Gallery in Mendocino

Mendocino Art Center

Behind a yard of twisting iron sculpture, the city’s art center takes up a whole tree-filled block, hosting exhibitions, the 81-seat Helen Schonei Theatre and nationally renowned art classes. This is also where to p…
State Park in Mendocino

Mendocino Headlands State Park

Mendocino Headlands State Park surrounds the village, where trails crisscross bluffs and rocky coves. Ask at the Ford House museum and visitor center about guided weekend walks, including spring wildflower walks and…
Historic Site in Coastal Highway 1

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 fascinating insight into the pre-American Wild West. It’s a quiet, pict…
Lighthouse in Point Arena

Point Arena Lighthouse

This 1908 lighthouse (the tallest on the US West Coast) stands 10 stories high and is the only lighthouse in California you can ascend. Check in at the museum, then climb 145 steps to the top and see the Fresnel len…
Park in Coastal Highway 1

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 prairies and wooded hills, connecting pygmy forests and coast…
Park in Coastal Highway 1

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 forest. The latter is a unique and precious place, where acidic…
Beach in Sonoma Coast State Beach

Sonoma Coast State Park

This glorious state park, which stretches 17 miles from Bodega Head to just north of Jenner, is a series of beaches separated by beautiful rocky headlands. Some beaches are tiny, hidden in little coves, while others…
State Park in Coastal Highway 1

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 reserve is also a good spot to stroll the headlands, whale-watc…
Science Center in Bodega Bay

Bodega Marine Laboratory & Reserve

Run by University of California (UC) Davis, this spectacularly diverse teaching and research reserve surrounds the research lab, which has studied Bodega Bay since the 1920s. The 263-acre reserve hosts many marine e…
Gallery in Bodega Bay

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 Japanese garden at the back.