Must-see attractions in North Coast & Redwoods

  • Male or bull Roosevelt elk (Cervus canadensis roosevelti) browsing on grasses near Fern Canyon in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California

    Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park

    North Coast & Redwoods

    Famous for some of the world's best virgin redwood groves and unspoiled coastline, this 14,000-acre section of Redwood National & State Parks has…

  • The Sun House at the Grace Hudson Museum, Ukiah, California.

    Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House

    Along Highway 101

    One block east of State St, the collection’s mainstays are paintings by Grace Hudson (1865–1937). Her sensitive depictions of Pomo people and other…

  • USA, California, Point Arena Lighthouse

    Point Arena Lighthouse

    Coastal Highway 1

    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…

  • The floral edge of Mendocino Botanical Garden.

    Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

    Coastal Highway 1

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

  • Parducci Wine Cellars

    Along Highway 101

    Sustainably grown, harvested and produced, ‘America’s Greenest Winery’ offers affordable, bold, earthy reds. The tasting room, lined in brick with low…

  • Olof Cellars

    Along Highway 101

    If you visit one boutique winery in Lake County make it Olof Cellars. The wines are excellent – most are reds aged for a minimum of three years – and the…

  • Graziano Family of Wines

    Along Highway 101

    The Italian Graziano family is one of the oldest grape-growing families in Mendocino County and specializes in ‘Cal-Ital’ wines – including Primitivo,…

  • Toulouse Vineyards

    Along Highway 101

    Sample standout (and organic!) Pinot Gris, Valdiguié and Pinot Noir from a stunning hilltop tasting room tucked into the forest.

  • Kaz Winery

    Along Highway 101

    A cult favorite, supercool Kaz is about blends: whatever is in the organic vineyards goes into the wine – and they’re blended at crush, not during…

  • Mendocino County Museum

    Along Highway 101

    Among the best community museums in this half of the state. It puts the lives of early settlers in excellent historical context – much drawn from old…

  • Motorcycle travelling through the redwood trees on the Avenue of the Giants in Humboldt Redwoods State Park.

    Humboldt Redwoods State Park

    North Coast & Redwoods

    Along Hwy 101, 53,000-acre Humboldt Redwoods State Park protects some of the world's oldest redwoods and has three-quarters of the world's tallest 100…

  • California, Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park. (Photo by Education Images/UIG via Getty Images)

    Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park

    North Coast & Redwoods

    The northernmost park, Jedediah Smith is 9 miles northeast of Crescent City (via Hwy 101 north to Hwy 199 east). The redwood stands are so thick that few…

  • USA, California, alt Point State Park, Gerstel Cove, Sandstone Formation, Tafone

    Salt Point State Park

    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…

  • Hiking through the Redwood forest.

    Redwood National Park

    North Coast & Redwoods

    This park is the southernmost of a patchwork of state and federally administered lands under the umbrella of Redwood National & State Parks. After picking…

  • Pathway through ferns and redwood trees on the Damnation Creek Trail in Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park.

    Del Norte Coast Redwoods State Park

    North Coast & Redwoods

    Marked by steep canyons and dense woods north of Klamath, this park contains 15 miles of hiking trails and several old logging roads that are a mountain…

  • California, Requa, Pacific Ocean Coast, Klamath River Overlook

    Klamath River

    North Coast & Redwoods

    The mouth of the Klamath River is a dramatic sight. Marine, riparian, forest and meadow ecological zones all converge and the birding is exceptional. For…

  • A trail bridge atop a fallen tree, among the redwood giants in the Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve.

    Montgomery Woods State Natural Reserve

    Along Highway 101

    Two miles west of Orr Hot Springs, this 2743-acre reserve protects some of the best old-growth redwood groves within a day’s drive from San Francisco. A 2…

  • Tourists walk across a bridge on the Redwood Sky Walk in the Sequoia Park Zoo.

    Sequoia Park

    North Coast & Redwoods

    A 67-acre old-growth redwood grove is a surprising green gem in the middle of a residential neighborhood. It has biking and hiking trails, a children’s…

  • Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge

    North Coast & Redwoods

    This pristine wildlife refuge protects wetland habitats for more than 200 species of resident birds and their feathered friends migrating annually along…

  • Pacific Star Winery

    Coastal Highway 1

    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…

  • Bodega Head

    Coastal Highway 1

    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…

  • Chacewater Winery & Olive Mill

    Along Highway 101

    Sample a wide array of largely organic wines and then soak up the alcohol with an equally memorable olive oil tasting. Bring your favorite bottle to the…

  • Battery Point Lighthouse

    North Coast & Redwoods

    This New England-style lighthouse dating to 1856 still operates on a tiny, rocky island that you can easily reach at low tide. Walking around outside is…

  • Brutocao Cellars

    Along Highway 101

    Located in a former 1920s schoolhouse in central Hopland, this fourth-generation family-owned winery has bocce courts, bold red wines and chocolate – a…

  • Walk-On Beach

    Coastal Highway 1

    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…

  • Westport-Union Landing State Beach

    Coastal Highway 1

    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…

  • Navarro Vineyards

    Along Highway 101

    One of the most visitor-friendly options around with award-winning Pinot Noir and dry Gewürztraminer; has twice-daily free tours (10:30am and 2pm;…

  • Saracina Vineyards

    Along Highway 101

    The highlight of a tour here is the descent into the cool caves (book a day in advance). Sensuous whites and rare-in-California Malbecs are all…

  • Ren Brown Collection Gallery

    Coastal Highway 1

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

  • Goat Rock

    Coastal Highway 1

    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.

  • Shell Beach

    Coastal Highway 1

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

  • Schoolhouse Beach

    Coastal Highway 1

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

  • Duncan’s Landing

    Coastal Highway 1

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

  • Husch Vineyards

    Along Highway 101

    The oldest vineyard in the valley serves exquisite tastings inside a rose-covered cottage.

  • Salmon Creek Beach

    Coastal Highway 1

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

  • Fort Ross State Historic Park

    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…

  • Paul Bunyan in parking lot at the Mystery of Trees. 42 feet tall. Woman at entrance gives a perspective to the size.

    Trees of Mystery

    North Coast & Redwoods

    It’s hard to miss the giant statues of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox towering over the parking lot at Trees of Mystery with a gondola running through…

  • Patrick's Point State Park

    North Coast & Redwoods

    Coastal bluffs jut out to sea at this 640-acre state park, where sandy beaches abut rocky headlands. Easy access to dramatic coastline makes this is a…

  • Van Damme State Park

    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…