24 days in United States Itinerary

24 days in United States Itinerary

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Barstow
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Bakersfield
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Visalia
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Cambria
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Monterey
— 3 nights
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Santa Cruz
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Half Moon Bay
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South San Francisco
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San Francisco
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Mill Valley
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Stinson Beach
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Glen Ellen
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Bodega Bay
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Mendocino
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Fort Bragg
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Eureka
— 1 night
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Redwood National Park
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Crescent City
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McKinleyville
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Dunsmuir
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Redding
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Lassen Volcanic National Park
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Chico
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Oroville
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Sacramento
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Yosemite National Park
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Kingman
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Barstow

— 1 night
Barstow is a city in San Bernardino County, California, United States. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): look for gifts at Eddie World.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Barstow trip itinerary maker site.

Tucson to Barstow is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time (MST) to Pacific Standard Time (PST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 88°F in May, and nighttime lows around 60°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Mon) to wrap things up before traveling to Bakersfield.

Things to do in Barstow

Shopping

Side Trip

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Bakersfield

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Traveling by car from Barstow to Bakersfield takes 2.5 hours. In May, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 59°F. You'll set off for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park on the 3rd (Mon).

Things to do in Bakersfield

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

With mountain peaks reaching past 4,250 m (14,000 ft) and trees stretching to over 75 m (250 ft) high, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks present nature on a grand scale.
To see maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park online trip itinerary builder.

Drive from Bakersfield to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in 4 hours. In May in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, expect temperatures between 84°F during the day and 55°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Tue) early enough to travel to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

— 1 night

A Land of Giants

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, use the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip planner.

You'll have a few hours on the 5th (Wed) to wrap things up before traveling to Visalia.

Things to do in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature
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Visalia

Visalia is a city situated in the agricultural San Joaquin Valley of California, approximately 230mi southeast of San Francisco, 190mi north of Los Angeles, 36mi west of Sequoia National Park and 43mi south of Fresno. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the engaging exhibits at ImagineU Children's Museum.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Visalia vacation planner.

Traveling by car from Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park to Visalia takes 1.5 hours. May in Visalia sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 55°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Cambria.

Things to do in Visalia

Childrens Museums · Museums
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Cambria

— 1 night
Cambria is a seaside village in San Luis Obispo County, California, United States midway between San Francisco and Los Angeles along California State Route 1 (Highway 1). To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cambria trip website.

You can drive from Visalia to Cambria in 2.5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Visalia in May since evenings lows in Cambria dip to 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) so you can drive to Monterey.

Things to do in Cambria

Parks · Outdoors · Shopping · Nature
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Monterey

— 3 nights
Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Step out of the city life by going to Carmel River State Beach and Asilomar State Beach. Explore hidden gems such as Pfeiffer State Beach and Bird Rock Vista Point. And it doesn't end there: kick back and relax at China Cove and Gibson Beach, take a memorable drive along 17-Mile Drive, and meet the residents at Monterey Bay Aquarium.

To find out how to plan a trip to Monterey, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Cambria to Monterey takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, train, and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cambria in May: highs in Monterey hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Santa Cruz.

Things to do in Monterey

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Zoos & Aquariums

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Santa Cruz

Santa Cruz remains synonymous with surfing, but this counterculture bastion offers plenty even if you don't plan to catch any waves.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at New Brighton State Beach.

For reviews, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Cruz trip builder.

Drive from Monterey to Santa Cruz in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Santa Cruz can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Half Moon Bay.

Things to do in Santa Cruz

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Half Moon Bay

— 1 night
Half Moon Bay is a coastal city in San Mateo County, California, United States. To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Half Moon Bay holiday builder tool.

Drive from Santa Cruz to Half Moon Bay in an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Traveling from Santa Cruz in May, you will find days in Half Moon Bay are little chillier (59°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). On the 10th (Mon), you'll travel to South San Francisco.

Things to do in Half Moon Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Wildlife
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South San Francisco

South San Francisco is a city in San Mateo County, California, United States, located on the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. On the 10th (Mon), hike along Sweeney Ridge Trail and then explore the striking landscape of Milagra Ridge.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our South San Francisco day trip planner.

South San Francisco is just a short distance from Half Moon Bay. When traveling from Half Moon Bay in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in South San Francisco, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to San Francisco.

Things to do in South San Francisco

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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San Francisco

— 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): hike along Lands End and then enjoy the sand and surf at China Beach. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Lafayette Reservoir and then identify plant and animal life at San Pablo Reservoir Recreation Area.

To find photos, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the San Francisco trip planner.

San Francisco is very close to South San Francisco. In May, daily temperatures in San Francisco can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mill Valley.

Things to do in San Francisco

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Mill Valley

Mill Valley is a city in Marin County, California, United States, located about 14mi north of San Francisco via the Golden Gate Bridge. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): examine the collection at Educational Tall Ship.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Mill Valley trip itinerary tool.

You can drive from San Francisco to Mill Valley in an hour. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from San Francisco in May, expect little chillier with lows of 48°F in Mill Valley. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Stinson Beach.

Things to do in Mill Valley

Museums

Side Trip

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Stinson Beach

Stinson Beach is a census-designated place in Marin County, California, on the west coast of the United States. To see reviews, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Stinson Beach trip builder app.

Stinson Beach is very close to Mill Valley. May in Stinson Beach sees daily highs of 74°F and lows of 48°F at night. You will leave for Glen Ellen on the 13th (Thu).

Things to do in Stinson Beach

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Glen Ellen

Glen Ellen is a census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California, USA. The population was 784 at the 2010 census, down from 992 at the 2000 census. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Laurel Glen Vineyard.

To find ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read Glen Ellen travel planner.

You can drive from Stinson Beach to Glen Ellen in 1.5 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Glen Ellen can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Bodega Bay.

Things to do in Glen Ellen

Wineries
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Bodega Bay

— 1 night
Bodega Bay is a town and census-designated place (CDP) in Sonoma County, California, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the galleries of Patrick Amiot.

To find traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Bodega Bay itinerary maker.

Drive from Glen Ellen to Bodega Bay in an hour. Expect a daytime high around 76°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mendocino.

Things to do in Bodega Bay

Museums · Shopping

Side Trip

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Mendocino

Mendocino is an unincorporated community in Mendocino County, California, United States. On the 14th (Fri), admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve.

For where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Mendocino online trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Bodega Bay to Mendocino in 3 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Mendocino can reach 79°F, while at night they dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Fort Bragg.

Things to do in Mendocino

Parks · Wildlife · Nature
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Fort Bragg

— 1 night
Fort Bragg is a coastal city along State Route 1 in Mendocino County, California. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): admire the majestic nature at Jug Handle State Reserve.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, use the Fort Bragg travel planner.

Fort Bragg is very close to Mendocino. In May, daytime highs in Fort Bragg are 79°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to drive to Eureka.

Things to do in Fort Bragg

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trip

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Eureka

— 1 night
Eureka is the principal city and county seat of Humboldt County in the Redwood Empire region of California. To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Eureka trip itinerary builder tool.

You can drive from Fort Bragg to Eureka in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Fort Bragg in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Eureka: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 49°F at night. You will leave for Redwood National Park on the 16th (Sun).

Things to do in Eureka

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums
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Redwood National Park

— 1 day
Redwood National Park is home to a tremendous collection of the world's tallest type of tree.
On the 16th (Sun), trek along California Coastal Trail and then delve into the lush surroundings at Tall Trees Grove.

To see reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Redwood National Park trip builder.

You can drive from Eureka to Redwood National Park in 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Redwood National Park are 60°F, while nighttime lows are 47°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Crescent City.

Things to do in Redwood National Park

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
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Crescent City

— 1 night
Crescent City is the county seat and only incorporated city in Del Norte County, California. To see reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Crescent City travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Redwood National Park to Crescent City takes 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in May, and nighttime lows around 48°F. You will have some time to spend on the 17th (Mon) before leaving for McKinleyville.

Things to do in Crescent City

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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McKinleyville

McKinleyville is a census-designated place in Humboldt County, California, United States. On the 17th (Mon), stroll through Luffenholtz Beach County Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the McKinleyville travel planner.

Traveling by car from Crescent City to McKinleyville takes 1.5 hours. May in McKinleyville sees daily highs of 60°F and lows of 47°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Dunsmuir.

Things to do in McKinleyville

Parks · Beaches · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Dunsmuir

Dunsmuir is a city in Siskiyou County, northern California. Discover how to plan a Dunsmuir trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from McKinleyville to Dunsmuir in 4 hours. When traveling from McKinleyville in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Dunsmuir: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 43°F at night. On the 17th (Mon), you'll travel to Redding.

Things to do in Dunsmuir

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife
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Redding

— 1 night
Redding, officially the City of Redding, is the county seat of Shasta County, California, in the northern part of the state. For ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Redding trip website.

You can drive from Dunsmuir to Redding in an hour. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Dunsmuir in May: high temperatures in Redding hover around 84°F and lows are around 56°F. On the 18th (Tue), you're off to Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Things to do in Redding

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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Lassen Volcanic National Park

— 1 day
In Lassen Volcanic National Park, steaming volcanic mountains give way to alpine meadows filled with wildflowers and pristine mountain lakes.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Cold Boiling Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Mill Creek Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Devil's Kitchen, then contemplate the waterfront views at Boiling Springs Lake, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Fantastic Lava Beds.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Lassen Volcanic National Park vacation builder app.

Traveling by car from Redding to Lassen Volcanic National Park takes an hour. May in Lassen Volcanic National Park sees daily highs of 84°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Chico.

Things to do in Lassen Volcanic National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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Chico

— 2 nights
Chico is the most populous city in Butte County, California, United States. On the 19th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Bolt's Antique Tool Museum.

To see maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Chico online day trip planner.

Getting from Lassen Volcanic National Park to Chico by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Chico are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Oroville.

Things to do in Chico

Museums

Side Trip

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Oroville

Oroville is the county seat of Butte County, California, United States. On the 20th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Mother Orange Tree.

Start your trip to Oroville by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Oroville is very close to Chico. May in Oroville sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 57°F at night. You'll have a few hours on the 20th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Sacramento.

Things to do in Oroville

Parks · Wildlife
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Sacramento

River City

The capital city of America's most economically significant state, Sacramento is an important stop for any politico.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): do a tasting at The Undergound Tasting Room.

To see more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Sacramento trip planner.

You can drive from Oroville to Sacramento in 1.5 hours. In May in Sacramento, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Sacramento

Wineries
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Yosemite National Park

— 4 nights
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Your list of things to see and do now includes Yosemite Museum Gallery, Ansel Adams Gallery, Taft Point, and other attractions. Take a break from the city and head to Glacier Point and Yosemite, Tunnel View. Step off the beaten path and head to Yosemite Falls and Bridalveil Fall. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Vernal Fall, hike along Yosemite Valley Loop Trail, get great views at Washburn Point, and look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles.

For maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Yosemite National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Sacramento to Yosemite National Park takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Sacramento in May, plan for slightly colder days in Yosemite National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are colder with lows around 34°F. You will leave for Kingman on the 24th (Mon).

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
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Kingman

— 1 night
Kingman is a city in and the county seat of Mohave County, Arizona, United States. For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Kingman trip planner.

Drive from Yosemite National Park to Kingman in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. In May, Kingman is somewhat warmer than Yosemite National Park - with highs of 83°F and lows of 52°F. On the 25th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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United States travel guide

4.5
Specialty Museums · Beaches · Historic Sites
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.

Mendocino County travel guide

4.5
Beaches · State Parks · Scenic Drive
Endowed with a dramatic and undeveloped coast and forests of towering redwood trees, Mendocino County draws residents of the San Francisco Bay Area looking for a peaceful vacation. Tranquil sand beaches backed by cliffs offer prime sunset viewing. State parks present scenic hiking and biking options, and wineries serve up fine California vintages. Mendocino County's nutrient-rich soil has also made it a leading area for the cultivation of marijuana--much of which goes to Bay Area medical cannabis dispensaries--and the area has a reputation for brewing fine craft beers. The county also contains numerous points of historical interest, including lighthouses on the coast and museums detailing the region's past. In Mendocino's easygoing towns, you'll encounter small art galleries and charming boutiques.