a visit. The drive from Highway 101 to the coast is particularly scenic.

Here are directions of how to get there: Take US-101 North from San Francisco (for 85 miles), at Cloverdale take CA-128 West (for 55 miles), then at the coast take CA-1 North (for 10 miles).

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  • Updated Jul 12, 2008
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