Must-see attractions in Coastal Highway 1

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    Point Arena Lighthouse

    This iconic lighthouse was constructed in 1870, destroyed in a 1906 earthquake and then rebuilt in 1908. It remains the tallest on the US West Coast (tied…

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    Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

    This gem of Northern California displays native flora, rhododendrons and heritage roses. The succulent display alone is amazing and the organic garden is…

  • Salt Point State Park

    Stunning 6000-acre Salt Point State Park has sandstone cliffs that drop dramatically into the kelp-strewn sea and hiking trails that crisscross windswept…

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    Pacific Star Winery

    In a dramatic, rub-your-eyes-in-disbelief-beautiful location on a bluff over the sea, the wines here don't get pros excited but they are perfectly…

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    Bodega Head

    At the peninsula’s tip, Bodega Head rises 265ft above sea level. It’s great for whale-watching. Landlubbers enjoy hiking above the surf, where several…

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    Walk-On Beach

    A half-mile trail passes through a large grove of cypress trees leading to a staircase down to this pristine quarter-mile beach. Walkers can follow the…

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    Westport-Union Landing State Beach

    Located 1.5 miles north of Westport, this ruggedly beautiful beach extends for three miles on coastal bluffs. A rough hiking trail leaves the primitive…

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    Ren Brown Collection Gallery

    The renowned collection of modern Japanese prints and California works at this small gallery is a tranquil escape from the elements. Check out the…

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    Goat Rock

    Famous for its colony of harbor seals, lazing in the sun at the mouth of the Russian River. Noted for its mystical-looking rock archway, as well.

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    Shell Beach

    Just south of the small town of Jenner, a boardwalk and trail leads out to a stretch perfect for tide-pooling and beachcombing.

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    Schoolhouse Beach

    A very pleasant beach with parking (but no other facilities); can be prone to riptides so swimmers should take care.

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    Duncan’s Landing

    Small boats unload near this rocky headland in the morning. A good place to spot wildflowers in the spring.

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    Salmon Creek Beach

    Situated around a lagoon, with 2 miles of hiking and good waves for surfing.

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    Fort Ross State Historic Park

    A curious glimpse into Tsarist Russia’s exploration of the California coast, the salt-washed buildings of Fort Ross State Historic Park offer a…

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    Van Damme State Park

    Three miles south of Mendocino, this sprawling 1831-acre park draws beachcombers, divers and kayakers to its easy-access beach, and hikers to its pygmy…

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    Jug Handle State Natural Reserve

    Between Mendocino and Fort Bragg, Jug Handle preserves an ecological staircase that you can view on a 5-mile (round-trip) self-guided nature trail. The…

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    MacKerricher State Park

    MacKerricher State Park preserves 9 miles of pristine rocky headlands, sandy beaches, dunes and tide pools. The visitor center sits next to the whale…

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    Point Cabrillo Light Station

    Built in 1909, this stout lighthouse stands on a 300-acre wildlife preserve north of town, between Russian Gulch and Caspar Beach. The grounds also…

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    Glass Beach

    Named for (what very little is left of) the sea-polished glass in the sand, remnants of its days as a city dump, this beach is now part of MacKerricher…

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    Stornetta Public Lands

    For fabulous bird-watching, hiking on terraced rock past sea caves and access to hidden coves, head 1 mile down Lighthouse Rd from Hwy 1 and look for the…