Road Trip to the Mendocino Coast

If you’re looking for some relief from those hot Redding days, a road trip to the Mendocino Coast is a cool way to beat the heat. From the Westport Headlands on the Northern Mendocino Coast down to Gualala Regional Park on the Mendocino / Sonoma County line and everywhere in between, you can find cool weather and fun things to do.

While you’re there, don’t miss Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, Manchester State Park, the Mendocino Headlands or Russian Gulch State Park; some of our favorites. We have information on these and other fun things to do on the Mendocino Coast below. We don’t get to the Mendocino Coast as often as we’d like but we always add new things to this section each time we do so check back before you make the trip.

If we’re missing your favorite thing to do on the Mendocino Coast, please let us know and we’ll add it to the site for other adventurous NorCalPulse.com users to check out. We’ll even give you a shout-out for taking the time to do so.


Caspar - Jug Handle State Reserve

Highway 1
Caspar, California 95420
Mendocino County
Website
Phone: 707-937-5804

Jug Handle State Natural Reserve is a special place.  Few places on earth display a more complete record of ecological succession and each of the five terraces at the reserve represents one...

Elk - Art Gallery & Museum

Elk Area
Elk, California 95432
Mendocino County
Website
Phone: 707-877-1128

Up and down Highway 1 there are a wide variety of Art Galleries that host and sell the amazing work of the creative people in the region and Museums that showcase the rich history of the area. The...

Elk - Greenwood State Beach

Highway 1
Elk, California 95432
Mendocino County
Website
Phone: 707-937-5804

Greenwood State Beach is a nice beach within walking distance of Highway 101.  It's a short walk down to the water where you'll find plenty of room to stretch out and relax or play.  The...

Fort Bragg - Art Galleries & Museums


Fort Bragg, California 95437
Mendocino County

Fort Bragg is known for a few wonderful things and the quality of its Art Galleries and Museums is certainly one of them.  Whether you like fine arts, abstracts, glass art, textiles, wood...

Fort Bragg - Farmers' Market

24772 Sashandre Lane
Fort Bragg, California 95437
Mendocino County
Website
Phone: 707-962-0297

The Fort Bragg Farmers' Market is truly one of the premier markets in NorCal.  Located in downtown Fort Bragg every Wednesday from 3-5pm, this Farmers' Market features everything from fruits,...

Fort Bragg - Glass Beach

Old Haul Road
Fort Bragg, California 95437
Mendocino County

Located within MacKerricher State Park, Glass Beach is the result of people dumping trash on the beach and the ocean pounding the glass, pottery and other materials into the colorful pieces that...

Fort Bragg - MacKerricher State Park

MacKerricher State Park Rd
Fort Bragg, California 95437
Mendocino County
Website
Phone: 707-937-5804

MacKerricher State Park offers a variety of habitats; beaches, bluffs, headlands, dunes, a forest and wetlands. Tidepools are along the shore and seals may be seen on the rocks off the park's...

Fort Bragg - Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

18220 Highway 1
Fort Bragg, California 95437
Mendocino County
Website
Phone: 707-964-4352

The Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens is one of the best gardens in the United States (US Today has it ranked 5th) and is a must-visit when in the Fort Bragg area.  It features a wide variety...

Fort Bragg - Mini Golf in Fort Bragg

1211 South Main Street
Fort Bragg, California 95437
Mendocino County
Website
Phone: 707-964-6699

18-holes of mini-golf on the Mendocino Coast!  The course is challenging but fun for the whole family and is a great way to spend some time goofing off.  T here is also an arcade that...

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