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“Spectacular coastal views”

Mendocino Headlands State Park
Ranked #2 of 23 things to do in Mendocino
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Owner description: A scenic and appealing rugged promontory along the California coast.
Brooklyn, New York
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17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Spectacular coastal views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2014

The Headland State Park is the backyard to historic Mendocino Village. Ideal for whale watching and observing the powerful waves that crash over the rocks and against the bluffs. Awesome!

Visited December 2013
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Mill Valley, California
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387 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 302 helpful votes
“Perfect Spot to Watch Whales!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 10, 2014

Lovely trails to explore and watch the surf, the coast, the lighthouse! This time of year, you can park your car and sit for hours watching the migrating whales. Incredible spot!

Visited January 2014
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Felton, California
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178 reviews
70 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Beautiful view ...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 9, 2014

Walking through the park and along the ocean, you really get a feel for how rugged this part of the California coast really is. On a sunny day, there's probably not a prettier spot to just sit and watch the ocean.

Visited September 2013
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Iowa City, Iowa
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42 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Incredible Views!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2013

Absolutely beautiful trail! Natural beauty at every turn. The trail edges the cliffs of the headlands allowing what seem to be limitless views. We had a crystal clear day, but it would be beautiful in any weather. There are steps down to beach areas, as well. Saw many whale spouts fairly close as a pod migrated past. The trail is an easy trail, but lots of unprotected dropoffs if you are with kids. We started from the Ford House in downtown Mendocino. You can cut back to town at several spots or do the entire loop back into town on the north side. I call it worthy of bucket lists!

Visited December 2013
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Menlo Park, California
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48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“absolutely spectacular”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 29, 2013

We spent a couple hours walking the paths with our kids ages 7 & 9, walked down the stairs to the beach and just enjoyed spectacular views of the cliffs. Saw lots of whales, too. It was a bit nerve-wracking with kids though - I held their hands firmly the entire time. Lots of steep cliffs leading to raging waters, makes parents of young kids a bit nervous...

Visited December 2013
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