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Fort BraggUnited States of America

Marvel at the iconic recycled sea glass on the beaches and explore the varied museums of this former military garrison.

Fort Bragg is a popular destination on the Mendocino Coast due to its intriguing history and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean. This former military garrison has many activities, parks and museums. Travel through the coastal parks for the town’s most picturesque scenery.

Enjoy the sunny, warm summers with a trip to Pudding Creek Beach. Sunbathe or picnic on the powdery sand at the mouth of the creek. The beach has an antiquated wooden bridge and scenic nature trails.

Stroll along the three bays of the iconic Glass Beach to see the myriad colors of the shiny pebbles. The beach is a former trash site, where car batteries, headlights and other plastic and glass items have been eroded and smoothed by the ocean’s waves.

Pick up the various translucent objects and imagine what they were in a former life. Leave the colorful items to be discovered by other visitors. Explore the intriguing displays of the Sea Glass Museum, a little south of town, for a better understanding of this fascinating phenomenon.

In the central part of Fort Bragg is the Guest House Museum, which chronicles the history of the town and the Mendocino region. For a more modern theme, visit the Triangle Tattoo Museum just across the road. Learn about tattoos across different cultures and consider getting a tattoo in this parlor.

Fort Bragg is known for its spectacular coastal scenery. Explore the trails meandering around the cliffs of Porno Bluffs Park, the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens and MacKerricher State Park.

Located in Mendocino County, Fort Bragg is in the northwestern region of California. Fly to San Francisco International Airport and head north for 180 miles (290 kilometers) to get here. Get around the area by bus or rental car. Nearby towns and landmarks include Mendocino, Eureka and the Jackson State Forest.

With glass beaches and a military past, Fort Bragg is an exceptional town on the Mendocino Coast.

Top Hotels in Fort Bragg

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
The Beach House Inn
The Beach House Inn
2.5 out of 5
100 Pudding Creek Rd, Fort Bragg, CA
The price is $93 per night from Oct 1 to Oct 2

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of MacKerricher State Park and Glass Beach. Pudding Creek Beach and Skunk Train are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (949 reviews)

"Despite having restrictions for moving about due to COVID, I was just as pleased about my stay this time as all the times before. We are fans of both the Beach House Inn and the Beachcomer."…"

Reviewed on Sep 22, 2020

The Beach House Inn
Seabird Lodge Fort Bragg By Magnuson Worldwide
Seabird Lodge Fort Bragg By Magnuson Worldwide
2 out of 5
191 South Street, Fort Bragg, CA
The price is $82 per night from Oct 12 to Oct 13

Situated by the ocean, this motel is 1 mi (1.7 km) from C.V. Starr Community Center and 1.9 mi (3 km) from Glass Beach. Triangle Tattoo Museum and Skunk Train ...

4/5Very Good! (954 reviews)

"No frills stay near Glass Beach. The hotel is clean and welcoming."…"

Reviewed on Sep 20, 2020

Seabird Lodge Fort Bragg By Magnuson Worldwide
Oceanside Inn and Suites
Oceanside Inn and Suites
2.5 out of 5
820 N Main Street, Fort Bragg, CA
The price is $60 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 28

Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of MacKerricher State Park and Glass Beach. Skunk Train and Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens ...

3.2/5 (488 reviews)

"Nothing fancy but had an extra sofa bed, microwave and mini fridge and was very clean so it was great for us."…"

Reviewed on Aug 25, 2020

Oceanside Inn and Suites

Popular places to visit in Fort Bragg

Glass Beach
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Glass Beach

4/5(465 reviews)

Comb the beach for sea glass gems and artificial rubies in this former trash site that has become a bay of colors.

Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens
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Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens

4.5/5(201 reviews)

Take a tour of this enormous floral haven and follow the trail to the coast for excellent views of the Pacific Ocean.

MacKerricher State Park
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MacKerricher State Park

4.5/5(198 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at MacKerricher State Park, a lovely green space in Fort Bragg. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in this family-friendly area.

Pomo Bluffs Park
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Pomo Bluffs Park

4.5/5(43 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Pomo Bluffs Park, a lovely green space in Fort Bragg. Amble around this family-friendly area's beautiful beaches and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dunes Nature Preserve
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Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dunes Nature Preserve

Explore the great outdoors at Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dunes Nature Preserve, a lovely green space in Fort Bragg. Stroll along the seaside or visit the shops in the area.

Mendocino Headlands State Park
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Mendocino Headlands State Park

4.5/5(347 reviews)

Hike through this scenic park for its excellent views and beaches and browse the fascinating exhibits in the visitor center.

Reviews of Fort Bragg

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5/5 - Excellent

Jason

Apr 20, 2020

lots of fun things to do, very laid back vibe, great shopping, beaches, and eateries

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 22, 2020

Fort Bragg has very cute downtown area the beaches are beautiful and try the North Coast Brewery Brewery everything there was amazing

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

There are so many beautiful beaches and quaint shops

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 20, 2020

Lots of good food. Not as much shopping as I would have liked. Skunk Train was fun.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 18, 2020

We were there to look at property as we are ready to retire there. We love the area and I have been going there for nearly seventy years.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Mar 15, 2020

The ocean town was excellent even though it rained the whole day

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