Mendocino overlooks the ocean. It is an old lumber mill town that was established in 1850. You will find restored Cape Cod and Victorian houses, galleries, museums and more. The town is listed on the National register of historic places. Area attractions: The Kelly House Museum offers a research library. The Kwan Tai Temple was built in 1872. Point Cabrillo lighthouse was restored in 1909 and is located on a wildlife preserve north of Mendocino near Casper Beach.
The Mendocino Headland State Park has hiking trails with overlook bluffs, whale watching walks and guided history walks. The Mendocino art center has art exhibits, craft fairs and art classes. In the area you will find beaches, marshes, wildlife, forests and more. You can rent kayaks, canoes and mountain bikes. There are many State Parks in the area. You can take a tour of Point Cabrillo Lighthouse or go on the Whale watching walk that is held from December to March. Festivals and events: The Mendocino Whale festival - first weekend of March. Mendocino Crab and Wine days - January - February, Mendocino Music festival - Mid July, Wine and Mushroom festival - early November, Mendocino Coast Christmas festival.
Points of interest near Mendocino
Van Damme State Park has a Pygmy forest which is a natural bonsai forest. It is wheelchair accessable. You can go hiking here.
Greenwood State Beach has picnic tables, a path to the beach from the cliffs above. You can go sea kayaking.
Point Arena lighthouse is over a 100 years old. The lighthouse has over 145 steps to the top. It is located north of the town of Point Arena.
Salt Point State Park has pygmy forests, tidepools, pristine coastline, hiking trails, coastal coves and more.
Stump Beach has picnic areas and stairs to the beach.
Gerstle Cove Marine reserve is an underwater park with seals.
Kruse Rhododendron state reserve has rhododendrons over 30 ft high which bloom in the Spring. There are campgrounds nearby.
Fort Ross State Historic park is a reconstructed fort of a fort built by the Russians in 1812 and abandoned in 1842. There is a visitor's center with exhibits of Russian American history, Russian Orthodox Church and the old Russian cemetery. Camping nearby
Anchor beach has rocks that are shaped like bowling balls and are visible at low tide - secluded beaches
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