Mendocino has many Points of Interest. Did you know that Mendocino Village is the only Coastal Town in America, that is designated as a Historic Town? Maybe you've wondered where is Cabot Cove or the Tree that you can Drive through, or where James Dean and Sea Biscuit Slept. You'll also discover incredible State Parks, huge redwood trees, and unique beaches that can only be found in Mendocino County.
Points of Interest in Mendocino
MacKerricher State Park
Popular with hikers, joggers, equestrians and bicyclists. This park is best known for all the seals that live in this beautiful and varied habitat of sandy beaches, ocean bluffs, sand dunes and tide pools to forests and wetlands.
Glass Beach in Fort Bragg, Mendocino Coast
Glass Beach is one of the most unique beaches on the Mendocino Coast, if not the world. It's not the occasional piece of glass as you stroll along - This awesome cove is covered with glass!
Pygmy Forest in Van Damme
Because of poor soil characteristics, and a hardpan that precludes penetration by roots or water, trees on this site are dwarfed. The same species in the surrounding forest off the pygmy soils, attain full height.
SEABISCUIT ~ Slept Here!
Thought you might like to know; Seabiscuit, subject of the critically acclaimed major motion picture and America's favorite race horse in the 1930's, lived between Willits and Ukiah.
Bowling Ball Beach/Schooner Gulch
Sunset watching, fishing, picnicking and surfing are popular activities here. A small parking area with two trailheads is on the west side of the highway. The southern trail leads to Schooner Gulch Beach and the northern trail provides access to Bowling Ball Beach.
The Mendocino Coast has two lighthouses that are open to the public
POINT CABRILLO LIGHTHOUSE
North of Mendocino
POINT ARENA LIGHTHOUSE
South of Mendocino
Temple of Kwan Tai
The oldest of California's Chinese houses of worship in continuous use, the temple may date back as far as 1854, though its documented history reaches only to 1883. The Chinese built many temples in California, but no others remain on the North Coast.
The Home of Mystery, Fun, and Family Entertainment since 1949. There is the World Famous Gravity House, the Redwood Shoe house, the Worlds Largest Free Standing Redwood Chainsaw Carving and the unique miniature Mountain Train Ride to enjoy.
Murder She Wrote
The popular television series starring Angela Lansbury, features the exteriors of Mendocino Village. A Victorian bed and breakfast in Mendocino was used as Jessica Fletcher's home in the fictional town of Cabot Cove, Maine.
Montgomery Woods State Park
Half way between Mendocino and Ukiah, you will find ancient redwood groves in Montgomery Woods State Park, you'll find one of the TALLEST LIVING THING in the world, (a redwood tree) is in this grove.
Drive Thru Tree
Located 175 miles north of San Francisco at the junction of US 101 and Coast Highway 1, lies the tiny hamlet of Leggett known worldwide as the home of the Chandelier Drive-Thru Tree.
Mendocino Land Trust
Their mission is to conserve Mendocino's working farmlands and forests, wildlife habitat, open space, scenic vistas, watersheds, and to facilitate public access. The Land Trust promotes healthy recreation in natural settings and sustainable experiences for residents and visitors in Mendocino County.
WHAT'S MENDOCINO WEATHER LIKE? You've booked the perfect place to stay, reserved the best restaurants and now your wondering:
WHAT SHOULD I PACK?
Here's some suggestions regarding weather.
Jug Handle State Reserve
NATIONAL NATURAL LANDMARK: Explore a 2.5-mile self-guided nature trail called The Ecological Staircase.
Each of the terraces was uplifted from sea level about 100,000 years before the one below it. The lowest terrace consists of prairie; the second is covered with pines; the third supports a unique pygmy forest with knee-high trees possibly several decades old.
Vichy Springs Resort Spa
The only naturally warm and carbonated mineral baths in North America. Overnight guests in the bed & breakfast and cottages enjoy a full buffet breakfast and use of the famous "champagne" baths, hot soaking pool and Olympic size swimming pool (in the summer).
Filmed In Mendocino
Take a look at the long list of movies and television shows that have been filmed entirely or in part in and around Mendocino County. Bet you've seen at least one and you didn't realize you were looking at Mendocino!!
Best View of Mendocino
Picture postcard view of Mendocino Village from across the bay! Mendocino Bay Overlook offers a spectacular view of the village of Mendocino from south of Big River. Located off Road 500B/Brewery Gulch Drive immediately south of Mendocino (after the bridge).>> Click for Map.
Tides and tidepools
The sun and the moon move in cycles affecting the ebb and flow of the Tides, wind and storms. We have two high and low tides of unequal heights each day, with a time difference of approximately six hours between them. Tides below one foot in height are ideal for viewing organisms in our majestic tidepools.
NEVER TURN YOUR BACK TO THE OCEAN!
City of 10,000 Buddhas
This international Buddhist community and monastery is one of the first Chinese Zen Buddhist temples in the U.S., with one of the largest Buddhist communities in the Western Hemisphere.
Situated in Talmage, occupies over 488 acres of meadows, orchards, and forests, of which only 80 acres are presently being used.
Willie Nelson - Mendocino County Line
...As the sun sank west of the Mendocino County line I have these pictures and I keep these photographs To remind me of a time These pictures and these photographs Let me know I'm doin' fine I used to make you happy once upon a time But the sun sank west of the Mendocino County line!