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Ranked #1 of 15 attractions in Mendocino
Category: Scenic Drives; Bodies of Water
A scenic drive along California's Pacific coastline offering beaches, historic lighthouses and old-time fishing villages.
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Ranked #2 of 15 attractions in Mendocino
Category: Geologic Formations; State Parks; Nature and Parks
A scenic and appealing rugged promontory along the California coast.
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Ranked #3 of 15 attractions in Mendocino
Category: Beaches; State Parks
This park's view of the Mendocino headlands is enhanced by a spectacular array of wildflowers.
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Ranked #4 of 15 attractions in Mendocino
Category: Lighthouses; Landmarks
Owner description: Built between 1908 and 1909, and extensively restored, it is one of the most complete Lightstations in the U.S. and hosts... more » Owner description: Built between 1908 and 1909, and extensively restored, it is one of the most complete Lightstations in the U.S. and hosts visitors, vacation rentals, receptions and weddings, plus education programs for classes of local students. There is a parking area inside the gate off Point Cabrillo Drive, adjacent to the restored Kearn farmhouse with its public restroom. Enjoy the half mile downhill walk to the Light Station buildings. There is parking for vehicles with Disabled placards at the bottom of the hill. There are two paths to the Station. The dirt path begins at the north end of the parking lot and takes you through the introduced grassland and coastal prairie. The paved access road to the south is an easier walk. The Light Station includes the Lighthouse, which is an active duty Aid to Navigation, containing the original Chance Brothers classic 3rd order Fresnel lens. -- Three restored Lightkeeper homes; the first is a period museum of a lightkeeper's house in the 1930s; the other two houses are comfortable vacation rental homes, -- The restored Blacksmith & Carpentry Shop houses the Marine Science Exhibit with its 240 gallon saltwater aquarium, -- Two lovely vacation rental cottages, and public restrooms, one by the lightkeepers houses and another in the Kearn farmhouse. THERE IS NO FEE to tour the Lighthouse museum/giftshop or the period museum lightkeeper's house, although your donations are welcome. The Lighthouse, 1st Assistant Lightkeeper's House and Marine Science Exhibit are open to the public from 11am to 4pm year-round, including holidays. The State Historic Park grounds are open from sunrise to sunset daily. « less
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Ranked #5 of 15 attractions in Mendocino
Category: Bodies of Water; Nature and Parks
A beautiful estuary in which to observe nature.
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Ranked #6 of 15 attractions in Mendocino
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; State Parks; Nature and Parks
This reserve is famous for its Staircase Trail
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Ranked #7 of 15 attractions in Mendocino
Category: Beaches; State Parks

Van Damme State Park Van Damme State Park is four miles south of Mendocino on the northern California Coast. Half of the campsites sits along Little River Creek in a lush fern... more »

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Ranked #8 of 15 attractions in Mendocino
Category: Historic Sites; Landmarks
The mid-19th-century home of Jerome Bursley Ford, the founder of Mendocino, today serves as a visitors center on the region.
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Ranked #9 of 15 attractions in Mendocino
Category: Art Museums; Museums
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Ranked #10 of 15 attractions in Mendocino
Category: Historic Sites; History Museums
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Ranked #11 of 15 attractions in Mendocino
Category: Art Galleries
Dedicated to hand-crafted wooden furniture.
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Ranked #12 of 15 attractions in Mendocino
Category: Ranchs; Landmarks
This 11 acre ranch rents out horses for beach and mountain trails.
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Ranked #13 of 15 attractions in Mendocino
Category: Religious Sites; Landmarks
Built in 1854, this is believed to be rural California's oldest Taoist temple.
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Category: Art Galleries
Gallery specializing in works by artist Sev Ickes, as well as other painters and sculptors.
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Category: Nature and Parks
Owner description: Funding for MAPA's vital mission comes from grantors, fundraisers, special events, donations, memberships, visitor center... more » Owner description: Funding for MAPA's vital mission comes from grantors, fundraisers, special events, donations, memberships, visitor center operations, volunteers and our local communities. This multifaceted team effort, along with collaboration of the Department of Parks and Recreation, makes possible the park improvement projects and natural and cultural history programs that inspire thousands of people !! « less
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